This is my first duffel style bag, and I never really knew if it was a style I would enjoy. But as soon as I started packing it full of my clothes, I found it incredibly useful. You’re no longer constrained by having to pack your least essential items in the bottom with the more important up top for easy access. Now it’s easier than ever to get something at the bottom of the bag without having things fall out the top and possibly ruin your impeccable packing job. The duffel feature for me was even more important because I kept my toiletry bag and clothes towards the bottom and I added my Nikon DSLR with two lenses at the top to protect them when I put the bag down. I was amazed at how much stuff I could pack into the main compartment, even with a pair of Vans in the shoe compartment. I ended up fitting my toiletry bag, jacket, four days worth of clothes, a full-size DSLR body and two lenses without having to sit on the bag to get the zipper done.
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The Emerson Carnivore is a purpose-driven design. Its purpose is to slice your steak with ease into perfect bite-sized pieces of meat. Not to tear, crush and destroy a prime Wagyu dinner with a dull, tin knife made in China.
And what’s more, is that you certainly can’t ignore the “show off factor.” Just like a pool player, with his own handmade personal pool cue, you’ll be able to impress your fellow diners with your own personal high-end Emerson Steak Knife. They will immediately realize that you definitely know your way around a prime cut New York strip.
You can carry this knife anywhere you go, even when surrounded by a crowd of Armani suits, all the while enjoying the confidence and superiority of knowing that you are a man who carries his own personal steak knife.
The new BMW R 1250 GS: concentrated performance meets impressive efficiency. With the new BMW R 1250 GS you will experience the new Boxer even more directly. An increase in engine displacement brings you even more performance – pumping out 136 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control system ensures consistent power delivery – throughout the entire power band. Whether in the city, on the motorway, or off road, every mile gives you more freedom and riding pleasure. – BMW Motrocycles
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When I first saw the Paradive MKII Gen 3, to be honest, I didn’t think much of it. It was clean no doubt, but it failed to show any type of sophistication that I frequently see. So when I started seeing some of my close friends sporting the piece, I hopped on the web and headed to their website which only raised more questions as to why Bill Yao created this piece. I had no clue this was an interpretation replica watch made after the Benrus Type 1 that was issued to Maritime Special Forces and CIA personnel from the 60’s into the 80’s. Being not only a watch nerd but also an Army veteran, I dived deep into the story of the Benrus and its heritage. Little of the originals are around today and the ones that are show pretty serious wear given the badass men that wore them. You can check out the history of the Benrus here.
The time came for me to look for another option outside of the standard Apple earbuds. One of my close friends was the co-founder of LifeProof phone cases and is more pretentious about his audio than anyone I knew. So when we sat down for lunch and I asked him what model he was using, he very quickly told me he was using Bowers and Wilkins. Now, this caught me off guard because up until that point I had never heard of B&W.
In 1966, when people were just really starting to give a shit about sound quality, John Bowers and his lifelong friend Peter Hayward founded a manufacturing company originally called B&W on the South coast of England. John served in World War Two as a special operations executive in clandestine radio contact for the allies. Between this specialty and his love for classical music, Bowers and Wilkins became his lifelong passion.
The tour of the various processes was coming to a close so we were invited to the obligatory tasting (My favorite part). But what I didn’t know was just how awesome of a bar they have. Carved into the pre-existing stone, we were told to follow the dim lights leading into a cool and humid cave that wrapped around into an open room. Rock pillars were left around the cave system, holding up the seemingly untouched dirt ceiling. It took a few moments to let my eyes adjust, and when they did I was amazed at just how incredible this cave was. Large enough for a good party, with rooms and dark hallways leading into the unknown I could see how wild it could get with a bunch of bartenders and endless tequila. Even the occasional bat would flap its wings furiously as if annoyed with our presence taking off to find a more secluded location. We ponied up to the bar and the corks started coming off. Our host Kobe, the first certified Tequila Master from Belgium, and now a dedicated employee to Fortaleza, started to discuss the various traits in each of their four different types of tequila. A bright neon sign behind him reminding everyone of one cardinal rule -Water Up.