The Manual

Tired of Dodging Bullets at Work? Check Out This Bulletproof Briefcase

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This bulletproof briefcase from the Force Training Institute may not protect you from an angry boss, but it can protect you from, you know, bullets.

Living

Why Spend Thousands On A Tricked-Out Adventure Trailer When You Can Rent One For Hundreds?

Are you eager to enjoy the outdoors, but not so eager to sleep on the ground? Off The Grid Rentals has lots of camping equipment available for rent, including a slick off-road teardrop trailer.

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Living

Supreme and Mophie Team Up to Power Your Devices

The California-based technology company and the New York-based cult skatewear brand collaborated on a limited edition battery pack.

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Living

2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop review

MINI is quite good at turning gasoline into forward momentum. Of all the things the new, bigger MINI struggles with, and believe me there are many, flinging itself forward is not one of them. Stomp the...
skinny pedal of the Cooper S and it rushes forward with an eagerness, immediacy, and intensity few might expect from such a twee coupe – especially one that looks more carp than car. In this way, as a...
veritable giggle-factory, it is quite enjoyable. This is the trouble with the MINI Cooper S Hardtop. It is good fun, but as a reasonable, well-valued mode...

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Living

Sawdust Wood Co., board but not boring

We love handmade, high quality gifts - and quirky gifts made from locally sourced materials only seal the deal for us here at The Manual.

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Living, Travel, Trekking

Trekking: Get high with the Amok Draumr 2.0 hammock

Camping hammocks are a totally feasible alternative to tents, so long as you have a few trees nearby. The Amok Draumr 2.0 is one the best, too, touting bug netting and a versatile design that allows you to...
recline or lie completely flat.

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Living

Throttle Jockey: Rites (and rides) of Spring

Need an excuse to get your gear on and check the tires? Find a "spring opener," a ride organized by you, your buddies or a local club.

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Living

Hi-Fi Corner: Onkyo waxes nostalgic with the CP-1050 turntable

Onkyo joins the ranks of so many electronics companies these days, heading back to the old ways with a new turntable, the classically-styled CP-1050

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Living

The Smoker: Portland’s Best-Kept St. Paddy’s Day Secret

Warm whiskey; chanting; a smoke ring breaking apart as it lands gently on the table; a fleck of sweat knocked loose by a well-placed uppercut. Here's how we celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Portland.

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Living

2015 Ferrari FF review

Ferrari’s FF isn’t just a four-wheel drive supercar or a V12 grand tourer; it’s both … with room for three of your friends and their luggage.

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Living, Trekking

Trekking: Strap in and step up with our favorite crampons

Trekking in the snow requires more than a pair of cargo shorts and synthetic-leather boots. The right crampons provide stability and traction in a variety or scenarios, allowing you to securely traverse...
glaciers and climb ice shelves easier than ever before. Here are our three current favorites.

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Living

Throttle Jockey: Spring return-to-riding pro tips

If you're like most fair-weather riders and parked your bike when it finally got too cold, too wet and dark too early (or all of the above), you're probably pretty amped to get back in gear and get back...
out on the road.

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Food & Drink, Living

The Manual’s No-Nonsense Guide to Curing a Hangover

Drank a bit much last night, and now you feel half dead? Check out this quick reference guide to learn how to cure a hangover. We don't beat around the bush here -- we just give you the facts, and a few...
good ideas for getting over this most unfortunate affliction

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