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The Most Common Causes Behind Car Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Every year, over one million people die in car accidents all across the globe. Women, men, and children are all susceptible to the dangers of road traffic. What’s even worse is that the number of non-fatal injuries can even exceed the 50 million mark every year.

For the lucky ones, a non-fatal injury means a broken bone or dislocated shoulder, but for those less fortunate, a non-fatal injury could mean a long-term or permanent disability. We rarely stop to consider how dangerous driving under the wrong conditions can be. Here are the most common causes behind car accidents and how we can avoid them.

Texting

Distracted driving is one of the principal reasons behind auto accidents. Picking up your smartphone to read or send a text can divert your attention from the road and cause an accident in a matter of seconds.

If you really need to use your phone, simply pull over to the side of the road. If not invest in a hands-free device to answer calls.

Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence is a serious crime that should not be taken lightly. Even one drink can be considered one too many. The best way to avoid drunk driving is to designate a sober driver, get a taxi home, or simply refuse a drink.

When you are behind the wheel, you have a responsibility to keep yourself, your passengers, and others on the road safe. Should you be involved in an accident due to drunk driving then you should look to find an expert car accident lawyer to help with any legal proceedings.

Fatigue

Another common cause behind auto accidents is fatigue. This is especially common amongst individuals who are driving long distances. To be a safe driver you need to be alert at all times.

To avoid feeling fatigued make sure you take 15-minute breaks every two hours and do not drive for more than eight hours over the course of one day.

Harsh Weather Conditions

Approximately 22% of all auto accidents in the United States are weather-related. When driving in torrential rain, heavy snow, thick fog, or on icy roads, make sure to adjust your speed and following distance when in these types of situations.

To avoid these kinds of accidents, make sure you check the weather before planning a long trip. Don’t drive in these conditions if you can avoid it. If not, make sure you have all of the necessary equipment, like snow chains or fog beams.

Speeding

Speeding is a major factor in determining the fatality rate of accidents. Not only this but driving at a slower pace can help you prevent accidents altogether as it gives you more time to react.

Overall, make sure to practice what you preach. You can’t expect everyone else to take your advice and morals on board if you yourself are a reckless driver. Not only can you gravely injure yourself, but you can also do a great deal of harm to those around you, so remember to drive safely.

How to Treat Blisters from Running: 10 Products You Need Now

To put it simply: Dealing with blisters is an actual pain. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that blisters are those red, raised areas that look like bubbles and occur mostly on the feet for us runners. Located on the upper layer of skin, they often fill with fluid and may also hurt or itch.

Many runners incur them during races, especially marathons, due to prolonged friction between your skin and sock or shoe. But blisters can pop up at any time, including during training runs, and non-running footwear can be to blame as well.

While most blisters don’t pose a serious health risk, they shouldn’t be taken lightly. A painful blister can sideline a runner — or worse, get infected, especially if you use an unsanitary needle to pop it. Here’s a complete guide for blister treatment and the best products for first aid and prevention.

Common Causes of Blisters

Friction leads to annoying, painful blisters. The culprits are usually our socks, shoes, or both rubbing against our skin. Anything that intensifies rubbing can start a blister, including a faster pace, poor-fitting shoes, and foot abnormalities, such as bunions, heel spurs, and hammertoes. Heat and moisture intensify friction by causing your feet to swell.

Blisters commonly pop up during races or long runs when mileage is increased and friction occurs without intervention. Your body responds to this friction by producing fluid, which builds up beneath the skin that’s being rubbed.

And since moisture is also a factor, races are the perfect breeding ground for blisters: You’re perspiring more by running faster and longer, sloshing through water stations and, if the weather is warm, possibly pouring water over your head.

Blister Treatment

If you have a large blister that’s big, nasty, even purple, and it’s affecting how your toes bend, give it a day or two to shrink, says Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and a marathoner. If it doesn’t improve, you might need to have your doctor pop it in the office under sterile conditions so it doesn’t get infected.

If you have a small blister that’s not prohibiting your movement, as tempting as it is to touch it, just leave it alone. “When the skin and the membrane of the skin are compromised by popping the blister, all of the bacteria that live on the skin normally can invade and could cause inflammation or an infection right away,” Metzl says.

