Men's Journal Men's Journal Latest Features and Entertainment and Sports and Health & Fitness and Gear and Style and Food & Drink and Travel and Adventure News Fri, 28 Jan 2022 18:58:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Epic Lessons Learned Motorcycling From Kilimanjaro to Cape Town Fri, 28 Jan 2022 18:57:43 +0000 “Throttle through it!” Josh barked through our Bluetooth headsets, watching as my back tire fishtailed in six inches of sand.

“It’s soft on this corner too,” Marlin warned, less than 10 yards ahead of us.

Even with knobby tires, our motorcycles struggled as they lost purchase to the ground below. Riding in sand is a game of maintaining both speed and balance—not overcorrecting, not allowing the bike to bog, not spinning the tires. Complicating matters, we each had 60-plus pounds of food, clothes, and camping gear in our rear saddlebags. If momentum veered the wrong way, it was game over.

The solution to this wobble, counterintuitively, is to hit the gas. The physics of it still don’t make sense to me, but it doesn’t matter. It works just about every time. I heeded Josh’s advice and punched it.

Three motorcycles riding through Africa's Namib desert
Andy Cochrane

The Namib desert is one of the least inhabited places in the world, with only a few settlements of pastoral farmers across a large swatch of southwestern Africa. It stretches from sub-Saharan Angola almost to the southern terminus of the continent, part of the way down South Africa. We often rode 100 miles or more without seeing another soul. Suffice to say, it lives up to the name’s origin—“vast place.”

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As the oldest and driest desert on the planet, it’s essentially an ocean bed above sea level, with sand dunes that stretch for dozens of miles and mountains that appear to be shaped by prehistoric wind and waves. Depending on who you’re talking to, riding motos across the Namib is either a bucket list goal or an absolute fool’s errand. At that point in our trip, I wasn’t sure which side of the debate I fell on.

What I did know is that the Namib converted the next 1,000 miles of our journey. In other words, I had better figure out how to ride in sand, and soon.

Seconds later, I repeated the balancing exercise, downshifting to keep the RPMs high and throttling through the loose corner. As I rounded the bend I looked up, only to see sand for hundreds of yards in front of us. “We’re really in it now,” laughed Sean, as he led the way into a real world Sarlacc Pit.

Motorcyclist throttles himself out of the mud on the Kili-Cape Town trail in Africa
Andy Cochrane


Lesson #1: If You’re Going to Do Something Stupid, Bring a Good Attitude

The only way was forward. We didn’t have the gas or the time to turn around. That left me with two options—complain about my impending doom or laugh about it as I figured it out. The former is easy, but I knew it wouldn’t get me anywhere. So, I jokingly asked Josh to write me a good eulogy and continued on.

The sand got progressively deeper, slowing us to a near glacial pace. We buried a few back tires and nearly laid the bikes over more than once, but none of it mattered. Lost in remote southwestern Namibia, we had nowhere to be, no one to prove anything to, and no ego left to care about.

Motorcyclists riding through the desert on a long straight dirt road
Andy Cochrane
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The jokes flew back and forth, spliced between laughter and moral support. This was a group effort, physically and mentally. And eventually, over the next hill, we found solid ground again. Clearly we could get through just about anything if we stayed positive.

That moment sufficiently summed up the entire trip. A lot went wrong: flat tires, reroutes, and a number of close calls—all of which we laughed off. There’s a calmness in knowing that your crew has your back. There’s a lightness in realizing that the worst moments always pass. There’s a freedom in learning that most problems don’t have a single right answer. Thick mud, deep sand, lightning storms, food poisoning, and bike trouble are all solvable problems, provided your group sticks together.

Motorcyclists making repairs on a tire during a road trip through Africa
Andy Cochrane

Lesson #2: Plan Ahead, but Save Some Room for Creativity

Let’s go back to the beginning and how we got into this mess. Two weeks earlier, we’d touched down in Arusha, Tanzania, clean cut and naively optimistic for the journey ahead. The four of us, close friends and frequent adventure partners, had spent the last half year planning this moto trip across Africa. That may sound like a lot of time, but for something of this magnitude, it turns out it really isn’t.

We divvied up the to-do list, researching routes, collecting the right gear, building out a spare parts list and repair kit, figuring out visas and vaccinations, and petitioning bosses for PTO. We moved fast, putting together a month-long, self-supported motorcycle ride across the southern half of Africa, but in all honesty, we didn’t know what to expect.

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We had the gear, riding experience, and GPX routes on our nav, but that’s just table stakes. There wasn’t a playbook for what we were about to get into—nor did we want one. We didn’t fly across the world to follow someone else’s path, repeat their experiences, and post the same photos to the ‘gram. We wanted to do it our way, get lost a few times, and figure it out as we went.

Giraffes staring from the side of the road
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Our route took us from the base of Kilimanjaro all the way to Cape Town, passing through four countries, half a dozen ecological zones, and across roughly 5,000 miles. We drove mostly dirt roads, hoping to see more wildlife, avoid truck traffic, and add to the adventure. At night we camped in tents, grabbing hotel rooms when we wanted a shower or needed a break from each other.

We were lucky to have the support of GoPro, using a mix of their newest cameras to capture the misadventures along the way. They sent enough cameras and batteries for us to be rolling for hours every day—producing over a terabyte of footage. Each day we tightroped between adventurous maybe-these-roads-connect options and safer bail-out plans. In practice, we often selected a third option—spotting a road on the map that looked appealing and taking it.

Motorcycles parked beside a hut-like Namib desert dwelling in Africa
Andy Cochrane

Lesson #3: There Are Places for Light-and-Fast Adventures. Africa Isn’t One of Them.

Taking a taxi from the airport, we drove straight to East African Motorcycles, one of the few dealers in the region. There we met Eric, the owner, and picked up our bikes—Royal Enfield Himalayans We had doubts that these 411cc, single stroke motos would hold up, but those fears dissipated after a day or two. Even by Cape Town, after thousands of miles of hard riding, we didn’t have a single, major mechanical issue.

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After signing contracts and celebrating Thanksgiving dinner at a nearby restaurant, we stayed up late, playing Tetris with our Giant Loop saddle and tank bags. This soft luggage offered each of us 100 liters of storage and held up impressively to rain, mud, and scrapes during the trip. We took our time that night, making sure everything was dialed, knowing that we would leave our last big city in the morning. We packed Good-To-Go dehydrated meals, spare clothes, some Nocs, cameras, and tents, pads, and light sleeping bags from Sea-to-Summit, a brand I’ve come to trust over the years.

Motorcyclists ride along a dirt road through a village along their Kili-to-Cape Town route
Andy Cochrane

Each of us wore Rev’it! Kits—I stuck with the DIRT series which kept me dry and still breathes well on the hot days. We used Bell Moto 9 helmets with Spy Foundation goggles and interchangeable lenses. The best upgrade we made specifically for this trip was Cardo System Packtalk Bluetooth headsets. These devices attach to helmets and run for 10 hours or more, allowing us to chat easily all day, even while riding at 70mph. This helped us stay safer, avoid obstacles, and made it a collective effort and shared experience.

African Elephants walking past some tents on the grass.
Andy Cochrane

The next morning we bought SIM cards and rode out of town, eager to see how the bikes performed fully loaded on dirt. We navigated with a Zumo XT from Garmin, a burly device that’s much easier to use than a phone. Our excitement got the best of us, popping a flat just 50 miles in, and realizing we didn’t have spare tubes. Out of service and dozens of miles past the last village, we were in a pickle. An hour later, we flagged down a car and got a tip about a “fundi” (moto shop) six miles ahead. Crisis avoided.

Motorcyclists ride along an asphalt road in the rain during the Kili-Cape Town ride
Andy Cochrane

Lesson #4: Trust Strangers (Sometimes)

This type of help—a common occurrence on the trip—restored my faith in people. As a kid I trusted virtually everyone. Sure, part of this was naivety, but growing up in small town America, I didn’t have a reason not to. My family was built on trust. So was my basketball team, my relationship with teachers, and the fabric of my small, Minnesota community.

At some point I’d lost that blanket faith in others. I stopped trusting strangers, big ideas, and handshake agreements. I stopped trusting new foods, half-baked plans, and eye twinkles. Maybe part of this comes with learning from failure. If best intentions haven’t panned out in the past, it’s fair to question them in the future. It’s fair to avoid the pain and disappointment again.

But what you’re really doing is not trusting the process of growth, and not trusting yourself. We met hundreds of people along the way who offered to help. Sure, some just wanted to sell us stuff, but most were decidedly genuine and selfless—particularly for people who don’t have much to give.

From the moto mechanic the first day to lodge hosts giving us a free room during a rain storm to fishermen on the Namibian coast offering us a fresh meal they had just caught, generous strangers turned up repeatedly—kind and curious about what we were doing. This made a huge impression on me. We come from so much privilege and typically just horde it. Back in the U.S., I hope to learn how to trust more people in my daily life.

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Andy Cochrane

Lesson #5: Good Friends Are the Most Valuable Thing We Have

When I pitched this story, the angle was about all those harrowing experiences I might face riding across one of the most remote and rugged places on earth. The reality turned out to be very different. It wasn’t necessarily smooth all the time, but somehow it felt that way. In spite of my stomach bug, the sketchy falls, the clogged fuel pump, the wrong turns, long days, and heavy rainstorms, the guys I rode with made this trip what it was—far surpassing any temporary setback.

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We lived through a lot of stories along the way. Elephants walked through our campsite and we got stuck overnight at the Zambian border. We faced wind so strong that it was hard to keep the bikes upright—and so on. In the end, it’s the relationships that mattered the most and got us through it all. That’s the real value in all of this. I’ve been lucky to meet many people during adventures around the globe, but only a few have changed my course in life—and I hope to never let them go.


20 Best Shampoos for Men in 2022 Fri, 28 Jan 2022 18:36:03 +0000 This article was published in partnership with Blu Atlas

You’d think that settling on the right shampoo would be an easy process, but with your unique hair needs and the overwhelming number of shampoos for men out there, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best shampoos for men, so you can carry on through the year with your best hair yet.

What Are the Different Types of Hair?

Finding the right shampoo begins with understanding your hair type and its needs. Here are the four different types of hair you may have:

  • Coily (Most Black hair is coily, and is characterized by tight curls and coarse strands that condense when wet. This is the most fragile type of hair and therefore requires targeted care.)
  • Curly (Curly hair means having well-formed curls and thick strands that frizz easily. This type of hair can be hard to control, as it’s easy to damage and gets out of control quickly.)
  • Wavy (Your hair is wavy if it has a bit more texture than straight hair but isn’t set into curls. This type of hair can get both oily and frizzy quickly.)
  • Straight (If you have straight hair, it probably lays flat no matter what you do. Straight hair may be thick or fine and typically stands up to environmental pressures better than the other types of hair do.)

What Kind of Shampoo Do You Need For Your Hair Type?

Now that you’ve identified which type of hair you have, it’s time to start looking for the right shampoo to keep it healthy and looking its best. Keep these things in mind as you shop for a shampoo based on your hair type:

Shampoo for Coily Hair

With coily hair, your main concerns will be moisture, damage, and frizz control. In order to keep your hair in check, look for shampoos that contain natural oils or butters, which will hydrate each follicle while also building up a protective layer. Shampoos that are advertised as strengthening are also a good bet for coily hair.

Stay away from silicones, which can do some serious damage to your strands. You’ll also want to avoid mineral oils, which coat the hair and prevent moisture from getting in.

Shampoo for Curly Hair

Thanks to its shape, curly hair dries out faster than straight hair, so seeking out shampoos with moisturizing power is a good idea. Stylists recommend staying away from sulfate or silicone ridden products, which can do more harm than good to your fragile strands. Products that contain natural oils and hydrating ingredients will also help tamp down frizz.

Shampoo for Wavy Hair

Since wavy hair gets the best and worst of both straight and curly types, you’ll want to find a balanced product that hydrates without leaving behind excess oil. Look for moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin or coconut oil for the best effect.

Shampoo for Straight Hair

Straight hair is the most prone to greasiness and can also look limp. Hit it with natural proteins for fullness, vitamins for hair health, and oil-busting ingredients such as tea tree for the best results.

Ingredients to Look For in Men’s Shampoo

It’s always a good idea to scan that label before you invest in a shampoo, and while you do so you should keep an eye out for these ingredients:

  • Glycerin. (Glycerin is a superhero when it comes to moisturizing ingredients, as it attracts hydration into your skin and follicles and helps lock it in so you don’t lose moisture throughout the day. In shampoos, glycerin also helps strengthen strands to prevent breakage.)
  • Natural Oils. (Oils such as avocado, jojoba, argan, and coconut deliver on all fronts. They give nutrients to your hair that help it grow thick and healthy while also providing moisture to the strands and scalp.)
  • Shea Butter. (Shea butter is another powerful moisturizing ingredient that is especially important for textured hair. This ingredient will combat frizz and boost shine while also using its anti-inflammatory properties to soothe the scalp.)
  • Aloe Vera. (Aloe works to strengthen and repair your hair so you can avoid breakage. It also soothes your scalp and fends off inflammation which will, in turn, lead to healthier looking hair. Its moisturizing capabilities are just an added bonus!)
  • Sulfate-Free Surfactants. (Surfactants act as cleansing agents to get rid of dirt and buildup and leave your scalp and hair clean and ready to absorb nutrients and moisture. Instead of sulfate, look for naturally derived surfactants that have the same effect without any of the downsides.)

1. Blu Atlas

Blu Atlas
Blu Atlas Blu Atlas

Not only is this fan-favorite shampoo suitable for all hair types, but it also packs a lot of natural nutrition into an affordable formula. What’s not to love? Men with all hair types will benefit from this product’s strengthening properties and its ingredients that tackle oil buildup while simultaneously hydrating strands.

Jojoba protein and aloe vera are the winning ingredients here. Each soothes and conditions hair, allowing it to become healthier and fuller than ever before. All of Blu Atlas’ straightforward products are all-natural, made without harmful chemicals and with a subtle, refreshing scent, and this best shampoo for men is no exception!

Best For: All hair types and men who prefer natural products.


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2. Olaplex Number 4

Olaplex Number 4
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This innovative formula from Olaplex uses new technology to restore damaged hair to its previous strength and luster. It does this by tackling the millions of disulfide bonds within your hair that are responsible for strength and structure. Just be aware that it may take weeks of use before you start noticing the effects of this shampoo, so have patience.

Get a salon-quality treatment for an at-home price with this formula. If you color your hair (your secret is safe with us), you’ll be especially grateful for this product’s powerful nourishing capabilities that can reverse any damage you’ve done to your hair.

Best For: Damaged or color-treated hair.


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3. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Ulta

Paul Mitchell is one of the biggest names in hair, and this shampoo is the brand’s best seller. That’s because of its formula which combines natural powerhouses like tea tree and peppermint oil to create that unmistakable tingling sensation that comes with a good deep clean.

This product cleanses your scalp, removing any buildup of oil or pollutants, and leaving your hair clean and healthy. Ginger helps get the circulation in your scalp to get rid of dandruff and stimulate hair growth, aloe conditions, and rosemary leaf extract strengthens your hair. Treat yourself to the Paul Mitchell tea tree experience!

Best For: Oily hair or hard water.


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4. Urtekram Intense Moisture

Urtekram Intense Moisture
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Get this all-natural shampoo that uses plant-based, vegan ingredients to deliver serious moisture to your hair and boost softness and shine. Soothing aloe vera and invigorating lemongrass tackle your hair issues at the root in order to promote strong, healthy, and revitalized hair. Plus, it comes in sustainable plant-based packaging, a win-win for eco-conscious men who want healthy hair!

Popular demand for this natural wonder means that you’ll need to find it before it’s gone, and maybe invest in a few bottles while you’re at it. Use this fresh-smelling shampoo first thing in the morning as an instant pick-me-up and notice how your hair feels fuller and healthier over time.

Best For: Dry or curly hair.


