||UnionMade x Baxter Of California Bar Soap|
The skincare/haircare/always care guys at Baxter have teamed up with expert men's apparel curator UnionMade to create these rather masculine bars of soap. There's no need to cut into this bar with
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Thanks to 16MP smartphone cameras and the mirrorless revolution, the old point-and-shoot has been headed towards extinction. That’s not exactly the way Sony sees things. They stubbornly released the best damn pocket camera in the world, the RX100, last year. The mighty marvel’s massive one-inch sensor paired with a fast f/1.8 Zeiss lens effortlessly produced rich 20MP images, even in the novice hands of doting grandparents and hapless tourists. How did Sony respond to the positive reviews? They released the RX100 II ($748), which is even better.
Hope you don't have a fixed income
Prime Time: 5 Best Fixed-Lens Cameras
There was a time when photographers didn’t carry nine different lenses with their camera, a time when one wide-angle lens was enough to get an adroit photographer through the day because he realized that sometimes the best way to zoom in was to damn well walk closer to his subject. While most of us like having a versatile zoom lens, there’s something to be said for having only one focal length: when you shoot with a fixed focal length camera, you don’t take pictures, you take photographs. We’ve rounded up the top six “fixies” to get you started on your path towards being an artisan.
Today in Gear: September 18, 2013
Wanna get all Moneyball on your golf game? SwingByte, the little dongle that attaches to your club to measure golf data on both iOS and Android, just upgraded to a new version that's easier to attach. A
Today in Gear: September 17, 2013
Is there a better intersection in camera consumership than light weight, high quality and relative affordability? Fujifilm just plopped their latest machine right down where those three criteria meet. It features a 16.3MP sensor, wi-fi image transfer
Today in Gear: September 12, 2013
||VASTRM Custom Polo Shirts|
As a modern shirt archetype the Polo has served us men well, but in terms of fit it can often be too tight, too loose, or too short. VASTRM's got it all figured out: they
Today in Gear: September 10, 2013
||Aquaovo Therm-O Bottle|
Beautiful, environmentally friendly, hot and cold: just like Leo DiCaprio when he refuses to return our texts. This chic bottle's double-walled, FDA-approved glass works toward optimal insulation and zero condensation; the natural bamboo lid is a
Today in Gear: September 6, 2013
||Sony Video Unlimited 4K Download Service|
If you've already got Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player it's time to start downloading some big guns. The new service went live over the weekend and allows users to download 4K television
Today in Gear: September 5, 2013
||Audi Sport Quattro Concept|
It's been 30 years since Audi introduced the Sport Quattro homologation special to qualify for Group B rallying, and the world has been missing the hell out of it. A plug-in hybrid system combines
Today in Gear: August 8, 2013
||American Harvest Vodka|
Usually when we think of vodka we think of a certain debonair chap from overseas, or, of course, Russia. But what if the man who created a famous French vodka decided to create a new
Hot For Teacher...'s Assistant
Kit: Graduate School
So you've decided four years of college just wasn't enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You've trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you've been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You're getting smarter -- so should your gear.
Dialed In: 10 Best Smartphones Available Now
There was a time when shopping for a cell phone was ridiculously simple. You’d waltz into the nearest Radio Shack, browse through a handful of demo devices anchored onto the wall, and spend a good four to five Benjamins on a BlackBerry 8700 or RAZR V3 (or the Nokia with the changeable covers, which was awesome). What hasn't changed: we're enslaved to our mobile devices. What has: the field of competitors.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen new entries from every major smartphone manufacturer spread across all four mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and believe it or not, BlackBerry. The result for you: choosing the right smartphone can be an overwhelming decision at the moment. Well, we took the liberty of breaking down the top handsets on the market to help simplify the process. Here are the 10 smartphones worthy of your upgrade.
Brace for Betas
High Scorers: 5 Video Games Worth Waiting For
Walk into any amazon.com these days and you'll be confronted with an incredibly massive library of video games; a new field of consoles (see sidebar below) just adds to the melee. How do you sort the Grand Theft Autos from the ExtremePaintbrawls*? We took a look at the crop of upcoming games for both current-gen and next-gen consoles and found the games you should be looking forward to.
