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Filson’s New Smokey Bear Collection Is Its Best Yet

Smokey Bear, the now ubiquitous icon of forest fire prevention and preservation of our National Forests, was first conceived in 1944 in an effort to reduce the man-made fires that were ravaging forests across the US. It was an important initiative because at that time man-made fires were burning 22 million acres of forest each year. By 2011, Smokey’s influence — as well as his famous tagline, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires” — had reduced that number down to just six million.

To commemorate Smokey, Filson has worked with the USFS and USDA to produce a Smokey Bear collection for the past five years, with a portion of the proceeds going to the USDA. The collection features everything from Smokey Bear hats, to water bottles, to lounge shorts.


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Highlighting An Icon: Since the creation of the character, Smokey Bear has been an important figurehead in the USFS messaging. To celebrate the importance of Smokey and his messaging, Filson’s Smokey Bear Collection is bigger than ever — and while we’re particularly fond of the Smokey Bear Pullover Hoodie, there’s something in there for everyone, including shorts, tees, patches, mugs, hats, bandanas and even boxer shorts.

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A Natural Partnership: Over the years, Filson has continued to support the USFS. In the early days of the partnership, Filson outfitted Forest Service Rangers with proper durable gear to get the job done. Today, Filson makes both cash donations to the USDA and has restored a number of fire tower look-outs.

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Archival Graphics: Perhaps the best part of the Smokey Bear Collection is that it makes use of archival graphics that have adorned posters and pamphlets from various Smokey Bear advertising campaigns. And if you look closely, you can see the evolution of the Smokey Bear artwork throughout the pieces.


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These EDC Essentials Are Made With an Aerospace Material

Drop frequently collaborates with lauded brands in hi-fi audio, tech and EDC to bring customers enviable products at members-only prices. Its latest partner is Brooklyn-based Craighill, an accessories brand that produces everyday objects with meticulous designs that are at once simple and cerebral. Craighill’s designs strip away any fluff and explore mathematical concepts and material nerdery. It’s a hell of a way to go about designing something as quotidian as a ruler, but that’s what makes Craighill fascinating.

For the collaboration, Drop looked to two of Craighill’s most popular designs, the Helix Key Ring and the Square Money Clip. Rather than reinventing the Craighill classics, the brands are offering the two popular items in titanium. Known for it’s extreme strength-to-weight ratio, titanium is as strong as steel, but about 40 percent lighter. It’s also resistant to corrosion. You’ll find it in aerospace applications, certainly, but in this case, it also excels at holding keys and cash.

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The Helix TI Key Ring is an elegant solution to the conventional key ring. The simple wire threads through any set of keys with ease and the end cap design makes swapping keys frustration-free. Perhaps it’s just the cards that I’m dealt, but I rarely have to swap keys. However, whenever I do, it always seems to be right after having trimmed my nails. Even if you have a helpful amount of nail to pry open a conventional spiral keyring, it’s not a pleasant user experience. But, the Helix TI Key Ring is painless.

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The Square TI Money Clip is incredibly lightweight but holds its own compared to brass and steel. If you prefer a slim card wallet and find yourself with paper bank notes wadded together in your pocket, a money clip is the perfect solution. Because of the titanium, it doesn’t feel like it’s anchoring down your pants. And, that’s great if you’re skeptical about adding yet another piece of gear to your EDC.

The key ring retails for $35 and the money clip for $45 and come with free shipping.

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I Can’t Believe I Used to Survive Without a Second Screen

Before working from home was the new normal, I had my two-screen setup at the office, but relied on my laptop elsewhere. Now, after a few months, I’ve slotted an LG UltraFine 4K into my workstation and it’s been such a huge relief.

As a video editor, two screens are basically a must. Being able to keep my editing timeline and source window on one monitor and my footage bins on the other is great for organization. Not to mention the UltraFine 4K’s image quality is awesome with a P3 wide color gamut, and 500 nits of brightness.

A second monitor is also hugely underrated for video chat, which I find myself doing now more than ever. It’s so great to look at notes or source material on one monitor while still being able see and interact with my colleagues on the other.

One more surprisingly great feature is the way it doubles as a USB hub. Its three USB-C and two Thunderbolt 3 ports have made working with external hard drives a breeze. Better yet, the UltraFine 4k is specifically compatible with Macs, so I can attach the monitor to my MacBook with the included Thunderbolt 3 cable and even control brightness and the monitor’s speaker volume from my laptop.