You could end up making a very small problem much bigger by puncturing the barrier. You should also leave small blood blisters intact, too. Otherwise, you risk getting bacteria in your bloodstream. Cover it up so the swelling goes down, then try to fix the problem that caused it. Here are some prevention methods to treat small blisters:

  • Cut a hole the size of the blister in the middle of a piece of moleskin
  • Place the moleskin over the blister and cover with gauze
  • Let the blister dry out and heal on its own, or try covering the blister with a waterproof pad

    If you absolutely must pop a blister (for example, if you’re traveling and can’t see your doctor), use caution. Metzl suggests cleaning the area and needle with soap and water and following with an antibiotic ointment. Then be sure to clean the area regularly to prevent infection.

    One more note: A blister under a nail is best treated by a professional. You never want to deliberately remove the toenail.

    Blister Prevention

    To stop blisters before they even start to form, Metzl recommends making sure you’re wearing running shoes in the right size. And before you run, coat risky areas with products that dry out your skin, such as baby powder or anti-chafing powder, to minimize the effects of sweating. You can also use a lubricant such as Vaseline or anti-chafing balm to ease pain caused by rubbing.

    Shoes that are too small will cause blisters under the toenails or on the tops or tips of the toes. There should be a thumb’s width of space between the toes and the end of the toe box. Pay attention to your socks, too: They should fit without bunching up at your toes or slipping down your heels, which are common blister hot spots.

    If you suspect your shoes don’t fit, consult with your local running store to have an expert help you find your size via a virtual or in-person fitting, or look for socks with reinforced heels and toes to help reduce friction.

    Here is the gear we recommend to stave off blisters from occurring, and the products we recommend for healing. Because popping happens.

    Altra Torin 4.5 Plush

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    Altra Torin 4.5 Plush

    The Torin 4.5 has 360-degree cushioning to surround your foot in a comfy, snug, and secure upper. The Quantic midsole provides a soft and bouncy platform that provides support for your feet and joints. Ample room in the foot-shaped toe box guards against blisters and black toenails.

    Topo Athletic Runventure 3

    Lakota Gambill

    Topo Athletic Runventure 3

    $120.00

    Lightweight and flexible, the Runventure is swift on the groomed path and nimble on rugged terrain. The shoe has a rock plate so the pads of your feet won’t get poked by trail debris, and a wide forefoot provides stability and wiggle room for your toes. A secure lace enclosure ensures a snug fit without rubbing.

    Injinji Run Lightweight No-Show Socks

    Injinji Run Lightweight No-Show Socks

    Isolate your toes to prevent friction by wearing technical toe socks. Injinji’s are lightweight and allow your feet to splay thanks to the five-toe design. A heel cuff protects your Achilles, and the nylon-polyester blend wicks away sweat.

    Bombas Performance Running Merino Ankle Socks

    Bombas Performance Running Merino Ankle Socks

    Bombas’s running socks have a heel cuff to prevent irritation from collar rubbing, and a front cuff to shield your skin from tongue friction. The socks are also contoured and cushioned, with a seamless toe.

    Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

    Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

    Body Glide is a convenient balm stick that’s available in various sizes from .35 to 2.5 ounces, making it packable for travel and easy to pocket on a run. The balm isn’t wet or greasy, and keeps pores clog-free.

    Squirrel’s Nut Butter All Natural Anti-Chafe Salve

    Squirrel’s Nut Butter All Natural Anti Chafe Salve

    Squirrel’s Nut Butter is another preventative product you can slather on blister-prone areas. The “nut” refers to coconut oil. Other ingredients include nourishing and hydrating cocoa butter, beeswax, and Vitamin E.

    Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Plus Padding Roll

    Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Plus Padding Roll

    Dr. Scholl’s

    $23.07

    This cotton and foam moleskin roll is perfect for padding blisters, callouses, and bunions. Simply cut a piece down to any size and apply to the area—or areas—on your foot that are prone to hot spots while running.

    KT Tape Performance+ Blister Treatment Patch

    KT Tape Performance+ Blister Treatment Patch

    $9.99

    $8.29 (17% off)

    Protect blisters and ease pain with this durable hydrocolloid gel patch, which has a waterproof seal and is hypoallergenic and latex-free. It’s durable enough to last up to seven days on the affected area.

    Band-Aid Hydro Seal Adhesive Bandages For Toe Blisters

    Band-Aid Hydro Seal Adhesive Bandages For Toe Blisters

    These sleek gel pads are dedicated little toe guards. The waterproof adhesive keeps the cushioning in place and seals out dirt and germs.

    Neosporin Original First Aid Antibiotic Ointment

    Neosporin Original First Aid Antibiotic Ointment

    Neosporin

    $6.99

    To prevent infection, apply Neosporin and a bandage (like Band-Aid’s Blister Gel Guard, above). The ointment comes in a small, slim tube that’s convenient for travel or storing in your race belt.

