UFC Fighter Luke Rockhold On Filming ‘Cagefighter’ and His Return to the Octagon

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was on the lookout for his acting debut when the script for Cagefighter fell on his doorstep. The role of Tony Gunn, a fight coach who helps a mixed marital artist while preparing for an epic battle, may has well have been written for him.

“The fight world is far from foreign to me, so I had a lot of experience to pull from,” Rockhold tells Men’s Journal. Not only has the fighter put in his fair share of showdowns, but he’s worked on the instructing side of the game to boot. The project also came with the opportunity to work with his old friend and MMA legend Chuck Liddell. “I just couldn’t say no.”

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Rockhold is far from done with his own fighting career though, planning a return to the UFC ring in early 2021. We talked to the Strikeforce veteran on filming training montages, recovery methods, and his preparation for the Octagon.

Men’s Journal: Did the character of Tony Gunn remind you of anyone you’ve met over your career?

Luke Rockhold: I’ve come across a few boxing coaches in the world of MMA who think they know it all. They have this sort of vibe about them. They think boxing is paramount over every other fight style, and they want to shove the rest to the side. I don’t want to name any names, but I’ve definitely had a few run-ins with those types, so I was able to pull from that. There’s no question the character is a bit of a dick, so we had fun playing around with that, too.

How was working with Chuck Liddell?

Chuck has had my back from day one. I had the same manager as him, so we were in the mix together. I’ve been training together since an early age. It was a blast getting to have a little back and forth with him on the set. Getting that intensity on the screen is easy when you’re working with Chuck. Plenty of jabs going back and forth, not just the punches either.

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Did you guys get any training in while you were filming?

I wasn’t able to do any sessions with Chuck because he’d just gotten surgery. I did end up sparing with the director, Jesse [Quinones], and one of the other actors, Alex [Montagenani]. They were pretty tough guys, knew how to hang when it came to jiu-jitsu. I actually ended up tearing Jesse’s hamstring during a roll! Apparently I wanted to leave a real mark on the film crew…obviously a mistake, just happened during a transition. It was a rough day at work for him the next day on set. He was limping around, but pushed through it.

UFC fighter Luke Rockhold
UFC fighter Luke Rockhold Zuffa LLC

Given your history with the sport, was the director open to hearing from you and Chuck on what fight life is really like?

Jesse was very receptive to hearing about my career and input, as well as Chuck’s. I think his goal was to make this feel as real as possible, and he knew the best way to get there was by listening to people who’ve done it before. He listened to a few things we had to say and was down to put them in.

There are a few great training montages in there. How was that process like?

There were definitely a couple good, hard training scenes, and I wanted to make those as intense as possible. Since I play a character on the coaching side of things, I was definitely looking to be an extra kind of asshole. Jesse helped out a lot to get us all psyched up in the moment. I have to say there are few things more fun than just coming out of your shoes and being a complete jerk.

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How do you like being on the receiving end of the focus mitts?

I don’t think my elbows enjoy taking too much of that. I don’t mind it from time to time, of course, because I enjoy coaching, but I like directing fighters rather than holding the pads. I want to see the full picture, versus just taking punches on the hands.

Since we’re talking about fighting movies, what’s your favorite?

Bloodsport has always been my inspiration. That was the movie that really brought me into mixed martial arts. Getting to watch Jean-Claude Van Damme kick ass made me want to fight like him.

I know you recently had surgery in order to get back in fighting shape. How did it go?

The surgery went well. I had to reconstruct my pinky toe, which I had neglected to a degree. It was an important procedure, but a tough pill to swallow, having to lay myself up just for a pinky toe. I messed it up bad in training one day, and it just got worse from there. I’m back on track now, everything is on the up, and I’ll back at full health soon.

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What methods of recovery are you relying on these days?

There’s been a lot of physical therapy, and a lot of sleep. I have to say as you get older you just find out how much you need those good sleeps. More recently, I’ve truly been getting into ice baths. I’ve found them key in increasing my recovery time. The abuse that happens on the body during a mixed martial arts fight is huge. There’s such benefit to that hot and cold contrast, and I believe it’s done so much in helping to regenerate my body. Not only that but it keeps the inflammation that comes with injuries down, and keeps the circulation up. You can feel it especially in the lower parts of your body, those farthest from the heart. During my fight camps I used to get them in once a week. But now I’ll do up to three days a week—for about three to five minutes.

