The Best Western Boots for Men (Updated 2019) • Gear Patrol

Each issue of Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. The stunningly designed Gear Patrol Magazine is ready for your coffee table. Quarterly. $39 By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive email correspondence from us. Like many wardrobe staples of Americana, cowboy boots have an iconic style and are rooted in function. Pull them on, wear them hard, use them for years. They look equally at home on the ranch and in the city and they’re built to take a beating. From Lucchese and Tony Lama to Tecovas and Heritage Boot Co., cowboy boots span heritage makers and fresh competition. So stop obsessing over Chelsea boots and embrace a domestic classic: the pull-on Western boot. From rugged engineer boots to office-friendly brogues, these are the pairs you should invest in. Read the Story By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy to receive email correspondence from us. The new collection from heritage boot brand Wolverine features all the same quality the brand’s kno...

By Abe Opincar, Jeannette DeWyze, Judith Moore, Ken Kuhlken, Lawrence Osborne, Mani Mir, Margot Sheehan, Mary

By Abe Opincar, Jeannette DeWyze, Judith Moore, Ken Kuhlken, Lawrence Osborne, Mani Mir, Margot Sheehan, Mary Lang, Matt Potter, Neal Matthews, Sue Greenberg, Dec. 23, 1992 Mourning began for the losses of 1992 even before the year itself, in October 1991, at a hotel bar in Mission Valley. There was much to lament, and the plastic tables filled quickly with those well-practiced in the art of the postmortem. The employees of the San Diego Tribune had retreated behind their drinks to absorb the news of its imminent demise. The paper had already been shorn of its historic name, the Evening Tribune — out of desperation mostly — and the rest of its tradition had been gradually whittled away by consultants from the East who tinkered with its “concept,” suggesting bigger comic strips or “friendlier” reporting or a different page size. By October, when the end became official, there really wasn’t much left but a roomful of dispirited reporters, copy editors, photographers, and clerks unashamedly desperate to keep whatever job they could on the “new, improved” Union-Tribune, opening for business in 1992, a loss disguised as a gain. When a newspaper dies, it is difficult to find someone t...

Let’s examine the LS motor. Long ago, it became the darling of the performance world, with

Let’s examine the LS motor. Long ago, it became the darling of the performance world, with everyone jumping on the bandwagon. Not that the LS engine family doesn’t deserve the attention. They do, after all, have a lot going for them, including impressive head flow, a decent intake, and ample compression. The only thing missing for hero status on an LS is a reasonable camshaft. Add the right cam to almost any LS, and, boom, you immediately look like a hero. Such is the benefit of LS ownership, but as good as they are, there is always room for improvement, even beyond the usual cam swap. The next place to look for extra power is the cylinder heads, especially when running the cathedral-port examples. The factory cathedral-port heads used on the Gen 3 motors (LS1, 2, and 6, along with multiple truck variants) might not flow as well as their rec-port counterparts, but we went looking for something other than peak flow in this test. You see, we were looking to install a set of small-chamber, cathedral-port, 706-casting heads on a big-bore 6.0L motor for some much-needed compression. Along the way, we also hoped to improve low-speed torque production with the small valves and increase...

Best carry on luggage 2019: from premium business cabin luggage to cheap lightweight cases

Looking for the best carry-on luggage? You’ve come to the right place; our guide has all the information you need to make an informed purchase. We’re long time proponents of travelling light, and think if you’re going on a short or a long trip there’s little reason you need to check-in luggage – all you need to do is pack carefully.  With a small cabin-sized suitcase, you can keep everything you need with you, bypassing both the bag drop queue and the luggage carousel in your destination… and get to the taxi rank before everyone else on your flight. Most airlines these days have the same rules and regulations about carry-on luggage. Common airlines at British airports, such as EasyJet and British Airways, allow you to bring on board a cabin bag with dimensions up to 56x45x25cm.  It is also important to be aware that the budget airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair and Flybe sometimes operate a one-bag policy, which means you cannot have your carry-on luggage and your handbag, as this would count as two pieces (although you can always just shove it inside your case while boarding and take it out again once seated like everyone else).  So what’s the best carr...

The bold, wondrous, abstract images have a compelling synergy that is mesmerizing. They represent the work

The bold, wondrous, abstract images have a compelling synergy that is mesmerizing. They represent the work of New Orleans artist Gabrielle Ledet’s first exhibition currently on display at Marquee Projects in Bellport Village through Sunday, October 27. Called “Syrilla,” her creations represent an homage to the black women in her life, including a great, great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and cousins who helped raise her. Ledet, 24, has a soft-spoken, thoughtful presence and is primarily self-taught. She had taken the train from New York City for the Advance interview and was flying to her New Orleans home the next day. “It’s a representation of me with my aunts and cousin,” she said, looking at the acrylic, oil, and soft pastel chalk on paper, the central painting in the gallery space, 48” by 53.” Three women and a child had their arms wrapped around each other, their bond obviously close and happy. All her works are untitled. There are 118 pieces, paintings, clothing, small sculptures, that announce themselves in Marquee Project’s storefront space.  “It’s an African vibe of New Orleans, and it’s colorful and happy but has an underlying edge,” said Marquee Projects owner Ma...

Small excavators go big: Compact job sites force contractors to do more with less

Small-sized excavators have hit the big time. And surging growth in the segment isn’t finished yet. According to a research report released this March, the global market for mini-excavators accounted for US$7.2 billion in 2017, with construction making up the largest share. By 2025, the category is projected to be worth $9.8 billion, according to Allied Market Research. Also called compact excavators, these machines are typically used on construction sites for materials handling, interior demolition work and digging basements, trenches and foundations, among a long list of other tasks. While the terms “compact” and “mini” are often used interchangeably, some industry standards do apply to the category in terms of weight. In general, “a mini-excavator is up to eight tons,” says Greg Worley, product application specialist at Caterpillar Inc. The Allied Market Research report cites several reasons why such machines are surging in popularity, including advancements in technology that have led to higher power output and enhanced performance. Worley says housing trends are also driving mini-excavator sales. “10 to 15 years ago, we would commonly build a house in a new sub-division on...

