Outdoor Barware That Makes a Killer Camp Minibar

For folks who like to end their long day of adventuring with a few libations, putting together a kickass cocktail setup is essential. Because when you have the right outdoor barware, there’s really no reason for cocktail hour at the campsite to mean just dipping into a cooler full of beers or swigging shots of whiskey from a passed bottle.

 

 

You could always just throw a bunch of your current bits of barware from home into a bag and call it a day, but for surviving the rigors of outdoor life, why not splurge on some new outdoor barware that’s portable and tough? You can easily class it up a bit with a few key pieces, like the ones below, that are designed to help turn the outdoors into an open-air speakeasy.

 

 

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1. Hydro Flask 20 L Day Escape Soft Cooler Pack

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What to Expect From Basil Hayden’s New Recipe—a Brown Rice-Based Bourbon

Basil Hayden, one of the most popular “gateway” bourbons on the market‚ just dropped a new bottle that’ll make us all want to be novices again. Basil Hayden Toast is a first-of-its-kind bourbon. The new recipe replaces the Jim Beam distillery’s signature rye with brown rice, and finishes the whiskey in specially toasted barrels for added depth and flavor.

 

The benefits of brown rice

The folks at Beam tell us the Basil Hayden Toast recipe is made with U.S.-grown brown rice. It was chosen for this recipe to impart “a hint of sweetness and a touch less spice.”

Swapping out rye for brown rice cuts a significant portion of the well known “rye spice” flavor. It’s a taste that can be too aggressive for new drinkers. In addition, the toasted barrel finish replaces that spice with deeper elements of sweetness: notes of caramelized sugar and toasted wood.

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Keep Your Cool in These Men's Summer Style Essentials

About 15 years ago, the designer Miuccia Prada told the Wall Street Journal, “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Now, Prada wasn’t talking about the COVID-19 pandemic, but in the last year or so, human contact has been quick and fleeting. If you did have a chance to meet friends, it was while wearing a mask and standing six feet away. And, to be sure, sitting on a Zoom call wasn’t a great way to show off your style. Want to reconnect with the world this year? Expressing yourself with the right men’s summer style essentials is an undeniably great way to do it.

 

 

As the temperatures rise this summer, there’s something to be said for looking cool, while also being cool. Our preview of the best men’s summer style essentials mixes style and comfort to … Read more

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The Best Week 1 College Football Games to Watch This Season

The first week of the college football season is quickly approaching, but for football fans, it can’t come soon enough. While season-long predictions based on teams’ performance in Week 1 college football games are always a little sketchy, there may be more of that than usual this year. For one thing, everyone’s skittish after a farcical 2020 season that saw 139 game cancellations or postponements. We’re eager for a return to normalcy, and that means picking studs and duds as quickly as possible. But that’s not the only reason: This fall’s Week 1 schedule—unfolding across the week of September 4—really is juicy.

 

 

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Here are seven Week 1 games that stand out as events to circle on your football calendar.

Thursday, 7 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN: Boise State at UCF

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The Most Powerful Organic Skincare Lines Are Coming From Italy

There’s no contesting Italy’s reputation for decadence. From fashion to cars, the Italian boot has punted some of the most recognizable and coveted brands (think Gucci, Maserati, and Ferrari) into the mainstream. Heck, even its most simple culinary exports like pizza and pasta somehow manage to be unsparing in their indulgence. But what about skincare—will France and Korea continue to dominate? Well, when it comes to clean, organic skincare products, Italy is fast becoming a power player on the field.

 

 

With a diverse climate, Italy is a gold mine for naturally grown botanicals and marine ingredients that benefit skin. Over the past few years, small-batch Italian brands have been rising up the ranks because of the surging demand for chemical-free, non-toxic, organic skincare. After all, we should all be conscious of what we slather on our faces.

Two research-driven, family-owned labels based in the Italian countryside are expanding offerings into … Read more

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College Football's New 2021 QBs: Who Has the Best Chance at Success?

Not long ago, it was possible to win national championships without elite college football quarterbacks. Nick Saban’s Alabama teams did it three times between 2009 and 2012. Each time they relied on dominant defenses, punishing running games, and QBs who mainly had to make sure they didn’t throw too many interceptions.

 

 

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But the sport has changed. Spread offenses that rely on high-volume, high-difficulty passing have put a premium on QBs who can chuck the ball around more accurately than their predecessors. It’s no longer possible to win it all without one of the best QBs in the country.

2021 is shaping up to be an interesting season. A big handful of potential title contenders, plus a few peripheral contenders who made their own runs last season, are replacing their QBs. Trying to figure out which teenaged … Read more

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Article One x Mission Workshop Sunglasses: Enduringly Cool and Rugged

We love a mashup between brands with similar visions and a fervor for premium craftmanship. Our latest obsession comes from Article One, curator of heirloom eyewear, and Mission Workshop, maker of technical gear and apparel. Their titular masterpiece, Article One X Mission Workshop, is a twist on navigator sunglasses.

 

 

The styling comes from Article One’s roots. Its eyewear is all handmade in a village in northern Italy, right at the base of the Dolomites. You can see the Italian influence in the slightly retro, angular frames. The double brow bar imbues an aviator, but maintains the more rectangular shape and geometry of a classic navigator. It’s stately, bold, and injects instant style to your look.

