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Heritage: Mike Balitsaris

I spent a good part of my growing up in Tennessee at my grandparents house beside the Tennessee river. My cousins and I lived like Tom and Huck, fishing, hiking, boating, and exploring. One thing I remember about my grandfather was he would spend time every day at his desk and he would open the mail with a paper cutter ... continue reading
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8 New Beers You Should Know

As you hit your local liquor shop in search of some new beers to try, there are a few that are worth keeping an eye out for. Some of them are brand new and some are seasonal offerings just hitting shelves. So next time you’re out scouting potential fridge dwellers, keep an eye out for these. 1. Six Point Hi-res Big ... continue reading
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The Great Outdoors Sale SHOP

Real men don't spend their entire summer in air-conditioned comfort. The warm weather and abundant sunshine make this time of year the perfect to go exploring the great outdoors, and right now is the time to gear up to do so. From now until 7/28/14 you'll save 16% on all the outdoor gear we've rounded up in this curated collection. So ditch the couch for a weekend, lace up your boot and get outside. ... check it out
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Heritage: Matthew Perlman

My father has always been one to impart wisdom to me in subtle ways he knows I will eventually pick up on. When I was 14, he gave me this trick lock that he picked up on a trip to India. I spent hours trying to figure it out - granted this was in the days before the internet when I could have just looked up the solution. ... continue reading
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Spotted At: Project NYC

The men's trade shows in New York this week were filled with interesting trends to come, new labels to know, and a shit-ton of snow-covered boots. We made our way through a few of them to give you a glimpse of what you'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months. There was a strong sense of Americana at Project, ... continue reading
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Spotted At: Liberty Fairs NYC

The men's trade shows in New York this week were filled with interesting trends to come, new labels to know, and a shit-ton of snow-covered boots. We made our way through a few of them to give you a glimpse of what you'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months. Liberty Fairs was a massive hodgepodge of different ... continue reading
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Spotted At: Capsule NYC

The men's trade shows in New York this week were filled with interesting trends to come, new labels to know, and a shit-ton of snow-covered boots. We made our way through a few of them to give you a glimpse of what you'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months. One of the things we like about (capsule) is the amount ... continue reading
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Current Obsession: Vintage Playboys

Playboy magazine is no longer a rite of passage. With the internet, a boy doesn’t really have to pull some covert op to snag his dad’s Playboy stash to get his first glimpse of a naked woman. There was a time, however, when the magazine was solely responsible for dropping the voices of millions of guys. This is a salute to those days. ... continue reading
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New Apps You Should Know

Since new apps get released at an incredible rate, we figured it only fair to keep you abreast of the best. Stop sifting through all the terrible games and little life helpers to find some gems. Break out your iPhone, iPad or Android device and get to downloading some of these guys. ... continue reading
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CM’s Top 10 Videos of 2013

Not every post we put up is focused on a tangible object. As much as we love shiny new gadgets and delicious bottles of booze, we also enjoy anything that can entertains us, which is why we toss up videos every now and then. Here are the 10 most popular that we shared this past year. ... continue reading
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CM’s Top 20 Products of 2013

Another year has come and gone. We played with lots of gadgets, sampled plenty of beer, and drove some mighty nice cars all in the name of “research.” And while we stand by everything we’ve tossed up on Cool Material, there are always going to be certain items that go over better than others. We combed through all our stats and found the 20 items you guys checked out the most this past year. Here they are for your nostalgic ... ... continue reading
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Heritage: Jon Contino

Forget about getting a driver's license or graduating from high school; in my family, getting your own tape measure is the true rite of passage. When my father gave it to me he didn't sit me down by a fire and tell me how special it is to have your own tape, instead it was more of the “throw a sweaty jersey at a ... continue reading
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Brew Trip Vermont: Switchback Brewing Company

You can credit part of the success of Switchback Brewing Company to bologna. Yes, bologna. You see, it was in a bologna factory where Bill Cherry, the owner and brewmaster at Switchback, learned the importance of an efficient workplace. And as you talk to Bill and tour Switchback Brewing Company, you see it everywhere. The equipment he’s found/acquired, the thought out workspaces, heck, there’s even a control board in German. ... continue reading
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