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Add a nostalgic gaming setup to your man cave or living room with the iiRcade

With the free time we had since working from home became the norm, revamping our man cave was one of the most enjoyable activities we had. Some of us were lucky enough to grab a preorder slot of the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, while the rest are still stuck with current-generation platforms. If you want a more retro vibe, we believe the iiRcade will meet your needs.

Each time you fire it up, waves of nostalgia will bring you back to when arcades were still the hangout of choice for kids back in the day. Now, imaging having that in the comfort of your living room or den. We’ve featured similar products like the iiRcade, but it’s also good to have options.

Nothing shady going on here as all the software its packs have been officially licensed by the company. Now you can play the most challenging classics that were previously eating your quarters to your heart’s content. We like that you can place configure the iiRcade for bartop gaming or as a freestanding cabinet.

It has a 19-inch HD display to give old-school graphics a modern and vibrant twist. Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to download new games as the library grows over time. Moreover, it also unlocks online multiplayer on select titles. Bluetooth 4.2 is likewise available and compatible with a wide range of gadgets.

The dual speakers boast 100 watts of powerful audio output, while a 3.5 mm headset jack lets you plug in your favorite headphones or connect your wireless headphones via Bluetooth. Choose between 64 GB or 128 GB storage option which should be more than enough for thousands of retro games. The iiRcade is a step above what others like it can offer.

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Today in Gear: New Nike Pegasus, Jim Beam’s Affordable Bourbon and Tesla Tequila

Which Golf Clubs Do You Need to Play the Masters?

For many professional golfers, new tech brings longer shots and lower scores. Not so for Masters champion Adam Scott.

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Jim Beam’s Trojan Horse Bourbon Is One of the Best Values in Whiskey

The name and the branding are forgettable cliches; the whiskey is anything but.

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Nike Just Announced a New Version of Its Most Popular Running Shoe

Thirty-eight years old and still running.

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This Dutch Company Builds Versatile VW Camper Vans Fit for Home Chefs

This camper van offers near-unrivaled versatility, and space to do more than heat up some soup.

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6 New Gadgets to Have on Your Radar This Week

Cambridge Audio’s beautiful all-in-one streamer, new MagSafe accessories and Samsung’s affordable 5G smartphones.

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The 7 Best Hammocks to Soak Up Nature From Your Own Home

It’s warm out, so it’s time to move from the sofa to the hammock.

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For $250, You Can Literally Drink the Tesla Kool-Aid With This Tequila

Want to show the depths of your Tesla fandom? Try their crazy expensive tequila.

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The Best Flower Delivery Services for Mother’s Day

Same-day delivery, transparent pricing and beautiful bouquets.

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Want Free Beer? Sam Adams Will Pay for It (But There’s a Catch)

Get your COVID vaccine, and Sam Adams will send you beer money.

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The Best E-Mountain Bikes of 2021

They’re here to stay — and getting better every day.

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All the Automotive News You Missed This Week That You Should Know About

Tesla fans gave a Mustang Mach-E owner death threats, and Porsche’s 911 GT3 takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.

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Do You Really Need a Pricey AirPods Cleaning Kit?

7 Style Releases We’re Obsessed About This Week

Fresh sneakers, water-ready shorts and much more figure in this week’s roundup.

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Want a Plush Green Lawn Without the Pesticides? Buy This

An online brand selling non-toxic weed killer would like to be your Roundup replacement.

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Today’s Best Deals: 31% off Our Favorite Workout Shirt, Savings on a Dyson Fan & More

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For $250, You Can Literally Drink the Tesla Kool-Aid With This Tequila

Last week, we noted how Tesla was double-charging customers. The carmaker is now, at long last, providing those customers refunds, but also giving them an additional $200 in Tesla store credit for their troubles. On a whim, we took a click over to the Tesla store to discover what Tesla merch one could buy for $200, where we found one thing you can’t: Tesla Tequila.

Yes, Tesla — a car manufacturer — sells tequila. They describe it as “an exclusive, premium 100% de añejo tequila aged in French oak barrels,” and say it features a “dry fruit and light vanilla nose with a balanced cinnamon pepper finish.”

Now here’s the rub: Tesla Tequila retails for a jaw-dropping $250. That doesn’t quite put it among the world’s most expensive bottles of tequila, but it’s still relatively extortionate. Only one of our best tequilas of 2021 exceeded $90, and most retail for less than $50.

If you’re wondering how Elon Musk found time to operate a solar-powered backyard distillery while operating the world’s most valuable car company, trying to bring humanity to Mars, devising far less efficient ways to build a train and being a general nuisance on Twitter, well, don’t. Tesla Tequila is a partnership with California company Nosotoros Tequila.

