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Nate Swanner

Nate Swanner

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Nate is General Manager for all not-Digital-Trends properties at DTMG, including The Manual, Digital Trends en Espanol (DTES),  21Oak, NewFolks, The Angle, PawTracks, HappySprout, ToughJobs, and BlissMark. He was previously an Editor at Dice Insights, The Next Web, SlashGear, and Android Authority.

A former chef, lifelong snowboarder, documentary fiend, and avid traveler, Nate eats well, learns constantly, and falls down a lot of snowy mountains.

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How to dry fresh basil: 5 ways to preserve this essential herb

Are you wondering how to dry fresh basil for your dishes? There are five simple ways to go about it at home.
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Here’s how to unclog your garbage disposal in 6 easy steps

Dealing with a blocked disposal drain? We've put together a comprehensive guide to help you learn the best way to unclog a garbage disposal drain.
Hiking in France

6 exhilarating hiking movies to inspire your next trek

When you're stuck inside, get a bit of that wild charm by watching hiking movies (both fiction and nonfiction) that put the natural world front and center.
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The 8 best playing cards that are up for grabs

Whether you want something classic or an irreverent option for game nights (and even an UNO deck!), we got you covered with the best playing cards.
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How to shape a beard: The ultimate guide for every face shape

With proper practice and these tips, you'll be sure to have the best beard around by mastering the skills required to shape a proper beard for your face shape.
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How to wash a cashmere sweater without ruining it

Accidentally spilled something on your cashmere sweater? We got you. Read on to know how to wash a cashmere sweater without ruining it.
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All energy, no jitters: The best CBD coffee brands

CBD coffee will wake you up, but also help you avoid the jitters and chill you out. It's pretty much the best of both worlds.
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The right way to do crunches and get rock hard abs

Working on your physique? Try one of these techniques to do crunches correctly and produce excellent results.

Rum 101: An enthusiast’s guide to understanding the different types of rum

Our guide helps you understand the nuances of rum production, so you yourself can discover which types of rum you'll enjoy the most.
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Your winter gear deserves serious protection: The best ski and snowboard bags

Ski and snowboard bags are essential for travel to avoid dinging and denting your expensive equipment, and many are padded, offering additional protection.
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The best fitness trackers: Our top picks

These are some of the best fitness trackers that help you with monitor your workout, your run, or even your sleep.
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A quick guide to Super Bowl prop bets and other fun football betting games

Looking to make a little extra side money during the big game? Here's a quick rundown of some possible Super Bowl prop bets and other football betting games.
Arapahoe Basin resort in Colorado

Snowboarding and skiing news: Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin resort has a new owner

Arapahoe Basin, a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding, has been purchased by Alterra Mountian Company
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Arbor snowboards review: The Annex Camber snowboard doesn’t back down

Looking for an all-mountain champion that carves powder and surfs groomers? The Arbor Annex Camber might be just what you need.
Forge+Bond and CSS carbon fiber manufacturing

I have seen the future of carbon fiber, and it’s going to transform everything around you

Carbon fiber is a dirty business, but Forge+Bond have a revolutionary new way to make carbon fiber products with almost zero waste.
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Someone finally gave Clew bindings an honest review, and there’s a lot to unpack

Clew bindings are all over social media, and one online personalirty finally gave them an honest, objective review - and roasts Clew thoroughly
Salomon Huck Knife Pro snowboard

Salomon Huck Knife Pro snowboard review: Now I know why I see this board all over the X Games

Ever wonder why so many pro snowboarders ride the Huck Knife Pro in competitions like x Games? Us, too. Now we get it.
TRW PRIMO jacket and bib

Snowboard gear review: TREW PRIMO outerwear is a home run for skiers and snowboarders

Looking for great new ski or snowboard outerwear? We give the TREW Primo our full review, and we walked away pretty happy
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Romp skis review: The Oso 105 is simply begging for powder

Looking for a great pair of skis that don't back down to any conditions? We think the Romp Oso 105 might be what you're looking for
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From the kettlebell swing to the suitcase carry, here are the best kettlebell workouts to build muscle fast

Kettlebells are like the Goldilocks of weights. Here are the best kettlebell workouts for men.