Staff Favorites: Jeremy Berger
The tenth installment of our Staff Favorites series features Mr. Jeremy Berger. As far as life experiences go, Jeremy's raced so far ahead of the pack that he's threatening to lap us. Last summer he trained for and completed an Ironman in Louisville. He lived abroad in Germany after graduating as a Fulbright Scholar; he drank whiskey with good ole boys while working as a line cook in Mississippi; he's a natural (and trained) culinary whiz; recently, he adventured through a certain embargoed Caribbean island. His favorite gear is many-faceted, fun and useful, the signature of an aggressive and full approach to life.
Today in Gear: June 28, 2013
||Sony Xperia Z Ultra |
The new Xperia is much improved, but also bigger -- with a 6.4-inch screen it's verging on tablet territory (Moses would have loved this thing). The new phone is also waterproof (but don't use
Today in Gear: June 27, 2013
||Killspencer Black Leather Hardshell Briefcase|
Sir, step away from the messenger bag. This case has room for everything you'll need for a day at the office -- pockets that'll fit a 15-inch MacBook Pro, A 1.5-inch binder, an 11-inch
Today in Gear: June 26, 2013
||Saker S-1 Personal Jet|
It's a pain to always have to fly on a commercial airliner -- the things are so damn slow, and you have to put your toiletries in plastic baggies. Ugh. If you've got a two-seater
Today in Gear: June 19, 2013
||Sony VAIO Pro 13 Ultrabook|
Sony's answer to the MacBook Air is loud and clear: a high-powered Intel processor and an 512-gig SSD have been slipped inside an oh-so slim carbon fiber shell, and the 13.3-inch monitor is a
The complete package either way
Walkaround Guys: 5 Best Everyday Kit Lenses
Kit lenses have a bad reputation for being the cheap training wheels of the photography world, built solely to make the DSLR buying process more approachable for thrifty consumers in search of a one-stop upgrade. These knocks against the category aren't completely unfounded, but you shouldn't let the general snobbery of experienced photographers steer you away from a good deal or convenience. There are a variety of kit lenses that are still a tremendous value and a great starting point for building a glass collection, whether they're purchased with a camera or on their own. Here, you'll find a few of our favorites across a variety of major brands and setups.
Today in Gear: June 11, 2013
||Microsoft Xbox One|
Microsoft just announced pricing for its new flagship gaming system, the Xbox One, due for a November launch. To the chagrin of everyone, espeically teenage boys subsisting entirely on allowance and lawn-mowing money, at $499 it's
The Road is Life
Kit: Road Trip
With age comes the ability to do a long highway cruise better than we ever could as a youngster. Summer's right around the corner, so we've compiled above all the gear you'll need to make new memories on the road. Get what you need and hit the road, Jack. Grab the wheel and point it west, take a buddy and leave the rest.
Today in Gear: May 20, 2013
||Spot Global Phone|
Made for the rugged outdoorsman, this satellite phone handles text messaging, voice calling, voicemail and emergency calls the world over. An available data kit allows a computer to jump aboard the uplink, and up to four
Ferris Bueller's (Summer) Day Off
Kit: Summer Fridays
Summer Fridays are a thing to be put on a pedestal, the ultimate luxury for 9-to-5, Monday to Friday working stiffs. They're a chance to bug out as soon as possible, to hit the road or jump a train to the beach, a cabin in the woods or some other resplendent getaway. In any case, we can't just go into a summer Friday unprepared, men. We cannot go silently into that good mini vacation. What we need is a kit -- the perfect gear for the perfect summer Friday getaway.
Today in Gear: May 9, 2013
||Mod Mobili X-Base Table|
If you're tired of using your ironing board as a workstation but don't want to stray from the general principle, the X-Table is wildly more practical and almost definitely better-looking. Rather than relying on electricity