So if you’ve been putting off picking up a dedicated second monitor for your home office — or telling yourself you can live without it — I have to urge you to reconsider. Whatever screen you grab, from the UltraFine 4k to something much more basic, that extra screen real-estate will truly go a long way.

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LG UltraFine 4K Display

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$699.95

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The Porsche Panamera Is About to Get Even More Powerful for 2021

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The current version of the Porsche Panamera is many things, but above all else, it’s fast. Even the basic version you can buy these days packs 330 horsepower from a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, blitzes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds, and slices up corners with typical Porsche panache — and the performance only gets better as you climb the model tree.

But the good folks at Porsche didn’t get where they are by resting on their laurels. So when the facelifted version of the second-generation Porsche Panamera arrives later this year, it’ll do so with a revised range of powertrains that deliver more power, according to the lucky folks at Motor Authority and Car and Driver who were invited to get a sneak preview of the new models before they’re revealed in late August.

That 3.0-liter turbo six in the base model? It’s gone, replaced with a detuned version of the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 found in the Panamera 4S (and the Cayenne S, and the Audi S6 / S7 / RS 5). Horsepower should remain at 330, though the 4S might see its ouput rise to 450 to create a little more distance between it and its new engine twin. If you’re worried that’ll put it too close to the twin turbo V8-powered Panamera GTS, fear not; that model is expected to climb to 473 hp.

The big news, though, is the departure of the Panamera Turbo. That 550-hp super-sedan is kaput for 2021, replaced by a new Panamera Turbo S that uses the same twin-turbo V8 but dials it up to 630 horsepower. That doesn’t mean the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is gone, though; the PHEV range-topper will reportedly be dialed up to 700 horses from the current 670-hp output.

Plug-in Porsche fans will be interested to know that a new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid model will allegedly join the range, slotting between the 457-hp Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the Turbo S E-Hybrid. The new 17.9-kWh battery pack should offer about 30 percent more electric-only range than the old 14.1-kWh version, according to the reports, so expect the cars to pack around 18 miles of EV range.

The chassis tuning and steering have reportedly been played around with to make the new Panamera handle even more sharply than the previous version, difficult as that may be for anyone who’s been lucky enough to toss a PDCC-equipped Panamera through a couple turns. Blame — or give credit to — the likes of the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, according to C/D, which moved the bar for how aggressive super-fast sport sedans can be. Still, the active suspension should be even more relaxed in the comfort-minded modes, to keep the butts in those fancy seats from being thumped by rough road surfaces when the driver wants to take things easy.

In terms of design changes, don’t expect a revolution. From the reports, the front and rear will be ever-so-slightly tweaked, with the Sport Design appearance package that’s currently an option becoming standard for a more aggressive look. Inside, there’s a new steering wheel like the one found in the latest Porsche 911, as well as a faster infotainment screen.

And thankfully for those of us who like our speedy family cars in a wide variety of body styles, Porsche will continue to offer the Panamera in three different shapes: the regular fastback sedan, the extended-wheelbase Executive version, and — our favorite — the Sport Turismo station wagon.

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Enter to Win a Stunning Icon Land Cruiser, and You’ll Help Children in Need

In case you’ve never heard of it, the GO Campaign is a California-based non-profit that helps orphans and vulnerable children both in the U.S. and abroad by supporting local grassroots projects, where small grants can make an enormous difference. So: if you want to help the GO Campaign and maybe, just maybe, win a stunning vintage off-roader, you should enter this Icon FJ44 Land Cruiser giveaway ASAP.

Icon 4×4 may be the biggest name in off-roader resto-modding, thanks to Jonathan Ward’s artful attention to detail. The vehicle Icon is giving away is a medium-wheelbase FJ44 Land Cruiser in Matte Sand Tan, with a black soft top. Icon gave it a four-door conversion; it now seats six, with three rows of seating. And unlike many vintage Land Cruisers, power won’t be a concern. Icon swapped in a General Motors-sourced 6.2-liter V8, one that puts out 430 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.

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This FJ44 Land Cruiser has many modern amenities, including Icon 18-inch wheels, heated seats, Brembo brakes, ARB locking differentials, and an AMP power step that extends outward when you open the doors to ease entry.

Right now, the waitlist for an Icon Land Cruiser build is about 2–3 years, and the estimated MSRP for this build is about $220,000. So consider this giveaway not only your chance to get your hands on one much sooner than regular customers, but for far less of an outlay than most folks (unless, of course, you want to buy $220,000 worth of tickets).

