Top 75 Best Life Lessons For Men – What Your Father Forgot To Teach You
The young man may know the rules, yet, the wise old man knows the life lessons behind each of them. Breaking rules isn’t painful but discovering the consequences the hard way often can be.
Any man who wants to become successful in life must understand one universal truth:
In order to grow, a man must first have a willingness to learn from his own mistakes.
Yet, ego and fear are perhaps the two biggest roadblocks of doing so.
The two lead many men today into lives of suffering, lack of happiness, and despair. For some without a male role model, understanding this concept is near impossible, because nobody is there to teach them in the first place.
In reality, we all learn the basics as children; things like right vs. wrong, taking responsibility, etc. come naturally. Most of those ideas are hardwired into your brains from birth or taught so repetitively that we can fully grasp them.
Yet, what separates successful men from unsuccessful men in this world is how well they transition from children to young men and beyond. The truth is most of life’s most important and brutal lessons appear later on in adulthood.
It’s the exposed moments where we are put in survival mode and forced to make our own decisions and deal with each and every outcome that we finally begin to learn. As we encounter our mistakes, eventually we must realize we cannot escape them, but rather only embrace them.
For some men, it can take an entire lifetime to understand that concept.
With that said, I’d like to share with you the top 75 best life lessons for men below. You won’t find a list of broad rules to follow; instead, you’ll find concepts that have been discovered by generations of men. If you want to know how the world works, and how it can work in your favor as you grow as a man, then these are meant for you.
1. Most people have limited their thinking and would feel much more comfortable if you’d limit yours too
You are the result of the five people you spend the most time with. You need to be careful of who you allow yourself to be exposed to. As you continue to climb upwards and reach your goals, those around who attempt to do the same will become fewer and fewer.
They’d rather stay in easy mode, and seeing your success become a reality, makes them uncomfortable. Risk scares them to death because it is out of their comfort zone and requires real effort. If they can drag you back to their level, you better believe they will do by any means possible.
2. Distraction is what ultimately kills dreams
Vacations, holidays, new toys, hobbies, entertainment, etc. all lend a hand at distraction you away from your goals. It’s easy to get lost spending five minutes on Facebook or forums, yet, when you do it over and over again, it adds up! Even if it’s just two hours playing a round of golf, or an hour dinner out on the town before you know it, your entire day is gone. In other words, wasted away! Focus on things that matter and are relevant to reaching your goals.
If your dream is to build a house, watching Netflix every night for 2 hours, isn’t going to help you get there! Putting in real work will. You can either succumb to distractions or accept the sacrifices and avoid the temptation.
3. There are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, so long as you really want to go
Make your own luck. You can’t wait around wishing all your life, or you’ll end up a broke, miserable fool who’s all alone. If you truly want to acquire an item, achieve a goal, or turn a dream into a reality, you must put in the work and pay the price of action. So long as you keep pulling the trigger, regardless of how well your aim is; eventually, you will hit the bullseye.
4. The enemy of my enemy is my friend
This is an ancient proverb that was told to suggest that two opposing people can or should work together against a common enemy. It speaks volumes about the nature of our relationships. As long as you have an enemy in common with someone, you can be their ally.
5. Thinking it over is for people who can’t take action
Everyone has ideas. All of them are worthless until you put them into action. To stop overthinking, you need to adopt habits that put things into a wider perspective, stop setting you up for stress and allow you to become a person of action. If you fail to take action, you achieve less.
6. Your most valuable natural asset is your own gut instinct; trust it
When your girlfriend cheats on you, and you highly suspect it but have no immediate proof: You’ve been cheated on. When your gut is screaming SOS, listen to it. It’s far too easy to let the thought of love overtake the reasoning of logic. When you know the answer and trust it dearly, but fear being ridiculed because it may be so out of the box or wrong, speak up.
7. Conventional wisdom is almost always wrong
You can’t do this. You can! You can’t do that. You can!
It’s impossible to do it that way; no one’s ever done it before. You must do it this way. They say you really shouldn’t do that. On and on, they will proclaim. The truth is, conventional wisdom is almost always wrong.
If you stick with something long enough, you will shatter every belief of conventional wisdom.
8. The only difference between champ and chump is “U”
When Gates met Buffet for the first time for dinner, Gate’s mother turned to the two and asked: “What is the single most important factor of success?” The two yelled out, “Focus!”
How focused you determine when and if you ultimately succeed. Focus is something that comes from you, no one else. Take, for example, Floyd Mayweather. For all of his life, he has focused on one thing and one thing only: Boxing. If his nearly one billion dollars in career earnings don’t declare him the champ, certainly his wins in the ring do.
Floyd could have easily chosen to be a chump all of his life. The truth is, his father sold drugs, and his mother heavily used them. During interviews, Mayweather claimed that he basically raised himself. Yet, Floyd pushed forward with the idea who he wanted to become and maintained a level of focus that most cannot even imagine being possible.
9. A man who dwells on his past robs his future
The only way to rise out of poverty, abuse, low self-esteem, etc. and turn yourself into a successful man, is by allowing yourself to overcome your past.
Ultimately you are responsible for all of your mistakes alongside every excuse you dish out. The world isn’t a perfect place, and nature is a cruel beast that could care less about you. If you don’t believe me, then walk out into the wilderness and see how well you survive. Most of you won’t last more than a week.
As a man, you are responsible for your success in life. No one else! Others may give you guidance, share wisdom, and inspire you along the way. Yet, what you do with those to is entirely your own choice to make.
Just because you were born into poverty, doesn’t mean you must die in poverty. Just because you were rejected by one woman, does not mean you must analyze the entire event. Don’t get trapped in the dark pit of overthinking.
10. Don’t waste time on things you cannot change
When you waste your time worrying about sh-t you can’t change, and what you can’t control, you lose focus and can become stressed. Instead of ruminating, start problem-solving and create a plan to manage your time.
11. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.
