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This slick wireless speaker catches eyes and ears wherever you take it

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There are certainly no lack of options to choose from as you shop for a wireless speaker, but it can be tough to find a portable sonic companion that both…

Living, Travel

Write Au Naturale with Field Notes’ Shelterwood Notebook

An idea isn't worth much if you can't capture it. Field Notes' notebooks pose a solution — one reveling in American Cherry and 70-pound stock paper.

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Living

New Music Monday: Free Sampler from ATO Records

This week on New Music Monday we are excited to offer up a free sampler from ATO Records. ATO is one of the most eclectic independent record labels in the world today and features an outstanding and...
diverse roster which includes several of this year’s breakthrough artists. The compilation will appeal to fans of many...

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Living

Talking Shop with Six & Sons Founder Alexander Six

We love an awesome concept store, but we especially love happening upon one while on a European mini break. Strolling the streets of Amsterdam early one Sunday morning in March, we came across Six &...
Sons, which quickly became the find of the trip. The two-storey store houses a coffee house upstairs and all kinds...

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Tubecore’s Duo warms up your digital media with the glow of vacuum tubes

Here’s a little nugget of knowledge professional  musicians, recording engineers and audiofiles have known for decades: When it comes to amazing sound, nothing beats tubes. Sure, modern technology...
has lead to amazing advancements in digital amplification, but nothing sounds smoother and richer than tube-based audio gear. Now, a brand-new company out of Maryland is marrying...

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Brew an Awesome Cup of Coffee With the Canadiano

We’re big fans of interesting coffee makers here at The Manual, and we’ve found a new one that is pretty cool. It’s called the Canadiano. What makes this coffee maker so special? The Canadiano is a...
locally manufactured coffee maker that is crafted from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. All manufacturing is done...

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Living

Know Your Knife: A Guide to Good Steel

There is no tool as versatile, handy, and long lasting as a well-made knife. The only problem, however, is that telling a good knife from a bad one can be nearly impossible if you weren’t raised by a...
blacksmith. The biggest factor is the quality of the steel, and since steel is an alloy that’s...

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First Drive: 2015 McLaren 650S

Standing in the courtyard of the hotel in Málaga, Spain, leaning against the fastest car I’ve ever driven, I glance over at my co-pilot. Slightly out of breath, he looks hypnotized by the orange...
supercar sitting before us. His eyes slowly wander from the car and onto my face. “Was I really going 275 kilometers...

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Living

Denali’s Stunning Live-Edge Wood Furniture

Now that the industrial era has come and gone, Portland’s central eastside industrial district has slowly been taken over by a wave of new entrepreneurial businesses — little artisan shops,...
studios, breweries, restaurants, and the like — but there are still few places where the oldschool industrial spirit lives on. Denali Furniture is one of...

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V-Moda’s XS on-ear headphones

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading from earbuds to something a little more … serious, but you aren’t into a big, bulky set of over-ear headphones, then you owe it to yourself to look...
into V-Moda’s latest, the V-Moda XS on-ear headphone. On-ear headphones are naturally less cumbersome than a full-sized set of cans, but...

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The Wood & Faulk Camp Stool

It has been brutal winter, but thankfully the season is over and spring is underway. Now that the calendar has turned to April, it’s time to start getting outdoors again. For a lot of us at The Manual,...
that means planning hiking day trips and overnight camping journeys. And we have the perfect addition to...

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Just Jus It.

It’s almost summer and we are all hitting the gym and getting fit for those weekends in the water and vacations with the in-laws (sigh). Juicing seems to be getting more popular with guys partly from the...
hype but also because our lady friends are seeing results. But what are the risks vs. the benefits?...

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First Drive: 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

Cars used to be savage. Cars used to put hair on a man’s chest. They used to rip and roar about with much fury, with no consideration for comfort or polar bears. They used to be evocative and raw and...
unpredictable. They used to be things of passion. Now, though, cars are softer. They whiz...

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