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TECH
Sense Sleep Tracker
A good night of sleep is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle. While the old standby guideline of getting eight hours hasn't changed much, research shows that the quality of sleep is just as important as the quantity. Ambient light, noise...
TECH
RIVA TURBO X Bluetooth Speaker
by Justin Kaehler Audio company RIVA is hoping to “rescue the world from mediocre audio” with its new TURBO X bluetooth speaker. It’s a mission statement for founder Rikki Farr, a man who is part of rock'n'roll history: a record producer who also...
DESIGN
Line Skis Magnum Opus
Ski design and construction innovation continues to give riders the potential to push the sport forward in ways that would have early pioneers stopped in their leather boots. While advancements have occurred across all categories, perhaps the greatest...
DESIGN
AIGA's Well-Trained "Eye on Design"
Fresh from celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2014, AIGA—one of the ultimate authorities on design—has turned its focus to the 21st century with its new blog: Eye on Design. AIGA has always stood on the cutting edge of the design world (and...
DESIGN
Cannondale Bad Boy 1: Urban Performance
Hybrid bikes tend to attract unanimously negative connotations from purist cyclists—and often rightly so. Most popular with beginners or those who turn the pedals once a year, hybrids draw on design characteristics from purpose-built classes of...
TECH
Summer Snapping with the Olympus TG-3
The versatile new pocket-sized Olympus TG-3 makes it very easy to take great photos on fly—whether on land or in the water. We tested the soon-to-be-released camera in and around New Orleans and found that a slew of standout features define the model...
FOOD-DRINK
SOMM
How much do you know about wine? That's essentially the question that a few select candidates are asked each year at the Master Sommelier Exam. But the manner of questioning is far from straightforward, instead taking the form of a multi-day slugfest...
TECH
Nokia Lumia 928, In the Gloaming
Advertorial content: The Nokia Lumia 928 promises to be the best low-light camera phone on the market today, so we're using it to produce a new series of stories photographed at twilight, called In the Gloaming. Sporting Carl Zeiss® optics and...
TECH
Fujifilm X20
Classically styled with high performance insides, the Fujifilm X20 is the latest camera in the enthusiast compact sector to land at CH HQ. And one of our favorites so far. Ideal as a second camera for those that're used to handling a DSLR, the compact...
TECH
iTrack Solo Review
by Alan Watt With decades of experience recording audio on 2" magnetic tape to the latest digital audio workstation (DAW) and everything in-between, using an iPad to capture sound is a different experience for me. The upshot is that iTrack Solo...
TECH
Ricoh GR
Few cameras command the sort of cult attention that follows the Ricoh GR. With four digital versions to date, the fifth—announced today and simply named the GR—looks only to enshrine this status. The advanced compact category is full of point-and...
DESIGN
Nitro Snowboards T1.5
While a mild winter seems to be leaving most regions with a lackluster snowpack this year, the Northwest was blessed with a heavy snowfall over the holidays, providing a more than ample range of terrain to test the limited edition 2013 T1.5 Hyped...
TRAVEL
Best of CH 2012: Five Travel Pairings
This year, like many before it, travel played a central role in the stories we found and the people we met. Not to mention the equipment we had the pleasure of traveling with. Knowing very well that the perfect piece of luggage can make or break a...
TECH
Mailbox
The volume of email we all receive has gotten out of control and managing messages can become a full time job. To wrangle the task and keep subsequent anxiety levels in check, we welcome the soon-to-launch iPhone app Mailbox. After a few short weeks...
STYLE
J. Hilburn Suiting
As those of us in the northern hemisphere offload shorts and T-shirts into storage, it's time to start looking for tailored jackets to brace the changing weather. J. Hilburn—a leader in made-to-measure menswear—has introduced a slew...
DESIGN
Made in Japan
American architect Naomi Pollock curates a selection of 100 products that embody contemporary Japanese object design in her new book, "Made in Japan." Her selections show what adherents of the Japanese aesthetic have known for some time—that...
TECH
Test Drive: Subaru Outback with EyeSight
Last week I was invited to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to spend some quality time with the Subaru family. Beyond getting to know the small, fun and passionate team behind the cult manufacturer's US presence, it was also a chance to put the...
STYLE
J. Hilburn
Having navigated the uncertain world of online made-to-measure services, we were delighted to receive the fruits of our recent test run with J. Hilburn. The men's clothier was one of the pioneers of online MTM, and their experience shows both in...
FOOD-DRINK
Glenmorangie Artein
Joining Finealta and Sonnalta PX in Glenmorangie's Private Edition range, Artein is fantastic single malt that combines ripe fruit aromas with zesty notes of spearmint and citrus. Its unusual flavor profile received the thumbs up from everyone at...
DESIGN
Vans Stage 4
In 1966 Paul Van Doren introduced the first vulcanized rubber soled shoe specifically designed for skateboarding. Since the introduction of the cupsole design in the 1980s, a debate has roared within the skateboard community between the two styles...
FOOD-DRINK
Salt & Straw
New to the foodie community in Portland, OR, Salt & Straw makes truly unusual, delicious ice cream with the finest locally grown ingredients. We were recently tasked with sampling a handful of the latest "farm to cone" flavors and—though...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2011: Five Books
The digital era isn't stopping writers with a clear purpose for a printed publication, and readers are just as eager to get their hands on a bit of paper that will stimulate their mind and sit well on their shelves for another read another day. Below...