This too shall pass.
The pain and sorrow of losing a loved one will eventually pass. The disappointment and grief and being let go at a job will eventually fade away. The anger and frustration of addiction will turn to triumph and joy once your chains are finally broken. Rejection, break ups, the list goes on and on.
Take quitting cigarettes, for instance. The first few days are terrible; the next month is agony and often, at times, torture. Yet, within a few months, you heal. You might start researching the benefits of quitting. You might start to understand just how bad you smelled, how yellow your teeth were becoming, how much money you were wasting, and so on.
Perhaps you may ultimately start to realize how important your health is, and begin working out, start cycling or running marathons. Suddenly you’re channeling your negative view of quitting into a positive as one of the greatest things to ever happen in your life.
12. Man plans, God laughs
Life is full of problems, most of which we don’t even expect. When we solve smaller ones, even bigger ones appear right out of nowhere.
You may be hitting it off perfectly with a woman, yet upon asking her out, you discover she has a boyfriend. You may grow your business tenfold by signing on a new client. Yet, finding employees with a specialized skill set to handle the workload proves to be near impossible.
Even the Notorious B.I.G. knew the deal, “Mo Money Mo Problems.”
13. You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic
This is a quote by Stephen C. Hogan. It is meant to encourage people to value their skills more while also looking for more meaningful employment opportunities beyond the basics. It is great motivation for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
14. Build your dream, or someone else will hire you to build theirs
Start a business or start accepting the reality of working for another man. Many men dream of being their own boss, yet, very few pick up the call and accept the challenge.
Being your own boss isn’t just about the money; it’s about freedom. The freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. That’s priceless.
The ability to grow your income based on the amount of work you put in is simply said: Seductive.
15. Fear of rejection is worse than rejection
Fear is simply false expectations appearing real. When describing rejection, people often say that it is the dismissal of a proposal or idea. The fear of rejection is often far more personal because you become the object of rejection. Once this happens, you begin to fear failure instead of focusing on trying to understand why you were rejected in the first place.
16. It’s not what you want to do; it’s who you want to be
It is about playing your cards right, knowing who you are and what you want, and finding ways to reach your full potential.
17. Pay no attention to what the critics say, for no one has ever erected a statue in honor of them
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
Haters are losers. They will say anything to bring you down.
18. Take pride in everything that you do. Respect everything you own
Discover the art of craftsmanship. Have enthusiasm, passion, and so on. Take care of all your investments, large and small. Buy shoe trees for your dress shoes. Hang your tailored suit up an actual suit hanger.
19. Insanity is doing the same thing, the same way, and expecting different results
Thomas Edison didn’t fail one thousand times while trying to master the invention of the light bulb. In reality, he discovered there were one-thousand steps involved in order to create it. From another perspective, you could easily say that he proved one-thousand ways which would not work.
20. A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows public opinion
The media isn’t always about being honest or offering real solutions to problems. It’s about promoting fear and profiting through the capture of mass attention. Almost all of which is done while being one-sided. Unfortunately, public opinion often follows the opinion of the media to heart.
Don’t be a sheep. Far too many men in this world are misled simply because they choose to believe in what’s easiest to accept. Many reject evidence and reasoning in favor of comfort and avoidance of fear from being proven wrong.
Do your own research; don’t be spoon-fed a web of lies.
21. Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
My personal view on this is to teach your son and other younger males you encounter all the ways of life. If your son has a flat tire, do not change it for him. Instead, show him how to change it by making him perform the repair himself under your guidance. He will remember how to complete the repair for the rest of his life and eventually pass on the lesson to the next generation.
Had you just done the repair without him present, he may have never how to fix a flat tire. But more importantly, he may have never learned the independence nor pride that comes along with being self-reliant.
22. It’s not the boulder in your path that will stop you, but the pebble in your shoe
Treat your problems in life like a boulder; move around them. Handle them at once. Don’t let your problems become small pains like a pebble in your shoe that plague you around for your entire life.
23. Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after
A boy has a goal of catching the most fish. A young man has the goal of catching the biggest fish. When one becomes a man, he simply just wants to go fishing.
24. The fool is always certain of himself, while the wise man is full of self-doubt
Bertrand Russell was a colorful philosopher and was widely admired by his critics. He was a mathematician, a logician, historian, social critic, and so much more. Fools are often arrogant and persist in his arrogant certainty. However, the fool doesn’t know enough to know that he doesn’t actually know, and there is no way for you to convince him any differently.
The wise are full of doubt and are much humbler about what they know. They recognize that their knowledge is limited, and knowledge exists past what they possess. The wise understand that there is a chance that they are wrong.
25. Put your money where your mouth is
Don’t talk sh-t if you can’t back up your words with actions.
26. Not my monkey, not my circus
Don’t get involved in the drama of others, unless it is a problem that you can directly resolve.
27. A man can love as many times as is heart is willing to be broken
Heartbreaks happen. Dogs don’t live forever, though we all wish they did.
28. No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man
You will never step in the same river twice as the water is constantly flowing and changing. All of the people you encounter in life are never the same from one moment to the next.
29. He who angers you controls you
Be in control of your emotions. Do not allow others to be the puppeteer of your life. Learn to soothe your temper and understand that you have nothing to prove to anyone other than yourself.
30. A man cannot build a reputation on what he is going to do
As they say, talk is cheap.
31. If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Great men don’t lead other men by telling them what to do. They lead by example, selling them on the dream of a worthy idea or goal. They inspire them to desire something which is only obtainable through hard work. By doing so, they not only boost productivity but also earn respect.
32. Confidence is quiet. Insecurities are loud.
The loudest of men have something to prove. They need attention in order to feel validated, wanted, or accepted. Confident men believe in both their words and actions; they seek no one’s approval other than their own.
33. A ship is safe in a harbor, but that’s not what ships are for
Life is not about sitting on the couch all day. Without risk, there can be no reward.
