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Flipping through The Manual: California in 5 days, classy bags, an insane axe

Burned out on apps, keys and screens? Improve your analog life this weekend! Digital Trends’ brother site The Manual exists to give men straight-up advice, from unspoken suit rules you need to know, to the latest in fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming and culture. Here are a few of our favorite stories to appear on The Manual lately.

California’s wilderness: Enjoying the outdoors in less than a week

From the tallest peak in the Lower 48 (that’d be Mt. Whitney) to the lowest point in America (Death Valley, of course), the great state of California boasts a bounty of natural splendor.

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7 of the classiest laptop and tablet bags out there

Like many Manual men, you probably don’t like to completely forsake practicality for style. Why not have both? Here are a few classy laptop bags for you to consider.

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How to: Shop for trousers

Alex Wilcox helps us understand what to look for when buying a pair of trousers.

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Trekking: The Multi-Mission Axe is the only axe you’ll need

The most resourceful axe should do more than simply chop wood. Thankfully, the Outland Equipment Multi-Mission Axe lives up to its name and then some, providing you with a blade, seatbelt cutter, hammer, and more.

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Micro Guide: Bar Harbor, Maine

While it’s difficult to write an off-the-beaten-path travel guide to Bar Harbor, here are a few of our favorite places to play, eat and sleep.

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Polo experts Feldspar Brook launches SoHo flagship store

“We aren’t about to sway someone to try chartreuse when all they wear is black or grey, unless they truly want to be swayed.”

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