UFC fighter Luke Rockhold throwing a punch
UFC fighter Luke Rockhold throwing a punch Zuffa LLC

Do you have an estimated date for your return to the Octagon?

I was originally thinking I was going to be in the cage again by the end of this year, but now it feels like it’ll be early next year. I just don’t have the desire to fight compromised. I’ve done that before, and it just doesn’t do anyone justice. I want to fight at the best of my ability. That’s what gets me excited about competing, is being able to do it without any pains or sprains holding me back. If I’m healthy, I can compete with anyone.

Do you know what weight you’ll compete at?

I feel like 185 pounds is the better choice for me. The process of cutting weight has been taking its toll more and more. I could also see myself going to 205 pounds. I’ve been there before, and I’ve seen what Jan Błachowicz can do in the ring and I know that he’s beatable.

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Health conditions that increase mortality risk for COVID-19

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A large international research study highlights the chronic health conditions that put you at greater risk of death from COVID-19.  From the beginning of the pandemic, it became apparent that individuals with underlying health conditions may have a greater risk of death from COVID-19, and research related to the potential risk factors for COVID-19 mortality […]

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Exploring Utah’s Mighty Monuments: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

Utah has some of the most beautiful—and most crowded—national parks in the country. That’s why you should check out the state’s less visited monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, while you still can. When it comes to accessible outdoor action, America’s national monuments often outshine our national parks anyway. You can ride a mountain bike off-road. You can bring your dog and camp almost anywhere. Most of the time, there’s no entry fee. What more could you ask for?

In the case of Utah’s Mighty Monuments, you could ask to have them back, for starters.

Once recognized among the largest national monuments managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears have suffered the largest rollback of public lands protections in U.S. history. Despite ongoing legal challenges, a pair of dubious presidential proclamations designed to dismember these monuments were recently set in motion, effectively slashing Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand Staircase by about half.

The adopted management plans unveiled by the Interior Department in February allow for mining, drilling and other development on vast swaths of the acres the Trump administration carved out of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, national monuments designated by Presidents Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton to preserve the unique geology, cultural treasures and iconic Western landscapes.

For the moment, the changes are only on paper. It’s (still) not clear that a president has the authority to abolish or shrink national monument boundaries, so the sinuous slot canyons, slickrock trails, sheer cliffs and spires that define the region remain accessible. These lands present endless opportunities for climbers, canyoneers, mountain bikers, boaters, fly-fishermen and adventurers at large.

Experience and enjoy these magnificent monuments while you can—before they become fodder for a somber John Prine song, because there’s no telling how long before “Mr. Peabody’s coal train hauls it away.”

San Juan River Utah
Paddling the San Juan River below Mexican Hat, Utah. Andrej Safaric / Shutterstock

Bears Ears National Monument

Go With the Flow: The postcard-picture outpost of Bluff, Utah, is the launch point for all things Bears Ears, including the Bears Ears Education Center, which provides information on everything from archeology to adventure. It’s also the staging site for one of the nation’s premier desert river runs on the San Juan River. The Class II float from the nearby BLM boat launch/campground at Sand Island to the takeout at Mexican Hat flows 27 miles along the southern border of Bears Ears’ Shash Jáa Unit and offers ample side-hikes to explore the area’s archeology, geology and wildlife. Extend your trip down to Clay Hills for an 84-mile multi-day immersion into the canyonlands. The mellow, meandering San Juan is ideal for all abilities and almost any type of vessel, but you’ll need a permit to launch a private trip. Otherwise, local outfitter Wild Expeditions can take care of all the gritty details.

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Cruising the Valley of the Gods. oksana.perkins / Shutterstock

Make Peace With Your Gods: Technically no longer part of BENM, the stunning 17-mile spur route known as Valley of the Gods is a masterpiece of sandstone monoliths, pinnacles and buttes. The road is graded gravel and clay, offering fair-weather access to most vehicles including mountain bikes, although off-road travel is not an option. Dispersed camping on surrounding BLM lands is available, along with several scenic stops to grab a pack and explore the landscape.

