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The Best Rain Jackets to Help You Brave the Elements

The Best Rain Jackets to Help You Brave the Elements

★ GoodAlternative: I still love the North Face’s Lightriser (men’s sizing, women’s sizing). North Face’s Futurelight fabric was developed from nanospinning techniques originally used in water-filtration systems and smartphone electronics casings, and it’s both waterproof and PFC-free. Best Rain Jacket for Biking As much time as I spend in the rain, I never get quite …

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Perk Up With Our 8 Favorite Latte and Cappuccino Makers

Perk Up With Our 8 Favorite Latte and Cappuccino Makers

The Barista Pro isn’t cheap, and it’s probably overkill if you already own a burr grinder, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a sturdier, more authentic latte and cappuccino machine that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars. If you don’t mind wading through the manual, the Barista Express ($700) is another good option. Tip: Use the …

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The 8 Best Smart Speakers With Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri

The 8 Best Smart Speakers With Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri

Connects to Google Assistant or Alexa The pint-sized Sonos Roam (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has become our new favorite portable speaker. I (Parker) have taken it on road trips, to outdoor weddings, and in the basket of my bike. The simple-to-use Sonos ecosystem works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and the speaker has Bluetooth for when …

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