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Flipping through The Manual: Pumpkin beer, heritage jeans, an Ikea-style kayak

Burned out on apps, keyboards, 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.

The ambitious More Than Just Parks film project


To capture the majesty of our national parks, filmmaking brothers Will and Jim Pattiz of Sea Raven Media have embarked on the ambitious More Than Just Parks film project. Their goal is to make 59 short films — one for each American national park.

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Marc Nelson Denim is your new must-have jean


“For us, being authentic American makers celebrates the eclectic heritage of denim and the craftsmen who came before us.”

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Man School 101: Hiking to an overnight camp


Today we’re going to have a little primer for the first time (or amateur, at any rate) backwoods camper.

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The best pumpkin beers of 2015


It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin-flavored beers are everywhere right now, so we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up and giving them all a taste test, and now we’re here to let you know which ones to sip and which ones to skip.

(p: MaxyM/Shutterstock)

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Beard Balm, proudly made in Detroit


This mix of grape seed oil, coconut oil, lanolin, beeswax, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, and geranium oil prevents split ends, conditions, and makes your beard shine.

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Trekking: The O Six Hundred kayak takes a cue from IKEA


Kayaks can be unwieldy. Composed of Kevlar and 42 individual ribs, the O Six Hundred weighs a little more than 22 pounds and capitalizes on an Inuit design more than 4,000 years in the making. You can even assemble it without tools.

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