Newspaper Rock Indian Creek State Park
Newspaper Rock, one of the largest known collections of ancient petroglyphs, located in Indian Creek State Park. Abbie Warnock / Shutterstock

Climb the Creek: Indian Creek is the undisputed epicenter of crack climbing, offering trad rock climbers a virtually endless array of splitters along the massive walls leading to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The namesake of Bears Ears’s revised northern unit is on the must-do list for every core climber, but local guides and clinics help make the scene accessible for mere mortals. If , hiking is a natural choice, often with the bonus of ancient artifacts. The roadside Newspaper Rock is essentially a 2,000-year-old Instagram feed with over 650 pictures pecked into the varnished sandstone.

Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Kris Wiktor / Shutterstock

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Get Lost: There’s a reason the rugged labyrinth of canyons, creeks, cliffs and terraces surrounding Escalante was the last place in the lower 48 to be mapped. Spooky Gulch, Zebra Slot Canyon and Coyote Gulch are among the many mysterious stone mazes worth exploring, and the 130-foot-high Lower Calf Creek Falls rewards hikers with a cool plunge pool after a three-mile trek. Bonus points for packing in a fly rod to land one of the resident trout. Visit Escalante Outfitters in town for gear, beer and guide service in and around the monument.

Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Hiking Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Kris Wiktor / Shutterstock

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Go Long: The Escalante River Canyon offers the monument’s holy grail of adventure in a remote 73-mile self-supported kayak or packraft (or SUP) excursion landing in Lake Powell. Basic Class III skills are enough to navigate the rapids, although the biggest challenge lies in hitting the seasonal sweet spot for fickle river flows. In high or low water, the exotic canyon features more than a dozen side-hikes into stunning slot canyons and along feeder streams filled with wild trout. Allow three to seven days to savor the canyon and book a boat shuttle from Powell’s Bullfrog Marina to minimize logistical stress.

Aquarius Plateau Utah
Subalpine meadows at the top of Boulder Mountain on Aquarius Plateau. Serj Malomuzh / Shutterstock

Bring the Bike: While Moab steals the headlines, abundant slickrock, spectacular scenery and secluded, technical trails make for a comparable mountain biker’s mecca at Grand Staircase-Escalante. The monument remains one of the largest roadless areas in the West, but singletrack trails range from the high tableland of the Aquarius Plateau, across Hell’s Backbone and into the hidden desert canyons that punctuate the landscape. The Slot Canyons Inn offers riding right out the door while Rim Tours out of Moab and Vegas-based Escape Adventures both provide multi-day packages for varying ability levels (at both GSENM and BENM).

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13 Newly Released Bourbons You Need to Track Down This Season

A lot of beloved distilleries are releasing some of the most coveted bottles of the year right now as fall begins. Depending on state distribution, that means that a lot of great whiskeys are available now, or about to be on shelves for a short time. From well-known staples like Old Forester Birthday Bourbon to some relative newcomers like the Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing series, it’s a packed field every fall. What’s more, some bourbons like Blade and Bow 22 (which was previously released annually in the spring) have entered the game. Here’s a breakdown of what’s out and upcoming this month. It might take you months (and thousands of dollars) to track everything down, but the resulting collection would make for a year of incredible drinking.

Old Fitzgerald 14 Bottled in Bond

The Fall 2020 release of one of the best new Bottled in Bond Rarities is a big ticket this year. Heaven Hill arguably does one thing better than any other Kentucky distillery: bottled-in-bond bourbon. And With Old Fitz 14, they’ve really nailed another batch. The Old Fitzgerald decanters come out twice a year in the classic spring-and-fall Bottled in Bond seasons, and the ages so far have varied from 9 to 15 years. This batch is particularly nice, showing more developed intonations of oak but still demonstrating a lively caramel-and-malt sweetness. Definitely for the more developed oak lovers out there, but a gem within their quarry, to be sure.

[$140; heavenhilldistillery.com]

King of Kentucky Batch 3

King of Kentucky is making its debut beyond the Kentucky borders this year. Just under 2,000 bottles of this specially distilled bourbon from the Brown-Forman folks were made available this season. Distilled June 27, 2006, the 14-year-old bourbon represents just 32 barrels, and taste will vary among the single barrels. Still, it shows familiar flavors: dried cherries on the nose, with caramel and maple syrup on the palate, before a sweet and earthy finish. It’s worth the hunt.

[$250]

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon

One of the most findable whiskeys on this list, the toasted barrel release of Elijah Craig was a surprise addition to a portfolio known for the basics. It’s a slightly smoky variation on the core whiskey, showing milk chocolate and more baking spices, and in our opinion a creamier mouth feel. We’ll chalk this one up to the most exciting dessert whiskey release of the season, and suggest having it alongside some vanilla ice cream.