Of course, Nosotoros sells its Resposado tequila for $45. The extra time spent in the barrel — a 15-month aging process — plus the hand-crafted glass bottle and the Tesla imprimatur apparently results in a $205 markup.

Tesla Tequila deliveries were set to begin in April, in states where it’s legal. As one would anticipate with the brand’s fanatical following, the $250 bottles are already sold out. However, Nosotoros will sell you a six-pack of Blanco and Resposado bottles for $225, or a “Ménage à trois” package with one of each and a bottle of Mezcal for $140. Plus, Nosotoros will plant a tree to offset the climate impact of your shipment.

We asked Gear Patrol Home desk editor and all-around liquor expert Will Price for his two cents on the Tesla Tequila. “This would make a great, ironic gift for your buddy who downloaded Robinhood earlier in the pandemic and followed the BUY $TSLA crowd with some success,” he said. “Otherwise, I’d spend that money on Fuenteseca instead.”

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Which Golf Clubs Do You Need to Play the Masters?

It’s early April and the Masters Tournament is in full swing. As one of only four major championships in professional golf, the four-day tournament in Augusta, Georgia, is one of the most significant, most watched and most memorable sporting events on the calendar.

It was there, in 1935, where Gene Sarazen hit “the shot heard ’round the world”; where in 1997, Tiger Woods became the first Black golfer to win a major; and also where, just two years ago, Woods (who by then had undergone numerous surgeries on his knees and back) pulled off one of the greatest career comebacks in sports history. The list goes on …

So what does it take to play the Masters? Some skill, a high draw and a good set of clubs. But good doesn’t always mean new — at least not for Adam Scott, the Australian former no. 1 who won the green jacket in 2013 and famously plays a set of Titleist Forged 680 irons, first released all the way back in 2003.

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Adam Scott’s bag

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“The gear has gotten pretty crazy now, there are a lot of options,” Scott said in a recent episode of Fairgame, a new limited podcast about the Masters he cohosts with Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer. “As a tour pro, you want to get pretty dialed in and find what you like and run with it.”

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Ben Clymer (left) and Adam Scott (right)

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At this year’s tournament, Scott is also playing Titleist Vokey wedges, Titleist TSi woods (including the driver) and a Scotty Cameron putter. For specifics, and to learn more about what it takes to play the Masters, check out Fairgame on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Nike Just Announced a New Version of Its Most Popular Running Shoe

The Pegasus has become Nike’s running shoe icon. It may not be as flashy or as fast as the headline-grabbing Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, but it’s been around for nearly four decades. And it’s a safe bet that it’ll hit the 40-year milestone and last many years beyond that, given that Nike has just announced the shoe’s next iteration: the Air Zoom Pegasus 38.

Since releasing the first version back in 1983, Nike has consistently geared the Pegasus for a full field of runners that includes occasional three-milers and half or full marathoners alike. The 38 is no different. In fact, some of the new updates aim to widen the goalposts; Nike adjusted the shoe’s last to make more space in the toe, and a midfoot webbing system makes lacing more dynamic and adjustable.

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Nike

Nike also gave the new Pegasus a mesh upper that differs from recent iterations. The change will likely be a welcome one — one of our tester’s critiques of the Peg 37 was that its upper was too supportive. That same runner also noted that compared to previous iterations, the 37’s sole was “softer and springier, but less responsive,” making it “a no-nonsense running shoe for easy days.” Nike carried these components, which include the company’s durable React foam and an airbag in the forefoot, over into the new model, so it’s safe to bet that the Pegasus 38 will be a solid shoe for the everyday runner too.

Nike will release the Air Zoom Pegasus 38 to Nike Members on April 22 (you can join for free with your email here), with a wide release to follow on April 29. The shoe costs $120. It will also be available in a FlyEase version.

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Jim Beam’s Trojan Horse Bourbon Is One of the Best Values in Whiskey

Welcome to Shelf Sleepers, our semi-regular guide to the best booze nobody is buying. This time: Old Grand-Dad 114, a relic of whiskey’s past that tastes like a freak Jim Beam x Wild Turkey collab.

If you’re playing bourbon branding bingo, Old Grand-Dad 114 covers the whole sheet. It’s got an elderly white guy on the label, “Old” is in the name, it’s got a cheap cork stopper when a screwcap would be better for everyone and it claims to be “the most unique bourbon you can buy” on the back label. Do not fall for it.