34. Years of love have been forgotten in the hatred of a minute
This is a quote by Edgar Allan Poe. Instances of forgiveness are rare in the world we live in. It is much easier to give up on something or someone instead of fighting to find solutions to the problems we face. However, forgiveness is essential, or we will be holding onto hate, and this can damage relationships and create more difficulty in life.
35. Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace
You may have been wronged in more ways than one, but not forgiving is putting a great deal of pressure and strain on yourself, and you don’t deserve that. You deserve to move forward and avoid negative energy.
36. The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried
This quote by Stephen McCranie is saying never give up. It speaks to the expectations people have of themselves that can cause issues within their lives.
37. There is no such things as a free lunch
Simply put, it is nearly impossible to get something for nothing. This phrase was said to be used first back in the 1930s. For every choice you make, there is a next best alternative that could have been chosen but was not.
38. Good, fast, or cheap. You can only pick two.
For example, if you ask for something good and fast, don’t expect that item to be cheap. Likewise, do you really feel as if something you ask to be made fast and cheap is going to be any good?
39. Mind over matter
The body can be pushed much farther than imaginable.
If I put a plank of wood fifty stories up across two buildings, and I asked you to cross it for a thousand dollars, you’d decline, or at least most would. You’d say it’s impossible, too dangerous to even attempt, and so on. If your mother, wife or children were at the other end of the plank and it was life or death based upon if you could cross it, you can bet you’d cross it without any hesitation.
Just when we think the body will fail, it continues to give and give. You may be exhausted after running one mile, but your body may be truly capable of running five, ten, or even more miles.
40. Be all that you can be. You cannot dream yourself into character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Socrates said it best, “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
The same can be said of everything in your life: Your finances, your relationships, your personal goals. Master them all and fulfill your true potential.
41. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
This quote by Warren Buffet is basically saying that price and value are not always going to be the same.
42. Don’t set time limits for achieving goals. They should transcend time.
You need to think forward to thrive. You also need to make time for fun in addition to any and all essential tasks and errands you have toward achieving your goals.
43. Set goals you cannot achieve in your lifetime
Better yet, set goals you cannot achieve in two or three lifetimes. The higher you set your goals, the more you will ultimately accomplish in the end. Your goals should be beyond your wildest dreams.
44. It’s what you do now, today, that determines how your mind and body operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.
Remember, you only get one mind and one body, and they have to last you an entire lifetime. So, you need to take care of both just as you would take care of your car, so they won’t be a wreck in the future.
45. You’re a millionaire even if you don’t already know it
If I offered you a quarter of a million dollars for your leg, would you take it? How about a hundred thousand for your arm? How about another hundred thousand for an eye. And another for your finger, and so on.
When you add it all up, you are a millionaire, even if you don’t already realize it. Treat your body like it’s worth a million bucks. Treat it like a million-dollar Ferrari. Put in the best fuel (food) possible. Take care of it.
46. Don’t work for money all your life. Put your money to work for you.
Either you can control your money, or it can control you. Living paycheck to paycheck is no way to live. Being strapped down by a lifetime of debt is nothing more than slavery with a few good moments of pleasure. Not all debt is bad, but when you’re drowning in it, you may find yourself working to pay off things you never really wanted nor needed in the first place.
Learn how to invest and save your money wisely. Pay yourself first!
47. Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend
Time is the true luxury of this world; a man only has so much of it. Don’t waste it on things that don’t matter! You cannot buy more of it when it starts to run out.
In another light, don’t waste the time of others. If you’re going to be there at five o’clock, then be there at five o’clock. It doesn’t matter if you have diarrhoea or aren’t feeling up for it, you show up! The only time you don’t is if you’re dead or in a coma. Your word is everything; keep it!
48. Perfection equals paralysis; it is the gateway to insanity
Sometimes “good enough” is the right answer if it gets the job done.
49. Measure twice, cut once
Avoid making mistakes in the first place because it can result in work that’s two to ten times longer to correct and complete.
50. Money isn’t the only thing in life, but it’s the only thing people keep track of
If you don’t think money can buy happiness or pleasure you don’t know where to shop.
51. Courage is nothing but doing the right thing when the wrong thing is far easier
When you do the right thing even when it is the harder thing to do, you show far greater integrity than if you were to take the easy way out.
52. Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Everything happens for a reason and for every effect, there is a specific cause. So, if you can be clear about the results you are looking for, you can more likely achieve it.
53. The world owes you absolutely nothing
And no one is going to feel sorry for you. Your rich friends don’t owe you a dime either.
54. A true friend will help you move
No one likes moving, but a true friend won’t say “No.” They won’t ask for payment either. Pizza and beer are bonuses. In return, if you’re a true friend, then you better be there when your buddy needs help moving.
Remember, most people don’t move all that often, but they sure do remember who did and didn’t help them move.
55. Seek the uncomfortable, and you will feel comfortable.
Step out of your comfort zone. Do something that scares the living hell out of you daily. If you’re not doing that daily, then you’re not growing as a man.
56. Embrace the awkwardness
No one is a professional starting out. No one ever has the perfect thing to say to a woman the very moment they see her. Rather than dread the moment, embrace it and just focus on being present. If life were to be serious all the time, it would be insanely boring and dull.
57. Don’t stick your d-ck in crazy and don’t sh-t where you eat
In other words, don’t dip your pen in the company inkwell. If you’re going to, at least know, understated, be fully prepared to deal with the consequences.
58. Everything worth doing takes time
And lots of sacrifice along the way! In order to get, you must first give.
59. Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day of your life
Find something you can’t live without, then go after it.
The truth is you can’t follow your dreams and expect to always be paid. Not all dreams have a market that’s ready to spend cash or a job waiting at the finish line– although you can tailor your skillset, knowledge, or experience into other relevant fields. Work doesn’t always have to be enjoyable or feel like a true vacation; it’s work! There are ups and downs even to dream jobs.