[$50; heavenhilldistillery.com]

Blade and Bow 22 Year Bourbon

The price has steadily ticked up on Blade and Bow 22. When this bourbon first came out, it was about half the current price (and well worth it). At $450, it’s trending toward iffy, as a bourbon hitting just over 90 proof isn’t everyone’s idea of top shelf. Still, it’s hard to argue with the quality of the liquid: vanilla bean and luscious caramel, baking spices and honey—a classic, well-aged bourbon we look forward to every year.

[$450; bladeandbowwhiskey.com]

William Larue Weller Bourbon 2020

Larue Weller, the most important Weller bottle in the whole portfolio, is beloved for its year-to-year variations. This year’s release was distilled in winter 2008, aged in warehouses I and C of Buffalo Trace’s storage houses, and is bottled at a numbing 134.5 proof. It presents its trademark spearmint intonations along with cinnamon and caramel candy. It’s one of the few wheated bourbons we can say with certainty is often better than Pappy.

[$99; buffalotracedistillery.com]

Remus Repeal Reserve IV

The Remus Repeal series has been a little best-kept secret in the bourbon world. It’s MGP sourced liquid, except unlike the hundreds of other bourbons on the market from that origin, this one is blended by the folks at MGP for their in-house label. Remus Repeal IV is a 100 proof blend of two 2008 vintages of two different mashbills, but the profoundly affordable $85 price tag and the bold, candied fruit and toasted oak character are a match made in heaven—for taste buds and wallets alike. It’s unclear if this series has secondary value yet, but it definitely has drinking value in spades.

[$85; georgeremus.com]

Parker’s Heritage 14th Edition

Parker’s Heritage is an annual release of whiskey from Heaven Hill honoring the late Parker Beam, who sadly passed away from ALS in 2017. This year’s release is a 10-year heavy char barrel bourbon, exhibiting increased caramel and maple sweetness and a tantalizing hint of smoke. Sales of this bourbon series have raised more than $1 million for ALS research. This year’s release is a must-buy for any lover of classic bourbons.

[$120; heavenhilldistillery.com]

Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2020

A second, impressive batch of the Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series follows 2019’s edition with another winner. Director of Innovation Jane Bowie said this year’s release was designed to use their stave finishing program to “boost” Maker’s Mark’s core flavors of caramel and vanilla. The whiskey is a dead ringer for butter pecan, and so, so creamy. Maker’s Mark’s Wood Finishing Series may be the best new collection to watch for the foreseeable future—starting with this bottle.

[$60; makersmark.com]

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2020

As one of our favorite Kentucky bourbon distilleries, Four Roses is typically a shoe-in to make this list. They always make good whiskey, and they frequently make great whiskey. What we didn’t expect from this year’s limited edition was exactly how far they would push the limits of that bullseyeing whiskey making. With a blend of bourbons ranging from 12 to 19 years of age, Four Roses 2020 edges right up to the cliff on deep, resiny wood flavors, but it pulls it back with controlled, youthful notes of fruit and buttery vanilla cream. Master Distiller Brent Elliott has really outdone himself this time.

[$150; fourrosesbourbon.com]

Bardstown Copper and Kings Curacao Barrel

In a cool little innovation project from Bardstown, the distillery sourced 9-year Tennessee bourbon and finished it for 18 months in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels for a one-time release. We’ve seen a couple similar projects in the last few years, but the execution on this one is impressive. The resulting whiskey is bright and citrusty, with a restrained sweetness, giving it a sort-of old fashioned finish. Definitely weird, definitely tasty.

[$150; bardstownbourbon.com]

George T. Stagg Bourbon 2020

As one of the most coveted bourbons within a group of coveted bourbons, George T. Stagg is arguably the most famous member of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Stagg is presented uncut, unfiltered every year, with 2020 delivering a staggering 130.4 proof, heavy cinnamon and cherries on the nose. On the palate, it’s creamy and smoky, leading into an herbal, dark coffee finish.

[$99; buffalotracedistillery.com]

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

The Old Forester Birthday Bourbon release traditionally takes place on September 2, on the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown. Birthday Bourbon is a variable treat within the Old Forester whiskeys; the small batch is typically between 10 and 12 years of age, and every drop is from barrels filled on the same day a decade or more earlier. The 2020 batch is a 10-year-old, 98 proof, and skews sweet, nutty, and soft with a long finish—a real crowd pleaser.

