Any guy who is awake is a guy who can appreciate cool stuff. Any guy who isn’t dreaming also knows that stuff alone doesn’t bring lasting happiness—on the contrary, it often brings emptiness. I say any dude that’s not dreaming because we’ve all experienced that emptiness. If we want to pretend like we haven’t, all we gotta do is look at Jay-Z whose always chasing another million. Wait—if stuff doesn’t bring happiness, why did I make this list? Purpose. The causes of people undertaking life’s greatest pursuits (like living to enrich other people’s lives rather than their own—a hard thing to do if ever there was one) will benefit from employing the best gear on the market. For example, Malcolm Jenkins (pictured above) tweeted a link to a list of the best nonprofit tools I created a couple years ago. Here’s a professional football player (who could easily buy more gear than the average American man to say the least) who wants more… he wants to make the world a better place for other people (like through his foundation) and he wants the best tools for the job. Yep. Before you proceed, check your perspective—then attack your destiny with the best gear out there.
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Uncrate is the original gear guide for guys. Since 2005, the often-duplicated but never replicated site serves up “the best of the best” men’s products to over 1.5 million monthly readers. The makers of Uncrate also produce a few other great sites: Devour, Gallivant and Rookie.
2. Gear Patrol
Gear Patrol goes way beyond a simple men’s buying guide. Their priority is to create thoughtful, enriching content—a strategy that manifests itself in many interesting features such as photo essays, a dozen regular series, opinion content and more.
From the people who bring you Thrillist and Jackthreads comes Supercompressor: a site that fancies itself as diving into the bleeding edge of technology, gadgets, gear and more. With an eye on function, design and innovation, this site is on the hunt for what truly inspires and impresses.
Theneeds is an app/website unlike anything else on this list that introduces itself as web discovery made simple. Above and beyond discovering awesome products, you can also get the latest news, music, books, travel content and more. This is backed by some serious technology.
5. Whiskey Grade
Whiskey Grade (formerly Anchor Division) is a fashion and lifestyle curation site that scouts the internet for upcoming brands and rugged and versatile gear while striving to maintain a unique aesthetic. Importantly, they like to spotlight brands from the good ol’ USA.
6. Gear Hungry
Launched in 2011, Gear Hungry makes no bones about being a curator or an independent site. The team selects items to feature from hundreds of magazines, blogs, retailers and other product compendiums.
Acquire is more or less a veteran among this list having been around since 2006. The site describes itself as having “broad appreciation for everything from Saville Row tailoring to snowboards and a great pair of sneakers.” If you asked the team behind Acquire what sets this site apart from the rest, they’d say, “we tend to keep our editorial focus on items with great product stories, beautiful design, heritage, and heaps of horsepower.”
From the people behind Highsobiety comes Selectism, another way to track the latest in new and emerging trends and products in the world of fashion, accessories, art, design, automotive and more.
9. Cool Hunting
Cool Hunting seeks to inspire readers with stories and videos that highlight creativity and innovation in design, technology, style, culture, food and travel. Their gift/gear guide is uniquely displayed and offers a refreshing departure from the expected.
From quality to craft to style, Werd seeks to uncover products making a difference. One nice feature is the ability to sort through products by price (found in the sidebar). Over 50k people subscribe to Werd’s newsletter.
11. Desire This
With a tagline like “the best of everything” you’d better have a pretty dang interesting site. Luckily, Desire This manages to surface plenty of items you won’t see on the other sites listed here.
With a focus on “great photography” and startups, you’ll find great items from sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdsupply on Muted.
13. Well Spent
Well Spent features honestly crafted products that look good and don’t cost an arm and a leg.
14. The Manual
The Manual strives to show men how to live a life that is more engaged. The writers of this site won’t “boss you around” and want to have an open dialogue with readers.
inStash tries to separate itself from the herd by offering in-depth guides, informative “how-to” posts, feature stories, and entertaining top lists in addition to helping readers discover new gear.
16. The Awesomer
From the minds behind Technabob comes The Awesomer, a site that samples a bit of everything (from gadgets to cars, from clothing to video games). To them, the more interesting/funky/goofy, the better.
17. Gadget Review
GadgetReview covers the latest gadget news, reviews and tech deals and has been alive in some form or another since 2002.
18. Man of Many
Man of Many showcases a curated selection of the best in Men’s Products, Culture, Fashion, Technology and Style. Founded by two friends from Sydney with a shared passion for “all things cool”, Man of Many was launched in December 2012.
Gadgets4Guys is in many ways pretty similar to a bunch of the sites on this list but one category really stands out: DIY/homemade. If that’s your thing, this is definitely a site to check out.
Want is a Dutch site (so make sure you use Chrome to translate) that features great gear and the stories behind the technology.