The prize includes taxes, shipping and registration costs — and if winning the sweet FJ of your dreams isn’t enough, the vehicle also comes with $20,000 in cash, which you could donate back to the GO Campaign or another worthy cause. Or maybe put toward a more practical daily driver. We’re not here to judge.

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This Collection of Light Wash Denim Is Perfect for Summer

California-based Buck Mason, known for its collection of good looking wardrobe staples, just released a collection of light-wash denim that’s perfect for summer. Classic styles like the Chore Jacket ($155), Standard Jean ($145) and Chambray Work Shirt ($105) all come in washed-out hues of indigo. The Japanese denim used for the Chore Jacket and jeans looks and feels like it’s been much-loved and worn for years — it’s casual, comfortable and a great addition to any wardrobe.

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This Automatic GMT Watch Now Comes in 17 Versions

Bamford, the London-based customizer famed for its all-black, tactical-looking interpretations of modern luxury watches, has been making its own timepieces for a few years now. Most recently, they added green versions of their GMT watch to their lineup, which features no fewer than 17 variations.

The latest entries in the GMT collection immediately call to mind longstanding Rolex coloways: namely, those of the GMT Master and Explorer II collections. The new Heritage and Night Owl GMTs feature classic “Pepsi” bezel colors (red and blue), with the only difference between the two models being the colors’ relative positions on the bezel. The Mirage, with its grey dial and orange-tipped seconds hands, calls to mind an Explorer II.

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Bamford

The Bamford GMT collection watches otherwise feature the same characteristics: a 40mm wide, stainless steel cushion case; the Swiss Sellita SW330 automatic GMT movement with independently adjustable GMT hand; an inner, rotating 24-hour bezel controlled by a crown at 10 o’clock; 100m of water resistance; and a matching steel bracelet. At ~$1,198, this is a solid package, and given the number of different colors available, there should be a version to satisfy many different tastes. Keep in mind that shipping costs differ depending upon your country, as the watches are coming from the U.K.

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Vans Vault UA Og Classic Slip-On

When it comes to iconic summer sneakers, there are few options that have held up as well over the years as the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On. In addition to being featured in your dad’s collection and…

This Titanium GMT Dive Watch Is 32% Off Today

The Citizen Promaster line is known for its rugged watches that are packed with tech and yet remain affordable. In a special, limited edition for Macy’s, the Japanese brand has introduced a new Promaster Marine dive watch that features Eco-Drive light-charging technology, a GMT function, and a Super Titanium case. It’s colorful but serious-looking and is sure to be suitable for everyday wear or even hardcore diving.

Titanium helps a sizable watch like this, at 43mm wide and expectedly thick, to stay wearable thanks to its lightweight nature. No ordinary titanium, this Citizen Promaster Marine uses the brand’s Super Titanium, which makes use of a surface hardening treatment to improve scratch-resistance. The bracelet is also in titanium, and the watch’s rotating bezel features a 0-60-minute scale for diving as well as 24-hour markings to track a third time zone (the second time zone being that indicated by the GMT hand on the dial).

The brand has not specified this edition as limited to a certain number produced, but rather that it will be sold exclusively at Macy’s and for a limited time. The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Marine is normally priced at $625, but it’s on sale today for $500 — however, enter the code “SALE” at checkout for a further 15% off, taking the price down to $425.

Buy It Now: $600 $425

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The 9 Best Things to Buy From Made In, the Everlane of Cookware

Co-founders Jake Kalick and Chip Malt founded Made In in 2017 to create high-quality cookware minus retail store markups. Since Made In’s founding, Michelin-starred chefs, like Grant Achatz, have financially backed the direct-to-consumer brand, with Instagram endorsements from other notable chefs like Padma Lakshmi and Nancy Silverton. Home cooks were drawn to Made In’s restaurant-quality cookware. And if there were any doubt about the brand’s commitment to making quality products, numerous restaurants around the world are now outfitted with Made In’s cookware. From stainless steel pans to more niche cookware tools, these Made In products should be at the top of your shopping list.

Carbon Steel Frying Pans


Carbon steel’s usage in restaurant kitchens used to be fairly under-the-radar. Then Made In came around and turned the once commercially unavailable cooking material into a home kitchen must-have. Carbon steel is naturally non-stick, and it reaches high heats typically associated with cast iron. Better yet, there are fewer pain points when it comes to maintenance. At $69 for a 10-inch frying pan, Made In offers its carbon steel cookware for significantly less than brands like Blanc, which offers carbon steel pans starting at $200.