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5. Every Man Jack 2 in 1

Every Man Jack 2 in 1
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Every Man Jack is an up-and-coming brand for men’s grooming products that has a loyal following thanks to its natural formulas that go easy on the wallet. Like this 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner packed with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, coconut-derived surfactants, and glycerin and shea butter. This blend of plant-based additives works to clean deeply then hydrate and soften.

If you’ve noticed that your hair seems to be thinning out a bit, you’ll notice how this formula helps your head of hair feel thicker after a few washes. Plus, the fact that it’s a 2-in-1 means that you don’t need to shell out for both shampoo and conditioner. Guys who like to keep their grooming routine simple will make this product their go-to!

Best For: Thinning, normal, straight or wavy hair.

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6. Brickell Daily Strengthening

Brickell Men's Daily Strengthening Shampoo
Brickell Men’s Daily Strengthening Shampoo Amazon

This is one of the best shampoos for men this year because it is one of the best shampoos for all men. Whether you’re looking to get rid of those dandruff flakes, tame your curls, or stave off the greasy look, this shampoo from Brickell will work wonders. Rest assured knowing this product is sulfate-free and made from natural ingredients!

Tea tree and peppermint oils clean deep and give you that refreshing tingle, while vitamin E delivers important nutrients to your scalp that help stimulate hair growth and stop dandruff in its tracks. Other natural ingredients, like lavender, aloe, jojoba, and amino acids, take care of moisturization and promote that shiny, healthy look you’re going for. Then, natural proteins help to thicken and strengthen for a fuller head of hair.

Best For: Dandruff, all hair types.

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7. Hims

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While most thickening shampoos use proteins or panthenol to boost hair strands for a fuller appearance, this product works in even more innovative ways. In order to maintain thickness over time, Hims thickening shampoo actually blocks DHT in your hair. DHT is the sex hormone in men that comes from testosterone and can actually contribute to hair loss.

Saw Palmetto is the natural ingredient behind this magical process, and ensures you’ll come away with not only thicker hair, but fuller hair as well. Men love how it makes their hair look and its subtle, pleasant smell.

Best For: Thinning Hair.


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8. ArtNaturals Moroccan Argan Oil

ArtNaturals Moroccan Argan Oil
ArtNaturals Moroccan Argan Oil Art Naturals

Here we have another all-natural best shampoo for men. An essential oil blend that includes jojoba, peach, avocado, argan, and almond works together to nourish hair while getting rid of frizz, thickening, conditioning, and boosting volume. Even with all those oils and all that hydrating power, this shampoo works great for men with oily hair, too.

Men with all hair types will benefit from this formula, which is made up of high-quality natural ingredients that moisturize and repair. The scent isn’t bad, either–a warming blend of vanilla and honey that lingers throughout the day. You can’t go wrong with this simple yet effective shampoo!

Best For: Men with all hair types, dry or damaged hair.


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9. Briogeo Curl Charisma

Briogeo Curl Charisma
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This shampoo from Briogeo is a godsend for men with wavy to curly hair. That’s because it packs some serious hydrating power to nourish your strands while keeping them calm and frizz-free. You won’t find any sulfate in this formula, meaning you can trust it to take care of your hair without stripping your strands or skin of the natural oils they need.

Amino acids stimulate hair growth, shea butter and avocado oil hydrate, and then tomato fruit ferment allows hair to dry evenly. It’s safe, gentle, effective, and even comes with free samples so you can see what other Briogeo products might work for you.

Best For: Curly hair, color treated or dry curls.

[$26; Alpha XR]

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10. Bevel Shampoo

Bevel Shampoo
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Bevel has created this product with men (specifically, men with textured hair) in mind. That means you won’t find any sulfates and silicones in here, just natural ingredients that help encourage your hair to be on its best behavior without any harmful additives.

Shea butter, coconut oil, and glycerin will keep those coils or curls under control while delivering a powerful dose of nutrients that make you feel confident in embracing your natural hair texture.

Best For: Coarse and coily hair, dry hair.


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11. Krieger and Söhne

Krieger and Söhne
Krieger and Söhne Amazon

Another product that turns to tea tree oil to help men tackle greasy, dry, or thinning hair as well as dandruff and itchy scalps. Tea tree oil works wonders on all types of hair thanks to its anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that tackle just about any hair concerns you may have.

This is great for thinning hair because it tackles bacteria in the follicles that are preventing growth and gets rid of any buildup that may be stunting your strands from reaching their full potential. Peppermint oil contributes to that invigorating clean and refreshing smell, wheat amino acids stimulate growth, while glycerin moisturizes and seals in all the hydration your hair will need.

Best For: Dry or normal hair, dandruff.

[$19.99; Alpha XR]

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12. Oribe Signature

Oribe Signature
Oribe Signature Oribe

This product has made our list thanks to its incredible smell that men rave about. Lose yourself in a world of Italian bergamot, apples, cassis, greens, cedar, white amber, and musk–a blend so sophisticated and expertly created that you’ll feel as if you’d doused your hair in your favorite cologne.

Men claim that, aside from the smell, the best part of this shampoo is its rich lather and thickening effect. Watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss fend off damage from oxidative stress while preventing environmental harm, vegetable humectants promote shine without residue, ginger root extract softens, and vegetable protein strengthens and protects. The ultimate treat for both you and your hair!

Best For: Normal hair, damaged hair.


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13. American Crew 3 in 1

American Crew 3 in 1
American Crew 3 in 1 American Crew

Resentful of the fact that you need to line the shelves in your bathroom and shower with different products for different parts of your body? Cut down on the number of products you use with this 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from American Crew.

Sage leaf extract helps encourage the growth of new hair follicles while citric acid cleanses your scalp and hops flower extract fights inflammation to keep your hair and skin healthy. You’ll get a good cleanse out of this product, along with some serious moisturizing properties that are beneficial both for your hair and skin. Plus, it comes with its own masculine fragrance that helps control odor throughout the day.

Best For: Men who want a quick grooming routine, dull hair.


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14. SEEN Fragrance Free

SEEN Fragrance Free
SEEN Fragrance Free Ulta

Hey, scented shampoos may not be your thing, and that’s cool. You can still take great care of your hair with a fragrance-free option like this shampoo from Seen. The brand’s dermatologist-developed shampoo (which also happens to be vegan and non-comedogenic) is safe to use both on your hair and skin.

Hemisqualane is a natural ingredient that comes from sugar and provides color protection, frizz control, and smoothing properties. All this without clogging pores! Then bisabolol pumps up the volume while protecting both skin and hair. The same powerful effects as artificial blends without any of the consequences. Plus, no animal testing.

Best For: All hair types, color-treated hair.


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15. Jack Black True Volume

Jack Black True Volume
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From cult-favorite Jack Black comes this volumizing shampoo made with natural ingredients. Men love Jack Black products because they’re straightforward, natural, and do their jobs. The job for this shampoo is thickening, which it tackles with a bunch of powerful plant-derived ingredients. The price may be higher than your average drugstore generic shampoo, but that’s because it uses quality ingredients that really work.

Tea tree gets rid of buildup while soothing the scalp, creatine strengthens, wheat protein adds volume, white lupine protein nourishes, nettle leaf soothes, sunflower seed oil hydrates, and basil brings antioxidants to each follicle. All of these ingredients come together to give you a fuller head of hair than you’ve had in years. And all that without parabens, alcohol, or sulfates. Plus, men with sensitive skin won’t have any issues with this dermatologist-tested shampoo that’s made in the USA.

Best For: Thinning hair, sensitive skin.

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16. Head and Shoulders Anti Dandruff

Head and Shoulders Anti Dandruff
Head and Shoulders Anti Dandruff Amazon

Alright, we had to include this classic in our list. You’ve probably seen this product, if not at the store than in commercials, and chances are you’ve used it at some point in your life. This classic clean from Head and Shoulders is the top dandruff shampoo in the business, that hydrates and protects hair while eradicating dandruff and getting rid of any itchiness.

Pyrithione Zinc is the main active ingredient in this formula that is recognized for its power against dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and a bunch of other skin irritation conditions. It also has antibacterial properties to keep your scalp healthy. If your hair gets dry and dull easily, this shampoo will get it on the right track immediately, locking in moisture for smooth, healthy hair.

In addition to all that, this shampoo smells great and is pretty cheap. So what are you waiting for?

Best For: Dandruff, dry hair.

[$12.98; Alpha XR]

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17. Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo

Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo
Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo Target

Here comes a product that includes all the ingredients your curly hair is craving! Shea butter and mafura oil specially target Black hair for a gentle clean that keeps your curls shiny, healthy, and frizz-free. Other natural ingredients, such as rosemary leaf oil, algae extract, and soybean oil deliver important nutrients while working alongside shea butter to condition, brighten, and soften.

Shea Moisture’s products are known for being of the highest quality, meaning you can count on this brand to bring you only the best. You’ll find no parabens, sulfates, or mineral oil in here! Just natural goodness that men love.

Best For: Coarse or coily hair, curls, dry hair.


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18. Method Men 2 in 1

Method Men 2 in 1
Method Men 2 in 1 Method

Keep your morning routine simple with this 2-in-1 cleanser that works to clean and condition your hair. The ingredient list is straightforward as could be, with powerhouses like coconut surfactants for cleansing, argan oil for nutrients and hydration, menthol for an invigorating clean, and citric acid to keep your skin’s pH in check.

Method Men vows to create products for men without any fuss. They smell great (this citrus one is the ideal way to start your day), come at an affordable cost, and take care of your hair without any harmful chemicals.

Best For: All hair and skin types.


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19. 18.21 Sweet Tobacco Shampoo

18.21 Sweet Tobacco Shampoo
18.21 Sweet Tobacco Shampoo Ulta

Another 3-in-1 for the win! This product from 18.21 looks good enough to go on the top shelf at a bar, and smells like masculine shampoo, conditioner, and body wash of your dreams. Along with the addicting smell of sweet tobacco comes some serious hydrating power that your hair and body will thank you for.

Macadamia glycerides bring antioxidant power to your hair while helping it become soft and healthy, jojoba esters nourish and hydrate, and quinoa boosts hair growth while repairing split ends. You’ll want to lather this all over your hair, beard, and body and take in your new favorite scent. The scent which will stick around all day long!

Best For: Dry or damaged hair.


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20. Redken Brews

Redken Brews
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This shampoo, which contains malt to nourish and condition hair, may look like a bottle of beer but is actually best kept in the shower, not the fridge. Redken’s lightweight formula is great for fine, fragile, and damaged hair, using natural ingredients to hydrate and boost shine.

Glycerin helps seal in moisture to calm down those curls and reduce the appearance of dry or frizzy strands. Proteins thicken and citric acid acts as a natural conditioner so you can step out of the shower with soft, smooth hair that is good to go all day. The best part about this shampoo? You only need a little bit of it to get the full cleaning and hydrating effect, so one bottle will last you a while.

Best For: Curls, dry hair, damaged hair.

[$16; Alpha XR]

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Men’s Shampoo FAQs

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Most barbers would tell men that washing their hair with shampoo every 2-3 days is sufficient in order to avoid stripping the hair of essential natural oils. Men with long hair may want to go for every other day but still try to stay under four times a week.

Is it Okay to Use a Combined Shampoo and Conditioner?

As exciting as it is to be able to skip a step in the shower, experts say that using 2-in-1 products may not give you the same result as using separate shampoos and conditioners. This is because each serves a different purpose. Shampoo typically cleanses the hair so it’s ready to receive the moisture that conditioner provides. Using them at the same time may not allow for the moisture to fully penetrate.

Can You Use Body Wash as Shampoo?

The number one reason not to use body washes as shampoos is that they are formulated to have different pHs. pH is the balance of acid and alkaline in your skin and hair and it is important to maintain the correct pH for optimal health. Plus, since body washes often have stronger cleansing power that is meant for the skin, using it on hair may strip your strands of necessary oils and leave your hair lackluster and dry.

Is There a Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Shampoo?

Some shampoos may be unisex and work great on both men’s and women’s hair. Since there is no difference in the actual follicles between the sexes, you can probably get away with using a women’s or unisex product with no issues.

Many women’s shampoos are simply formulated for longer hair and include fragrances that women love, while men’s shampoos focus on cleansing and are often not scented heavily. Some products are formulated specifically for men, and take the specific hormones of men and their thicker skin into account when putting together their shampoo.

Ready to treat your hair to the shampoo experience it deserves? Pick out a product from this list and take the next step towards your best head of hair yet!

Bud Light Drops Next, a Zero-Carb Beer That Tastes Like...Seltzer Thu, 27 Jan 2022 23:10:21 +0000 The race among alcohol purveyors to make the lowest calorie and carb beer (or hard seltzer) has a new entrant with Bud Light Next. This beer (“beer?” we’ll get to that in a bit…) boasts some impressive stats for those looking to keep their macros low when getting their drink on: zero carbs, 80 calories, and 4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Those are great numbers for weight-conscious beer drinkers and those who prefer light, sessionable quaffs over bitter triple IPAs, heavy saisons, or malty porters.

The new light beer took Anheuser-Busch almost 10 years to craft to their liking, which they stated needed a “brewing breakthrough” for it to come to fruition. Though they won’t say what that amazing breakthrough is: “When you combine technology with Bud Light’s innovation, the impossible becomes possible!”

What they came up with is, for sure, something you can drink to get a buzz without imbibing a bunch of calories or any carbs. But, with that drastic drop in carbs and calories, you inevitably end up losing what most love about beer—flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel.

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The lager is brewed with malted barley and rice (hard seltzers get their alcohol from fermented cane sugar). Though we can’t say it tastes anything like a beer. Anheuser-Busch says it has a “super crisp” taste and is “refreshing,” which we’d say is true; but that obfuscates the fact it’s on par with plain seltzer. Water that’s got some bubbles…and some alcohol.

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It’s a fine drink as is, and would be nice on a hot summer day when you don’t want any semblance of flavor tickling your taste buds. Or you could use it as a mixer for any manner of warm-weather cocktails. Next would work great in a vodka or tequila soda.

But really, if you’re seeking some flavor in your downtime beverage of choice, you’re probably better off just sticking to a zero carb hard seltzer, and there are plenty out there to choose from. If you—technically—want to be drinking a “beer” and are a diehard Bud Light fan looking to shave some carbs and calories from your brew, then Bud Light Next will be just what you’re looking for.

Just don’t expect major flavor or taste.

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Oh, and that’s not all…the ad wizards at Bud Light (you know, just a plucky brewery that happens to be part of global juggernaut Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV) have included the buzzwords of the moment: NFTs and metaverse.

Called the “Bud Light N3XT Collection,” it’ll feature 12,722 unique tokens in similar hues to Bud Light Next’s light blues and white. Anyone who buys an NFT (only $399 a token!) will be able to vote on Bud Light Next merchandise, have access to Bud Light Next brand and partner events, and other unannounced opportunities centering around the light lager.

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Super Bowl Matchups: Every Possible Scenario, Ranked Thu, 27 Jan 2022 22:24:56 +0000 The NFL’s conference championship weekend is here, and that means there are currently four potential Super Bowl matchups. This season has led to a good place, because none of the four possibilities (the Kansas City Chiefs or Cincinnati Bengals against the Los Angeles Rams or San Francisco 49ers) strike me as boring Super Bowl pairings. Three of the four teams have played in a Super Bowl in the last four years, but they’re all fun enough that they shouldn’t bring about viewer fatigue in the same way that, say, another Tom Brady appearance might have.



If you care deeply about one of these teams, the most enticing scenarios are probably the ones that involve your team playing. If you don’t, here’s an index of the four possible Super Bowl matchups, ranked by how exciting they’d be to watch.

