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Underrated Fiber Series: Yak Wool

by Justin Thomas •

Yak Wool Sweater

Similar to Bison wool, Yak wool is a very warm, lightweight and soft fiber. Yaks are primarily raised by nomadic Tibetan and Mongolian families. Their wool is combed (not shorn) once per year in the springtime when the animals shed their winter coat.

Underrated Fiber Series: Bison Wool

by Justin Thomas •

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In our underrated fiber series, we will be featuring products made with wool from alpacas, llamas, vicunas, bison, musk oxen, and yaks. Let’s start this series off by looking at Bison wool, which is harvested from buffalo in Colorado and South Dakota each spring, when the animals shed their fur. Bisons were almost driven to extinction, but today they are making …

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The Best Stereo Receiver Under $250: Harmon Kardon 3700

by Justin Thomas •

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Harmon Kardon, founded in 1953, helped create the high-fidelity audio industry, and today the company continues to produce great audio gear. Featured here is Harmon Kardon’s 3700 receiver, which has a clean, minimalist design. Selling for about $310, this receiver is really a high-end device at a budget price. Like all Harman Kardon stereo and A/V receivers, it incorporates the company’s long-standing high-current, ultrawide bandwidth amplifier …

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The Best Low-Flow Shower Head: Oxygenics SkinCare

by Justin Thomas •

Oxygenics Low Flow Shower Head

Low-flow shower heads can significantly reduce your household water consumption without a noticeable difference to your shower experience. The term “low flow” is generally defined as a shower head with a water consumption rate of 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute (gpm). I’ve tested about seven different low-flow shower heads, and the Oxygenics SkinCare Showerhead is my favorite, due to its invigorating …

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The Top Rated Waterproof Headphones

by Justin Thomas •

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Today, water lovers can bring their tunes with them and still get quality sound. Not just for swimmers, waterproof headphones are beneficial for all sports enthusiasts since they are also sweatproof and can be rinsed off after use. By reading reviews across the web (iLounge and CrunchGear are good sources), we’ve come up with a list of the top rated …

The Top Rated Tripod Flashlight: Joby GorillaTorch

by Justin Thomas •

Joby GorillaTorch

The Joby GorillaTorch is a LED lamp mounted on three flexible legs. The legs can be wrapped around a nearly object in order to hold the GorillaTorch in place while you work. The end of each leg has a rubberized, magnetic foot — this means you can also stick the GorillaTorch to metal surfaces.

Titanium iPhone Case By Snow Peak

by Justin Thomas •

Snow Peak Titanium iPhone Case

Snow Peak is a Japanese company that specializes in minimalist titanium tools for outdoor expeditions. Recently, they released a titanium iPhone 4 cover. Made from a single piece of titanium, the case weighs just 0.6 oz, and provides your iPhone 4 with a harder-than-steel protective back surface. It sells for about $120. You can also find iPhone cases made with CNC …

Buy It For Life: Whipcord Work Jacket By Filson

by Justin Thomas •

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Based in Seattle, Filson has been specializing in super-durable outdoor clothing since 1911. Their clothing is still made in the U.S., its designed to last for decades. They also guarantee all their products for life.

Buy It For Life: Inka Titanium Keychain Pen

by Justin Thomas •

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The Titanium Inka Pen is designed to be attached to a keychain. Weighing just 0.45 ounces, the pen’s case is constructed with aerospace-grade titanium, the and pen components are built from carbon fiber composite.

Buy It For Life: The Letter Carrier Bag By Moop

by Justin Thomas •

The Letter Bag By Moop

Moop is a small company that handcrafts bags in their studio in Pittsburg. Their Letter Carrier bag, featured here, is built from durable waxed canvas and lined in cordura. Waxed canvas is naturally water repellent and ages like leather.