Buy Now: 69+

Stainless Steel Cookware


Made In started with a range of stovetop cookware, namely stainless-clad pots and pans. And it’s clear that Made In’s inception was meant to be in direct competition with All-Clad’s pricier stainless steel cookware. Made In’s pieces are a fraction of the cost of comparable All-Clad kitchenware, and they offer similar performance metrics. Stainless steel is fashioned into a trio of frying pans, a range of stock pots and even an underrated butter warmer. If you’re starting a kitchen arsenal from scratch, consider the six-piece starter kit, which offers a 10-percent-off discount.

Buy Now: $65+

Butcher Block


This dual-sided cutting board offers a deep-grooved moat on one end and a flat surface on the other. It’s made from maple that Made In claims “is hard on everything but your knife blades.” The cutting board comes in one size, but at 18-inches long, it’s an apt tool for large chopping tasks and small serving purposes.

Buy Now: $99

Knives


The first time Made In offered knives, they sold out within 24 hours. A family-owned factory in Theirs, France, make the knives, which are corrosion resistant and stain resistant with a less-brittle blade than carbon steel blades. The knife makers uses a nitrogen treatment on the knives to increase their hardness and further protect them from chipping. The four-piece knife set — which includes a chef’s, santoku, paring and serrated knife — costs $275, 10 percent off retail.

Buy Now: 89+

Roasting Pan


Roasting pans generally don’t see enough action in the kitchen. As its name suggests, roasting pans offer a large surface area to hold an up-to-12-pound turkey. The carbon steel construction makes the roasting pan an excellent tool for stovetop cooking, as much as it is key for nailing Thanksgiving dinner.

Buy Now: $99+

Sheet Pan

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Made In

Ideally, every home should be stocked up on sheet pans. They’re the choice tool for almost every kitchen task, performing exceptionally well for baking and roasting. Made In’s sheet pans are made from 3004 aluminum, a commercial-grade material notable for its durability. Plus, the encapsulated rims means food residue and other grime doesn’t get trapped inside.

Buy Now: $19+

Grill Frying Pan


Forget cast iron because your go-to pan for camping is going to be Made In’s grill frying pan. The grill pan is an 11-inch carbon steel pan with 62 hole to give your food that fire-kissed flavor. The perforations also let extraneous juices drip out so you’re left with perfectly cooked food.

Buy Now: $75

Carbon Steel Wok


With the direct-to-consumer trend comes a greater connection between consumer and manufacturer. As such, the carbon steel wok is the product of customer fanfare. The wok exemplifies carbon steel’s high-heat ability with the non-stick feature that makes stir-frying the preferred cooking style for a quick and easy meal. If you don’t already know about the benefits of owning a wok, it’s also perfect for braising, deep-frying and steaming.

Buy Now: $99

Silicone Universal Lid


One lid to rule them all, so the saying sort of goes. The universal silicone lid fits all of Made In’s pans, including the wok. It’s dishwasher safe, oven safe (up to 400°F) and doubles as a trivet.

Buy Now: $59

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Load Up on the Best Fitness Deals of the Week

Saucony Ride ISO 2 Running Shoes

MSRP $120, Save 50%

Weighing in at just under 10 ounces, this shoe delivers the perfect mix of cushioned comfort and streamlined performance — and the discount really can’t be beat. 

New Balance FuelCell Echo Running Shoes

MSRP $100, Save 32%

This beloved shoe boasts the best energy-returning performance foam New Balance makes along with a grippy, rippled rubber outsole to keep you on your feet and moving fast.

Adidas Ultraboost 20 Running Shoes

MSRP $180, Save 20%

This deal applies to select colors of the most responsive Adidas running shoe yet, loaded with Boost foam to keep you bounding down the street.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes

MSRP $120, Save 17%

One thing we love about this deal on one of Nike’s most beloved running shoes is the variety: there are eight colors and a wide range of sizes on sale.

Brooks Ghost 12 Running Shoes

MSRP $130, Save 15%

This shoe is the winner of JackRabbit’s “Aaahhhhmazing Comfort and Performance” award, so you know it’s gotta be good.

Nike Joyride Dual Run Running Shoes

MSRP $130, Save 50%

Nearly a dozen colorways of Nike’s innovative recovery shoe are on sale right now, with some styles as much as $65 off.