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Super Bowl Matchups: Every Possible Scenario, Ranked

1. Chiefs vs. Rams

As will be frequently pointed out beforehand if these teams wind up facing each other, the last Chiefs-Rams game was one of the most fun regular-season games ever. In 2018, the Rams hosted the Chiefs on Monday Night Football for a 54–51 barnburner that felt more like a college game than the NFL. That game was a watershed moment for the modern NFL; afterward, it became clear that offenses were carrying bigger guns than ever before, and any team that couldn’t chuck the ball around the field with precision would get left behind. (Relatedly, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have made every AFC Championship since 2018.)

A rematch won’t have that much scoring. The Chiefs’ defense has improved by leaps and bounds since then, the Rams have maybe the NFL’s best cornerback in Jalen Ramsey, and it’s hard to see both defenses looking so overmatched in a Super Bowl. But this would still be pure power against pure power, as Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and company go up against the best football player in the world (Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald) and a solid group of defensive talent surrounding him. Plus, the Rams’ QB-receiver duo of Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp would give Los Angeles plenty of chances to score.

2. Bengals vs. Rams

The Bengals are strange Super Bowl contenders. Their defense is average, their offensive line is probably worse, and they don’t have a great running game. What they do have is an ascendant Joe Burrow, the second-year QB out of LSU who has busted out this year and established himself as one of the league’s most productive passers. He’s had help from a great trio of receivers, headlined by rookie Ja’Marr Chase, who starred alongside Burrow on a national champion LSU team in 2019 and has only become more dominant as a professional. Fellow wideouts Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd have had a lot of great moments this season, too.

This matchup would be compelling because it would feel like a straightforward case of a quarterback and a few receivers trying to win a game by themselves. The Rams’ defensive front (which is No. 1 in both ESPN’s Pass Rush and Run Stop Win Rate metrics) would likely abuse the Bengals’ offensive line, and the Stafford-led offense would probably have a nice outing against a so-so Bengals defense. But Burrow and Chase could be good enough to win anyway, and it’d be fun to watch them try.

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3. Bengals vs. 49ers

Everything that’d be fun about a Bengals-Rams Super Bowl matchup would apply in slightly lower measure to Bengals-49ers. The Niners have an excellent defensive front of their own, and while they don’t have Donald, they do have a dominant right side of the line with end Nick Bosa and tackle/end Arik Armstead. They also have one of the best linebackers in football in Fred Warner, who gave the Green Bay Packers all kinds of problems in San Francisco’s recent divisional round win.

A 49ers appearance would mean watching Jimmy Garoppolo play in the Super Bowl for the second time in about two calendar years. That would be fine; there’s something fun about watching an injured, average QB try to navigate his way through the biggest stage in the sport. Garoppolo is better than he looked during last week’s game at Lambeau Field, when he went 11-of-19 for 131 yards. But is he good enough to outscore Burrow and company? Maybe, although it might depend on how well his recently injured right thumb—that’s on his throwing hand—holds up.

4. Chiefs vs. 49ers

Reruns are reruns, and these teams played a Super Bowl in February 2019. It was a good one, though: The Chiefs came back in the fourth quarter to win, thanks in large part to Niners coach Kyle Shanahan coaching too conservatively late in the game.

This would make for a great game, and I stress again that none of the prospective Super Bowl pairings look bad this year. If this matchup happens, I’ll talk myself into believing that San Francisco’s quest to avenge its Super Bowl loss of two years ago is a great plot point. I’d just rather see something else, particularly while Garoppolo plays at a level below the other remaining teams’ QBs.

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Test Drive: 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Thu, 27 Jan 2022 20:41:36 +0000 The writing is no longer just penciled on the wall—it’s chiseled in granite: Our automotive future is electric. Bentley, a brand synonymous with big, thirsty engines, has committed to a fully electric line by 2030. That’s a scant eight years to make battery power not just an option but the only one. The 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid is the brand’s second step on the road to electrification—and while it’s not a radical leap forward, it does represent progress toward realizing the goal.

Hybrid Power

If you stuck the V8 version and the new hybrid Flying Spur next to one another, you’d be forgiven if you couldn’t spot the differences. A little bit of badging and a rear door on the driver’s side to hide the charging port would be your only clues.

On paper they’re also quite similar, both with eight-speed, dual-clutch, all-wheel drive. The hybrid’s 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine coupled with a 100-kilowatt electric motor yields 536 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque and gets to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. That’s strikingly close to the V-8 model’s 542 hp, 568 lb-ft of torque and 4.0 second 0 to 60 mph time.

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In electric-only mode, the battery range is only around 40 km (25 miles). While that’s not much, it’s generally enough power for errands around town and shorter commutes. A full recharge takes 2.5 hours on a Level 2 charger. To boot, the hybrid system also boosts the Flying Spur’s total range to about 450 miles according to Bentley—or about 50 more miles than the gas-only version.

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Ready to Go

Want to make a 200-mile drive seem short? Do it in a Flying Spur. We spent most of the day driving from L.A. to Santa Barbara and back again—testing its wherewithal over city streets, highways, and canyon roads.

The verdict: This is a dreamy luxury cruiser, game for pretty much any route you’d care to take.

Every current model Bentley is an eye-catcher and the Flying Spur in any shade is simply one of the most stylish sedans around. Caveat: The electric motor snaps the Bentley off the line at traffic lights fast enough that it could get you the wrong kind of attention from traffic cops.

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When you work your way up to highway speed (and that doesn’t take long) the Flying Spur cruises comfortably, sauntering over bumps and potholes, thanks to its advanced air suspension. The cabin is also remarkably quiet. Bentley claims a 50 percent noise reduction compared to the V-8 model at 50 mph.

When the turns get tight, the body roll is noticeable—but the Flying Spur never feels anything but steady, which is quite a feat of engineering given its 5,523 lbs of humpback-like girth.

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Drivers can choose between EV mode for all electric driving, Hybrid mode, where the computer takes over, and Hold mode, where the car stores the electric power to be used later. It’s a system that mostly functions quite effortlessly and without much fanfare. But when you really put your foot down, the V-6 shrieks more like a pop star using autotune than a baritone crooner belting out the classic, big-engine notes you might expect from a Bentley. That’s the price we pay for progress and lower emissions.

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Bespoke to the 9s

Behind the wheel of a Bentley is a special place to be. Even the most spoiled among us have to marvel at the Flying Spur’s lavish interior, replete with luxurious leather and burnished wood surfaces that are second to none. The attention to detail is paramount and every texture is both pleasing to the eye and touch.

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For Bentley owners with a driver (lucky chauffeurs), the reclining back seats are just as plush as the magical ones up front: soft and supple with heat, ventilation, and massage features.

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Catering to customers with specific tastes and bank accounts to match, Bentley offers customers a mind-boggling 56 billion different combinations of options to choose from. So if you want, black on black on black, they can do that, though we might skew toward a more colorful configuration.

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Where There’s Demand…

According to a company survey, 60 percent of Bentley’s current customers are keen to purchase an electric version. For now they’ll have to wait a bit longer for a fully battery-powered model. But for those who insist on Bentley grandeur but also want to lower their carbon footprint a bit, the Flying Spur Hybrid could make a good place holder.

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NFL Conference Championship Games: What to Watch This Weekend Thu, 27 Jan 2022 20:01:58 +0000 The NFL conference championship games are coming up this weekend, and the four remaining playoff teams—the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Rams—will battle it out to claim the two Super Bowl slots. The Bengals visit the Chiefs at 3:05 p.m. (EST) on CBS with the AFC title on the line, and the 49ers visit the Rams at 6:40 p.m. (EST) on Fox to play for the NFC title.



The Chiefs are seven-point favorites in the AFC, while markets have the Rams as 3.5-point favorites in the NFC. Both games are rematches where the underdog has beaten the favorite in the last month; the Bengals beat the Chiefs in Cincinnati in Week 17, and a week later, the 49ers clinched a playoff spot by beating the Rams in Los Angeles, the site of this weekend’s game.

Below are four big questions—and key players to watch—for the games on Sunday.

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1. How will the Chiefs confront Cincinnati’s passing game?

The Bengals’ 34–31 win over the Chiefs on Jan. 2 came down to Kansas City’s inability to stop the Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati pass attack. The Bengals spent almost the entire game with their top three receivers on the field together: Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. The Chiefs couldn’t stop them with five, and sometimes even six, defensive backs. The same strategy probably won’t work in this game: The weakest link in the KC defense is dime safety Daniel Sorenson, whom the Bengals picked on repeatedly.

Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is a smart guy, so he is presumably aware of this problem. The Bengals throw out of the shotgun all day, and in their last meeting, the Chiefs didn’t have enough capable defensive backs to do anything about it. Burrow threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns in Week 17, with Chase catching three of them. KC doesn’t seem to have a good answer other than for edge defenders Melvin Ingram III and Frank Clark to generate a ton of pressure and harass Burrow early in his drop-backs. We’ll see what Spagnuolo cooks up.

2. The Chiefs will get more out of Patrick Mahomes this time. But how much more?

Cincinnati’s defense had a lot of trouble guarding tight ends this season. Four different teams racked up at least 115 tight end receiving yards in games against the Bengals, and Cincy was near the bottom of the NFL in overall tight end pass defense stats.

Interestingly, in their previous meeting they limited Travis Kelce and the Chiefs’ whole tight end group to 66 yards on 11 targets. (Kelce only had 25 yards. His backup, Blake Bell, had 35.) The Bengals also kept Tyreek Hill, maybe the best receiver in the league, to 40 receiving yards on 10 targets. They let the Chiefs run the ball at will against them (23 carries for 155 yards, a 6.7-yard average), but that was a trade Cincinnati was comfortable making. Mahomes didn’t make big mistakes, but without much explosiveness from his favorite targets, he finished with an uncharacteristically low 26-of-35 passing for 259 yards (7.4 per throw) and two scores.

It feels impossible that Cincinnati could hold Kelce and Hill to a combined 65 yards in the rematch. Exactly how much damage those two superstars do will have a strong influence on whether Cincinnati can keep up in another shootout with Mahomes.

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3. Is Jimmy Garoppolo capable of more than he’s given the 49ers in the playoffs?

Garoppolo, who got the Niners to the Super Bowl two seasons ago, played solidly this year and held off No. 3 overall draft pick Trey Lance to remain Kyle Shanahan’s starter. But he has been dealing with a bad thumb on his throwing hand all month, and he’s been more of a passenger than the driving force behind the 49ers’ two playoff wins to date. He’s thrown one touchdown to three interceptions and averaged 6.8 yards per throw.

To be fair, one of those games took place in blizzard conditions at the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field. But the Packers had multiple chances to get an interception off Garoppolo, and had they capitalized on those opportunities, he could easily have five or six playoff picks instead of four.

It won’t get easier against the Rams, who have both the best defensive front player in the NFL (Aaron Donald) and the best cornerback (Jalen Ramsey), to go along with a pretty good collection of talent at other defensive positions. On another hand, Garoppolo averaged 10 yards per throw and cleared 300 yards total when the Niners visited the Rams in the last week of the regular season, and only a couple of interceptions marred his performance. I don’t think Garoppolo will move the needle on Sunday, but I also won’t discount the chance that he improves on his recent efforts.

4. Can the 49ers make game-changing plays that don’t involve special teams?

Despite a tremendous defensive effort against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the divisional round, the 49ers would’ve had no chance if not for two exceptional special teams plays: a blocked field goal and a blocked punt, the latter returned for a game-tying touchdown. Robbie Gould won them the game with a field goal a few minutes later.

San Francisco’s special teams had an all-time great night. There’s no discounting that. But they’re not going to block two kicks in this game for two reasons: One, that almost never happens, and two, the Rams are much more competent on special teams than the miserable Packers. (Green Bay not only surrendered the two blocks, but only had 10 men on the field for Gould’s winning field goal.)

The 49ers will need their offense or defense to make a game-changing play instead. The best candidates for that are also the most obvious: defensive end Nick Bosa, who bothered Rodgers all night, and receiver Deebo Samuel, whose pass-catching and ball-carrying contributions have made him one of the league’s true game-breaking talents.

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Dream Garage: The Car and Truck Auctions We'd Bid on Right Now Thu, 27 Jan 2022 18:15:31 +0000 We’re in a golden age for vintage vehicles. Aside from the usual Corvettes and Mustangs that have held collectible status for decades, a whole generation of Radwood-era rides is finally getting its due (see the skyrocketing prices on ’90s Hondas, for example), along with other cars and trucks that have suddenly become enthusiast icons. Browsing today’s lineup of online car auctions gives you a front-row seat to all the action—and a fun way to put one of these rides in your garage.



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We scoured auction sites like Cars & Bids, Bring a Trailer, Hemmings, and more to put together a short list of some of the most intriguing vehicles up for grabs right now. See something you like? Bid on it. Not interested in our picks? Check back later—we’ll update this page with a fresh batch of car auctions every week.

The Best Car and Truck Auctions

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1. 2012 Audi R8 GT

The Audi R8 in its GT spec just barely edges into street legal territory; it’s a track car that can also get you to work—quickly. It’s powered by a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V10 paired with an automated manual transmission (you’ll be glad to have some help corralling all those horses), and it features upgraded carbon-fiber bodywork for increased weight savings and, in the hands of the right driver, even more speed.

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2. 1951 Willys Pickup

This ‘51 Willys looks like it rolled right off the set of a Forest Service infomercial. It didn’t, but its real backstory is even more wholesome: It was owned by the same family for 70 years and spent most of its life at work on their farm. The current owner gave it a USFS-themed refresh, including new paint, electrical upgrades, and some steering work, and the original 72-horsepower “Go-Devil” four-banger still runs well. (Though the seller reports that cold starts might require some fiddling with the carb.)

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3. 1994 Toyota Supra

First, the bad: This ‘94 Supra was involved in a crash in May 1997 that left damage to the front of the car, and as some eagle-eyed commenters have pointed out, the repairs may have involved repainting the engine bay black (it should be red). But there’s plenty of good news, too. The car shows just 71,000 miles, and with its 320-horsepower, twin-turbo inline-six, manual trans, and limited-slip differential, it’s ready for many more years of enthusiastic driving.

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4. 2022 Ford Maverick

Mavericks are selling faster than Ford can build them, and if your search for the hottest new small pickup has come up short, bid on this one. It shows just 2,100 miles (basically new), and it features key options like all-wheel drive, the 4K towing package, and Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver-assist tech. Plus, we love that “Area 51” shade of blue.

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5. 1982 and 1984 Honda C70 Passports

These C70s are part of Honda’s legendary Super Cub line of small motorbikes, which were produced in greater quantities than any other vehicle on the planet. What made them so popular? They’re rugged, reliable, easy to handle, and surprisingly capable (as evidenced by this 1982 Cycle World mileage test). Here’s your chance to own a pair of ‘em. Both bikes were fully restored in 2010, reportedly run well, and have under 9,000 miles each.

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Test Drive: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC Sedan Thu, 27 Jan 2022 16:04:19 +0000

This is the electric we’ve been waiting for—the first fully battery-powered Mercedes-Benz. It’s been nearly a decade since Tesla launched the Model S and for carbon conscious buyers crossing their fingers for a true luxury driving experience, it’s felt a bit like we’ve been waiting for Godot and not just a new car. But the new Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC sedan has finally arrived, delivering S-Class opulence with electric power supplanting an internal combustion engine.

Substantial Range

One of the main hurdles for those ready to make the leap to electric is range. But the EQS goes the distance. On a full charge, the 107.8-kWh battery coupled with the 516 hp dual motors in the EQS 580 are good for around 340 miles of range, depending on how hard you’re using the power (the 329 hp single motor EQS450 can go about 10 miles farther on a charge). That’s real world range that can last a solid week commuting or tooling around town without plugging in.

When it is time to “refuel,” a 200-kilowatt DC fast charger will take the battery from 10 to 80 percent in about a half an hour while a level 2 charger takes a bit over 11 hours for a full charge.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC Sedan on the track.

Driving Experience

For a nearly 6,000-lb land yacht, the EQS is remarkably nimble. Ten-degree rear-axle steering allows the EQS to maneuver like a car a fraction of its size at lower speeds. It’ll even shuffle a bit when pushing through corners. But it’s 1,100 pounds heavier than its gas powered S-Class sibling, so it doesn’t feel quite as tight during spirited sporty driving.

