James Lynch

James Lynch

Field Editor

James Lynch is Popular Mechanic’s Field Editor looking for stories across the U.S. about those building a better America. He’s passionate about the Erie Canal and the Apollo Space Program. 

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The Best Tents for Camping and Backpacking

It's your mobile home away from home, so make sure it's a good one.

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One Day at Daytona: Behind the Scenes of NASCAR's Super Bowl

We went to the NASCAR's biggest race to see just what it takes to win

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This Machine Makes Canned Beer Taste Like Draft

I couldn't believe it, but the Fizzics actually works

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Therm-a-Rest's Hyperion Sleeping Bag Provides Tons of Warmth With Little Weight

At only 1lb. 40z., this sleeping bag is your next winter camping companion.

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The Best Rain Jackets for Keeping Dry

Rain doesn't stop the truly adventurous, but these jackets will make things more comfortable.

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Pack Me If You Want To Live: 28 Things You'll Need To Survive a Disaster (or Apocalypse)

Whether you're camping or waiting out the end of the world, here's the best gear to help you survive.

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How to Adjust Your Derailleur and Get Your Bike Shifting Like New

It looks complicated, but if you know how a derailleur works, you can fix many bike problems on your own.

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10 Stupendous Stouts You Ought To Drink This St. Patrick's Day

Few beers are more typically Irish than the stout, and few days are better for drinking them than St. Pattys

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We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now

Seniorhelpline helped make a documentary about everyones favorite drink: Beer. Preorder it now.

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Is an Outdoor Gear Subscription Worth It?

Cairn will deliver fun useful gear to your door at the start of each month.

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The Best Tactical Backpacks for Tackling Whatever Comes Your Way

For carrying what you need, when you absolutely need it.

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The Best Beanies for Keeping Your Head Warm

When the temperatures drop, these hats will add some warmth—and some style.

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The Best Gear From the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show

The best new stuff for making your outdoor adventures even better.

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PM Approved: Kickr Smart Bike Trainer

There are cheaper bike trainers out there, but none will feel as much like riding a bike as this.

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The Best Gear for Surviving the Next Winter Storm

Hunker down, stay warm, and make yourself a drink.

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What Fitbit Should I Get?

The differences, features, and price points of the popular athletic trackers.

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You Can Get $1,000 Off This New Rooftop Tent if You Buy Early

The iKamper X-Cover has a pre-order special, and it might be the right adventure tent for you.

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The Best Parkas for Surviving the Winter

Many coats stop at the waist. That's a problem.

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The Best Puffy Jackets for Tackling the Cold

For a lot of warmth in a packable jacket, it has to be a puffy. Here are our favorites.

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Adam Savage Is Back to Bust More Myths—This Time with Six Brilliant Kids

The host of the beloved Mythbusters returns with six new cohosts and a lot more fun on the new show Mythbusters Jr.

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What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia
Electric transportation is changing the American commute, replacing cars, trains, buses—even Uber. The names to know in the new era of …
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Buyer's Guide: How To Decide Between an Apple Watch and a Fitbit

If you're looking for a true smartwatch that can also handle your workouts, these two might be the most tempting.

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The Best Gear of the Year

PM's Gear Guy picks his favorite stuff from 2018.

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Late to the Party: Sous Vide

The techy kitchen gadget has been around for at least a decade. I don't like to rush things.

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The Best Action Cameras (That Aren't GoPros)

GoPros have become synonymous with "action cameras," but they're far from the only ones.

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The Best Fitness Watches for Tracking Your Workout

Keep track of time...and your workouts.

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Become a Wet-Weather Warrior with This Essential Rain Gear

When the weather is the worst, treat yourself to the best.