[$130; oldforester.com]

Eagle Rare 17-Year Bourbon 2020

The 17-year-old expression of Eagle Rare for 2017 follows in the footsteps of last year’s release, upping the proof to 101 and showing ripe cherries and vanilla on the nose, caramel, and coffee on the palate, and a spicy oak finish. All of the barrels used for this batch come from the first floor of Warehouse P. Even without context, we can tell there must be something special about that floor of Warehouse P.

[$99; buffalotracedistillery.com]

Everything A Diabetes Patient Needs To Know About Eating Fruits

With over 77 million people in India affected by diabetes,  most streams of medicine have come up with varying cures and management guidelines for it. From alternative medicines to certain leaves and fruits, there are varied suggestions. Amongst these suggestions, some people suggest eating certain fruits to reduce your diabetes symptoms. Whether you choose to believe these or not, the topic of fruits and diabetes has been much debated. 

Being a natural source of sugar, fruits could potentially be bad for someone whose insulin production capabilities are compromised. But on the other hand, fruits are also great sources of necessary vitamins, minerals, fibre and even water content. 

So where do you draw the line and how do you make the decision on what fruits to indulge in? 

Keep reading to gain clarity on this topic, and to know the healthiest fruit variants that you can turn to, as a diabetes patient. 

Fruits and Diabetes – what happens in the body?

Since diabetes is a chronic condition that is closely associated with glucose and insulin production, your diet is of the utmost importance in managing the condition effectively. While fruits are great sources of fibre and nutrients, it is also higher in natural sugars. The glycemic index of fruits is an important factor that should be kept in mind to decide whether it should be consumed or not. 

Glycemic Index is a score between 1-100 that shows how quickly a food item may raise blood sugar levels. High GI foods are absorbed faster by the body and will require more insulin. When consuming high GI food, even if they are from a natural source, the blood sugar levels will rise, leading to increased insulin requirement and thus putting stress on the body. A large number of fruits are lower in GI and can be consumed in moderation to meet your dietary goals. 

But this doesn’t mean that you can consume all forms of fruits. The preparation of fruits also contributes to its GI levels. For example, fresh or frozen fruits are always better than processed fruits that are made into jams, spreads or even dried fruits and juices. Processing also removes or reduces the number of important nutrients that are beneficial. 

Variety of fruits for diabetes patient

Does this mean that I can eat all unprocessed fruits equally?

 

Since nature with its varied design has made fruits with different nutrient concentrations, it is important to closely analyse fruits before consuming them. Low GI fruits like apples, avocadoes, bananas, berries, cherries, grapes, citruses, plums and peaches can be eaten in larger quantities. Medium to high GI foods include mangoes, papaya, fig, melons, and pineapples. These fruits need to be portion-controlled, keeping in mind your entire calorie and the nutrient requirement for the day. 

Most experts recommend five servings of fruits and vegetables for people of all ages. But it is also expected of diabetes patients to consume the majority of these in the form of vegetables. Ideally, 1-2 servings of fruit per day are best for diabetes patients. One serving can be equated to a medium-size fruit, or 1 cup, in case of smaller fruits, or diced fruits. It is also recommended that a mix of fruits are best to ensure that the body receives a mixture of healthy nutrients. 

Approaching your diet with a strategic approach is the best way for a diabetes patient to manage their condition even while indulging in their favourite food items. Keeping this thought in mind, factor in your favourite fruits in relation to all the food that you plan to eat in a day. This will help you portion out your fruits, and you can indulge in these healthy and sweet items without compromising on your disease management. They are also great alternatives to more problematic food groups like desserts or junk food. Most of the time, eating a serving of fruits can satiate sudden cravings that can hinder your healthy diet plans. 

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Our Favorite Fall Jackets

It’s that time of the year: autumn, aka the season that comes before “cold.” The dropping temps do not have to be simply endured, though. If you have an affinity for bundling up, or have perfected your “sweater weather body” (the opposite of “swimsuit body,” which happens if your barbecue-to-surfing ratio gets out of whack), the autumnal equinox is likely one of your favs. Yet fall can be deceiving, a typical morning could start like winter with midday heating up, feeling like summer, only to even out with an appropriate evening chill as the sun goes down. This fluctuation is when you need a good fall jacket, with a variety of weights and styles, we’ve got you covered from shackets, to hoodies, to bombers and everything in between. Here are our favorite fall jackets for 2020.