On the other hand, the EQS is plenty quick with its electric 631 lb-ft of torque. The 580 version goes 0 to 60 in an advertised 4.1 seconds, and is a few ticks faster than the gas-powered S 580 (the EQS450 gets to 60mph in 5.6 seconds).

All in all, the EQS is incredibly satisfying to drive. Our biggest (and only real) gripe with the EQS is the braking system. The regenerative (or recuperation in Mercedes lingo) brakes are incredibly efficient, but also quite quirky.

There are four levels of regenerative braking the driver can set using what looks like gear-shifting paddles on the steering wheel. Depending on the level selected, the brakes engage to some degree when you lift your foot from the accelerator and, while decelerating, the brake pedal actually moves automatically to mirror where it would be during manual braking. It’s a keen bit of engineering, but when you actually apply pressure to the brake pedal, it can be difficult to gauge how hard to push because the sensation feels like you have to squish your foot through an inch or two of mud before the brakes actually start to grab. Though eventually they will, and quite effectively at that. It’s a system that likely takes some getting used to, but the week we tested it was not enough to build up our comfort level.

The ‘Ugly’ Elephant in the Room

Many, many… many people find the EQS’s exterior to be unattractive. We’ve heard rather unfavorable comparisons to jelly beans and computer mice. But the curvy space egg design does offer a wildly low 0.20 drag coefficient, saving power and extending range. So, the aesthetic has a purpose.

We’re a bit ambivalent toward the EQS’s look, but our view was mainly from the driver’s seat and it’s on the inside that the EQS is truly beautiful.

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Interior Oasis

Behind the wheel, you’re acutely aware that you’re driving a flagship Mercedes. Luxury is in the details and the folks at MB didn’t miss a trick. Every surface inside the ultra-quiet cabin is supple—each interface thoughtful.

Adaptive air suspension makes for a soft and elegant ride no matter where you’re sitting. A few of our passengers found the ride more comfortable than the gas-powered 580. Heated and ventilated seats, a 3D Burmeister stereo, and dual panoramic sunroofs are all standard. But for a modest $6K more, the “pinnacle” trim package also adds massage functions, the air balance cabin-air purification system and a massive head-up display.

While there’s no front storage compartment (or even a way to pop the hood, for that matter), the hatchback rear trunk is massive, easily capable of hauling a week’s worth of luggage for four people.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC Sedan interior

The Tech

The 56-inch“Hyper” Screen, which is really a triptych of screens that run the entire length of the dash, controls nearly everything in the car, from the stereo and AC to the navigation system (which among the best we’ve ever experienced) and the massaging seats. You can even play a game of Tetris when parked or sitting at a charger.

All in all this first electric offering from Stuttgart sets the bar for battery-powered luxury. Is it perfect? No. But it is a damn good car and a harbinger of a brighter electric future. In the end, it’s been worth the wait.


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Best Dark Rums to Drink Neat or Mix in a Cocktail Thu, 27 Jan 2022 14:38:45 +0000 Come winter, when dark spirits with their complex flavor profiles and intrinsic warmth take center stage, whiskey hogs most of that spotlight. We get the appeal, but it’s a shame if you’re missing out on one of the more underappreciated spirits of the season. That would be dark rums. Not so much the unaged light (silver) rum which we’ll be relishing in our mai tais and daiquiris next July, but the dark, spiced rums serving as the base of some of our favorite cold season cocktails—including the dark ‘n stormy, rum sour and, of course, the hot buttered rum.

Dark rum is one of the finest mixing spirits out there, but not just any random bottle of it. Here are 10 of our favorite dark rums, an across-the-shelf selection of higher-priced expressions that are great for either drinking neat or using in classic drinks as well as some bargain bottles that are perfectly good for mixing.

Best Dark Rums to Drink Neat or Mix in a Cocktail

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1. Ron Zacapa No. 23

This 80-proof, highly mixable (and sippable) dark rum from Zacapa in Guatemala gets its numerical name from a blend of rums matured between six and 23 years using a solera aging system. It’s aged in barrels that once held American whiskey as well as Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. The result is memorable rum with hints of raisins, dried cherries, vanilla beans, oak, and just a hint of spicy cinnamon.


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2. Goslings Black Seal

Surprisingly cheap yet full-flavored and supremely mixable, Goslings Black Seal is found virtually everywhere for good reason. The Bermuda-made rum (from a 150-year-old recipe) is pot still and continuous still distilled before aging in charred American oak barrels. It’s mellow, sweet, and carries notable flavors of raisins, vanilla beans, dried fruits, treacle, and just a hint of seasonal spice.


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3. The Real McCoy 5

A favorite of bartenders and drinkers alike, The Real McCoy 5 is distilled in both column and pot stills before aging for five years in heavily charred American oak bourbon casks. The result is a surprisingly mellow, velvety smooth rum with notable flavors like butterscotch, almond cookies, cinnamon sugar, and rich charred oak. A warming, sweet, slightly spicy finish is well-suited as the base for your favorite cocktails.


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4. Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum

An homage to Ernest Hemingway, Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum is a blend of sourced rums from the US, the Caribbean, and Central America that are blended in American oak casks as well as Port wine barrels and sherry butts. This creates a multi-dimensional, complex rum with notes of dried fruits, sweet bourbon, rich oak, and a gentle nutty sweetness.


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5. Brugal 1888

Made for sipping but great for mixing into a rum-centric old fashioned, Brugal 1888 is a Dominican rum aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. It makes for a rich, flavorful rum with hints of creamy caramel candy, oaky wood, toasted vanilla beans, and a nice fruity backbone. In other words, a memorable rum you’ll return to many times.


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6. Mount Gay Black Barrel

This blended rum produced at the oldest operating commercial distillery (dating back to 1703) is made using \ traditional column stills as well as double retort pot stills. It’s aged in American oak before finishing in heavily charred ex-bourbon barrels for a flavor profile typified by charred oak, vanilla beans, butterscotch, dried fruits, and light, warming spices.


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7. Flor De Cana 7 Year Gran Reserva

Unlike many dark rums, no sugar is added to this Nicaragua-made standout aged for seven years. Fair trade certified, gluten-free, and even Kosher, it makes a phenomenal spirit base for a classic rum cocktail—offering rich flavors like honey, fudge, toasted coconuts, and vanilla beans, along with a slightly fruity finish.


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8. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

When Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was launched in 1999, it was made for one reason—mixing. Named in honor of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the “father of the old school tattoo,” it’s a blend of Caribbean rums that are infused with various spices and natural flavors. This results in a highly mixable, slightly spicy rum with hints of oak, toffee, wintry spices, and vanilla.


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9. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

Produced in Venezuela, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is a blend of rums aged for up to 12 years before being selected by Diplomático’s Master Blenders. The result is an award-winning, flavorful rum with notes of butterscotch, candied orange peel, almond cookies, oak, and slight spice that works well as the base for your favorite wintry rum-based cocktails.


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10. Plantation O.F.T.D.

The O.F.T.D. here stands for Old Fashioned Traditional Dark. It’s a high-proof, 69% ABV dark rum made by blending rums from Guyana, Jamaica, and Barbados. It’s a beloved mixer in the bartending community because of its complexity, versatility, and flavors of nutmeg, milk chocolate, vanilla beans, wintry spices, and sweet treacle hints.


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Get the Look You Want (and a Better Fit) With Customizable Gear Wed, 26 Jan 2022 23:44:21 +0000 When shopping for new gear, you’re usually limited to the colors, patterns, and styles designed by the brand. Those shoes in electric blue might not be your vibe, but it’s either that or neon green. But by creating customization options online, some companies have begun to offer more ways for you to get exactly what you want in your gear. You can use these customizable gear platforms to unleash your creativity and make something completely unique. It’s not all aesthetic, either: In some cases, you can use the customization platform to get an improved fit and adjust features for the conditions you’ll face.



Whether you want something to match the gear you already have in your closet or you’re looking to stand out on the mountain, these nine outdoor brands will help you do it. The list below, including top custom offerings like Nike By You, will help you find ways to customize everything from shoes to ski goggles to pullovers.

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The Best Customizable Gear

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1. Fjällräven Kånken Me Pack

Last fall, Fjällräven debuted Kånken Me, the brand’s personalize-able iteration of its classic Kånken pack. Introduced in 1978, this particular pack featured an innovative design that redistributes the bag’s weight to help reduce back problems. Previously available only in bright solids, fans can now choose the colors of the pockets, straps, panels, buckles, and interior—14 color choices on 15 parts of the pack, which equates to over 100 billion possible combinations. An online configurator lets you experiment with the design before deciding on your final product. With this tool, no two packs will be alike.


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2. Nike By You Shoes

First, pick the shoe. High tops? Cleats? Air Force 1s? Then, customize nearly every part of the shoe with your choice of colors, graphics, and materials. Before dipping your toe into designing, explore Nike’s compilation of tips and tricks from top designers. They’ll teach you how to avoid decision fatigue, envision yourself as a shoe, and focus on function. There’s no wrong or right way to do it, they say. The only catch is that you need a free Nike membership, which requires creating a login and downloading one of the brand’s apps.

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3. Chaco MyChaco Sandals and Accessories

With the MyChaco platform, you’ll start with a blank canvas: an all-white sandal that’s just begging to be customized. You can choose to makeover a pair of Chillos, Flips, or one of the company’s four Z sandals. Opt for solid colors or one of Chaco’s many patterns, including everything from sunflowers to tie dye. When you get to designing the footbed, an extra $10 will upgrade you to Cloud for an added layer of cushioning. Lastly, you can even get them embroidered with your name or another message on the heel straps. Already have sandals? Chaco also lets you personalize accessories like belts and dog leashes.

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4. Misty Mountain Custom Harness

This western North Carolina climbing company launched a harness builder in 2017 to give climbers more of a say in how their gear gets built. Select your belt and leg loop style, interior and exterior colors or patterns, and size from XS to XXL. You can also add or remove loops for gear management. Use the online platform to get a 3D view of your design before adding it to your cart. Just keep in mind that some add-ons cost extra, Misty Mountain won’t let you exchange or return your personalized harness, and producing it may take up to four weeks.

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5. Swift Industries Customizable Baggage

Seattle-based Swift Industries makes some of the sleekest, most ergonomic bike bags on the market. The brand also has a customization feature: You can select the bag’s body color from 21 bright shades like spa blue, saffron, and black heather. For some pouches, such as the Peregrine Randonneur Bag and Zeitgeist Bag, you can even choose the pocket and flap colors. Now you can match your Bandito Bar Bag with your bike frame, jersey, socks, and the rest of your cycling kit.

[Starting at $108;]

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6. Enlightened Equipment Custom Revelation Quilt

This backpacking quilt is the Winona, MN brand’s best-selling product for a reason: Customers can personalize it to their height, width, color, and temperature preferences (down to zero degrees Fahrenheit). The company caters to long-distance hikers, and it provides thorough size charts and spec sheets so you’ll be fully informed on the weight, fit, and measurements before ordering.

[Starting at $215;]

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7. PolarFleece Andover Shearling Pullover

You can really go nuts with color when designing a PolarFleece pullover. Even though the body and sleeve color options are limited to ivory, black, heather gray, and midnight blue, there’s a wide range of options when it comes to the pocket, ribbon, collar, button, binding, and thread. Every fleece is made out of 100-percent Polartec Thermal Pro shearling with brass snaps, and you can even watch how they’re cut, sewn, and finished in the company’s New England factory.


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8. Made Custom Technical Apparel

The key advantage of custom clothing over store-bought apparel is that the garments are designed to your body’s exact measurements. Made is trying to bring the tailored concept to the masses through its innovative line of ski apparel. It works like this: After selecting the features you want in a shell jacket or pants, you’ll scan your body through Made’s AI-based measurement tool. The tech records more than 75 measurements that are fed into the brand’s patterning software for a specialized fit. Once you get your item in the mail, Made will make adjustments if it isn’t perfect.

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9. Smith I/O MAG Imprint 3D

Goggle makers have a hard job building a pair that matches every face. To make the job easier, and the customer happier, Smith introduced its new Imprint 3D Technology that maps a person’s face to create a goggle with an improved fit. To use it, choose your lens and strap, then get the Smith app to upload the dimensions of your face, which the company uses to craft your custom goggles. The precise frame paired with a thinner DriWix face foam reduces light leaks, air gaps, fogging, and hot spots. Frames are 3D printed, assembled by hand, and delivered within 14 days.


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How to Explore the Best of Northern Norway in Winter Wed, 26 Jan 2022 20:40:48 +0000 Most big ticket items on the travel bucket list come with a guarantee. If you want to see the pyramids, they’re waiting for you. Romantic week in Venice? The city hasn’t sunk yet. But when it comes to those elusive northern lights, it’s all about timing—and luck—when planning a longtime dream winter vacation into the upper expanse of Norway.

Thankfully there’s far more than a spectacular (and unpredictable) high-latitude natural light display hiding up here. A true winter wonderland, Northern Norway offers enough stellar experiences between late November and early March to eclipse the sunniest beach day in memory. There’s spectacular cross-country skiing, dogsledding, and reindeer sleighing opportunities here. The top of the list, of course, is a glimpse of those northern lights.

The best chances of witnessing that otherworldly aurora borealis glow is during the cold, dark winter months—if they show up. Like those whale watching captains always say, there are never any guarantees with nature. Alas, during our own seven incredible days in Northern Norway, we never saw the northern lights. Every place we went, they would tell us that the lights had appeared every day prior to our arrival. Then the clouds inconveniently rolled in, blocked the sky, and lowered all of that geomagnetic activity—along with our viewing odds.

All northern lights washouts aside, we still returned home from one of the most incredible vacations. Northern Norway in the winter is a bucket list all its own, with or without that green-glowy cherry on top. If you’re planning a winter escape to this enchanting place, here’s what else to know before you go.

When to Visit

Up here above the Arctic Circle, you won’t experience any sunrise between late November and mid-January—though you’ll have some gray daylight from late morning until early afternoon. Of course, that’s half the point of coming at this time. But if you’re eager for some midnight sun, visit Northern Norway in June instead. For maximum powder, late November through March is your optimal visit period. Aim for anywhere between late October through late March to maximize northern lights viewing chances.

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What to Do

Huskies pulling a dogsled along a snowy trail in Northern Norway
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As if sledding across frozen fjords isn’t awesome enough, you also get to hang out with one of the coolest dog breeds—the Alaskan husky. It’ll look like they’re all different breeds, but that’s because huskies can manifest in a hundred different ways. You’ll probably be the passenger as a professional commands the dogs, but you may also get a chance to stand watch and control the brakes.

A Sami Native leads a reindeer along a snowy trail in Northern Norway
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Reindeer Sledding

Another gentle creature—albeit far less social than Alaskan huskies—reindeer are impossible to avoid in these parts, largely because they’re practically a food group all their own. Thankfully, that’s not the only interaction you’ll have with them. It’s easy to book an experience visiting and feeding these beautiful, antlered animals up close. When snow conditions allow, you can even take that mythical reindeer sleigh ride.

Sami Cultural Experiences

The Sami are a nomadic indigenous people spanning across upper Scandinavia and into Russia. With roots that go back thousands of years, over half of today’s Sami population (about 100,000 in all) reside in Norway. Like many native cultures, they’ve experienced prejudice and displacement, but their culture, rituals, and values (including being legendary reindeer trackers and herders) remain strong. You can spend a fascinating day learning about the Sami culture, often in tandem with those reindeer interactions listed above.

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King Crab Fishing

Before savoring the freshest king crab of your life, you can trek out to Norway’s famous frozen fjords to witness your dinner being caught and learn about their history and habitat. Among other factoids, you’ll hear how these crabs have no natural predators (aside from us) and that one mother can lay five million eggs and expect as many as one percent of them (hey, that’s still 50,000 baby crabs) to hatch.