60. Just fu-king do it!
Stop making excuses. Those four words are the answer to almost every question you will ever have.
61. Don’t judge a man by the mistakes he makes, judge him by the actions he takes to correct them
Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
62. It’s easy to be good at something; it’s extremely difficult to be great at something
If it were easy, everyone would do it.
63. If it has to be, it starts with me
This is a good way to have some accountability for the events and situations in your lifetime.
64. It’s lonely at the top
Eagles fly alone. The more successful you are, the fewer friends you have.
65. Burn your ships
Back up plans, ripcords, and fail-safes are ways to mentally tell yourself that it’s okay to fail; I have already failed. Avoid them if you wish to be successful!
66. Smell the leather
We make changes in life for two reasons: Desperation or inspiration.
67. When someone says “No,” you have failed to present enough information
Avoid becoming distracted by the fear of rejection and failure and instead spend your time making sure you have everything you need to find the success you want.
68. Human beings are like rivers; they travel to the path of least resistance
When searching for a mentor, the easiest route is to choose an uncle or brother or family member. Yet, the majority have never accomplished what you wish to accomplish. You wouldn’t take advice on how to build a spaceship from a gardener, would you?
69. Focus on the few, not the many
The few are far more critical and deserve more attention than the many. It helps you focus on your goals and develop leadership.
70. Choose your battles wisely
Sometimes it is best to ignore or let go of the smaller, more unimportant things in life and instead save your strength for those that will prove to be of far greater importance.
71. Kiss a lot of frogs
Who you know matters. There’s someone out there who will believe or invest in whatever idea you have. No matter how insane or idiotic it may be. In order to find that person, you must kiss a lot of frogs first!
72. Pay yourself first
This is more of an investor mentality and is a phrase that is very popular in the personal finance world. However, it doesn’t refer to money as the phrase implies. Instead, it can ultimately mean to put yourself first.
73. Treat others how you wish to be treated
Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down. Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.
74. All you need is the plan, the roadmap, and the courage to press on to your destination
Men with goals succeed because they know where they are going.
75. There is no such thing as job security
The mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company; you own your career!
The 9 Most Unique Pocket Knives on the Market
Finding a great pocket knife is like looking for a needle in a stack of other needles. It’s seemingly impossible. Sure, there are a lot of folding knives out there, and plenty of them are well-made and of perfectly adequate quality. But at the end of the day, most of the knives on the market just look like… knives. There’s nothing special about them. They have no personality.
But some knives are different. If you can wade through all the average, uninspiring knives on the market, you’ll find some that are beautifully crafted, uniquely designed, and truly exceptional.
Luckily for you, we’ve gone through the trouble of doing all the searching for you. What we’ve found are some of the most unique pocket knives available today.
1. My Deejo Creation
The ability to essentially design your own knife from the ground up makes My Deejo Creation quite possibly the most unique knife on the market. Every knife carrier’s needs and preferences are different, which makes this a perfect option for those who know exactly what they want. It’s also a perfect option if you don’t know what you want because you have a lot of options to browse through.
With My Deejo Creation, everything from the size and weight of the knife to the blade finish and handle material is up to you. Choose between a mirror, black titanium finish, along with numerous blade tattoo designs (or none at all).
Handle options include coralwood, ebony, composite and gold plating. Sizes range from a dainty 0.53oz (2.75” closed) to a more substantial 1.3 oz (4.3” closed).
2. Gerber Flatiron
The emergence of “pocket cleavers” as a style of pocket knives has been an interesting trend to watch in recent years. The Gerber Flatiron is one of the leaders in this unique knife subgenre. Boasting a stout, squared-off 3.6 inch stainless steel blade that folds neatly into a black machined aluminum handle, it’s a knife with a bold design and workmanlike functionality.
The Gerber Flatiron is not lightweight by any means. It tips the scales at almost 7 oz and measures 8.5” open. It rests comfortably in one’s palm and excels at heavy-duty cutting and slicing tasks like breaking down boxes and preparing meat for the grill. The blade has a handsome satin finish, and the overall design is an excellent melding of form and function.
3. Opinel No.8
Opinel’s folding pocket knives are about as basic as it gets. But these iconic knives are so perfect in their simplicity that their design hasn’t changed since the 1890s. There’s still no other knife quite like it. Opinel knives are also lightweight, budget-friendly, and sport well-honed blades made of super-hard carbon steel.
The Opinel No.8 is the most popular versatile model, but Opinel makes these knives in sizes ranging from No.6 up to No.12. The numbers roughly correspond to the length of the opened knife in inches – the No.8 measures 7.59” from point to pommel, and has a 3.28” blade – making it easy to choose the right knife for your needs. One thing to be aware of is that the hard steel blades are brittle and prone to breaking if you use them for prying or twisting.
4. Deejo Tattoo 37G
When it comes to choice, it’s hard to go past Deejo and their huge selection of knives. The French brand has been crafting a wide array of functional, customizable, and high-quality knives for over a decade for customers around the world.
There are several things that make Deejo’s Tattoo line of knives stand out. First and foremost is the custom “tattoo” design, which allows you to carry a knife that feels like an extension of your personality.
Deejo offers dozens of designs that can be laser-engraved onto the blade, which makes these knives as unique as the individuals who carry them. Deejo even offers a “Tattoo Your Deejo” kit if you prefer to engrave your own design onto the blade.
The Deejo Tattoo 37G is also a well-crafted and beautifully designed knife through and through. It weighs an ultralight 37 grams (about 1.3 oz) so it won’t weigh down your pocket or your pack. The blade is made of durable 420 stainless steel and comes razor-sharp right out of the box. It’s a trusty travel companion with a uniquely personal connection.
5. Boker Plus Subcom Knife
Boker makes some of the more interesting and eye-catching knives on the market, and the Boker Plus Subcom is one of the more intriguing additions to their lineup. While its small, stout profile might not be for everyone, it’s a good everyday carry folder that comes in handy when you need it.
