Reading Time: 3 minutes Face it: You're not 16 anymore. Maybe you have a respectable career (or are trying to get one) and you need to look like a grown up. You end your day with a good cigar, why do you start your day with something that sucks? It's time to stop shaving like you did in high school. By changing the way you shave, you can look better and actually enjoy the way you start your mornings. Learn more about wetshaving, straight razors, safety razors, shaving brushes, and old-school manhood.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Europe in the 1930’s. With the clouds of war still some years away, Zino takes a wife, starts a family of his own, and is now doing the purchasing and marketing for his father’s store in Geneva. He is determined to give consumers what they want – Cuban cigars. Zino also devises a way to keep cigars properly humidified during the cold European winters. Later in the decade, during WWII, Zino lucks into a risky business deal that will eventually change everything.
Reading Time: 7 minutes What happens when you take all the filters off your search engine, and just plug in “awesome”? You get an assortment of items like our Wicked Cool Shit – ten great things that may not change your life, but will leave you better than we found you. This month’s guide features drinking accesories, motorcycles, extreme transport, high-tech knives, workout equipment, and more of the coolest stuff in the world.
Reading Time: 3 minutes You're using that iPhone for work? And that iPad for…buying stuff? How dare you!?! These amazing devices that sprang from the tortured minds of evil iOS geniuses are the best ways to engage the multitude of gaming choices out there in the App store. Which leads to our second problem: weeding through the dizzying range of selections to sort the “incredible” from the “meh.” We've narrowed it down to the best of the best in the shooter, strategy, time-killer and sports categories, plus four more. Don’t sweat the search for a good game – we’ve got your back.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Roads? Where we're going, she doesn't need roads…Contributor Jackie Olexa is your Sherpa through the “Grand Circle,” an unofficial designation for the massive land area encompassing vast swaths of five southwestern states: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. The Circle contains America's largest concentration of national parks and monuments, interconnected only by designated Scenic Byways and rugged backcountry roads, and is the site of iconic destinations such as Zion, Bryce and Arches. But beyond the sea of summer tourist stops is an ocean of lesser-known magical landscapes, accessible only by roads less traveled.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Four Spanish galleons, a team of support boats and 20,000,000 pesos worth of Mexican silver found their way to the bottom of the ocean in a 1733 hurricane. Even a Spanish Armada is no match for the fight that Mother Nature can provide. Follow the trip of the Capitana El Rubi's treasure from surface, to sea floor and back again
Reading Time: 5 minutes Rich in Cuban culture, the city of Tampa has played a major role in the history of handmade cigars since 1866 when Vicente Martinez bought 40 acres of land and founded Ybor City. Out of the hundreds of cigar factories that existed in Ybor City and West Tampa, only about two dozen are still standing. Thanks to the efforts of some of the cigar industry’s leading manufacturers, several of the city’s original factories have been restored, while several new Tampa-based boutique cigar companies have moved in, keeping the city’s cigar-making tradition alive to this day.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Let's face it – though you're a freak for good sound (or “audiophile”), you can't drag a turntable with you everywhere. But your digital tunes don't have to sound like they're playing back out of the bottom of a tin can stuffed with wet socks, either. Our tech suggestions help you turn the tunes feeding your secret ABBA fetish into a full-bodied, chest-pounding “Dancing Queen” adventure. We won't judge. Much.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Chances are, you recently heard the question: “does anyone have a knife?!” In this month's MANual, we put you in the know as to why and how that little lifesaver should be in your pants' pocket. Whether you might need to be opening, trimming, slicing or dicing, you never know when a proper knife will come in handy – but you know that it will. See why the pocket knife should be on the list of every man's essentials.