Cross-Country Skiing

There’s a reason the Norwegian cross-country skiers conquer the Olympics every four years. While the best routes for enthusiasts of the sport lie in the southern belly of Norway (closer to capital city of Oslo), you can still find ideal recreational trails and conditions up north.

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Alpine Skiing

Most of Norway’s popular ski slopes are in the southern half of the country. For Northern Norwegian downhill ski spots, look to Narvikfjellet first and foremost, though Tromsø’s alpine options keep locals plenty entertained too.

Northern Lights Peeping

Whether you end up spying them or not, this is northern lights country—and winter is prime viewing time. Many providers offer to ship you outside of town in the wee hours of the night, or whenever the aurora-peeping conditions are best that day or week. It could at any time up here in the winter, including the middle of the afternoon.

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Arctic Cruising

As far as offshore cruising goes, it’s all Hurtigruten’s game here. The Norwegian-based company offers expeditions worldwide, from Antarctica and Peru to Alaska and Cape Verde. Their native Norwegian Coastal Express is the feather in the company’s 125-year cap. Check out their expansive Norway itinerary to pick ports to hop on and off from either over the course of a day or during a multi-day, round-trip excursion. Leading you far from the cities, a cruise also ups your chances of seeing the northern lights along with the country’s famous fjords and perhaps a whale or two.

If you’re leery about taking a cruise during Covid, Hurtigruten’s stringent protocol includes required negative Covid testing from all passengers, rapid tests onboard for each arrival, and enforced mask policies in public areas. This gave us peace of mind during our own two-day cruise from Kirkenes to Tromsø. En route, you’ll enjoy world-class meals, on-deck jacuzzis, and daily jaunts into the various towns, with access to a variety of land-based activities—from a visit to the famous Snowhotel in Kirkenes to dogsledding.

Where to Go and How to Get There

A good way to begin planning your Northern Norway escape is to focus on a port city or two (or three) to launch your adventures from. Most of them connect through Oslo, giving you a chance to explore the country’s beautiful capital too. Our own top three picks discussed in greater detail below were Tromsø, Alta, and Kirkenes.

Norwegian flies numerous US routes to Oslo, and you can either book inter-Norwegian flights through the same airline or via Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) to other points of the country. There are several daily flights from Oslo to Tromsø, which is steadily building its own larger international (EU) route network. Another option is to fly into Bergen or Trondheim and ride Hurtigruten’s Coastal Express cruise north to Tromsø. Then head across the Barents Sea towards Kirkenes, or vice versa.

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Norway’s “Paris of the North”—Tromsø. Adam Hurly


This northwestern island gem is nicknamed “Paris of the North” for its cosmopolitan vibe and fur-ocious fashions that wowed visitors back in the day. Tromsø municipality has close to 90,000 residents and is the most easily accessible stop along northwestern Norway’s serrated coast. Most-do’s here include experiencing Sami culture, reindeer sledding, and northern lights trekking with Tromsø Lapland—which can also arrange for an overnight in a Sami lavvo tent. Active Tromsø is the pick for hands-on dogsledding. In town, get an up-close peek at the iconic Arctic Cathedral, with its mountain-range shape. For local fare, try the cozy, small-menu Bardus Bistro.

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Feeding reindeer with Tromsø Lapland. Adam Hurly

As for accommodations, it’s an easy pick: The harbor-adjacent Clarion Hotel The Edge is central to all the action and a convenient 15-minute taxi or bus shuttle to the airport—or three-minute trek to the Hurtigruten cruise dock. Be sure to visit the hotel’s bustling SkyBar and enjoy their expansive breakfast buffet. Book a walking tour with Northern Norway Travel to incorporate local history into your stay. Drop by the Polar Museum to learn about the area’s trapping and trading past. Many other local activities can be booked through Visit Tromsø.


Alta is the start and end point of Europe’s largest dogsledding race, the Finnmarksløpet, which is second only to Alaska’s Iditarod. The charming town (nicknamed The Northern Lights City) houses the world’s first northern lights observatory. The Alta Museum showcases over 6,000 UNESCO-protected rock paintings and carvings. Sorrisnova sets the standard for hospitality here, with the world’s northernmost ice hotel and the jaw-dropping, 24-room Arctic WIlderness Lodge. Book your dog sledding or Sami experience with them, both of which showcase the sprawl of Northern Norway’s largest plateau. GLØD, offers fat biking tours, cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, ski expeditions, and northern lights trekking, among other activities,


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Cruising through Kirkenes. Adam Hurly



Kirkenes is a stone’s throw from both Russia and Finland, but the remote northeast harbor town remains one of the country’s most popular winter escapes. The Snowhotel Kirkenes is the ultimate destination. Known as the perennial ice hotel here—complete with Instagrammable carvings—the property’s cozy Gamme Cabins offer prime front row seats to any chance northern lights skyshow.

Virtually every worthy activity in Kirkenes can be booked at the Snowhotel shuttle—from dogsledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and king crab trekking on the frozen fjords. The hotel also partners with Hurtigruten, should you plan an Arctic cruise westward to Tromsø or even south to Bergen afterwards.

What to Wear in Northern Norway in Winter

Visitors to Northern Norway in the cold, dark snowy winter—when average temperatures generally float between 6 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit—will want to dress accordingly, and account for long periods of time spent outdoors.

The Jacket

While many outfitters will lend you waterproof boots or full-body snowsuits as part of their service, you’ll need a densely insulated outer jacket that breathes and repels moisture. I wore an orange version of this Trans-Antarctica Expedition Parka from North Face, which is surprisingly lightweight and packable given its heft and 700-fill warming powers designed for Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. My partner happily wore a black 800-fill Alaskan Hardgear Drop Point Jacket.

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The Layers

Beneath all that, the key is base layers. You can get all of these at Uniqlo, starting with thermal (double density) long johns and tops. Their HEATTECH line lets you wear your normal everyday pants or flannels over these underlayers.

The Footwear

A pair of sturdy, grippable, waterproof boots is essential. I brought my decade-old pair of insulated Red Wing boots and my partner wore these padded-collar, insulated Timberland boots. Pack a bunch of thick, mid-calf socks, too—ideally wool, though these boots will still keep you warm if you wear cotton.

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The Gloves

Pick gloves that insulate and protect your hands but that won’t restrict your grip, should you need it for skiing, sledding, or even grabbing your camera quickly. My top pick is Uniqlo’s HEATTECH gloves, which offered both warmth and dexterity.

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The Best Winter Camping Gear for Cold-Weather Adventures Wed, 26 Jan 2022 20:01:35 +0000 While it might sound like punishment to some, winter camping gets right to the essence of why we love the outdoors. In cold weather, the bugs and the crowds are gone, and where they do exist, a short jaunt in snowshoes can take you to a place where silence reigns. Even if you’re just car camping, there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes from setting up in the snow and surviving a night (or more) away from the safety of the thermostat. But to do so, you need the right winter camping gear.



Your winter camping kit should include warm clothing, plus items like a sleeping bag and tent that can survive severe weather and help you deal with the limited daylight hours. Luckily, the newest winter camping gear—from brands like Patagonia, REI, and more—makes it easier than ever to stay both warm and dry. When the sun sets, you’ll be glad you packed these essentials.

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FIFA World Cup 2022: Now's Your Chance to Get Tickets Wed, 26 Jan 2022 19:53:20 +0000 It’s a good year to be a soccer fan. The FIFA World Cup 2022 is coming up this fall (the first time in history it won’t take place mid-year), and although the tournament doesn’t begin until November, now’s the time to start planning—and grab your tickets. Qatar will host the tournament this year, and the country has been working hard to prepare. Visitors will watch games in several massive new stadiums around the capital city of Doha, and there’s even a brand-new metro system to help fans get around. Ticket sales have officially opened, but the purchase process is a little more complicated than just shelling out some cash and getting a seat. Here’s your guide to scoring tickets to the world’s biggest soccer tournament.

Applying for Tickets

If you want to attend matches, there’s one place to look: All World Cup ticket sales will take place through the official FIFA Tickets portal. To get seats, you’ll need to create an account and submit an application via the portal. As you’d probably expect, demand for tickets will be very high, and to help give more people a chance to attend the tournament, ticket sales will occur in three phases, with a chunk of tickets allocated for each phase.

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The first phase, called Sales Phase 1, began on Jan. 19. Right now, we’re in the Random Selection Draw period, so it doesn’t matter when you apply for tickets. As long as you get your application in during this period, it’ll be counted toward the batch of tickets allocated for this round. If the portal receives more applications than there are tickets available, there will be a random drawing to award tickets. Sales Phase 2 will follow a similar procedure, and there will also be a Last-Minute Sales Phase, where tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. (In other words, getting your application in sooner will give you an advantage.) Sales Phase 1 wraps up Feb. 8; you can get more info on the different phases here.

Once you apply, you’ll be notified via email if you received tickets or not.

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Khalifa International Stadium Courtesy Supreme Committee FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Types of Tickets

The World Cup is spread across multiple stadiums and a whole series of matches, which means pricing and seating vary. According to Bloomberg, ticket prices start at around $68 for a group-stage match and go up from there (scoring a seat for the World Cup Final, for example, will be significantly more expensive).

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There’s also a range of ticket types, like individual tickets or ticket packages to watch a specific national team. Finally, there are also ticket categories, which denote how good your seats will be: Category 1 tickets are the best (and most expensive) seats, while Category 3 tickets will put you in the nosebleeds.

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The Pearl-Qatar Qatar Tourism

What to Expect in Qatar

Qatar is a small country that borders Saudi Arabia, and it’s located on a peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf. All of the World Cup action will take place in and around Doha, the capital city. No need to bring a translator (or buckle down on Duolingo)—although Arabic is the country’s official language, there are plenty of expats living in Qatar, and English is widely spoken.

In addition to being the first World Cup to take place in the fall, it’ll also be the first carbon-neutral World Cup. From construction to water management to using renewable energy, the event’s organizers made sustainability a priority at every stage of preparation for the tournament. According to the organizers, it should also be relatively easy for visitors to get around. They claim it’ll be the most compact World Cup ever, with the farthest stadiums only 45 miles apart; plus, most of the stadiums are connected to the new metro system. The venues should be a real highlight. Seven of the eight stadiums were constructed specifically for this tournament.

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And soccer’s not the only thing on offer. In between matches, you can get out and explore Qatar’s beaches, sample food markets in Doha, and shop and dine in the area’s glitzy real-estate developments, like The Pearl-Qatar.

The first match kicks off on Nov. 21 at Al Bayt Stadium, and the tournament runs until the World Cup Final on Dec. 18 (you can view the full schedule here).

For more info and to purchase tickets, head to the FIFA website.

10 Kettlebell Workouts to Get Six-Pack Abs Wed, 26 Jan 2022 19:00:45 +0000 This article was produced in partnership with Kettlebell Kings

It’s probably going to sound redundant, but it always bears repeating: Your core really is at, well, the core of pretty much everything you do. “Our core strength determines ultimately how strong our entire body is,” says Bob Garon, owner and head coach at Chicagoland’s Synergy Kettlebell Training. “It affects our posture, our back health, and how well we perform daily movements as simple as getting up from a chair.”

And kettlebell training is among the most functional—as in, training to improve body function and movement—types you can do. “The basic kettlebell movement patterns—squat, clean, press, swing, snatch—are loaded either on the front of your body in the racked position or overhead,” adds Samantha Carmean, CSCS, a certified kettlebell instructor and personal trainer in NYC. “This unique pattern allows a large amount lot of tension and muscular force to be developed, especially through the core.”

These core-focused workouts, designed by Garon and Carmean, therefore really tax the whole body. Before you jump right in, warm up with some light kettlebell swings, plank walkouts, even some burpees to get your muscles primed—or add one of these routines to the end of your existing routine. Where no rest is noted, rest only as much as needed.

Choosing the right kettlebell weight: We recommend investing in an adjustable bell and having both lighter powder coat kettlebells (for moves like Turkish getup and cleans) and heavier competition-style kettlebells (for moves like swings and squats). Try these from Kettlebell Kings:

10- to 40-lb Adjustable Kettlebell

Powder Coat Kettlebell Set (5-lb increments)

Competition Kettlebells Full Set – Contains one each of 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32 KG

Workout 1

  • 5 x Single-arm Kettlebell Clean
  • 5 x Single-arm Kettlebell Front Squat
  • 5 x 20-yard Single-arm Kettlebell Front Rack Carry
  • 5 x Single-arm Kettlebell Row (square stance)

Directions: All this one-sided (unilateral) work makes your core have to stabilize that much more to maintain your form. Perform reps on each side for 3-5 sets, taking 60 seconds rest in between.

Workout 2

  • 2 minutes x Cardio: Row on an erg, run on a treadmill, or perform burpees
  • 20 x American Kettlebell Swings: American swings bring your arms up overhead rather than stopping at parallel, which forces more core control.
  • 10 x Scorpions (each side):  Lie facedown on the floor, pick up one foot and lift it up and over your body, allowing your hips to open—think of it like a scorpion stinger—then do the other side.
  • 15 Hollow Body Rocks
  • 20-yard Crab Walk  
  • 15 Kettlebell Suitcase Squats
  • 10 Kettlebell Goblet Situps
  • 10 Kettlebell Figure 8s 

Directions: Perform 3 sets.

Workout 3

  • 2 x Double Kettlebell Deadlift
  • 2 x Kettlebell Renegade Row
  • 2 x Double Kettlebell Clean
  • 2 x Double Kettlebell Front Squat
  • 2 x Double Kettlebell Military Press

Directions: It reads easier than it is—it’s Carmean’s favorite variation on a workout called “The Man Maker,” typically done with dumbbells. Perform 3 sets.

Workout 4

  • 3 x Kettlebell Man-Makers
  • 6 x Wall Climbs: Wall Climbs have you starting in a plank with your feet against a wall, then walking both your hands in and your feet up until you’re in a handstand—add a pushup at the top, if you’re really ambitious.
  • 12 x Double Kettlebell Windshield Wipers: Lie on your back, holding a kettlebell in each hand right above your chest; raise your legs up, feet to the ceiling, and slowly drop them as a unit to one side, then the other.
  • 24 x Heels to Heaven: Do reverse crunches with straight legs.
  • 48 x Bicycle Crunches

Directions: Perform a 16-minute AMRAP workout (complete as many rounds as possible of given reps in this timeframe).

Workout 5

  • 1/2/3 x Turkish Getup Ladder (each side): Perform 1, 2, then 3 get-ups per side. Keep these relatively light.
  • 10 x Single-arm Swings (each side) EMOM: EMOM means “every minute on the minute”—at the top of the minute, you’ll do a set, then rest until the next minute, for 15 to 20 minutes. In your second set of Turkish Getups, go heavier than the first.
  • 1 x Turkish Getup, each side: Perform 3 sets.

Workout 6

  • Wall Sit
  • Double Kettlebell Windshield Wipers
  • Plank
  • Kettlebell Windmill: For the Windmill, start with a wide straddle stance and hold a kettlebell in one hand directly overhead. With control, hinge your torso to the side, aiming to touch your toes with your free hand while keeping that kettlebell up to the sky the entire time.

Directions: This shorter workout makes a great core finisher. Perform 3 sets, taking 60 seconds rest in between.

Workout 7

  • 5 x Goblet Squats
  • 10 x Kettlebell Swings
  • 10 x Plank with Kettlebell Drag: Start in a tall-arm plank with the kettlebell to the left of your body. With your right hand, grab the handle and drag it to the right side; then do the other side for one rep. Make it harder by adding a pushup between reps.

Directions: Perform 5 sets, taking 60 seconds rest in between.

Workout 8

  • Mountain Climbers
  • Kettlebell Situps to Goblet Press: Hold a kettlebell, goblet-style, in both hands. As you sit up, press the bell up and overhead; bring it down as you lower your body.
  • Reverse Plank Kicks: Come into a reverse plank—from seated, place your arms behind you, hands on the floor, and press your feet into the ground to bring your body up, forming a straight line from shoulders to toes—then take turns picking up one leg, fully extended, without letting your hips drop.
  • Superman Planks

Directions: This non-stop workout is only 6 minutes long—possibly the longest 6 minutes of your core’s life. Do 20 seconds of work, taking 5 seconds to transition between moves. Perform 3 total sets.

