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Flipping through The Manual: Jaunts through Japan, surf watches, summer shades

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.

Surfing in style with Aulta Watches

Surfing in style with Aulta Watches

We chatted with the guys at Aulta Watches about why a well-made timepiece shouldn’t break the bank, and how important it is to balance work and lifestyle.

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Finding Buddha: Why Japan’s epic Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage should be on your bucket list

Finding Buddha: Why Japan's epic Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage should be on your bucket list

Japan’s Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage is one of only two hikes in the world with a spot on UNESCO’s exclusive list of World Heritage Sites.

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Trekking: The Half Hatchet lets you cut wood with class

Trekking: The Half Hatchet lets you cut wood with class

A hatchet should be essential for any modern woodsman. Thankfully, Treeline Outdoors’ classic offering is both timeless and versatile, providing you with a means to chop wood and hammer nails without having to dip into your savings account.

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3 of our favorite sunglasses for summer 2015

3 of our favorite sunglasses for summer 2015

If you’re having trouble finding your old, scratched shades at the back of the junk drawer, consider investing in a new pair of slick sunglasses for summer 2015. Here are 3 of our favorites.

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Bourbon bliss: Russell’s Reserve 1998

Bourbon bliss: Russell's Reserve 1998

This October, Russell’s Reserve is releasing their limited edition Russell’s Reserve 1998 bourbon. Master Distiller Eddie Russell gives an inside look at the brain power behind the bourbon.

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Summer beard tips with Eric Bandholz

Summer beard tips with Eric Bandholz

Beard Brand’s Eric Bandholz offers up some summer beard tips to keep your beard looking and feeling its best this summer.

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