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Fashion & Style

Darn Tough: Socks for a Lifetime

When my hipster friend raved about his socks, I paid attention. They're tough, comfortable and guaranteed for life. Can't beat that.

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Fashion & Style, Worn Out Wednesday

Worn Out Wednesday: Phil Colón

Today we speak to Phil Colón, Founder and President of Project 2050 to hear more about his career and personal style.

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Fashion & Style

Fitting In: Trumaker Makes Custom Easy

When you are investing in a good suit, or even a good pair of jeans, the most important factor is how well it fits. While most of...
us don’t have the time or the money to customize all of our suits, a new company is allowing men across the nation to...
customize their shirts. Trumaker is revolutionizing an age old tradition, all while working around your schedule. Made to measure,...
or as they like to call it “built to fit” was previously thought of as something out of reach for the average dudes,...
but today there are new ‘e-tailors’ launching...

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Living

Throttle Jockey: What kind of motorcycle should I get?

Been thinking about getting into motorcycling? Hey, who isn't these days? One...
of the first questions you'll need to answer is what kind of motorcycle is...
right for you.

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Fashion & Style

A Gentleman’s Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweaters

There was a time when folks wore Christmas sweaters in earnest. Bright, garish,...
over-the-top Christmas sweaters succinctly represented the unpretentious,...
unapologetic cheer and excess of the holiday season. As a child, you might have...
snickered when your parents donned sweaters that were lousy with Christmas...
miscellany. As it turns out, time has yet again vindicated your parents’...
fashion choices–in recent years, mass hipsteria and the rise of irony...
have helped bring ugly Christmas sweaters to glorious new heights....
Ugly-sweater-themed parties are popping up all over the place,...
#uglychristmassweater is blowing up Instagram, and you can even find...
sports-themed Christmas sweaters...

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Fashion & Style

A Chat About FW14 with CWST

California-based menswear brand CWST is all about super wearable low-key...
luxury. Founders Joe Sadler and Derek Buse take a refreshingly natural approach...
to design. The pair are advocates of essential clothing, always avoiding...
superfluous detail that may deter the modern man. We caught up with the guys to...
talk holiday plans and winter dressing in Southern California.

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Fashion & Style

The Manual’s Debut Collaboration with Kiriko

We are excited to introduce our readers to our very first collaboration with...
Portland based Kiriko.

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Food & Drink

Three Jerks Jerky

If you are scrambling for a last minute holiday gift or stocking stuffer, why...
not pick up a package of Three Jerks Jerky?

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Living, Travel, Trekking

Trekking: Drink up with our favorite backpacking flasks

Drinking may be an activity for the everyman, but romping through the woods...
with a six-pack of your favorite beer isn't the most conducive for lightweight...
packing. Thankfully, we've rounded up eight of our favorite flasks for your...
next outdoor endeavor, from Vapur to Vargo.

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New Music Monday

New Music Monday: Our Favorite Songs from 2014

New Music Monday is moving in a new direction. Today and next Monday we’ll...
be looking back through 2014 at some of our favorite tunes of the year, and the...
week after that, we will discuss the most anticipated records of 2015. This...
week we focus on our five favorite tracks from New Music Monday artists. 5....
PHOX – “Slow Motion” from PHOX (Partisan Records) The list begins...
with “Slow Motion,” the breezy lead single from PHOX’s self-titled debut...
record. The septet plays an appealing brand of indie pop that features tinges...
of folk, Americana, and even Caribbean music. The standout element...

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Fashion & Style

Dainese Launches The 36060 Capsule Collection

Unless you’re a rider, you probably wouldn’t have heard of Dainese, the...
industry leader in protective gear for motorcyclists, mountain bikers and...
winter sports. You might, however, be hearing a lot more about it soon,...
courtesy of its new capsule collection launching online and at select stores on...
the West Coast and Midwest. Comprising jackets, shirts, knits, gloves and...
footwear, the 36060 collection (named after the zipcode of the brand’s...
birthplace in Molvena, Italy) is the first in the company’s 40-year history...
to cross over into lifestyle territory. It’s also a beaut. Dainese’s...
designers whittled down the collection to some...

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Living

Hi-fi Corner: Pioneer’s SP-SB03 Speaker Base makes your TV worth listening to

The brilliantly nuanced Andrew Jones SP-SB03 Speaker Base from Pioneer is one...
of the best sounding compact home theater solutions on the market.

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Fashion & Style

5 Snow Boots to Get You Through Winter

Winter is here and for those of you who live in areas with snow, you’re going...
to need your snow boots soon. Here are The Manual’s picks for snow boots that...
will keep you warm, dry and looking good. Gore-Tex Kangaroo Upland Boots Not...
only will these boots withstand the elements, they also look pretty stylish. We...
recommend these for those of you want to look good while keeping dry. $189 at...
llbean.com. Patagonia Activist Waterproof Snow Boot These Patagonia boots take...
inspiration from the beloved Converse Chuck Taylor high-tops. These boots are...
perfect for those of you who live...

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