Workout 9

  • 20 x Double Kettlebell Front Rack Walking Lunges
  • 20- to 40-yard x Bear Crawls
  • 20 x Hand-to-Hand Alternating Swings

Directions: There’s so much coordinated effort in this one, you won’t realize your core is working—until you do. Perform 3-5 sets with 60-90 seconds rest in between.

Workout 10

  • Crunchy Frogs: Start seated, balanced on your tailbone, then extend your body out into a wide V and crunch in to bring your knees to chest.
  • Double Kettlebell Windshield Wipers
  • Dirty Dogs: Begin in downward dog, then switch to upward dog (without letting hips hit the floor), then back to downward dog, at which point you pick up one hand and touch the opposite toe (or shin). Repeat and touch with the other hand.
  • Butterfly Situps: Start seated, soles of feet touching and knees bent out to the side. You lie back on the ground, then sit up, touching your hands between your legs.
  • Russian Twists With Kettlebell

Directions: Do 50 seconds of work then 10 seconds of rest. Perform 3 sets.


The Best Mid-Workout Fuel for Endurance Athletes Wed, 26 Jan 2022 03:17:08 +0000 Every good endurance athlete knows that nutrition is every bit as important as training. If you aren’t properly fueled, you won’t be performing at your best—and will even risk crashing mid-race or workout. Whether your M.O. is running, cycling, or swimming, that quick ‘n easy snack or supplement during a long training session should be packed with nutrients to keep you going. With too many options out there, just finding the right fuel can be tiring. Here are eight of our favorite mid-workout energy boosters.



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1. GU Energy Gel

Designed to supply energy and key nutrients lost during exercise, GU Energy Gels are one of most convenient, mid-workout snacks. Available in a wide variety of flavors, GU gels contain the perfect blend of complex and simple carbohydrates that help sustain you during long workouts. They’re portable and easy to eat (and digest) while in motion, making them ideal to munch on mid-race or mid-workout. Pro tip: if you have a hard time with the consistency, mix them with some water for an easier swallow.

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2. SaltStick Capsules

It’s probably ingrained in your mind that sodium is bad for you—but for endurance athletes especially, salt is your friend. Sodium is essential because it helps maintain fluid balance in the body. Salt and electrolytes are rapidly lost through sweat, so it’s important to replenish them during long workouts. As the name suggests, SaltStick Capsules are packed with salt and electrolytes, working to reduce muscle cramping and boost stamina while maintaining the five electrolytes lost through sweat (potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride). Take one capsule every 30-60 minutes to sustain peak performance.

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3. Tailwind Endurance Fuel

Tailwind’s Endurance Fuel mixes with water and provides athletes with essential calories, electrolytes, and hydration. Made with all-natural ingredients and natural flavors, the combination of water, fuel, and electrolytes has a synergistic effect, allowing the body to absorb more of each and keep you sustained for longer periods of time and at higher intensities. Simply mix some of the powder into a to-go bottle and stay fueled and hydrated during those longer workouts.

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4. Pickle Juice

It may sound disgusting, but if you’re prone to cramps pickle juice could be the elusive solution. Why pickle juice? It contains 10-15 times the electrolytes of traditional sports drinks, contains zero calories and zero sugar, and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Although there isn’t science yet to prove it, researchers believe pickle juice is effective at stopping and preventing cramps because it triggers muscle reflexes when it hits the back of the throat. This in turn prevents the misfiring of neurons that trigger cramping. If you tend to cramp, try packing a shot of pickle juice for your next workout.

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5. BonkBreaker Energy Chews

BonkBreaker Energy Chews work like energy gels—combining fast acting carbohydrates and electrolytes to support muscle contraction. But while energy gels are traditionally eaten in one go, energy chews come in small bites and can be eaten in whatever portion the athlete requires. Packed with 240mg of vital electrolytes and 100mg of caffeine from all-natural white tea sources, BonkBreakers provide a much-needed boost of energy while remaining easy to digest. If you struggle with the taste or texture of energy gels, here’s your chewable alternative.


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6. Clif Bar

You’d be hard pressed to find a more classic trail snack than a Clif Bar. Although they aren’t as quick to eat as some options out there, they’re sufficiently filling and packed with essential nutrients, making them a great mid-workout snack. Available in a wide range of flavors, Clif Bars blend carbohydrates, protein, and fat to provide long-lasting energy for lengthy workouts. Made from sustainably sourced ingredients, Clif Bars contain simple sugars, organic oats, plant protein, nuts, seeds, and oils, providing a time-tested blend of flavor and energy.


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7. Kate’s Real Food Energy Bars

As the name indicates, Kate’s Real Food energy bars are made with organic, all-natural ingredients to keep you nutritiously boosted. Every bar contains organic almond or peanut butter mixed with organic oats, brown rice crisps, and organic honey for a nutritious snack with flavors that you’ll actually recognize. Bars take a little more time to consume than gels or chews, so they’re better suited for workouts than races.

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8. Baby Food

Weird as it may sound, baby food is gaining popularity as a snack for endurance athletes. Made with simple and natural ingredients, it’s packed with sugar and carbohydrates, easy enough for a baby to digest, and offers quick and reliable energy for larger humans. Many brands of baby food are available in convenient, “on-the-go” squeeze pouches that are as easy to carry as they are to eat. Plus, maybe you forgot, they taste surprisingly okay. You can buy squeeze pouches from different sport snack manufacturers or simply pick some up from the baby food aisle at your local grocery store.

Home Office Essentials to Turbocharge Your Work Day Wed, 26 Jan 2022 01:27:06 +0000 Today a laptop or tablet and a Wi-Fi network are all you need to stay connected to work. And while slapping a computer on any horizontal surface—from the kitchen island to the coffee table—will support a MacBook, working efficiently means setting up a space dedicated to the task. A home office is a nice luxury, but all you really need is a space large enough for a proper desk. Once you have that, it’s time to outfit it with equipment and accessories that will optimize getting the job done as quickly and painlessly as possible.

From lighting to ergonomics, just about everything around your desk can either provide a boost or act like an annoying time suck that saps energy and productivity. We’d argue the investment in better gear is worth it. The faster you get it done, the sooner you can get on with the rest of your (non-work) day—and isn’t that the biggest perk to working from home? It’s time to equip yourself with these key home office essentials.


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1. Harmati Rene Electric Adjustable Height Desk

While a standing desk is a cure-all, most studies agree mixing in some standing is healthier than sitting all day (and it also keeps your Apple Watch happy). This standing desk has everything you need without paying for bells and whistles. The dense, smooth, laminated wood top (23.5 x 47 inches) offers plenty of space for a laptop or a monitor with peripherals while leaving room for things like a notepad, desk lamp, and essential cup of coffee. The metal legs look clean and slide up and down (almost silently) from about 30 to 46 inches. A keypad remembers three heights for multiple users—and you can go from either standing or sitting with the push of a button.


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2. West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table

If you’re lucky enough to have room for a coffee table in a home office, or you like splitting up the day in the living room, this design makes it easier to work from a couch. The 48-inch-long table has a 27-inch section that pops up to about 25-inches high—well above the height of a sofa—so you can tuck in your knees while using it. When the top moves, it reveals an 8-inch-deep cavity that’s perfect for stashing a tablet or clearing clutter. With the other side covered in marble, the look is as clean and handsome as it is useful.


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3. Lume Cube Edge Light

Before the pandemic, a desk light really only needed to perform one job—flood the work surface with enough lumens to prevent eyestrain. Then video calls became the new norm, and that’s where this lamp shines. The 36-inch LED lamp clamps to the desktop with five points of articulation. That’s tall enough to crane over your keyboard while working, but it can also pivot to cast light on your face. Light intensity and color temperature controls enable you to customize the most flattering light during calls.


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4. Samsung The Freestyle Projector

A TV in a home office can be a good distraction or way to keep up with the news, but inevitably you’re left with a black rectangle on the wall. A projector, on the other hand, is there when you need it and invisible when you power down. This tomato can-sized projector beams a 30- to 100-inch high-definition screen on the wall. Speakers are built into the body for 360-degree sound. Beam just about any content you care to cast—or ask Alexa to toss up a screensaver-worthy beach view for some inspiration.


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5. Anker AnkerWork B600 Video Bar

Arguably the biggest upgrade to a home office is a large monitor that makes working from your laptop easier—until you have to make video calls through your laptop’s camera. This streaming cam does more than just capture your face, which it does nicely with 2K video. Sitting on top of a monitor, it includes a pair of speakers so you don’t have to rely on a laptop and a microphone to filter out background noise. An additional lightbar feature corrects poor lighting to let you put your best face forward.


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6. Netgear Orbi Quad-band WiFi 6E Mesh System

If you haven’t heard of Wi-Fi 6E yet—the latest home network upgrade—you certainly will soon. A lot of new tech now comes with Wi-Fi 6 enabled out of the box. This three-pack—consisting of a router and two wireless satellites—blankets 9,000 square feet in the fastest internet yet, capable of handling up to 200 devices. Plus, with the Orbi app, you’re now in control of that network—enabling you to set up guest networks, block devices, and even set time outs for others.


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7. LG 27-Inch UltraFine UHD Monitor with Ergo Stand

Quality monitors are more affordable than ever. While the 4K, ultra-high-definition images on this 27-inch screen are as crisp and bright as you’d expect, that’s not the best feature. An arm connected to the back of the monitor allows the screen to move with you during the day. Clamp it to your desk and it pivots in any direction for the best view, whether you sit or stand. iOS users can plug in a USB-C cable to handle video and sound while reducing clutter. If you don’t plan on playing music, the downward-firing speakers built into the frame are all you’ll need for crystal clear video calls.


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8. Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones

Working remotely doesn’t always mean from the privacy of your house. If you plan to work from a café, library, or the airport, noise-canceling headphones are a must. These Bose beauties have enough battery power to last 24 hours with a comfortable, over-the-ear design that seals out ambient noise even before the actual microphones treat your ears to built-in noise-canceling technology. Because sealing out the world isn’t always what you need, an “aware mode” lets environmental noise in—so you know what’s going on around you.


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9. All33 Backstrong C1 Chair

A supported, ergonomic desk chair is one of the smartest investments you can make. The vegan leather on this chair looks great, but it’s the swing-like saddle built into the seat that helps relieve pressure points while supporting your lumbar through the day as you sit or lean all the way back. That pivoting swing also make it nearly impossible to slouch.


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These Fat Bike Trails Will Make Winter Your Favorite Cycling Season Tue, 25 Jan 2022 23:33:47 +0000 Don’t be put off by the name. Fat biking is the new winter exercise craze and an ideal way to stay fit and enjoy spectacular winter landscapes. When your three-season mountain bike is hibernating, rolling in the snow on wide, under-inflated tires lets you pedal gorgeous winter trails and even commute to the nearest mountain hut with low environmental impact.

Winter fat bike trails are everywhere, but first you’ll need the right equipment to get started. These two-wheel proponents of “bigger is better” have frames made to fit 3.5-inch or larger tires and extra wide rims. The wide footprint (coupled with extremely low air pressure) allows you to float over the snow, while studded tires provide additional grip. Experts recommend studded tubeless 4.8’s for better float and grip, and tires should be inflated to 3 or 4 psi (unless otherwise recommended) as anything more will cause deep ruts and tear up the trail.

As far as ideal conditions for fat biking, the general rule of thumb is that when skiing sucks, fat biking is awesome. Crusty snow is the best—and many Nordic centers and local bike clubs now have dedicated fat bike trail grooming machines to provide a harder pack and smoother, faster ride. Remember that you’ll most likely be sharing many of these trails with backcountry skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers for trail space, so don’t forget your best trail etiquette when taking your fat bike out for an epic spin this winter. Here are some of our favorite spots.

Long shot of a mountain biker riding along a snowy fat bike trail in northern Washington's Methow Valley
Northern Washington’s Methow Valley. Stephen Mitchell

1. Methow Valley, WA

Washington’s premier cross-country ski destination in the foothills of the North Cascades features an extensive, fat bike-friendly trail system originally dedicated to just Nordic skiing. Riding on Methow Trails Fat Bike trails requires a $10 pass ($50 for the season)—or a ski pass will work too. Fat bikes are available for rent at Methow Cycle & Sport and Cascades Outdoor Store located in Winthrop, as well as Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies and North Cascades Cycle Werks in Mazama. Information on which trails are open to fat bikes is available on the Methow Trails grooming report. You’ll need a dedicated fat bike with tires wider than 3.6 inches and pressure under 10 psi. For a fun fat bike overnight or hut-to-hut, check out the Rendezvous Huts.

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Maine’s Carrabassett Valley Courtesy of CRNEMBA

2. Carrabassett Valley, ME

Home to the iconic ski destination of Sugarloaf, Maine’s greater Carrabassett area has a wealth of fat bike trails. The Carrabassett Region NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association) grooms the trails off the Narrow Gauge Trail while the town grooms the Narrow Gauge Trail itself. Sugarloaf has one loop available at the Outdoor Center. There are some winter-only trails that are exclusive for winter fat biking. Look for updates on the CRNEMBA Facebook Page. Maine Huts & Trails has an extensive system of Nordic and Fat Bike trails, but budget limitations impact the grooming schedule. Check their Facebook Page for updates. Before heading out, also visit NEMBA’s list of the Valley’s open trails and frequently updated conditions.

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Mammoth Lakes, California Courtesy of Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML)

3. Mammoth Mountain and Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Mountain has world class skiing, but there’s plenty to do on “rest” days. Winter fat bikes (including fat-e bikes) are allowed on the groomed Over-Snow-Vehicle (OSV) trail network managed by Inyo National Forest. There are also several winter trail-systems maintained by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and local volunteers which provide opportunities for traditional fat bikes and other non-motorized users. Only purpose-built fat bikes with 3.8-inch wide tires (or wider) with a recommended tire pressure of 6-10 PSI are allowed on trails. For Mammoth Lakes area’s motorized and non-motorized info and grooming updates, see the map hosted on The best-kept secret here: Mono County is partnering with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and local volunteers on a pilot winter-trail system with access to Buckeye Hot Springs day-use area. The eight-mile, out-and-back trail to the undeveloped hot springs takes you through the beautiful Bridgeport Valley.

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Southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains region is a mecca for hut-to-hut winter cycling. Courtesy of San Juan Huts

4. San Juan Huts: Ridgeway, CO

Tucked in the Rockies of southwestern Colorado, San Juan Huts are renowned for deep powder and phenomenal backcountry hut-to-hut skiing—but you can also travel to several of these huts on a fat bike. The ride into Blue Lakes Hut is about five miles from the trailhead depending on conditions. For a shorter ride, the Spring Creek Hut (with an approach that’s just over a mile) is a fat biker’s paradise near Divide Rd. which is groomed during the winter. The nightly cost per person is $30 and the huts sleep up to eight. Based in Ridgeway—with huts extending from the high mountains around Ouray, Telluride and Durango—San Juan Huts offers interstate access all the way to Utah’s mountain bike capital of Moab.

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5. Sun Valley, ID

It’s hard to picture a more fat bike friendly enclave than Sun Valley. The area’s trail system is, in a word, expansive. Our favorite fat biking find here is The Wood River Trail (WRT)—a 20-plus mile, groomed, multi-use path which provides non-motorized access to the Wood River Valley communities of Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley. Sun Valley Nordic Center offers over ten miles of fantastic fat bike friendly terrain, including the Dog Loop, Boundary Loop, Hyndman View, Diamondback, and the White Clouds Loop. Nordic grooming machines lay down fresh corduroy about 10-12 feet wide, which provides a great surface for skate skiing as well as fat biking. A day pass is $15 for an adult/senior and $10 for kids. Three outdoor gear stores in Ketchum offer an excellent selection of fat bikes rentals.