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The frames themselves are made from a thick TR90 polymer, making them lighter, more durable, and more flexible than acetate. It’s the Read more

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Travis Kelce on Patrick Mahomes, Staying Fit, and the Sparkle of a Super Bowl Ring

Travis Kelce is a force to be reckoned with on the field. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end is a six-time Pro Bowler, holds the record for the most single-season receiving yards for any tight end in the NFL, and was a major factor in the Chiefs’ historic win at Super Bowl LIV in 2020 (and their return to the Super Bowl in 2021). But as the longest-serving player on the Chiefs roster (he has played in Kansas City since getting drafted in 2013) he’s also a leader in the locker room, too. And judging from our conversation with him during a recent virtual interview, it’s a role he takes very seriously.

“I love this Kansas City fan base, and I love playing for the coaches and players in this building,” he tells Men’s Journal. “I put it on myself to up my game so that I can be … Read more

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No, Jason Momoa Isn't on the Keto Diet. Here's How He Eats to Get Ripped

It might surprise you to learn self-proclaimed red meat lover Jason Momoa isn’t on the paleo or keto diet. What’s not a surprise is he’s a big freaking guy—especially if your first Momoa sighting was the actor as Khal Drogo, a Dothraki khalasar chieftain in Game of Thrones. If that’s the case, you’ve always had the impression of Momoa being a mammoth human. Standing at 6’4″, the actor’s got an imposing frame—and adding slabs of muscle doesn’t take a gargantuan effort. If you’re curious how the actor trains to become a superhero the likes of Aquaman and stay limber on the reg, check out Warrior Workouts: Jason Momoa’s Trainer Shares the Secret Sauce of Shaping a Superhero. That said, Momoa’s trainer and healer, Damian Viera, does have Momoa clean up his act to get that shrink-wrapped look for blockbusters like Aquaman.

 

 

How Jason Momoa Eats to Get Skin-to-Muscle Ripped for

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A Brief Timeline of Cryptocurrency's Weird and Wild Rise

The world of cryptocurrency can feel a lot like the Wild West. Its origins are as shaky as its rise has been shady.

 

 

The buzz started with Bitcoin: A computerized algorithm generates a digital token of exchange that’s registered on a public database (i.e a blockchain). Supporters thought because it was decentralized—not under governmental control—it had the legs to totally transform global finance.

Of course there were drawbacks. Because it had little real-world use to anchor its value, prices swung drastically. The solution: a digital “coin” that would be registered on the blockchain but backed by actual U.S. dollars. Enter RealCoin. Below, we detail all the developments that have taken place over the years (and, boy, are there a lot of twists and turns).

For a deeper dive into cryptocurrency, read our feature: Tether Is a Trail of Shady Deals and Shattered Promises. Too Bad Cryptocurrency Now Depends on It.… Read more

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Triathlete Ben Kanute on Chasing History at Escape From Alcatraz

Winning any professional triathlon three times in a row is impressive, but Escape From Alcatraz isn’t just any triathlon. Participants take a chilly plunge into San Francisco Bay’s choppy water for a 1.5-mile swim, then haul 18 miles up twisting hills by bike, and finish with an eight-mile run. The pièce de résistance: a brutal set of cliff stairs called the Sand Ladder. Two thousand amateur and professional athletes from over 50 countries will test their limits on Aug. 15—when the venerated race celebrates its 40th anniversary—but the man to watch is Ben Kanute. 

 

 

The 28-year-old American athlete will attempt to swim-bike-run down history as the first man to win Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon for four consecutive years. After winning this race from 2017 to 2019, Kanute has been waiting two years for his chance at the record after 2020’s race was canceled due to COVID-19. We caught up … Read more

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These Affordable Destinations in America Will Pay You Up to $15,000 to Move

What if we told you there were some towns in America that would pay you to move? If you ever get that nagging voice in the back of your mind—the one that tries to convince you to pack all your belongings and uproot your life for a fresh start—well, now’s the time to listen to it.

 

 

Maybe you’ve toyed with the notion of escaping somewhere familiar—or perhaps someplace far away. You’re not alone, but more and more people are taking the plunge. About 31 percent of young adults (ages 18 to 31) relocated, either permanently or for an extended period of time, during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by Bankrate. And more than 15.9 million people filed change-of-address requests last year from February through July alone, per data collected from the United States Postal Service.

The overarching migration trends are nothing new, but the phenomenon was certainly … Read more

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Small-Plane Adventures Perfect for Those Seeking Solitude

Life is a highway? Not with these fantastic airborne adventures. You see, the sound of silence is just a quick plane ride away. And in these cases, big trips come by way of small aircrafts. See our favorite small-plane adventures for those seeking solitude.

 

 

Best Small-Plane Adventures Across North America

Middle Fork Salmon River, Idaho

To reach the best of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, you need to fly. From a put-in at Indian Creek, whitewater paddlers ride 100 rapids in as many miles during a week floating one of the most remote areas in the Lower 48. The finale features 3,000-foot granite cliffs in Impassable Canyon. Middle Fork River Expeditions gets you there in a Cessna 205.

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Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska

Many Alaska destinations involve picking across glaciers or bushwhacking—the Talkeetnas demand neither. Hikers … Read more

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