Western Rise Session Tee

MSRP $68, Save 20%

The Session Tee is made of super lightweight, breathable, stretchy micro mesh material for supreme comfort during hot weather exercise.

Western Rise Movement Short

MSRP $89, Save 20%

The Movement Short ($89) is sleek and water-resistant and features handy zippered pockets.

Lululemon Metal Vent Tech 1/2 Zip 2.0

MSRP $98, Save 30%

Lululemon training gear is about as breathable and comfortable as it gets, and this half-zip is no exception.

Janji Rainrunner Pack Jacket in Midnight

MSRP $196, Save 20%

Nothing to see here: just a great deal on the ultimate lightweight, breathable, waterproof running jacket. 

Ridley X Ultegra Road Bike

MSRP $3,599, Save 44%

Yes, this model is a couple seasons old. But it’s also an incredible carbon-framed road bike that’ll serve you well for years to come. And yes, it’s only available in small. But if that is your size, this bike is literally calling your name.

Oakley Outdoor Belt Bag

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$30.00

MSRP $60, Save 50%

Call it what it is: a fanny pack. And with ripstop fabric, a roomy interior, adjustable side strap and front zip pocket, it’s a damn good one, too.

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Asics Might’ve Made the Perfect Face Mask for Runners

With all the uncertainties that the coronavirus pandemic has created globally, one thing is clear: face masks help prevent the spread of this disease. Once that became evident, brands of all kinds worked quickly to ensure that we have options beyond those papery blue ones. Yes, the face mask is becoming the t-shirt of 2020, so it was inevitable that technical versions made for exercising would crop up. The latest is from Asics, which just announced a new one for runners that looks promising indeed.

The Asics Runners Face Cover aims to remedy all the annoying aspects that running with a mask entails. It’s made of a fast-drying, water-repellent fabric that cools the air as it passes through its fibers; its construction includes vents below the jaw to increase airflow without spreading disease-carrying droplets; it offers more interior space to prevent claustrophobia; its fastening system includes multiple adjustment points for a comfortable fit.

Other sports brands like Adidas and Under Armour have released their versions of active face masks, but Asics’ is the most thoughtful take on what a performance-oriented cover might look like yet. The pandemic sparked a surge in running, and making it and other forms of public exercise both comfortable and safe will ensure that we all can keep pounding the pavement until this is all over.

The Asics Runners Face Cover is set for release in September.

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This Tabletop Charcoal Grill Is Made for Japanese-Style BBQ

Yak Grill, a new tabletop charcoal grill crowdfundingon Indiegogo, aims to bring Japanese-style barbecuing to socially distant backyard gatherings.

The 7-inch by 15-inch grill has enough space to accommodate up to six eaters, or, translated to actual food: 12 hot dogs, nine prawns, nine skewers or four burgers at once. The grill can reach up to 700°F, and despite its roaring hot temperature, its design is meant to keep the outer shell to cool-ish so it can safely be placed on a table.

Right now, you can scoop up the Yak Grill from Indiegogo at the pre-order price of $139, or 30 percent off. The brand expects shipment by November 2020.

Buy Now: $199 $139

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What the Hell Is a ‘Toasted Barrel’ and Why Are Whiskey Makers in Love with Them?

Casual whiskey fans will know, according to U.S. law, a whiskey must mature in an oak barrel to call itself whiskey. Whiskey enthusiasts might pipe up and remind them that the barrels must be new and charred — a process by which a cooper fires the barrels with literal flames for a minute or so (the burn time depends on the desired char level). But it’s only the whiskey nerds (and perhaps the distillers themselves) who can talk toasted barrels, and it’s the whiskey nerds that want to buy bourbon made using them.

Where a char is a 40 to 60 second burn of the interior of a barrel, a toast is, well, a toast. The barrels are subjected to less extreme temperatures for longer durations than a barrel char. The charred interior of a barrel acts as a filter during maturation, destroying unwanted parts of the new whiskey, while also bringing flavors of its own. Most of the vanilla flavor in whiskey, for example, comes from the breakdown of lignin in oak barrels, which is expedited by charring. Caramel-like flavors, too, are largely the result of a good char, as hemicellulose (part of most plant cell walls) breaks down into sugar when fired.

Toasting is less common by default. Because it isn’t a requirement, distillers that toast barrels are adding cost to their production process to bring out different flavors. Most recently, Heaven Hill Distillery released its first toasted barrel whiskey under the Elijah Craig line. It’s the same whiskey as its massively popular, $30 small batch offering, but will be available on a limited basis for $50. What does the extra step do to the whiskey? Grab one of these toasted barrel whiskey and find out.