Old Grand-Dad 114 is not a tired brand revived to make its owner, Beam-Suntory, stacks of cash. Shoot, the brand was nearly discontinued in 2015, and it’s not exactly dominated bourbon discussion at any point since. No, Old Grand-Dad is Trojan Horse bourbon; a hapless, harmless looking bottle of whiskey that, once opened, will throw hands.

Jim Beam keeps its mashbills proprietary, but it’s widely accepted Old Grand-Dad’s is high-rye — like, up to 30 percent rye, or about twice the rye content than most bourbons. This, combined with an assumed maturation period of 4 to 6 years and a thick 114 proofing, makes for a bourbon with serious firepower. It’s the only Jim Beam acquisition brand of the last few decades to retain its pre-acquisition mashbill (others, like Old Crow, switched to standard Jim Beam distillate), too.

It’s also available in most markets for $25 to $30. That price range is typified by nice, middle-proof bourbons with more … down-the-middle flavor profiles. Old Grand-Dad 114 may take a boring form, but it makes the whiskey around its price point seem uninteresting and played out. Buy a bottle before Jim Beam wakes up, redesigns the bottle and bumps the price to $45.

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This Dutch Company Builds Versatile VW Camper Vans Fit for Home Chefs

When it comes to figuring out the ultimate recreational vehicle, it’s hard to argue against camper vans. They deliver more functionality and convenience than camping trailers, amd they’re smaller and more maneuverable than RVs. The disadvantage, of course, is limited space: you have to make a firm commitment to how you’re going to use it when you’re designing it. And even if you have a stove, there isn’t room to spread out and cook.

However, as spotted by New Atlas, Dutch van builder Ventje has found a workaround for both problems.

First, this camper van has an exceptionally flexible seating area, which converts from a bed that sleeps two to either an L-shaped sofa or a two-bench dinette setup. You can also move both the cushions and table outside for outdoor seating and dining, and add a pop-top for more roof height or an additional sleeping compartment.

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Ventje

The other key feature? An indoor-and-outdoor-facing kitchen that takes up the entire rear of the van. It has ample storage, a two-burner stove, a sink, even a nifty setup to tip the trimmings from the cutting board straight into the garbage.

One drawback with the flexible setup is that it removes the van’s rear seating. So even though you can sleep up to four, you can only drive with a max of three — and bringing small children in the front seat might be problematic.

According to New Atlas, the price for a Ventje build starts at €22,500, which works out to a little under $27,000. That figure doesn’t include sourcing the van, which Ventje can do for you. Alas, Ventje uses Volkswagen T5, T6 and T6.1 vans, which VW doesn’t sell in the United States — and they don’t sell their conversion as an installable kit. In other words, us Americans can’t buy a Ventje van. However, Ventje does offer van rentals if you can make it to the Netherlands.

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Want Free Beer? Sam Adams Will Pay for It (But There’s a Catch)

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Your next shot-and-a-beer combo might differ from your usual boilermaker: if you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you can get a free beer, courtesy of Sam Adams.

Starting April 12, the Boston brewery will send money to the first 10,000 people who share a photo for their vaccination sticker or bandage (but not your vaccination card) and include the hashtag #ShotForSam and tag the brewery. If you don’t have social media, you can also send proof of your vaccine (again, not your vaccination card) to samadamssocial@bostonbeer.com.

Sam Adams will send $7 to the lucky few who have been vaccinated, and they’ll receive their money through the Cash App.

The free beer offer follows Krispy Kreme’s controversial promotion to give a free donut every day to those with the COVID-19 vaccine. A growing number of companies are giving free stuff to those who are vaccinated. Is Dunkin’ next? Here’s hoping Vanilla Nut Taps won’t be the incentive.

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Segway Apex H2 Hydrogen-Powered Motorcycle Concept

Ever since Ninebot acquired Segay a handful of years ago, the brand originally known for those peculiar self-balancing personal transportation devices of the same name has expanded into everything from scooters and self-balancing strollers to…

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7 Style Releases We’re Obsessed About This Week

The first full week of April brought warmer temps to many parts of the U.S., and, appropriately, it also yielded some spring-centric style releases. From the season’s most eye-catching collab sneakers to an unexpected pair of swim trunks, these new products are truly geared towards the season. Check out seven of our favorites below.

Filson x Birdwell Beach Britches SurfStretch Tac Shorts

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Filson’s latest warm-weather shorts are produced with legendary surf brand Birdwell. Both brands prioritize American production and back their products with lifetime guarantees, so the collab isn’t much of a stretch. But the shorts are — they feature Birdwell’s proprietary SurfStretch and SurfNyl fabrics, so they’re quick-drying, lightweight and move with you, no matter where the day takes you. These are limited to 200 pairs, so act fast.