The Boker Plus Subcom Knife is super lightweight at just 2.5 oz and its diminutive 1.8” partially-serrated clip point blade is sturdy and sharp, folding into a 2.6” handle with a black textured grip. It’s small enough to slip into your pocket, and you might forget it’s even there until you need it. The blade is made of strong AUS-8 stainless steel and comes razor sharp right out of the box.
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6. Albatross Damascus Folding Knife
With its unique hand-forged blade, the Albatross Damascus Folding Knife is sure to turn some heads. The blade measures 2.6” and the knife opens to a length of 6” with a handle design that rests comfortably in hand. The knife also has a handy belt clip, and the linear locking function makes it safe to use and carry.
Rugged and dependable, the Albatross is popular among hunters, anglers, campers, and outdoorsmen of all kinds. The yellow sandalwood handle and striking Damascus blade with its unique curvature make this knife easy on the eyes too. One minor complaint is that the steel dulls easily, but it’s also quick and easy to sharpen.
7. SOG Cash Card
An interesting twist for EDC enthusiasts, the SOG Cash Card is essentially a knife and wallet all in one. Made of satin polished stainless steel, the knife handle boasts an oversized money clip just the right size for your cash and cards.
It’s a unique design that’s great for anybody looking to pare their pocket contents down to the bare essentials. Of course, none of this would matter if the knife itself wasn’t functional, but the SOG Cash Card has a sharp 2.75” drop-point blade, and the overall design is slim and practical.
It feels comfortable in one’s pocket and comes in handy for any of the countless situations in which a small blade might be needed. One small issue that some users have noted is that the clip is a little too tight for more than a few bills.
8. Petzl Spatha Knife
Made with mountaineers and alpine hikers in mind, the Petzl Spatha Knife is an innovative pocket folder that’s right at home in extreme outdoor situations. The hole in the knife allows it to be clipped to your pack or harness using a carabiner, and the textured wheel around it provides an easy one-handed opening, even when wearing gloves. The 4” blade is partly serrated for cutting ropes and cordage.
It weighs a lightweight 1.5 oz, which is a nice perk for backpackers and climbers who obsess over pack weight. Plus, the Petzl Spatha Knife is available in high visibility colors like bright yellow, making it nearly impossible to lose it in the wild. The stainless steel blade is extremely durable but may need frequent resharpening.
9. Higo No Kami 10 Pocket Knife
This beautiful, hand-forged Japanese pocket knife looks like it comes from another time. And in a way, it does. The knife harkens back to a traditional design created by a blacksmith in Japan during the 19th century, which included an innovative lever to aid in opening and closing the knife.
But with its 3” Wharncliffe blade and handsome brass handle, the Higo No Kami 10 Pocket Knife is much more than just a novelty throwback. It’s a versatile and functional pocket knife that’s perfect for everything from gardening to filleting fish.
Its carbon steel blade is easily honed to a keen edge, but be aware that this is a knife that requires some care. It will rust and corrode if you allow it to do so.
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The 10 Best Sunglasses for Men This Summer
Do you spend time outdoors or like to cruise down the highway on your motorcycle? If so, one of your biggest pet peeves is likely the sunlight hitting your eyes. Wayward sunlight can be a nuisance, but some tools combat this natural daily occurrence.
We’ve discovered that numerous reputable sunglass companies design and manufacture fashionable eyewear. Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses don’t only keep your eyes protected from the sun. If you choose the right pair, you can make quite the fashion statement.
However, if you select the wrong pair for your face shape or if the style doesn’t entirely match your look or vibe, you could end up looking awkward and unfashionable. With the hundreds of different brands, colors, styles, and shapes, it can be challenging to find the perfect sunglasses.
That’s why narrowing down your search can be hugely beneficial to finding the perfect pair for you. With that said, we’ve found a few different sunglasses by various brands we believe will suit almost anyone. The sunglasses we will speak of have unique features which will help you quickly and easily find the ones meant for you.
1. Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses
Since 1936 Ray-Ban has been designing and manufacturing high-end luxury sunglasses. One of their most popular sunglass fashion lines is their classically styled vintage Aviator sunglasses.
The Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses is an ideal pair for those looking for a distinguished look. This pair of sunglasses is incredibly versatile because they come in seven unique color combinations.
This pair has lenses that measure 2.28 inches with a lens height of 1.97 inches. Additionally, the bridge width is 0.55 inches and the temple length is 5.31 inches. These measurements ensure a comfortable fit on your face.
However, one of the most notable and attractive features that this pair possesses is the option to have the Ray-Ban 3025’s made into prescription glasses. You can have these sunglasses made into glasses suitable for near and far-distance reading for an extra fee, and you can make them bifocals.
The gold frames and gunmetal green-tinted lenses on the Ray-Ban Aviator 3025’s are attractive to consumers as they offer a military appeal. If you want a pear-shaped frame, you’re in luck, as this pair is specifically designed to provide a quirky take on the classic aviator style. Additionally, the double bridged frame is durable and has a sleek look without it being flimsy.
2. Tom Ford Polarized Square Sunglasses
Tom Ford is easily one of the greatest and most recognizable name brands in the world. This company is well known for its incredible attention to detail and supremely made fashionable lenses and frames. If you buy the Tom Ford Polarized Arnaud Square Sunglasses, you’ll have a pair that is specifically designed to the specifications of an authentic 21st century luxury brand.
These polarized sunglasses have the signature T-bar inlays that give the pair a genuinely retro vibe. The frames are dark black with silver detailing and the color of the tint is smoke. Additionally, the lens width is 2.08 inches, the temple length is 5.7 inches, and the bridge width is 0.8 inches.
One of the most significant features that the Tom Ford Polarized Arnaud Square sunglasses are equipped with is the excellent protection against glare. They offer 100% UV protection because of a special coating. Unlike other brands, this protective coating doesn’t blur your vision but provides you with superior clarity.