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel

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Elijah Craig

The classic, 94 proof Elijah Craig Small Batch, but finished in a toasted barrel. Heaven Hill collaborated with the coopers at Independent Stave Company to create a new barrel to dump fully matured Small Batch whiskey into. Available in September, the bottle will be available in limited quantities.

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Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon

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Michters

Michter’s was an early adopter of the toasted barrel finished whiskey. This, combined with the brand’s popularity on whiskey’s grey markets, has made its toasted barrel whiskeys hard to come by.

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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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Woodford

Woodford is a gateway brand for many bourbon enthusiasts, which means it’s not a part of many whiskey nerd discussions. Its Double Oaked expression is an exception to that rule. The whiskey inside is Woodford’s Distiller’s Select line that enjoys a secondary maturation in a heavily toasted, lightly charred barrel. Its demand is so high the distillery released a more extreme variant, dubbed Double Double Oaked.

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Wilderness Trail Kentucky Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond

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Wooden Cork

Popular among the bourbon cognoscenti, Wilderness Trail’s straight bourbon, single barrel, Bottled-in-Bond expression also happens to be matured in a toasted barrel. Unlike most toasted barrel whiskeys, it isn’t finished in one – the barrels it ages in are toasted for almost 45 minutes before getting an alligator char.

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Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky

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Old Forester

Brown-Forman, the company that owns Old Forester (and Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, etc.), are the only major distillery with an in-house cooperage, allowing its brands to more freely experiment with various maturation techniques, toasted barrels included. Old Fine Whisky is a recreation of whiskey that survived a bottling line fire in, would you look at that, 1910. The mature whiskey is finished in a barrel that’s been lightly toasted and charred “nearly to the point of incineration.”

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Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Heritage Barrel

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Jack Daniels

Another Brown-Forman barrel toasted whiskey, this JD bottling could very well be the most extreme test of toasted barrel flavor influence. It’s Jack’s banana-rich whiskey aged in a barrel that’s toasted low-and-slow and bottled at 100 proof.

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Barrell Dovetail Whiskey

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Barrell

You’d be forgiven if you taste Dovetail and can’t pinpoint where the toasted barrel comes in. It’s a blend of 10-year-old whiskey finished in Cabernet barrels, 11-year-old bourbon finished in blackstrap rum casks and it’s all eventually blended and finished in toasted French oak barrels. Put it all together and you’ve got a completely unique, award-getting whiskey.

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It’s Not Too Late to Take an RV Vacation, Even If You Don’t Own an RV

Hitting the road in an RV sounds like the optimal way to travel right now — especially if you can finagle a stable Internet connection while on the road so you can still work from “home.” One big issue with that scenario, though: finding the recreational vehicle itself.

After all, motorhomes, camper vans and camping trailers can be crazy expensive. They’re just about the most inconvenient items one can own when you’re not using them. And even if you have the finances and the space to accommodate one, that swanky, Instagram-caliber vacation rig will take months to build.

Enter RV Share, a business that’s effectively the AirBnb of recreational vehicles. RV Share is a peer-to-peer rental company that allows users to rent and rent out their vehicles; as such, they offer a wide range of inventory, from spartan pop-top campers to full-on luxury apartment on wheels. (And yes, dog lovers, you can even search out pet-friendly options.) You can also get your trailer or camper delivered to your door, saving you from awkwardly banging on a stranger’s door and asking to drive the RV off their lawn.

You might imagine, this would be the point where I inform you how staggering unaffordable this great camping vehicle-related thing is. But RV Share prices are quite reasonable — especially compared to the alternative flight-plus-hotel-plus-rental-car option that seemed unpleasant even before the rise of COVID-19.

For example: you could rent this brand-new Winnebago Micro-Mini trailer that sleeps four outside Denver for $160 per night. Or you could park on the Pacific Coast Highway with this Airstream International Signature that sleeps six for $250 per night. Hell, want to escape from NYC and do a little overlanding in the Adirondacks? Here’s a new 2020 Winnebago Revel 4×4 you can rent for $450 per night. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to change our Labor Day plans.

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This ’60s-Inspired Dive Watch Now Comes in Blue

A brand more often associated today with classical German watchmaking, Glashütte Original surprised the horological world in 2019 with the introduction of its Spezialist Collection. While the line is sure to expand with other sporty watch types, it debuted with a dive watch referencing a historical model from the brand’s archives. The Spezialist SeaQ — which was first introduced in black with moderate sizing and distinctive looks, is now available with a cool blue dial.