Price: $125

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Born X Raised Los Angeles Dodgers New Era 5950 Cap

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To celebrate the Los Angeles Dogers Home Opener, L.A.’s loved streetwear brand Born X Raised is releasing a dual-logo cap with New Era. The brand will also release a collection of tees and sweatshirts for the opening day festivities, but if you want this cap, head over to Born X Raised’s site starting at noon EST.

Price: $60

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Salomon x Huckberry XT-6

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Salomon’s ultra-popular XT-6 shoes were originally built for ultramarathoner Kilian Jornet, but have also become popular in style circles (they were names sneaker of the year by GQ in 2019). This limited-edition color of the shoe features all the elements that made the original famous: dual-density EVA cushioning, an abrasion-resistant TPU film and durable mesh upper, a Quicklace system and a lugged sole.

Price: $220

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Banks Journal x Zak Bush Flowers Tee Shirt

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California poppy day was April 6, and this shirt shows the state’s recognizable flower in full bloom. Featuring a photo from L.A.-based photographer Zak Bush, this shirt is made from organic cotton that’s fabric-dyed and bio-enzyme washed so it feels and looks like your favorite vintage tee.

Price: $55

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Disney Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring Customizable Collection by Levi’s

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Keith Haring created works featuring Mickey Mouse in the ‘80s, and you can now get his art printed onto Levi’s tees, hoodies and crew in a wide range of colors. Some graphic styles can even be lasered onto denim for an all-over pattern. But if you want the most unique pieces, head to Levi’s Tailor Shops at select stores where you can get Trucker Jackets customized with seven different back panel options.

Price: $25 – $298

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Vans x Noah OG Style 24 LX

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This collab features a wild abstract camouflage color in an ‘80s-inspired pink (and a more subtle white/green). The Style 24 features a rubberized toe to protect skaters feet when skating half-pipes. If you’re first reading about this collab here, it’s probably already too late — these were destined to sell out quickly.

Price: $88

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Everlane Denim Chore Jacket

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This classic style is made from 11-ounce Japanese stretch denim woven at the Kaihara mill. It’s then cut and sewn at a LEED-certified factory in Vietnam that recycles 98 percent of its water. The jacket features four patch pockets, a button closure and button cuffs.

Price: $98

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The Best E-Mountain Bikes of 2021

Remember the summer your little brother grew six inches and, for the first time, forced you to yell “uncle” when wrestling in the basement? No? Allow me to jog your memory. Lying there, pinned under his superior strength, you had the gut-wrenching realization that life would never be the same. And Mom wouldn’t be able to save you.

A similar inflection point has hit cycling, on a much larger scale. The longstanding outcasts of the two-wheeled world, electric bikes, have become industry darlings almost overnight. For years, pedal-assists were forbidden from trails, non-existent in shops, shunned from mainstream media and magnets for vitriol. Yet today, bikes with batteries are the fastest growing category in the sport.

The most controversial segment was — and to some degree still is — electric mountain bikes (eMTBs for short). Blamed for everything from trail conflicts to lazy riders, they’ve been disparaged from the days of their genesis in 2014. But don’t look now, because things are starting to change.

With eMTB technology and geometry improving rapidly, more and more members of the bike community has realized their value. Today, eMTBs offer multiple levels of assist that feel smooth and natural and many employ nearly silent motors. Thanks to integrated batteries, top-end eMTBs can even be hard to differentiate from traditional mountain bikes. That is, until you ride them.

Long climbs are suddenly much easier. Loose terrain is more approachable. Riding your bike to the park rather than throwing it on a rack is actually feasible. And importantly, downhill riding feels surprisingly similar to your old mountain bike. With that in mind, here are seven of our favorite eMTBs today.

Best Overall E-Mountain Bike: Specialized Turbo Levo SL Expert Carbon

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Specialized Turbo Levo SL Expert Carbon

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$9,025.00

Weighing in at 37 pounds (8 less than the second lightest) and offering a 40-mile range, the Levo SL is a true unicorn. It looks and feels like a pedal bike and almost creates a new category as the first eMTB with a custom-engineered motor and battery. Specialized realized many riders don’t need massive batteries and would rather save the weight. If there is one bike that will convert diehard enduro riders into e-bike junkies, the Levo SL is it.

