Cool Material is a great resource for stuff guys want, if we don’t say so ourselves. We’re consistently publishing the latest and greatest when it comes to all things gear, tech, style, eating and drinking, but we’re also not naive enough to think that you’re spending all your time on our site. Cards on the table, we spend quite a few hours a week on sites other than this one because there’s a lot to learn, and we can’t be the only teacher around. We put our heads together and came up with a list of cool websites every guy should know. Here they are.

Valet

For more than a decade, this “independently-published lifestyle website” has been delivering daily news on style, grooming and culture specifically tailored for the kind of guys who also like Cool Material. They say, “consider us your concierge to a well-styled life”; we say “read Valet. if you’re more concerned with the things that a proper, modern gentleman needs to know instead of the current trends. Link


Kottke

With close to 300,000 followers on Twitter and one of the oldest running blogs on the web (two decades and counting), Jason Kotte (aka the man who designed the Silkscreen typeface used by Adobe, MTV, Volvo and others, along with being featured in all the prestigious New York magazines) is one of the names to beat when it comes to quality content on the Internet. Whether it’s art or technology, science or visual culture, design or music, there are at least a few hundred posts in the 25,000+ posts on Kottke.org that will interest you. Go to the site because we told you to, but stay because you’re going to learn so many interesting things that you’ll have a new definition of “Internet rabbit hole” when you’re finally done. Link


Colossal

Traditional Chinese painting on rice paper. Futuristic, light-based art installations from a Romanian-born artist. Italian marble, boulder-like sculptures covered in a porous web. Hand-painted Persian carpets. Independent films. Fantastic products. Colossal is an art, design and culture site that’s equal parts design porn, intriguing products and mesmerizing visual case studies. Link


Bike EXIF

If you enjoy motorcycles in any capacity, you should be reading Bike EXIF on a regular basis. The Internet’s “most popular showcase for custom motorcycles” has been running for a decade now, and it shows no signs of slowing. With coverage ranging from Cafe Racers and Bobbers, to Scramblers and Classics, along with How-to Guides and factory releases, Bike EXIF is a veritable one-stop shop for all the best two-wheeled creations in the world. Whether you love riding, admiring or just drooling over the best, brightest or otherwise most ridiculous creations that have ever existed on two wheels, Bike EXIF is where you want to spending your time. Link


Well Spent

When it comes to the daily wardrobe, everyone has a different definition of what they consider appropriate. For some, that means affordable. For others, that means sustainably manufactured. For most, that means stylish. If you’re someone that would prefer all of those things, there’s Well Spent, the best place online to find products that are responsibly made, stylish and don’t cost an arm and a leg. You’ll find brands you’ve never heard of making products you didn’t know existed. You’ll find better alternatives to wardrobe staples. You’ll also find a healthy dose of deals, industry commentary and pithy points of view on the world of men’s fashion as a whole. Link


HODINKEE

Much like Bike EXIF, Well Spent, Colossal and plenty of the other entries on this list, HODINKEE does one thing and it does it well. In their case, it’s watches. To be fair, we love watches, and we cover quite a few great options on a regular basis. But we don’t cover the same absurdly rare, incredibly customized or otherwise insanely expensive watches that you’re likely to find on the online watch magazine with millions of views, celebrity collaborators, and more awards than we can mention. If you enjoy watches, particularly the mechanical ones, on any level and you’re not reading HODINKEE, you’re missing out. Link


Gear Patrol

Gear Patrol covers enough cars, gear, and tech to be considered “competition” on some level by many of you. We don’t view it like that, because we love the site, the editorial style, and the attention to detail. Described as “The Spirit of Adventure,” Gear Patrol is sure to get you pumped to get outdoors. Link


Whisky Advocate / BeerAdvocate

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, Whisky Advocate and BeerAdvocate are not published by the same company, nor are they related in any way. What they do have in common is that both of them are go-to resources when it comes to very different libations—one for whisky, the other for beer. They both serve as indispensable resources in their particular alcohol sectors, which is why they’re sharing the same spot on this list. Whether you’re a guy that likes beer, one that prefers the brown stuff, or maybe someone who enjoys both, one or both of these websites will keep you in the know about the best and brightest, the newest releases and the most intriguing options when it comes to your adult beverage of choice. Link Link


Designspiration

Love design? Want to share what inspires you, or looking for inspiration for your own work? Enter Designspiration, the Pinterest alternative strictly focused on everything design.” In short, Designspiration is an easy-to-use way to discover something new, brush up on what’s popular and find ideas for your next creative endeavor. After a few hours on Designspiration you’ll want to create all kinds of projects, get a bunch of tattoos and build at least a few pieces of furniture. That’s what we call inspiration. Or, in this case, Designspiration. Link

Pappy-Van-Winkle-Hot-Sauce

Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.