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About 40 miles from Anchorage, Alyeska Resort offers some of the area’s top fat biking trails. Ralph Kristropher

6. Alyeska Resort: Girdwood, AK

Fat biking was invented in Alaska. During the Iditarod in 1987, mountain bikers “adapted” their rides for the first Iditabike—a 200-mile pedal through the Alaskan backcountry on snowmobile and dog mushing trails. Fat bikes are integral to year-round recreation and commuting all over the state, but some of our favorite trails are hiding out at the lovely Alyeska Resort near the town of Girdwood (about 40 miles from Anchorage). Here you can rent a bike with studded tires, hire a guide, and pedal through snow-covered meadows and pristine forests. When you finish, head to Alaska’s first Nordic Spa, a 50,000 square-foot hydro paradise. Amp your adventure on a multi-day hut-to-hut ride in Alaska’s White Mountains National Recreation Area, offering 250 miles of maintained winter trails and 14 public recreation cabins and shelters maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.

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7. 49° North Mountain Resort: Chewelah, WA

The Nordic Center at 49° North Mountain Resort in northeastern Washington is quickly becoming one of the prime fat bike areas in the country. This pristine area (about an hour’s drive north of Spokane) has miles of groomed trails for fat bikes that are often challenging—but that’s part of the fun. The Nordic Center is located in a cozy yurt near to the alpine ski area. Bikers and others can enjoy about 15 miles of groomed trails, with additional ungroomed snowshoe paths weaving through the dense Coleville National Forest. The yurt is open Friday through Sunday, and trail fees are $14 (Friday-Sunday) and $10 (Monday-Thursday). For a rental bike, visit North Division Bicycle in North Spokane. And for some timely competition, the annual 7k Chewelah Peak Challenge Fat Tire Bike Race is happening on January 30.

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8. Never Summer Nordic: Walden, CO

State Forest Parks, near Walden, CO (a few hours northwest of Boulder), make up over 70,000 acres of prime Rocky Mountain backcountry in the Medicine Bow Range. Never Summer Nordic operates eight yurts and two cabins in the park—and you can ride fat bikes to almost every yurt during the winter on groomed snowmobile trail. From North Park Yurts, winter cyclists enjoy about 10 miles of spectacular scenery along the main access road. For some added elevation, the upper and lower Montgomery Yurts offer a gain of 620 feet during a three-mile trip from the parking lot. Yurts and huts are stocked with beds, wood stoves and cooking supplies.

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9. Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte is arguably one of the best spots for fat biking in the county. You’ll find a variety of both groomed and user-compacted trails here—and although cycling isn’t allowed on some of them, all valley drainages are open to fat bikes as it’s public land. Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association posts conditions on over 50 miles of free-use trails here—grooming courtesy of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike association. Popular trails like gorgeous Keebler Pass are multi-use, so you can expect to be sharing space with snowmobilers and hikers. The Gothic Trail, about 15 minutes from town, is restricted to non-motorized vehicles and nicely groomed for fat bikes. For a fat bike rental ($50 per day, $25 for a half-day), visit The Alpineer.

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10. Rikert Nordic Center: Ripton, VT

In the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest is the Rikert Nordic Center—a true find just 20 minutes from Middlebury College, and tucked in those same rolling hills where poet Robert Frost found inspiration. The area offers some of the best winter walking, skiing, and hiking in New England, with over 30 miles of trails for skate and classic skiing, snowshoeing—and fat biking. Call in advance for rentals (and fat biking conditions) at the Nordic center, equipped with a full-service rental shop, including adaptive fat bikes.

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Other options

Check with your local ski hill about fat bike opportunities. Many ski areas not only groom trails for fat bikers, but are also hosting competitions, events and demos. You’ll find plenty of Fat Bike events in places like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. also compiles listings for events around the country.

Airbnb Reveals Most-Liked Homes of 2021 Tue, 25 Jan 2022 21:56:01 +0000 While the last two years haven’t been particularly kind to travel, we’ve seen the rise of some unique travel opportunities. First and foremost is the possibility (in some lucky cases) of turning one’s work-from-home job into a work-from-anywhere gig. That’s right, some companies don’t really care where you are (in the world) as long as you get the job done, have a secure internet connection, and leave your beach hammock out of the Zoom frame. If you’re in that flexible group looking for the perfect non-office work setting, look no further than Airbnb’s Instagram page.

Airbnb’s own CEO, Brian Chesky, recently announced that he’ll be spending part of next year living and working in Airbnb properties. With that cue in mind, here’s the company’s top-ten countdown of Airbnb spots which got the most love from five million Instagram followers in 2021. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or an office with a view, these unique places may be just the work environment tweak you need.

Historic Guesthouse and Gardens
Historic Guesthouse and Gardens Photo: @theoakmontguesthouse

10. Historic Guesthouse and Gardens

Marietta, GA

Surrounded by oaks and magnolias, this poolside cabana is set on a property that was home to two Georgia governors. The bedroom you’ll be staying in was originally a smokehouse in the 1840s.

Hermosa Cabaña 
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9. Hermosa Cabaña

Mineral del Chico, Hidalgo, Mexico

Located in the forest of central Mexico, this double-height cabin is 10 minutes from the mountain villages of Mineral del Chico and Mineral del Monte.

Maison Lafleur
Maison Lafleur Photo: @philipp_franke26 

8. Maison Lafleur

Le Vignau, France

Surrounded by ancient oaks, this renovated farmhouse in southwestern France dates back to the 18th century. Housing up to 10 occupants, Maison Lafleur recently added a heated private pool in the back.

Mariner Boathouse 
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7. Mariner Boathouse

Belgrade, Serbia

The Danube and the Sava rivers come together in Serbia’s historic capital of Belgrade. You’ll find the Mariner houseboat here, moored in the Sava River just off Ada Ciganlija—an immensely popular sports and recreation complex in the city.

Villa Amalfi 
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6. Villa Amalfi

Tulum, Mexico

This modern villa provides a unique indoor/outdoor living space on the Yucatan peninsula. Staying here puts you in a prime spot between some of Mexico’s most famous white sand beaches and Tulum’s bohemian Aldea Zama community.

The Woodlands House
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5. The Woodlands House

Sandy, OR

Situated on five acres of old-growth private forest, this four-bedroom property is just 45 minutes from Portland’s international airport. Guests at the Woodlands House can enjoy two outdoor decks and a six-person hot tub.

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4. The Kingdom A-Frame

Burke, VT

If you’re looking to explore the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Kingdom A-Frame is minutes from the Kingdom Trails, Burke Mountain, and Lake Willoughby. Built in 1968, the home is conveniently right across the street from a Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) trail.

Crow’s Nest
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3. Crow’s Nest

Monte Rio, CA

The Crow’s Nest in Northern California’s rustic community of Monte Rio offers a bird’s-eye view of surrounding old growth forest. For some added relaxation among the coastal redwoods, a footpath leads to a hot tub nestled in the trees.

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2. Raven Rock Treehouse

Fletcher, NC

Set on a 40-acre wildlife preserve near the Continental Divide in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Raven Rock Treehouse is just 10 minutes from Asheville airport—and 50 feet off the ground. The owners call a stay here “radical off-grid therapy.”

Zion Eco Cabin
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1. Zion EcoCabin

Hildale, UT

The most liked image on Airbnb’s Instagram belongs to the Zion EcoCabin in Hildale, Utah. The windowed A-frame offers breathtaking vistas on the southern side of the Zion Mountains—turning another day at the home office into glamping in red rock paradise.

25 Best Deodorants for Men in 2022 Tue, 25 Jan 2022 17:38:27 +0000 This article was produced in partnership with Blu Atlas

All men are unique. But no matter how you spend your days, deodorant is that one essential grooming product you’ll find on all men’s shelves. Sweat is a natural part of being alive, and the odor that comes with it, well hey, that’s natural too. But to make sure BO doesn’t run your life (or keep people out of it), choosing a deodorant that works for you and your skin is crucial.

There’s a lot of deodorants on the markets (some good, some bad). A good deodorant will neutralize odors, be stain-free, and contain skin-friendly ingredients that work with our body’s natural system to cut down on the odor-causing bacteria that contribute to BO. Weeding out the bad deodorants and finding a good one takes trial and error. Which is why we’ve put together a list of the best deodorants for men. Our list comprises the top 25 best deodorants for men on the market that fit every budget, lifestyle, and sweat-meter, so there’s something for every guy.

1. Blu Atlas Deodorant

Blu Atlas Deodorant
Blu Atlas Deodorant Blu Atlas

As our number one pick for the best deodorants for men, Blu Atlas’ Deodorant is everything you want in a basic, natural deodorant that does what it’s supposed to do. The aluminum-free formula uses key natural ingredients to neutralize odor and absorb sweat, which is why you can use it on the underarms and any other areas on the body that tend to get sweaty or musky throughout the day. Coco-caprylate, an emollient gel derived from coconuts, gives the deodorant a moisturizing feel that softens and soothes skin, while volcanic ash (aka bentonite clay) is broken up into ultra-fine particles to absorb excess oil, odor, sweat, and other impurities.

Deodorant by Blu Atlas has an invigorating fragrance profile of bergamot, clary sage, and patchouli, so you’ll smell masculine, clean, and oh-so-fresh.


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2. Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant Malin and Goetz

If you want to smell minty fresh all day, there’s no better deodorant for men than Malin+Goetz’ Eucalyptus Deodorant. After ten years of fighting odor and absorbing sweat with natural ingredients, this natural deodorant has gained a well-deserved cult following

The formula is vegan and cruelty-free, relying on ingredients like natural eucalyptus extract and citronellyl to absorb odors. The deodorant is also free of baking soda, so those with sensitive skin can enjoy its natural odor protection.


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3. Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant

Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant
Oars + Alps Natural Deodorant Oars and Alps

Oars + Alps knows that natural deodorant (aka deodorant that doesn’t use aluminum as its odor blocker) must be hardworking and practical. Otherwise, what’s the point? That’s why they’ve created their signature Natural Deodorant, which goes on clear and non-sticky, so you don’t even notice it’s there.

The formula uses plant-derived ingredients like aloe vera, corn starch, and alpine caribou moss to create a hydrating, soothing formula that is naturally anti-bacterial and odor-busting. The formula comes in four different original scents and three sensitive skin options, so there’s something every guy will want to try.


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4. Art of Sport Compete Men’s Deodorant

Art of Sport Compete Men's Deodorant
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Guys who have an active lifestyle need a deodorant that works just as hard as they do. Luckily, there’s Art of Sport. The brand’s line of men’s deodorant has become a beloved go-to for gym bunnies, athletes, and outdoorsmen who want all-day sweat and odor protection.

The dermatologist-tested formula is free from aluminum, baking soda, and talc and instead uses plant extracts like matcha and arrowroot to support skin health, soothe irritations, and keep odors and moisture to a minimum. Compete (the brand’s invigorating citrus scent) goes on clear and keeps you feeling confident and energized all day long.


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5. Aesop Déodorant

Aesop Déodorant
Aesop Déodorant Aesop

If you’re a spray deodorant type of guy or love the ease of a quick refresh, this aluminum-free spray deodorant by Aesop is a must-try. Vetiver root, zinc ricinoleate, and coriander seed oil are the key ingredients in this spray deodorant.

Besides smelling earthy and masculine, vetiver root oil balances and hydrates the skin. Zinc ricinoleate traps and absorbs odor molecules, naturally deodorizing the skin, so you feel and smell fresh. Coriander seed oil is naturally anti-bacterial, so it helps curb odor while maintaining the skin’s health. This lightweight spray is super convenient and discrete with its 1.7 fluid-ounce bottle, so you can take it with you in your gym, work, or carry-on bag.


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6. Nécessaire The Deodorant Gel

Nécessaire The Deodorant Gel
Nécessaire The Deodorant Gel Nécessaire

Nécessaire is a skin and body care brand that elevates everyday basics into an experience that’s luxurious and indulgent, without straying too far away from the magic of a simple formula. In their Deodorant Gel, the brand uses 5% alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), plus other skin-friendly ingredients like niacinamide (vitamin B3), Panthenol (vitamin B5), and chamomile flower extract to neutralize odor and treat uneven texture and tone.

The AHA blend not only minimizes bumps and discoloration but it creates an inhospitable environment for odor-causing bacteria. The gel formulation goes on smoothly and dries clear (so you can avoid those notorious tee shirt deodorant stains), and comes in your choice of fragrance-free or eucalyptus scent.


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7. Santal & Vetiver Formula Nº 2 by Salt & Stone

Santal & Vetiver Formula Nº 2 by Salt & Stone
Santal & Vetiver Formula Nº 2 by Salt & Stone Salt and Stone

The underarm area is particularly prone to chafing, dryness, and other skin irritations—especially when harsh ingredients from your deodorant come into the mix. For those with sensitive skin (or who want to avoid sensitivity in the first place), go for a natural deodorant that doesn’t use baking soda. In Salt & Stone’s Formula Nº 2, they cater towards those with sensitive skin by creating a conditioning, moisturizing deodorant that repels odor naturally.

Probiotics are one of the key ingredients in this best deodorant for men since they help promote a healthy skin flora and minimize the presence of odor-causing bacteria. The deodorant nourishes skin with hydrating hyaluronic acid and moisturizing shea butter so you can make skin-chafing a thing of the past. Not to mention, the santal and vetiver scent smells so good with warm, sensual notes of vanilla, amber, and sandalwood.


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8. Ursa Major Forest Fix Deodorant

Ursa Major Forest Fix Deodorant
Ursa Major Forest Fix Deodorant Ursa Major

For the guys who can’t always escape the hustle and bustle of their work life but are craving a woodsy, earthy scent, you can get your Forest Fix with Ursa Major. This natural deodorant formulation is brimming with odor-neutralizing ingredients like hops, kaolin, baking soda, and saccharomyces ferment, which together work to curb foul-smelling odors and absorb excess moisture.

This natural deodorant for men also uses hydrating aloe vera to soothe any sensitivity and fir to fight odor-causing bacteria while making you smell like you just took a walk in the woods (in the best way possible). The silky-smooth texture offers long-lasting protection for whatever you get up to and is non-staining, so your tee shirts stay fresh too.


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9. Grown Alchemist Roll-On Deodorant

Grown Alchemist Roll-On Deodorant
Grown Alchemist Roll-On Deodorant Grown Alchemist

In their innovative, plant-inspired Roll-On Deodorant, Grown Alchemist opts out of the traditional odor-blocking ingredient aluminum and uses naturally anti-bacterial actives instead.

In this best deodorant for men, you’ll find Icelandic moss extract polysaccharides (which are extracted from the hot aqueous extract of Iceland moss) to neutralize odors and soothe skin with its natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The plant-forward deodorant also uses an innovative sage complex to eliminate body odor, tamanu seed oil to create the optimal skin microbiome, and licorice extract compounds to reduce odor-causing bacteria.


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10. Bevel Aluminum-Free Deodorant

Bevel Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Bevel Aluminum-Free Deodorant Bevel

Guys with thick, coarse, or curly underarm hair need a deodorant that reaches the skin and doesn’t just clump all up in your hair. Thankfully, there’s Bevel’s Aluminum-Free Deodorant. The solid stick formula goes on clear and is designed to penetrate through underarm hair to provide skin with the odor-blocking technology it needs for 48 hours of clean smells and low moisture.

To make sure skin is healthy and moisturized, Bevel included ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil in this natural men’s deodorant. Get this deodorant on an auto-ship subscription to save money and make sure you always have some on hand.


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11. Schmidt’s Sensitive Skin Natural Deodorant, Hemp & Sage

Schmidt's Sensitive Skin Natural Deodorant, Hemp & Sage
Schmidt’s Sensitive Skin Natural Deodorant, Hemp & Sage Schmidt's

Hemp seed oil is known as one of nature’s most balanced oils, so it’s no wonder this skin-soothing ingredient is getting the attention it deserves in Schmidt’s Sensitive Skin Natural Deodorant. In the brand’s Hemp & Sage scent, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter condition even the most sensitive skin types, so you won’t experience chafing or irritation.