Best Upgrade E-Mountain Bike: Pivot Shuttle

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Pivot Shuttle

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$11,699.00

The stats of the updated Shuttle are eye-popping: 726 watt-hour battery, 160mm front fork, 29-inch wheels and the newest Shimano motor all, in a 45-pound package. Made for aggressive, all-day riders, the newly-launched Shuttle is turning heads. Best for steep and technical terrain, the Shuttle survives on the uphill and thrives on the down. And no matter where you take it, it’s an incredibly fun ride.

Best Value E-Mountain Bike: Cannondale Moterra Neo 5

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Cannondale Moterra Neo 5

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$4,500.00

Looking for a quality eMTB capable of handling technical trails that won’t break the bank? The Moterra Neo 5 is your best bet. With a burly aluminum frame, a 500 watt-hour battery, and 150mm of travel, the bike is agile and fun on a variety of trails. With a robust 60 miles of range and a weight of 52 pounds, it’s a reliable and lively entry-level eMTB.

Best Advanced E-Mountain Bike: Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay Carbon 90 Rally Edition

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Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay Carbon 90 Rally Edition

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$9,399.00

If you’re an experienced rider looking for more juice, the Powerplay is your play. Thanks to a 672 watt-hour battery and a compact, low-mounted motor, it rips uphill for easy self shuttling. The bike has an aggressive geometry best for more advanced riders, which allows it to stay nimble despite weighing 51 pounds. The only major downside is a very loud motor that calls to mind a coffee grinder.

Most Versatile E-Mountain Bike: Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0

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Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0

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$4,999.00

Good but not great at just about everything — climbing, descending, cornering and going strong all day — the new Spectral: ON 7 is for those who will ride nearly anything. Weighing in at 49 pounds, it’s designed with a more playful geometry that’s nimble enough to handle all but the most technical terrain. A 504 watt-hour battery, Shimano motor and quality components round out this jack of all trails.

Best Mullet E-Mountain Bike: Marin Alpine Trail E2

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Marin 2021 Alpine Trail E2

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$6,299.00

Rocking a mullet design — 29-inch wheel up front and 27.5-er in back — Marin’s first foray into eMTBs is a lovable joyride. While a bit sluggish on flats, it’s rowdy on descents. Great dampers and high-performance components make it a fully capable whip that’s functional on a wide variety of trails. Only knock? The handlebars are a bit cluttered, especially for smaller riders.

Best Downhill E-Mountain Bike: Santa Cruz Bullit

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Santa Cruz Bullit

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$8,249.00

Imagine the kinds of rooty, rocky, horror fests reserved for bravest — or craziest — and that’s where you’ll likely find the Bullit. It’s perfect for hyper-aggressive riders who want to ride the hardest trails without a chairlift or truck shuttle. With 170mm of travel, 630 watt hours of power, and Shimano’s top of the line EP8 motor, you can blast down the mountain — and still stop on a moss-covered dime.

These Pants Are Perfect for Your Workout and Your Recovery

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Textured Tech Pant 29″

Most often, your favorite pants to lounge in do not have the performance quality to make them your go-to for an intense workout. The Textured Tech Pant from lululemon has the potential to be both. With abrasion-resistant, sweat-wicking and quick-drying fabric, these pants can handle an intense cardio workout or sweaty lifting session and recover long before you do. The waistband drawcord creates a slim, tapered fit making these a far cry from your bulky college sweats that you should have gotten rid of ages ago. Whether your day consists of staying on the couch binging a new series or hitting the pavement for some miles (that’s none of our business), the Textured Tech Pant has got you covered.


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Designed for training and running with a gusset for increased mobility, these pants are perfect for keeping you comfortable during your most demanding workouts.

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Powered by our No-Stink Zinc™ technology, the Textured Tech Pant can handle your intense sweat sessions without you having to do laundry in between.

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These versatile pants are made with performance fabric that can handle warm-ups, cool-downs and all hours in between. Plus, with four-way stretch, it’s likely you’ll find yourself wanting more than just one pair.


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Today in Gear: The Cartier Tank, How to Store Your Skis and the Best Off-Road Trailers

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All the Non-Apple Gadgets the “Find My” App Can Find

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Apple has officially opened up its ‘Find My’ tracking network so that it can work with non-Apple gadgets. This means you’ll soon be able to locate many of your personal gadgets by using your iPhone’s Find My feature, just like you’ve been able to with your AirPods, iPhone, Apple Watch and various other Apple gadgets. Right now, however, there are only a few third-party gadgets that support Apple’s Find My feature — we’ve rounded them up below.