Stanley cup alternatives: The best water bottles you can get

Check out our picks for the best water bottles to help you to stay hydrated while hiking, working out, and more.
Breckenridge Ski Resort

At Breckenridge Ski Resort, I learned who should (and shouldn’t) get a ski guide or take lessons

Looking to take a lesson or schedule time with a ski guide? At Breckenridge Ski Resort, I learned who should - and shouldn't - schedule an appointment.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

Take a dip in these 9 hot springs across the globe – from California to Iceland

Relax and rejuvenate in one of these nine best hot springs around the world, where you'll be treated to wondrous views and therapeutic waters.
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Mental health podcasts that may teach you something new about yourself

This podcast roundup not only provides perspective and tools to improve mental health, it describes mental health challenge of being an American man.
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After eating a meal, this is how long you should wait to exercise

Exercising immediately after eating can cause cramps and indigestion. Learn how long to wait to work out after eating.
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4 delicious casserole recipes to try right now (it’s the comfort food you need)

Try all four of these casserole dishes today. You won't be disappointed in these recipes.
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How to pack luggage: Tips and tricks for your bulky winter clothing

Sometimes you can't pack light -- here's how to save space even with bulky clothing items.
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Skinceuticals, Pure for Men, and more: Try these 9 night creams for your skin

Skin repairs itself while you sleep. This year, try incorporating night creams for men into your routine to improve skin recovery and reduce wrinkles.
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Ferrari vs. Lamborghini: What you need to know about these iconic brands

Have trouble choosing between Ferrari and Lamborghini. We take you through their pasts and into their futures to help you choose between the two.
Coconut cocktail rum cream drink

The 8 best rum cream liqueurs you need to know about

These rum cream liqueurs vary from from Jamaican classics and Brazilian coconut flavors to your standard horchata-inspired fare.
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The best podcasts to listen to while working out

The best podcasts to listen to at the gym will distract your mind and get you motivated for each and every workout.
Whiskey sour cocktail

How to make a proper whiskey sour

The whiskey sour is a classic, and this is how to make one the right way, every time.
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Vail travel guide: Where to stay, what to eat, and more

There’s something about Vail that is distinct from any other winter destination in the U.S. Get the most out of your Vail vacation with our guide.
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The best absinthes for a green drink that will make you paint the town red

There's really no better time than now to hit the dance floor with the green fairy by trying some absinthe.
Mitsubishi Outlander in snowy conditions

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid review: Is it as capable off-road as it is on?

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a great option if you're in the market for a $50,000 PHEV SUV - but can it handle adverse conditions? We find out
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These are my favorite non-alcoholic drinks that will get you through Dry January

Dry January may mean abstaining from alcohol, but there are some great non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy.
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How to practice mindfulness, according to an expert

Practicing mindfulness throughout your life can reduce stress and bring joy and health.
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These brands have the best workout clothes for every fitness routine

Here are some of the best workout clothing brands regardless of your level of fitness. Be sure to grab some new gear and hit the gym.
Wy'East Academy dry slope and airbag

This snowboarding and skiing-focused high school is about to get a U.S.-first feature

Wy'East Academy in Oregon is getting a U.S.-first skiing and snowboarding feature that will draw the attention of athletes and students
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How to drink whiskey: A beginner’s guide (with tips from a pro)

Consider taking up whiskey drinking as a hobby? To help you enjoy a fine glass of this hallowed spirit, here's a brief guide on how to drink whiskey.
Cigar humidor

Cigar humidor 101: What they are, how they work, and our top picks

Cigars require a specific temperature and moisture level. Without a humidor, you just won’t be able to keep them fresh. So, here are some of our top picks.
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Learn how to pick a lock in 6 easy steps

Whether you're forgetful or you are continually planning for the end of the world, We have some key advice on how to pick a lock for beginners.
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How to start journaling to support your own well-being

Along with working out consistently, writing in a journal can help people set priorities, establish goals, and live with intention.
Burton Step-On

Burton Step-On review: Should you opt-in to Step-On?

Burton Step-On is progressive but polarizing. Are these the boots and bindings you should be buying in 2023? After two seasons of testing, we have the answer.
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How many shots are in a handle of liquor? We’ll walk you through it

Here are some helpful ways to figure out how many handles you and your buddies will need for your next drinking party.
Burton Loback Step-On

Burton Step-On bindings review: Step-On Loback will make you rethink your snowboard setup

Burton Loback Step-On snowboard bindings are a continuation in the drive for fewer straps and more fun. Does it deliver? Find out!
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The best recipe apps to channel your inner chef

From plant-based to diverse, international recipes, these recipe apps will satisfy any home chef looking for that next great home-cooked meal.
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Travel tips and tricks: Dumb mistakes I make every time (but you can avoid)

Looking for travel tips to help smooth your journey? Here are a few common mistakes even the most experienced of travelers can make.
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These are the best potato vodka options on the market

Potato vodka is the "healthiest" of vodkas, due to its gluten-free and sugar-free make. Here are a few savory, versatile vodkas that are worth a taste.
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Snowboard profiles, explained: How to pick the right snowboard, every time

Curious how to know if the snowboard you're looking at is right for you? Our snowboard profile guide will tell you how to pick the right board, every time.