3. Knockaround Fort Knocks Sunglasses
If you want a decent pair of sunglasses that are value for money, you may want to have a look at the classically designed, form-fitting Knockaround Fort Knocks sunglasses. You’ll find these sunglasses to be incredibly well priced. Arguably they are also almost certainly one of the most durably designed injection molded sunglasses on the market.
Unlike other sunglasses, the Knockaround Fort Knocks sunglasses are produced in multiple hues that are brightly colored with many lens and frame options that will let you match your shades to your personality.
Additionally, each pair is specifically manufactured to be unisex, and there is even the option to completely customize your design and lens color. These sunglasses will also suit larger face shapes because of their timeless design that includes logo detailing on each arm.
We mentioned before that these frames are incredibly tough, and there are two features, in particular, that back up this statement. The Knockaround Fort Knocks Sunglasses are made with impact-resistant lenses and have a specially formulated lens finish that provides UV400 protection.
4. Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses
Sunglass style has come a long way in recent years, with more sunglasses becoming an increasingly popular fashion accessory for many different occasions. One of the best types of sunglasses to rock if you’re a sportsman who spends hours outdoors at a time is the Oakley Holbrook 009102’s.
The Oakley Holbrook 009102 sunglasses have a lightweight and durable design, which is ideal for those who are participating in activities while wearing them. Although the frames have a sporty look, they feature stylish full-rimmed frames with a lens width of 2.17 inches, a lens height of 0.71 inches, a bridge width of 0.71 inches, and a temple length of 5.39 inches.
Uniquely the Oakley Holbrook 009102 sunglasses have a futuristic design characterized by their solid black frames and blue anti-glare tinted lenses. If you want to be noticed while participating in an outdoor activity, these sunglasses will definitely draw the eye of those within your vicinity. If blue lenses aren’t to your liking, you will be pleased to learn that you can also choose between more than five other colors.
5. Warby Parker Fletcher Sunglasses
Some people prefer their sunglasses to have a modern look with clean lines that draws inspiration from 80s fashion culture. If you enjoy this style, you may want to look at the hand-polished cellulose acetate Warby Parker Fletcher sunglasses.
Warby Parker is known for its quality eyewear. The Fletcher sunglasses have an uber sleek design and come in three different color choices. These sunglasses are incredibly versatile as they also come in three different frame sizes. You can choose between medium, wide, and extra-wide, so you likely won’t have any issue finding the perfect frame for your face.
Some of the most mention-worthy features these stylish sunglasses are equipped with include akulon-coated screws that increase durability, scratch-resistant lenses that block 100% of UV rays, and the non-prescription lenses option is made from CR-39 for maximum clarity.
Additionally, if you opt to have prescription lenses with your Warby Parker Fletcher sunglasses, you can fit progressive or reader lenses. These prescription lenses are made from polycarbonate, which is the most impact-resistant material for sunglasses. In fact, the brand is so confident in the lens’s durability, they offer an exclusive 12 month no-scratch lens guarantee.
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6. Sunski Seacliff Sunglasses
Sometimes, there is no avoiding regular wear and tear, and it can become costly to continuously replace your sunglasses every summer. With the Sunski Seacliff polarized sunglasses, you won’t have this worry.
When you own a pair of Sunski Seacliff sunglasses, you’ll be covered by the brand’s industry-leading forever warranty. This warranty will cover your glasses forever, whereby if you break them under regular use, the brand will replace or fix them for you, which is incredibly convenient.
However, it’s unlikely you’ll need to utilize this warranty as the Seacliff sunglasses by Sunski have passed the FDA basic impact test and offer UV400 protection. Those who are environmentally conscious will likely love that the Sunski Seacliff sunglasses are made from superlight recycled frames.
Additionally, you will have the choice of two different frame sizes and can opt to purchase them in either a small or medium. Depending on your face shape, these could provide the perfect fit. Another vital aspect to consider is sunglass lenses. With the Sunski Seacliff sunglasses, you will have highly fashionable, non mirrored grey tinted lenses.
Moreover, these frames are not only environmentally friendly but also provide an all-day comfortable fit. The modern rectangular design and neutral color choices guarantee they will match any outfit you put together.
7. Le Specs Oh Boy Gradient Round Sunglasses
The circular sunglasses design is likely to never go out of fashion with celebrities, musicians, and artists still opting to wear this classic vintage style. The Le Specs Oh Buoy gradient round sunglasses offer a fresh take by adding a touch of glamour to their indulgent circular frame.
Le Specs Oh Buoy sunglasses are comfortable to wear despite their shape. They have a lens width of 2.04 inches, a bridge width of 0.74 inches, and a temple length of 1.57 inches. Additionally, they are unisex and compatible with most face shapes.
These sunglasses are suitable for everyday use because they are stylish and because they are designed with materials that ensure they are durable. The lenses have a gradient tint, are shatterproof, scratch-resistant, and provide 100% UV protection. Additionally, the black frames offer a seamless design and are made with robust Tritan plastic.
8. Oliver Peoples Circular Sunglasses
If you want a pair of luxury sunglasses manufactured explicitly in Italy, you may like the Oliver Peoples Circular sunglasses. With sunglasses like these, you’ll exude elegance because of their olive green lenses and transparent frames, which is not often seen in sunglass designs.
The Oliver People Circular Italian luxury sunglasses frames are suited to smaller face shapes because of their measurements. The lenses have a diameter of 1.9 inches, a bridge length of 0.9 inches, and an arm length of 5.7 inches.
Rectangular frames are often overrated, especially for smaller face shapes. That’s why if you like your sunglasses to be smaller in size or if you want to change up your look, you should consider these circular framed sunglasses by Oliver Peoples.
If you’re not entirely won over yet, you might be after learning that they have a 100% acetate composition. This makes them durable without taking away from their uber elegant appearance.
