The Week's Best Writing

In Case You Missed It: July 20 – 27

mega-tvs-gear-patrol-LEAD A Millionaire’s Guide to Mega TVs
The home entertainment arms race has evolved to include factors like pixel counts, connectivity and even screen shape. But the importance of size…that will never change. Meet the TV heavyweights of 2014 that redefine big.
See the TVs
tour-de-france-bikes-gear-patrol-slide-1 Pro Road Bikes of the Tour de France
The best in bikes trickles down from what professionals use on race day. These are the team bikes being used by pros in this year’s Tour de France — and you can get them right now.
Look at the bikes
30-Minutes-David-McMillen-Gear-Patrol-Lead 30 Minutes With: David McMillan
Montreal has been good to the co-owner and co-chef of Joe Beef. But it’s the country that inspires him — and in turn, inspires his restaurant, a relatively small place in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighborhood that has, almost despite itself, become one of the city’s most celebrated dining spots. We recently sat down with McMillan to discuss all things Montreal, the importance of classic intentions, and drinking lots of Burgundy wine. Listen to Dave
CUV-DNA-Gear-Patrol-Lead CUV DNA: The Original Crossovers
While the marketing term “crossover” is a recent invention, the concept is not. Automakers have been making cars that fill the gap between utility vehicles and family cars for decades. Here are three that helped to determine what the crossover is today, along with their modern-day kindred spirits.
Check out the cars
AFFORDABLE-COMPLICATIONS-FTA-GEAR-PATROL-LEAD Time is Money: An Ongoing Search for the Affordable Watch
I’m out to prove that you can be passionate about watches and not spend boatloads of money by reviewing watches every week that cost under $1,000, many under $500.
Read for free
Freshman-Year-kit-650x500-Lead Kit: Freshman Year
Your next phone decision is likely to play a role in everything from your next vehicle to your next home…so choose wisely.
Go to school
15-Best-day-hikes-west-gear-patrol-lead 15 Best Day Hikes of the West
The beauty of the West isn’t up for debate: it’s ubiquitous, grandiose and unchallenged. But hidden within these 13 states are secrets that can’t be seen driving an SUV through the “scenic” route. Only a true day hike can do the region justice. Consider this list your trailhead. Find out about the hikes
amazon-aria-photo-essay-gear-patrol-lead Photo Essay: Traveling the Amazon by Riverboat
In much of the Amazon, traveling by riverboat is the best form of transportation. So we set off from Iquitos, Peru, fondly dubbed the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon, aboard the Aqua Aria, a luxurious river boat that would take us roughly 100 miles up and down the Amazon River. Go to the Amazon
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