Duer stretch denim jacket

DUER
A denim jacket is a classic staple for anyone’s wardrobe and is a perfect extra layer for those early fall days. Duer’s durable stretch denim jacket brings modern flair and still allows you to move easy, which comes in handy when you find yourself on an impromptu adventure.

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Jungmaven fall jacket

Jungmaven
Jungmaven is a cool brand that’s been making hemp clothing and raising awareness of the awesome properties of hemp since the early ’90s. Its Olympic jacket, which is 55 percent hemp and 45 percent organic cotton, is a sweet option for a bright, sunny fall day that has just a little bite in the air. Added bonus: It’s naturally antimicrobial.

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Smartwool jacket

Smartwool
Smartwool’s super functional Merino Sport Ultra Light Hoodie is one of those jackets that you didn’t know you needed until you wore it. Made with merino mesh, recycled lightweight nylon with a non-PFC DWR finish, it is a comfortable option for higher output activities during the fall season.

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Foehn jacket

Foehn
The Canadian brand Foehn has made another exemplary jacket, or in this case, a “shacket” that you’ll covet. The Robson Shacket is made with the same materials as its Robson Hoody, Japanese-made stretch fabric and premium 800-fill power down, but it features a sleek, snap-button style. This “shacket” will surely be your favorite for cooler nights.

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Aether shirt

Aether
If you had to sum up Aether in one word, it would be slick. Its Hubble jacket is certainly no exception. When it comes to “shackets,” the Hubble is the one you can pull off at any fall soirée, yet durable enough to climb a few pitches in.

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Icebreaker fall jacket

Icebreaker
Warm, light, and sophisticated, Icebreaker’s MerinoLOFT Helix Hooded jacket features a handsome silhouette with simple, yet functional design. Made with sustainable merino wool and recycled materials, you’ll likely live in the jacket starting in the fall and ending in late spring.

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Maloja

Maloja
The Badinm jacket is a comfy option to throw on after a long autumn mountain bike ride. It has a streamline fit—not really a jacket, not really a flannel—though its best breakthrough is as one of the first outerwear pieces to use PrimaLoft Bio, the first biodegradable, 100 percent recycled synthetic insulation on the market.

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Patagonia bomber fall jacket

Patagonia
If you’ve never owned a bomber-style jacket, whether a standard-issue pickup from the Army-Navy surplus store or something higher-end, well, you aren’t doing fall right. A bomber is essential autumn attire and Patagonia’s new Zemer is a sharp version of the classic style.

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Steph Curry Gives Bill Gates a Mock Job Interview (And Bill Shares a Few Secret Tips)

Best-known for his dagger three-point shot, NBA star Steph Curry has fielded thousands of questions from the media and reporters during his career. Now, Curry has decided he’s ready to swap roles.

This week, the Golden State Warriors star launched a new interview series on Youtube, State of Inspiration. His first guest was Bill Gates––not a bad start––and the interview primarily featured a thoughtful discussion about problems related to COVID-19 including food insecurity, education (remote learning), and unemployment.

However, it was the beginning of the interview that initially caught our attention. After a brief introduction, Curry asked Gates to participate in a mock job interview for a junior engineer position at Microsoft. Gates obliged and Curry proceeded to ask the billionaire philanthropist several common interview questions. Topics included why Gates would be a good fit for the position, strengths and weaknesses, and preferred compensation.

The exercise turned out to be very valuable. Gates’ provided viewers with an ideal example of how to answer those tricky questions. But did Steph Curry give him the job? See for yourself to find out.

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Walton Goggins Talks Becoming ‘John Bronco’ and the Iconic Ford SUV

John Bronco was the legendary rodeo rider-turned-pitchman who became the eponym of the iconic Ford Bronco. Or so it goes in the new mockumentary short from Jake Szymanski from Imagine Documentaries, done with the support of the Ford Motor Company. The story may not actually be real, but that doesn’t take away from how awesome the movie’s vintage Ford Broncos look or how the titular role is played by none other than Walton Goggins.

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“I felt like I knew who this John Bronco was immediately on the page, and there was no doubt I wanted to play him,” Goggins told Men’s Journal. The role was his from the get-go, and the actor spent four days in Detroit bringing the legend to life.