9. Mykita Boost Square Sunglasses
Square sunglasses give a very no-nonsense vibe that manages to be both captivating and intimidating. The Mykita Boost square sunglasses are perfect for those wanting to show off their fashion savvy mindset. These spectacular sunglasses are uniquely designed with bar cutouts on the sides to draw attention to your eyes and keep the spotlight on you.
The frames on the Mykita Boost square sunglasses are solid black and feature straight arms with curved tips. Additionally, the lenses are also tinted black and durable. Square frames are incredibly flattering, and the Mykita Boost, in particular, works well for those who love an oversized look.
You will notice that the lens diameter is an impressive 2.12 inches, with an arm length of 5.5 inches and a bridge width of 0.72 inches. Moreover, as an added benefit, when you’re not using your sunglasses, you can easily store them in a protective case that comes with the product when you purchase it.
10. Persol Steve McQueen Aviator Sunglasses
Should you like the aviator sunglasses design but also want to express your quirkiness and creative style, the Steve McQueen Aviator sunglasses by the brand Persol may be ideal. With these leopard-framed sunglasses, you could be the talk of the town.
However, if leopard print isn’t quite to your tastes, you can choose a different frame theme as there are luckily more than five to choose between. These Steve McQueen aviator sunglasses are produced with a lens diameter of 2.12 inches, a bridge of 0.82 inches, and an arm’s length of 5.51 inches. With these measurements, the sunglasses will provide a snug fit for most, and they are unlikely to fall off your face which is always a bonus.
Notably, the Steve McQueen aviators have a durable acetate plastic frame composition and bright blue polarized glass lenses coated with a specially formulated UV coating. Not only will this coating protect your eyesight, but it will also ensure your sunglasses stand the test of time.
There are many types of sunglass styles that suit different face shapes. Below are a few of the most popularly bought sunglass designs. We have also given a brief description of each so that you can properly decide which style would best suit you.
- Aviator or pilot design: This simple style is characterized by a teardrop lens design and usually has a distinctive metal frame. Interestingly they became popular because real-life aviators and pilots were wearing them.
- Cat-eye: Nowadays, the cat-eye sunglasses shape isn’t only suited to women. Many brands manufacture unique cat-eye frames for men. Cat-eye frames are distinctive because of their feline appearance.
- Butterfly: Sunglasses with the butterfly lens shape are often large and oversized. Butterfly lenses cover most of one’s face, which provides ample coverage against the sun.
- Rectangular: It may sound like an odd lens shape, but it is still one of the most popular. The rectangular shape of the lenses characterizes rectangular sunglasses. These sunglasses are also usually thicker and broader near the lens area.
- Round: If you want to make a fashion statement, you should consider round sunglasses. Round sunglasses have circular lenses that often only cover around the area of the eye. If you have a smaller face, it can highlight a narrow jawline.
- Wayfarer: Classified by a thick frame and trapezoidal lens shape, wayfarer sunglasses have long been a timeless go-to look. This style of sunglasses is known for its versatility, and the form of the lenses usually suits most face shapes.
- Square: Square-framed sunglasses are perfect for adding balance to a narrow jawline. They are also great at giving a round face a hint of angles. Oversized square sunglasses have become increasingly popular for those wanting an edgy and incognito look.
Purchasing a new pair of sunglasses can be an exciting but complicated process. If you don’t pick the right pair, you could end up with a style you hate and waste money. You shouldn’t worry too much, though, as we have listed below a few pointers you should keep in mind when you go sunglasses shopping.
If you look out for the below-mentioned points, you will likely end up with a pair of sunglasses that matches your personality and needs.
- Bigger frames are better: The bigger your sunglasses frame, the more coverage and protection you will receive from the sun. Additionally, bigger sunglasses can help balance your face or highlight the angles you have.
- Polarized lenses are ideal for cutting glare: Contrary to popular belief buying a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses will not protect you better from the harmful effects of UV rays. However, a polarized lens will prevent the glare from reflective surfaces from hitting your eyes. This is incredibly handy for those who spend time outdoors and those who often drive in sunny conditions.
- Look for 100% UV protection: Although it may cost you more in the long run, buying a pair of 100% UV protection sunglasses will be highly beneficial to preserving your eyesight. Look out for a sticker, tag, or online description that stipulates that the sunglasses you are interested in are protective against 100% of UV rays.
In the past, sunglasses were not an essential fashion accessory, but that has changed with the many styles that have become available. Sunglasses are almost a fashion staple item in the modern world because they come in numerous different colors, textures, and materials. You can match a pair of sunglasses with any outfit including, beachwear, formal wear, casual wear, and sport wear.
The Best Golf Pants for Men Who Hit the Greens Regularly
Every guy who’s into golf knows that warmer weather and longer days make for great times on the green. Regardless of how much you know about golf, it’s no secret that clothing means a lot more when hitting the golf course than compared to most sports. Though stereotypical golf attire may come off as a bit too prep for some, there are several options that are nothing of the sort, and actually work in a player’s favor in terms of both function and fashion.
Seasoned golfers know that feeling good and playing good tend to go hand in hand, meaning a regular pair of jeans or athletic shorts just might not cut it when it comes to having a good game. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or a true and steadfast linksman, knowing your options when it comes to golf pants is imperative, hence why we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best golf pants for men who hit the greens regularly!
1. Nike Dri-FIT UV Golf Chino
Out of all the golf pants available, the Nike Dri-FIT UV Golf Chino pants take the cake as our overall best pick due to their fit and flair. These sweat-wicking, stretchy cotton and polyester pants are perfectly designed and comfy and will have you on the top of your game.
The Nike Dri-FIT UV Golf Chino’s are slightly tapered, giving them a more professional and formal look so that you can look just as good as you play. They also come in a decent array of colors, however, the “Healing Jade” color is probably our favorite. It’s both unique and eye-catching, making it the perfect pair of pants for putting on the green.
