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Gear Review: Topo Designs Y-Pack

The Y-Pack is a fundamentally simple bag, but it holds up as well as Topo Designs' larger, more rugged packs. Its streamlined focus on the essentials makes it affordable and functional: an ideal combo for day trips and weekend ramblin'.

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topo designs klettersack review

Topo Designs Klettersack Review

The Topo Designs Klettersack is a throwback that salutes mountaineering while working well in the city. Here's how it did in our reviews and field tests.

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Beyond the Interstate: An Interview with the Author of Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

“People who live in Arizona have easy access to some of the most extraordinary landscapes on the entire planet,” says Rick Quinn, “and I’m continually amazed by how few Arizonans take advantage of more than a tiny fraction of their options.” Rick is the author of the new book Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, a guide to road trips that start and end at Interstate highways but take travelers into the heart of what makes the Southwest so captivating.

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21 Must-See Waterfall Hikes in Arizona

Arizona has more than 100,000 miles of river, creek, and stream. Many of those are seasonal and intermittent, and countless others have been permanently changed or lost by manmade diversions and dams. What remains offers plenty of watercourses to explore, and when we’re lucky, waterfalls.

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Gettin’ Dirty: 11 Waxed Canvas Woodworking Aprons Built to Last

Effort means getting your hands dirty, and for some folks – woodworkers, baristas, barkeeps and the like – the apron is an iconic staple of workwear. Few fabrics hold up as well as waxed canvas, which has been used in sailing cultures for hundreds of years, making it a no-brainer to handle all sorts of dirt, grime and grease.

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Exploring Pioneer Living History Museum: An Authentic, Unfinished Wild West

The Pioneer Living History Museum has an excellent collection of old buildings and period-accurate memorabilia, but for all its charm, it still feels like the town left behind. And that’s exactly the village’s appeal. If you want a polished, movie-set version of the west, go to Rawhide. If you want the slow, weary pace of life in a frontier town never fully realized, the Museum has your number, and in that sense it offers a more realistic western experience than many tourist attractions in the metro area.

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What Walt Whitman Got Right in His 1858 Men’s Health Guide

Leaves of Grass is now considered an icon of American poetry, but it wasn’t an overnight success. The first two editions of the collection sold modestly, and in 1858, at the age of 39, Walt Whitman was far from becoming the folk legend he is today. That same year, a man named Mose Velsor began writing a weekly column for The New York Atlas called “Manly Health and Training,” a collection of anecdotal tips on men’s health. The column covered a little of everything: walking in nature, eating properly, maintaining a beard, working out with the everyday objects around you, taking in fresh air. That sort of thing.

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Necklace’d: The Best Neck Knives for Everyday Carry

There are some everyday carry items that seem to get all the love: flashlights, wallets, watches. But few accessories offer the utility of the often under appreciated neck knife, and whether you work outdoors, in a warehouse or in an office setting, having a blade that’s practical, concealed and at-the-ready can make your day easier. Here's a look at our top choices for the best neck knives for all types of everyday carry needs.

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