The fact that the project comes out right before the release of the new Ford Bronco is no coincidence, but the short stands easily on its own. Goggins spoke with Men’s Journal about what it took to become a ’70s pitchman, mustaches, and his love for the road.

How did the John Bronco project come to you?

I got a phone call from the director Jake Szymanski, who had gotten my number from someone in my team. He sent me the script to look over and I had just happened to have worked with another actor, Rob Corddry, who just couldn’t say enough good things about the guy. I was also familiar with his work, from a distance, so I was already intrigued. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, I didn’t even know what I was reading, to be honest. I mean it reads like a true story.

John Bronco
Courtesy of Imagine Documentaries

Did anyone come into mind when you thought of John Bronco?

Of course there are going to be certain iconic dudes that come to your mind when you are picturing this guy, especially someone like Burt Reynolds. Even outside of this movie I would call him one of my role models, but for this I watched a lot of him.

How did you guys build the look?

The first thing our costume designer Alison Holmes laid out was a shearling vest and these Wrangler jeans. I immediately said, “Oh yeah, I can do all of this.” I put on that jacket, and the old school Wrangler shirt, too. I mean these pieces are classic for a reason, they have stood the test of time. We wanted this guy to look like one of those icons that never goes out of style. I must have done somewhere around 150 wardrobe changes over the course of filming.

How many mustache changes did you do?

Obviously the mustaches had a lot to do with the look. I had to change my mustache looks almost 50 times. I have never done anything like that in my life, I was only wearing each different version for about five to 10 minutes.

Did you have a favorite?

You know, man, I have to say I just love that old ’70s look, going right back to the Burt Reynolds aesthetic. The bigger and the bushier, the better. Back when the Broncos were really hitting their stride.

The hats are also a big part of the look. I know you are a fan of a good lid. Who are some of your go-to hat makers now?

I like a good hat. I have a few good friends who are hat makers in this country, and I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to know them, because I love their work so much. Gunner Foxx is the guy in my mind. He is unbelievable. He’s been making hats for a long time. He made the hat I wore in The Hateful Eight. He makes these hats in Los Angeles, where he comes from, and takes great care in his work. The process he uses is a bit of that old-world style, and on top of all of that he is just a great guy.

What did doing this make you think of brands and advertising back in those days?

I started to think about what it takes to stand out out in a crowd, and what charisma truly is. I think this project also has me really thinking about how companies try to connect with people, and I think most of all it made me really excited for what could be in the future. Ford was a part of this production, but they weren’t breathing down our necks, they just allowed us to tell what I think was a really entertaining story.

On that note, what was it like to be working around all of these Ford Broncos?

I have to tell you, buddy, especially for your audience, they understand how awesome this vehicle is, past and present. I personally always wanted a Bronco, I mean, who doesn’t when they see it cruising down the streets? Especially when we are talking about those old vintage models, they are extraordinary machines.

Did you get to check out the new Bronco

This project was set to come out before the Bronco was to be released. Because we were working with Ford, we were invited to visit the factory in Detroit. They took us behind the curtain into their Research and Development Department, even allowing us into the room where they were keeping the new Bronco design. We walked into the room and it was right there under the tarp. I couldn’t believe that I was there right next to the next edition of such an iconic automobile. That vehicle is more than just a car, it’s a symbol for freedom. If you really think about what freedom means to most Americans, there is likely something about taking a car and driving on an open road.

Even under the tarp I could see the silhouette of the model under the tarp and I think the people at Ford were impressed by how much I knew about what was going on below. Once the tour was done, they pulled me back into the room with just a few people, and they pulled the tarp off for us. I hit the floor! I mean we were only looking at the clay model, but it looked so good, I even tried to open the door! This probably sounds like I’m trying to sell you one of these cars, but it’s not that at all. I just love the story, that’s what I look for in anything. And this vehicle has it all. Not only that, but it isn’t centered around devices or games in the backseat so your family doesn’t even talk to one another. It’s about connecting with the world and each other.

John Bronco
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Do you think you will grab one for yourself?

I was leaving the factory when I turned around and just said off-hand, “I’m getting one of these right?” I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m going to grab the two-door model, I put my name in with everyone else, but I’m so excited.

What is the first road trip you think you’ll take in it?

I have been getting so deep into public lands camping. I found this spot up in the Sierras that I had never been before, and I went up there with my son earlier this year. We had just an amazing time, so I think first chance I get I’m heading back up there.

John Bronco is now streaming on Hulu.

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