2. Peter Millar Durham Performance Trouser
Our premium choice for golf pants is hands down the Peter Millar Durham Performance Trouser. This bestselling pair of trousers boasts high-performance polyester woven twill fabric that’s both comfortable and full of quality. The fabric of these Peter Millar Durham trousers allows for maximum mobility, giving you the best range of motion for your swing.
In addition, they also feature quick-dry and moisture-wicking technology, ensuring you will remain cool and dry on the course. With a classic fit and flat-front design, you’re sure to love the way you look and feel in these premium pants.
3. Royal & Awesome Golf Pants
While gold attire does tend to fall on the pricier side of the spectrum, there are some great, money-conscious options available. For example, the Royal & Awesome Golf Pants from Amazon run between $52.49 – $80.90, making them our pick for best “bang for your buck.”
These golf pants also come in a very diverse arrangement of colors and patterns, making them a practical yet fun pick for a guy wanting to show off his style and protect his wallet. Being that these pants are mostly cotton with a touch of spandex, they are not as stretchy as some of the other options. However, if you’re looking for a solid pair of pants for some lighthearted play, these are sure to do the job (in style).
4. Under Armour Golf Rain Pants
If you’re the kind of golfer who sticks out 18-holes no matter if it’s rain, hail, or shine, then the Under Armour Golf Rain Pants are a must-have for your closet. These UA golf pants are 100% waterproof and breathable, and they even feature windproof construction in order to truly keep sheltered from the elements.
In addition to repelling water and keeping you dry, the pants are also lined with super-soft brushed fleece in order to maintain warmth and comfort. The fabric is 2.5-layer bonded for extra protection, yet the pants remain lightweight and out of the way. They only come in one color which is black, and while they do look a bit more on the casual side, it doesn’t get much better in terms of functionality.
5. Stateapparel Clubhouse Pants
If you’re a more serious player, then the Stateapparel Clubhouse Pants will certainly stick out to you. These lightweight golf pants were designed specifically with professional US Open golfers in mind, meaning they have everything from the four-way mechanical stretch for optimal mobility, to a special wiping element in the pockets for cleaning your clubs and hands without hassle.
While the Stateapparel Clubhouse Pants are durable in any climate or weather pattern, they thrive best in the heat, keeping the player cool and content while swinging a golf club in 80+ degree weather. These professional-grade pants are a quality bargain worth taking part in.
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6. Polo Ralph Lauren Mid-Rise Twill Slim-Leg Trousers
Ralph Lauren continues to impress with their versatile pair of Mid-Rise Slim-Leg Trousers. These golf pants are made out of 100% polyester, giving them a very thin yet roomy feel. While they work great for going out on the green, these black pocketed trousers can also be worn during the day for work or even during a casual night out.
They’re a bit more basic and plain than some other options, but this understated look is necessary for certain occasions, even in golf. Having a pair or two of these isn’t a bad idea for anyone needing a little more fluff in their golfing wardrobe.
7. Adidas Ultimate365 3-Stripes Tapered Pant
The Adidas Ultimate365 3-Stripes Tapered Pants are a bit more unconventional in terms of style and look, however, they are great for hitting the golf course. With a stretchy material that allows for unrestricted movement and fabric managing moisture, these tapered pants work great for either heat or humidity. They come in a few different colors, though their navy option tends to be the most popular.
The style is a bit unique, looking like a very even cross between a pair of athletic pants and work pants, meaning that if you do it properly, you have the option to either dress them up or down. The Adidas Ultimate365 3-Stripes Tapered Pants are also on the more affordable side, making them great for those paying hefty green fees.
8. Bonobos Highland Tour Golf Pants
Bonobos Highland Tour Golf Pants are a grade-A option all around. From style to quality to comfort, these golf pants really set the standard for what should be worn while playing this beloved sport. With more than eight different colors to choose from, the Highland Tour Golf Pants from Bonobos feature flex panels, shirt grippers, and even UPF protection, meaning they do a whole lot more than simply look good.
According to most of the reviews, these pants are also extremely comfortable, meaning they are also a great transitional pair of pants for those needing to rush around from the course to elsewhere without much time in between.
9. Puma Jackpot 5 Pocket Golf Pants
Another great value pair of golf pants comes from the athletic brand, Puma. The Puma Jackpot 5 Golf Pants have been named “the best pants we’ve ever made” by Puma themselves, meaning there must be something worthwhile to them.
These golf pants are available in some of the best color options, from orange to mint green, making a wonderful pair of pants to own in more than one color. With moisture-wicking technical fabric and a mesh stretch waistband, these pants go beyond style and check the boxes for support and practicality as well. These pants are also great for both work and golf, and Puma even makes shorts with the same exact color options and material for those really hot days.
10. Linksoul Chino Boardwalker Pant
If you’re looking to go green as you hit the green, then Linksoul’s Chino Boardwalker Pants are the perfect eco-friendly and sustainable item to add to your closet. Linksoul’d Boardwalkers are made mostly from recycled polyester found in discarded plastic water bottles.
These high-performance, four-way stretch pants are finished with a saltwater wash in order to bring added comfort and smoothness to their innovative design. Though the color options are a bit more neutral, having a couple of different pairs will make for a solid selection when you visit the range.
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Golf Pants FAQs
Investing in high-quality golf pants means giving yourself the highest level of comfort and function as you play a precise game. In addition, golf pants tend to last longer and be better suited for sudden weather changes, something that sometimes happens while in the middle of an 18-hole game.
The simple answer is, yes! While some men might prefer to keep their golf pants separate, most golf pants are extremely comfortable and nice looking, making them very tempting to wear on a daily basis. Plus, you won’t have to change before hitting the green after getting off work!
It is important to stick with golf pants that offer four-way stretch. These will offer you the greatest amount of flexibility and movement as you twist and swing. If possible, it’s also nice to have a pair that’s also waterproof, just in case you encounter poor weather during a long game.