The formula is enriched with minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins to support healthy skin and doesn’t include any unnecessary fillers or artificial fragrance. Speaking of fragrance, this universally loved scent is both sharp and soft with notes of vetiver, tea, sage, and spicy fruit.


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12. Bravo Sierra Deodorant

Bravo Sierra Deodorant
Bravo Sierra Deodorant Bravo Sierra

When it comes to choosing a good deodorant, go for the one that works just as hard as you. Bravo Sierra’s coveted Deodorant is aluminum- and baking soda-free, so it uses innovative plant technology to provide long-lasting sweat and odor protection.

Key odor-blocking and moisture-absorbing ingredients include tapioca starch extracted from the roots of Brazil’s cassava plant, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, and diatomaceous earth. You’ll also find nourishing plant extracts like aloe vera leaf juice, algae extract, and Panax ginseng root extract to ensure skin stays healthy and moisturized with continued use. This reliable deodorant for men comes in a variety of scents: Original, Citrus & Cedarwood, Sandalwood & Fig, Tonka Bean & Lemon, and Unscented, so pick the one that feels most like you.


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13. Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh 48-Hour Antiperspirant & Deodorant

Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh 48-Hour Antiperspirant & Deodorant
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If you want a fuss-free deodorant that doesn’t cost a fortune, you can’t go wrong with this classic antiperspirant. As one of the best deodorants for men, you’ll get 48-hours of sweat and odor protection thanks to the sweat-blocking ingredient aluminum zirconium.

The Extra Fresh formula is also infused with vitamin E and moisturizers like castor and sunflower seed oil to help maintain the skin’s delicate moisture barrier and prevent irritation. And because it’s a drugstore classic, you can find this deodorant virtually anywhere for just around $5.


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14. Kiehl’s Body Fuel Antiperspirant & Deodorant

Kiehl's Body Fuel Antiperspirant & Deodorant
Kiehl’s Body Fuel Antiperspirant & Deodorant Ulta

Kiehl’s Body Fuel is another one of our favorite deodorants for men that offer 48 hours of uninterrupted sweat and odor protection. In addition to its 12% concentration of aluminum chlorohydrate (which functions as an antiperspirant), you’ll find skincare worthy ingredients like zinc, vitamin C, and caffeine in this men’s deodorant.

Essential mineral zinc is here to soothe, purify, and support the skin; vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and smooths uneven texture; while caffeine increases blood circulation and energizes the skin. This beloved deodorant goes on easily and dries down quickly, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the perks of long-lasting sweat and odor protection.


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15. Native Deodorant

Native Deodorant
Native Deodorant Native

Odds are you’ve heard of Native Deodorant before—and for a good reason! This best-selling brand creates clean, natural deodorant formulas that provide effective odor protection, all without the help of aluminum. The brand wants you to be comfortable with the ingredients it uses, which is why you’ll see things like coconut oil, shea butter, and baking soda on the back of the deodorant.

In their signature formula, you’ll also find odor-neutralizing ingredients like tapioca starch and probiotics that love to help you stay stink-free. And because it’s an established brand, you can shop their wide variety of scent options: some of our favorites being Eucalyptus & Mint and Sea Salt & Cedar.


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16. Corpus Naturals Deodorant

Corpus Naturals Deodorant
Corpus Naturals Deodorant Corpus Naturals

Corpus Naturals created their line of odor-neutralizing deodorants using a vegan, clean formulation based on plant-based ingredients. To target sweat and odor, the formula utilizes saccharomyces ferment filtrate (combats odor-causing bacteria), diatomaceous earth (neutralizes odors and absorbs excess moisture), and tapioca starch (to absorb wetness).

The brand’s range of natural deodorants is naturally scented with essential oils and isolates, so you don’t have to worry about synthetic fragrances. Some of our favorites from the line include Santalum, a warm sandalwood-based scent, and California, which is beachy and lively with sea salt and bergamot notes.


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17. Triumph & Disaster Spice Deodorant

Triumph & Disaster Spice Deodorant
Triumph & Disaster Spice Deodorant Triumph and Disaster

Triumph & Disaster knows that sweat is a natural function of a normal, healthy body, so their deodorant doesn’t aim to stop sweat in its tracks. Rather, the natural deodorant works with the body to limit excess moisture and odor where necessary.

In their Spice Deodorant, natural ingredients like Manuka oil (controls odor), kawakawa extract (anti-inflammatory properties), aloe vera (inhibit bacterial and fungal activity), and baking soda (to mask the effect of odor-causing bacteria) work to keep odors at bay. The deodorant’s scent is exotic and spicy, with notes of frankincense, bay leaf, clove, and lavender.


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18. Harry’s Odor Control Deodorant

Harry's Odor Control Deodorant
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The best deodorant for men is one that keeps odors away all day long. Which is exactly what Harry’s delivers in their Odor Control Deodorant. For $5, you get a clear, solid stick formula that goes on smoothly and doesn’t irritate the skin.

In addition to getting 24 hours of uninterrupted odor control, this best-selling deodorant utilizes plant extracts like grapefruit seed, bisabolol, and ginger root extract to provide natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and skin-softening properties.

The deodorant comes in four signature scents: Shiso (bright, herbal, earthy), Fig (rich, warm, and juicy), Stone (cool, fresh, citrusy), and Redwood (brisk, sharp, woodsy). So go for the one that best suits your personality, or switch it up each day to match your mood.


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19. Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant

Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant
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Revered as one of the best deodorants for men is Pit Boss by Jack Black. This antiperspirant and deodorant duo uses a 20% combination of aluminum to reduce underarm moisture and control sweat.

The formula also includes plant-based ingredients that make this deodorant suitable for all men, even those with sensitive skin. Aloe vera leaf juice naturally hydrates, soothes, and softens the skin, while antioxidant vitamin E protects the skin against environmental stressors and provides moisturization. This antiperspirant and deodorant for men also has conditioning castor oil and sunflower seed oil to give the roll-up stick an effortless glide and non-irritating feel.


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20. Old Spice Red Collection Deodorant for Men, After Hours

Old Spice Red Collection Deodorant for Men, After Hours
Old Spice Red Collection Deodorant for Men, After Hours Walmart

Old Spice After Hours is one of those classic men’s deodorants that never go out of style. This men’s deodorant blocks underarm odor for 24 hours, all while providing the masculine, confident scent of citrus and leafy greens. The deodorant goes on clear, lasts all day, and gives you a bold scent that works for whatever you have planned—whether that’s long nights or early mornings.


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21. Hawthorne Stain-Free Deodorant

Hawthorne Stain-Free Deodorant
Hawthorne Stain-Free Deodorant Hawthorne

Keep your clothes clean and your armpits fresh with Hawthorne’s Stain-Free Deodorant. This mint and eucalyptus-scented deodorant for men goes on clear (so your tee shirts stay stain-free) and neutralizes odor with natural ingredients.

Doing the bulk of odor-protection is witch hazel, which naturally controls oil, reduces redness, and cleans the skin without stripping the delicate moisture barrier, and nettle leaf, another natural astringent that soothes irritation and naturally cleanses the skin. This natural deodorant is also gel-based, so it’s easy to apply and reapply as necessary.


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22. Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant

Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant
Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant Sephora

Kosas’ Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant is one of the most unique formulas on our list. This all-natural, clean deodorant avoids potentially irritating ingredients like baking soda and aluminum and combats odors with a blend of shikimic, mandelic, and lactic acids.

These AHAs do more than just deodorize by creating a pH environment where odor-causing bacteria can’t thrive—they gently exfoliate and improve skin’s moisture, so you can say goodbye to annoying bumps and discoloration. The non-irritating formula also has ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, soften, and smooth skin. This deodorant goes on clear and lightweight, so it’s perfect for those with an active lifestyle or who prefer a more liquid, gel-like consistency.


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23. Clinique for Men Antiperspirant-Deodorant Stick

Clinique for Men Antiperspirant-Deodorant Stick
Clinique for Men Antiperspirant-Deodorant Stick Sephora

Clinique for Men’s Antiperspirant-Deodorant Stick is designed to give you comfortable, dependable defense against sweat and BO. The formula uses aluminum as its main sweat and odor blocker, which dries down quickly and stays all day long. The formula is also lightweight, non-sticky, non-staining, and works for all skin types—aka all the things you really want in an effective deodorant for men.


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24. Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant

Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant
Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant Primally Pure

Charcoal is one of those natural ingredients most men are drawn to (we see you with your charcoal face mask), so why not have it in your deodorant too? In this natural, aluminum-free deodorant by Primally Pure, activated coconut charcoal naturally detoxifies, deodorizes, and disinfects, so underarms stay fresh all day long.

The deodorant also includes other skin-friendly ingredients like non-nano zinc oxide (to soothe irritation), white kaolin clay (to naturally detox skin and odors), tallow from grass-fed cows (which is high in vitamins and other nutrients), and eucalyptus essential oil (to protect skin from odor and irritation).


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25. Every Man Jack’s Men’s Aluminum-Free Cedarwood Deodorant

Every Man Jack's Men's Aluminum-Free Cedarwood Deodorant
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If you want to try out one of the most popular natural deodorants for men, there’s this one by Every Man Jack. The plant-based formula uses naturally-derived ingredients like witch hazel, cotton extract, lichen extract, aloe vera, and propanediol to provide odor-busting and skin-benefiting properties.

Witch hazel and cotton extracts absorb excess moisture, while anti-bacterial lichen extract combats odors. This clean, easy-to-love formula also smells fantastic, with its nature-inspired scent that combines notes of cedarwood, sage, cypress, citrus, vetiver, and rosemary for a fresh, outdoor experience (even if you’re spending all day inside).


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4 Things to Consider When Shopping for Men’s Deodorant

Deodorant is personal. So here are a few things to consider when shopping for yours.

Do you want a deodorant or antiperspirant?

While the two terms are sometimes used hand in hand, there is a difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. Deodorant doesn’t stop you from sweating; rather, it uses ingredients to combat excess moisture and odor. Antiperspirants are typically made with aluminum or other sweat-blocking ingredients that tell your sweat glands to stop producing moisture.

Many people are concerned with the potential long-term effects of aluminum in their antiperspirants. And while there isn’t any concrete research on this at the moment, it’s better to opt for a natural, aluminum-free deodorant if this is a concern for you.

Does the deodorant work with your lifestyle?

Like we said, deodorants are personal. Make sure the one you pick works for your lifestyle. If you’re super active and prone to sweating, then maybe an antiperspirant would work best for you. If you just want something that adds a pleasant fresh scent and combats excess moisture, go for a deodorant.

The texture and features of a deodorant matter too. For example, you might prefer a spray-on deodorant or gel-formula to a solid stick because it feels nicer on your skin and is easier to use on the go. If tee shirt stains are a concern for you, make sure the deodorant you choose is stain-free and goes on clear.

Does the deodorant fit your budget?

Deodorant is one of those men’s grooming products that can range from just a couple of dollars to upwards of $30 or more. And because it’s a product you’ll reach for every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, it’s important to find a deodorant that works for your skin but also your budget.

You’ll likely need to replace your deodorant every few weeks or months, so work that into your monthly budget if that’s something you’re concerned about. And if you don’t want to drop $20 on a deodorant, that’s fine! There are plenty of more affordable options on the market.

Do you like the ingredients?

Deodorant is like skincare and what goes on your body has the potential to benefit your skin or (on the opposite hand) irritate it and cause more significant issues down the line. Making sure the deodorant you choose has ingredients you like and feel comfortable with is super important. Looking at the ingredient list before purchasing a deodorant is also critical for those with allergies because the last thing you want is skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

Ingredients to Look for in a Natural Deodorant for Men

Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is one of the most popular ingredients found in natural deodorants. This active ingredient is beloved for its anti-bacterial and pH neutralizing properties, which offset the acid in sweat and stunt the growth of odor-causing bacteria. While effective and safe for most skin types, this ingredient can be irritating for those with sensitive skin.

Zinc Ricinoleate

Zinc ricinoleate works with the body to trap and absorb odors, so you don’t get that infamous BO smell.

Natural Clays (Kaolin, Bentonite)

You’ll often see natural clays like kaolin or bentonite as some of the primary ingredients in a natural deodorant formulation. That’s because these clays are inherently absorbent and detoxifying, attracting excess moisture and odor-causing bacteria.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an ancient skincare ingredient that does really well in natural deodorant formulation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The versatile ingredient is a natural astringent, meaning it gently cleanses the skin to remove excess moisture, oil, and bacteria.

Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate

This natural yeast enzyme has become a go-to deodorant ingredient thanks to its ability to safely and effectively combat the bacteria that give sweat its characteristic smell.


AHAs (or alpha hydroxy acids) are becoming increasingly popular in skin and body care products. In deodorants, they lower your skin’s pH so that odor-causing bacteria can’t survive, effectively controlling odor. AHAs (such as glycolic, lactic, or mandelic acids) also exfoliate the skin, which is great for those with underarm discoloration, bumps, or ingrown hairs.

Zac Efron on Season 2 of 'Down to Earth' Mon, 24 Jan 2022 16:00:10 +0000 In the spring of 2020, travel wasn’t particularly high on anybody’s to-do list. The COVID-19 pandemic had just emerged around the globe, and most of us were tethered to our couches. Things were bleak, but there was a lifeline for cooped-up globetrotters: Zac Efron’s Down to Earth, a show chronicling his journeys around the world in search of healthier, more sustainable ways of living. In its first season, Efron and his co-host, Darin Olien, traveled to places like Iceland, Puerto Rico, and the Amazon rainforest. The two met with innovators coming up with solutions to a wide range of issues, from pollution to hurricane recovery and more. The show became a surprise hit, and Season 2 is slated for release later this year.

But that’s not all Efron’s been up to. He also partnered with AT&T as part of the company’s Life, Gig-ified launch, a creative series highlighting AT&T’s upgraded fiber-optic network. As a part of the launch, he developed his own segment. We recently caught up with Efron to learn more about how he stays connected in an increasingly digital world and what’s coming next on Down to Earth.

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Men’s Journal: You partnered with AT&T for its Life, Gig-ified launch. How did you come up with the idea for your segment?

Zac Efron: I met with AT&T and the director, Ira Rosensweig. As we discussed the concept, it sort of took on a life of its own that we all loved…I think it’s a really fun concept and we had a great time doing it.

This launch is all about delivering more content at faster speeds. As a content creator, what does that mean for you?

Speed is huge for the creative process. One of the most challenging parts is the immediacy. Sometimes you’re putting out an hour-long piece of content you filmed yesterday, so every second of the process counts. The less time we have to spend waiting on uploads and downloads, the more time we get to make the content better.

From the rise of streaming platforms to TikTok to virtual reality, there have been so many recent changes in the way we create and experience entertainment. What do you think will be the next big thing? What are you most excited about?

I’m amazed at how quickly tech is changing. Whether I’m working on a film or television project or creating digital content, I want to stay up to date on the technology. I’m fascinated by consuming content in different forms and I love the idea this is a constantly evolving process. I don’t know what lies ahead but I’m excited to discover and utilize the next big thing.

Your show Down to Earth was a major hit. What inspired you to do the show?

It was a dream come true to travel the world and put the spotlight on some amazing people and places.

What was the best and the worst thing you ate in season one?

The homemade pasta in Italy was insane. I don’t think I had a bad meal on that trip. There might have been something iffy I had in Costa Rica.

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What’s it like working with Darin Olien on the show?

He’s one of my great mates and mentors. He’s taught me so much about living life to the fullest.

Will Down to Earth Season 2 be different from Season 1 in any major ways? Can you give us any hints

Season 2 has a focus on the environmental dilemmas we’re facing today. We met some great people with fascinating solutions.

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