While easily overshadowed by other 50th anniversaries of 1969 watchmaking achievements, the SeaQ pretty faithfully recreates the design of a dive watch made in that year called the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200. The modern Spezialist SeaQ has a steel case measuring 39.5mm by 12.1mm with 200m of water resistance and is powered by the in-house 39-11 automatic movement offering 40 hours of power reserve. The crystal is sapphire and the bezel insert is ceramic, as should be expected at this price level. The production SeaQ also features a sapphire exhibition case back, while a limited edition called the SeaQ 1969 has a solid engraved case back along with some minor differences from the production model, such as lume color.

Also joining the SeaQ collection is a bolder 43.2mm-wide model, water-resistant to 300m, and featuring the brand’s signature complication, the “panorama date.” The Glashütte Original Spezialist SeaQ is distinctive-looking among the many other vintage-inspired luxury dive watches out there, but it’s also in a very competitive space, with prices starting around $10,086.

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Best Gaming Headsets for Men in 2020

Game lovers would like to have all the essential peripherals so that they can fully enjoy their playtime. Having the best gaming headset can truly make a video game distraction-free rather than noisy. You can have immense experience of playing any video game when you have a perfect gaming headset.

You may have a high-quality sound and even can customize the soundscape for several applications. With a combination of best speakers, your gaming headset can give you more chances to play anytime. We have made a list of all the best gaming headsets for men in 2020 to get full exposure to beating your competitors.

SteelSeries Arctis 7

Overall, this headset is the best one for everyone. You can use it with all PS4, Xbox One, Switch, mobile, or PC as it is compatible with any device. It has 40mm drivers with a 20 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response. This wireless headset provides excellent quality sound and is highly affordable.

With a comfortable fit, Arctis 7 gives fine-tuning music that may take some time. The SteelSeries makes this headset as the complete package to use as the best gaming peripheral. The reliable wireless performance and comfortable design look charming at just $149.

Moreover, it has 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity that never let you bore of your game. The S1 speaker drivers produce a crisp sound that allows you to beat competitors endlessly. You can have it in both black and white colors. Also, it is not so common, and you will surely love it.

The elastic headband is purely comfy, which lets you experience lightweight earcups. It allows you to enjoy your gaming mania for around 24 hours. So, don’t waste more time in search of the best headsets and pick it up.

HyperX Cloud Revolver S

This is the best premium wired headset for men in 2020. Revolver S gives you a chance to enjoy the excellent sound experience as it is the most adaptable and user-friendly headset till now. Everyone who does not get frustrated with wired peripherals can buy this headset to explore more in the gaming field.

It has three connection types, including 3.5mm, dual 3.5mm, and wired USB that mutually enable the headset to connect with anything. This headset lets you get rid of having additional software or driver downloads. This plug and play device is important to use with USB connection.

Moreover, it features a control dongle and a built-in sound card like Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound and EQ settings. Another great feature is the outstanding sound performance and the fundamental stereo mix – which is a baseline. Your console and connection type don’t matter, and you can use this stereo mix with a reliable balance and crispy bass that boost up the music and gameplay experience.

With all-new surround sound and EQ features, the bass boost tries to improve the experience of gamers. Furthermore, you will notice the headset as highly comfy with durable design, auto-fitting, and smart padding headband.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

Budget is one of the main things that everyone considers while buying some quality device. HyperX gives its users to enjoy Cloud Stinger, which is compatible with Switch, PS4, Xbox One, mobile, and PC. With 50mm drivers, this headset has an 18 Hz – 23 kHz frequency response.

This wired device has a truly comfortable design and shapes with all handy controls. As I said, the budget is the main thing, so don’t worry about its price. It is highly affordable, and sound will blow out at higher volumes. At just $50 reasonable price, you can enjoy having a headset made of a durable frame and soft faux-leather ear cups.

Also, it is handy on-ear controls, and a powerful microphone will not hurt. Cloud Stinger has no companion in terms of features and price. You will be happy once you use it. Moreover, this headset provides truly reliable quality sound; however, you may notice a bit puff out at the maximum range.

When you want to have a headset under $50 with highly comfortable voice control, then there is no better choice then Stinger.