When you’ve covered design for a decade, you start thinking you’ve seen it all. Trade shows,

When you’ve covered design for a decade, you start thinking you’ve seen it all. Trade shows, industry fairs, brands’ seasonal look books—it all starts feeling familiar and like you’re seeing the same things over and over again. And, yes, it’s true to an extent. However, designers are still reinventing the wheel with new materials and concepts. And sometimes, you see something clever—a gem of an idea that may be so simple yet so useful, and you get inspired all over again. Bangle Stainless Steel When it comes to living in tight quarters, I firmly believe everything you buy really should work hard relative to space it takes up. That said, I can 100 percent make a case for sofa cufflinks. A sofa arm really is the perfect place to set a laptop or a drink—you don’t have to strain yourself to type or reach too far for a sip. However, I have definitely knocked over coffee this way or been paranoid that I would, I guess, for good reason. I’ve also always wanted one of those little curved laptop tables you sometimes see. But guess what? A sofa cufflink is basically that—only without superfluous legs. While I can’t back it up with science, I have a feeling a sofa cuff to your couch is bo...

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just dive right in: If you are

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just dive right in: If you are a person who regularly buys bottled water—or god forbid, a big ol’ jug—we need to talk. I know you know it’s bad for the environment. And if you live in the United States, the likelihood is high that either 1) your tap water is safe to drink (the Safe Water Drinking Act is what ensures that, though yes, there are exceptions), 2) you have a water filter built into your fridge, or 3) you own or can afford a Brita. So…what are you doing, friend?! Barring a hurricane or a medical reason for buying bottled or distilled water, like using it in a CPAP machine, there is no reason to regularly waste money on bottled water that will add to the very real pollution problem we’ve got going on in this fine country. Since I can feel the angry emails coming, let’s move forward and answer some questions. Dude, I feel you. For whatever reason, our brains have tricked us into thinking if it’s in a plastic bottle, it must taste better or be otherwise worthwhile to purchase. Remember the whole hot dog water thing of 2018? I myself will swear to you Essentia is the best-tasting wate...

Massive Costco chicken plant up and running despite concerns about the facility and suppliers | State & Regional

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article. We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. Upgrade to full digital for only $3 extra per month. If you need assistance, call us at (844) 466-1452 or e-mail owhdigital@ggl.bhmginc.com. To start a new subscription or to add digital access to your print subscription, click Sign Up to join Subscriber Plus. Upgrade to full digital for only $3 extra per month. If you need assistance, call us at (844) 466-1452 or e-mail owhdigital@ggl.bhmginc.com. FREMONT — Costco’s rotisserie chickens are so popular that fans of the roasted fowl started their own Facebook page, a page that now has more than 17,000 followers. The cooked birds, which cost $4.99 apiece, are such a draw for the warehouse retailer that it chose Nebraska to launch its first venture in growing and processing its own chickens for its stores. A $450 million campus of buildings that opened recently in Fremont will eventually process 2 million chickens a week, or about 100 million a year, enough to supply a third of Costco’s demand for both roasted and fresh chicken. The complex will also eventually employ...

16 Comfortable Maternity Halloween 2019 Costumes You Won’t Hate Wearing

Being pregnant for Halloween opens up a slew of creative costume choices, but you probably aren’t in the mood to be anywhere near tulle, scratchy lace, or high heels. Comfortable maternity costumes reign supreme, and lucky for you, there are plenty of options out there. Plus, if you don’t want to shell out a ton of money for an outfit you’ll likely only wear once, then there are ways to wear your own stretchy, breathable clothes (hello maternity leggings and loose dresses) and DIY your way into a fun costume. You can add two circles to a red dress and instantly become Dr. Seuss characters “Thing 1 and Thing 2” (seen below), or you could take a cue from Jessica Alba and go as Juno from the hit 2007 movie, as reported by Entertainment Tonight. There’s always the good old Magic 8-Ball idea (per Good Housekeeping), which requires nothing but an all black ensemble and a hand-drawn number 8. You got this, in other words. Folks, fear not; there are fleece animal onesies, jersey-knit tees, and spandex… everything can pass as a costume. Don’t for one second think you have to forego dressing up this year, even if you said yes to a costume party before you knew you’d be trick-or-trea...

Solar Technology Will Just Keep Getting Better: Here’s Why

With the federal Investment Tax Credit phasing out, it’s a good time to take stock of the solar industry – both taking a look at where it has come from and where it is headed, especially in terms of innovation and evolving technology.   There are few individuals more qualified to discuss this topic than Jenya Meydbray, Founder and CEO of PVEL (PV Evolution Labs).   His company – founded in 2010 – performs independent qualification of photovoltaic solar equipment on behalf of large buyers and investors (PVEL tests both thin film and crystal silicon panels, but the vast majority of technology in the market is crystal silicon – which is where investors and developers are seeking the data).   A solar power plant is a capital-intensive venture, with an expected lifespan of as many as several decades.  Operations and maintenance costs are relatively marginal, and the fuel is free, so the quality of the panels is perhaps the most critical element to consider in the overall equation.   As Medbray comments, “Manufacturers are selling watts, while customers are making money off kWh and those are two different things.” This dynamic becomes increasingly important with assets th...

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