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1 Belkin SoundForm True Wireless Earbuds

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$59.99

These are some of the most affordable true wireless earbuds you can buy. They’re fairly simple and charge via micro-USB, but they also have decent battery life. 

2 Chipolo One Spot

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$24.99

While Apple’s AirTags still haven’t officially announced, you can this tracker to attach to your keys or even your pet. 

3 VanMoof X3

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$1,998.00

The VanMoof X3 is an electric bike with four-speed automatic shifting and hydraulic brakes. It tops out at around 20 mph.

4 VanMoof S3

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$1,998.00

The VanMoof X3 is almost the exact same electric bike as the company’s S3 (above), but it has a large frame and is designed for bigger people.

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The Best MagSafe Car Mounts for Your iPhone 12

If you’re somebody who talks on the phone a lot while you’re driving, or uses your iPhone for navigation, it’s a good idea to get a car mount. That way you can drive safely with two hands always on the wheel. If you have an iPhone 12 — any model — you can also take advantage of its magnetic back. We’ve rounded up all the best car mounts that can magnetically hold your iPhone 12 in place while you drive.

1 Belkin Magsafe Car Vent Mount Pro

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$39.99

This car mount is fully compatible with MagSafe — Apple even sells it. It attaches to a car vent and, thanks to its rotating ball joint, you can adjust the positioning of your iPhone. Note: this doesn’t charge your iPhone via MagSafe, so you’ll want to have a Lightning cable in your car, too.

2 Vava Magnetic Phone Car Mount

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$11.99

Vava’ simple magnet mount sticks to your car’s dashboard, via an adhesive, and has a rotating ball joint so you can adjust the direction your iPhone faces. It doesn’t charge your iPhone. 

3 Spiegel Wireless Car Charger

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$49.99

The simple car mount rests on your car’s dashboard and has a rotating ball joint to adjust the direction your iPhone faces. The big advantage is that it’s available in four difference colors: space grey, black, red or gold. 

4 WixGear Magnetic Phone Mount

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$19.99

$11.99 (40% off)

This simple and affordable car mount attaches to your car’s air vent. It doesn’t have a ball joint, so it doesn’t offer quite as much adjustability as other car mounts. But it’s also the cheapest option out there. ($12 gets you a two-pack.)  

5 Moment Car Vent Mount with MagSafe

Moment shopmoment.com

$39.99

Moment’s magnetic car mount connects to your car’s air vents, and it works with or without Moment’s special iPhone 12 cases (in case you’re not using Moment’s ecosystem of accessories). It does not charge your iPhone, so you’ll want to have a Lightning cable in your car.

6 Aukey Car Phone Mount

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Aukey’s car mount is unique because your can stick it to your car’s dashboard or windshield. Its very adjustable, too, with a rotating base, so you can get your viewing adjust just right. It doesn’t charge your iPhone. 

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Subaru’s Badass Outback Wilderness Has an Issue When It Comes to Road Trips

Last week, after much anticipation, Subaru unveiled its new Outback Wilderness. It stands to be the most off-road capable Outback yet with 9.5 inches of ground clearance, a beefier long-travel suspension, reconfigured approach and departure angles and a set of grabby Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires. But that enhanced capability comes with a cost.

The EPA has just published its official fuel economy estimates for the Outback Wilderness — and not too surprisingly, the off-road modifications make the vehicle less fuel-efficient. The Wilderness only comes with the more potent 2.4-liter turbo engine, and it gets 26 mpg on the highway highway compared to the 30 mpg of the standard version, a 13 percent efficiency drop. Why the variation? Blame the off-road tires, which increase resistance (and thus decrease fuel economy).

City numbers, 22 mpg for the Wilderness and 23 mpg for the standard, are more comparable. (For perspective, the base engine Outback earns 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.)

The loss in highway efficiency isn’t ideal for what many buyers will use the Outback Wilderness for: going a long way from home to get out into the Wilderness. That said, with a substantial 18.5-gallon fuel tank, the Outback Wilderness will still deliver about 481 miles of theoretical range on the highway.

Despite Subaru’s reputation as a brand for nature lovers, it has been noticeably reticent on developing more fuel-efficient engines. The Evoltis is due to arrive soon, but neither of the brand’s core sellers, the Outback and the Forester, even has a hybrid option, when the rival Toyota RAV4 has multiple.

Fuel inefficiency hasn’t bitten Subaru, an absolute U.S. sales colossus the past decade, yet. But VW took a shot at the Outback in its recent ID.4 ad. And there’s the scary prospect of Rivian cutting into Subaru’s market share with a smaller, more affordable and adventure-tuned EV.

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