Astro Gaming A50

Astro A50 is a premium wireless headset that is best for those who want to have a device full of ultra features. Astro A50 is the updated version of Astro A40, which means it will be a better option to pick. This device has 5.8 GHz wireless tech in combination with a virtual 7.1 surround with a robust and reliable design.

It has a unidirectional mic that allows you to cut off your voice from noise. Besides, it has a built-in quick mute feature. With distinct EQ modes and support, you can increase the appeal. If you are one of those who want a high-quality headset, A50 has everything for you, in terms of long battery life and destruction free wireless connection.

Apart from that, it produces genuinely great performance and is one of the best gaming headsets to enhance gaming and entertainment blend.

Logitech G Pro X

Do you like playing tournaments?

Tournaments are all about focus, attention, and effort. Logitech provides you with G Pro X, which has Hybrid mesh Pro-G 50mm drivers with 20 Hz – 20K Hz frequency response. It is compatible with PC, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.

You can enjoy an excellent quality of sound, and it is not easy to have a good fit. With its versatile and comfy design, it is not portable as quickly as you might be thinking.  For just $130, G Pro X offers a performance of tournament level. It has a charmingly black design that makes it unbeatable.

Besides, it has a flexible headband and extremely comfortable foam as well as leather ear cups. The headset is not only used for comfort, but the primary purpose has sound quality. It appears with a genuinely high-quality sound producer as compared to others. If you get tired of wearing a headset, then what is the use of its style?

With a built-in Blue mic, this device allows you to enjoy additional voice chat so that you can enjoy every single moment of wearing it.

Logitech G533

To experience the best wireless surround sound headset, you must try Logitech G533. It has shown with the best surround sound till now.

Latest G533 is enriched with a number of features, including impressive design, powerful sound system, and the DTS 7.1 surround built-in the speaker. It has user-friendly software to adjust the equalizer settings and allow the surround sound.

It does not matter what kind of game you are playing with this headset; each sound will come from the right direction, which makes navigation easier for you. 2D games are also compatible with this device. G533 delivers true sound as it has 40mm Pro-G drivers with a good quality mic.

The mic used in this device can hold the voice clearly. And you can even flip it up when idle or in search of the optimal distance. Moreover, the headset has multiple idiosyncrasies such as a pad on the USB receiver for additional grip and a beep that lets you know about volume modifications, low battery levels.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

Under %100, would you like to enjoy games with a Stellar wireless headset?

SteelSeries has provided Arctis 1, which is compatible with PS4, Xbox One, mobile, Switch, and PC. It has 40mm drivers with a 20 – 20 K Hz frequency response. You can enjoy great wireless connectivity, which is almost compatible with everything.

For gaming and music, you can experience decent sound. However, there is no flexible headband, and iOS compatibility is also not found. Undoubtedly, you can enjoy more than you think, because getting better wireless performance was never that easy.

Its high speed and USB C dongle let you enjoy game audio from the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Android phone, and gaming PC. You will find similarities between this headset and standard Arctis 1 in terms of design. It has a removable mic that lets you experience some Switch games. Apart from that, it even has a similarity between drivers and ClearCast mic. Under $100, this Arctis 1 wireless headset can be a perfect choice.

Summing Up

It was a precise list of the best gaming headsets for men in 2020. Each one is unique in terms of design, shape, features, price, and availability. You can pick up one according to your needs ad budget. Best of Luck!

Peter Frampton Memoir: Do you Feel Like I Do?

In this intimate new memoir, seventies rock icon Peter Frampton shares the story of his incredible career and life for the first-time, in his own words. From his early days as an underage upstart to chart-topping star almost overnight, to a Hollywood heartthrob through the up and downs of a musical output now spanning nearly 50 years. It’s the whole story, so far.

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Summer’s here, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to update your wardrobes to take on the heat. If you’re anything like us, it’s a struggle to stay relaxed, feel cool and still look our best this season. What you need is a pair of classic chino-inspired shorts with some high-tech comfortable fabric. Thankfully, just such a short exists: lululemon’s Commission Shorts. The shorts offer all-day and all-night comfort with anti-ball-crushing technology and technical fabrics. In other words, the pair of shorts offers a decidedly non-technical look quietly high-tech details. Best of all, they’re quick-drying and offer stretch that make them perfect for all summer activities. There are plenty of colors to choose from, as well as a host of different materials — perfect for those who like the look but want something a bit different. They even come in lululemon’s Warpstreme fabric — its proprietary four-weave material that keeps you comfortable on the move.

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