Underrated Fiber Series: Yak Wool

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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. 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. Khunu offer a range of athletic clothing that is made with 100% Himalayan yak wool. Khunu is based in … [Read more...]

Underrated Fiber Series: Bison Wool

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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 a modest comeback, with several ranches raising Bison for their meat, and a few ranches harvesting their fiber as well. You can read … [Read more...]

Cheatsheet: The Top Rated Home Theater Equipment Of 2011

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Sometimes you just need the facts -- here is our cheatsheet listing all the top rated home theater equipment of 2011. This list is based on reviews we found on CNET, Amazon and Home Theater Review: A/V Receivers The Top Rated A/V Receiver Under $350: Onkyo TX-NR509 or Yamaha RX-V667 The Top Rated A/V Receiver $350-$400: Onkyo TX-NR609 or Pioneer VSX-1021-K The Top Rated A/V Receiver $400-$500:  Yamaha RX-V671BL The Top Rated A/V Receiver $500-$600: Denon AVR-1912 The Top Rated A/V … [Read more...]

The Best Stereo Receiver Under $250: Harmon Kardon 3390

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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 3390 receiver, which has a clean, minimalist design. Selling for about $210, 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 designs with discrete output transistors. As a … [Read more...]

The Best Low-Flow Shower Head: Oxygenics SkinCare

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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 spray. The technology behind Oxygenics is based on the Venturi Principle. As water enters the … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Waterproof Headphones

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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 waterproof headphones. H2O Audio Surge 2G Waterproof Headphones H2o Audio, an innovator in developing underwater accessories, has recently … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Tripod Flashlight: Joby GorillaTorch

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Joby GorillaTorch Top Review Sources: L.L.Bean customer rating: 5.0/5.0 (65+ reviews) ExpertReviews.co.uk: 4.0/5.0 “By far the most flexible and clever torch that we've ever reviewed” ePHOTOzine: 4.0/5.0 “Ideal for a wide range of applications” Amazon: 4.5 out of 5 stars (100+ reviews) 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 … [Read more...]

Cheatsheet: The Top Rated Portable Electronics Of 2011

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Here is our list of the top rated portable electronics of 2011. The review sources we consulted were: CNET, PC Magazine, Trusted Reviews, Consumer Reports, Digital Photography Review and Amazon reviewers. The Top Rated Portable Electronics Of 2011 Earbuds / Earphones The Top Rated Wireless Portable Earphone: Etymotic Research Ety8 The Top Rated Wired Portable Earphone: Etymotic hf5 Earphones The Top Rated Portable Noise-Cancelling Earphone: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC3 The Top Rated … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Grooming Tools For Men

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.   Groom Mate Nose Hair Trimmer The Groom Mate Nose Hair Trimmer is made with brushed stainless steel. The trimmer doesn't require any batteries -- instead you twist the bottom with a gentle motion, and the rotary blades cut ear or nose hair without the risk of injury. The trimmer received … [Read more...]

Titanium iPhone Case By Snow Peak

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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 machined aluminum -- Vapor Pro cases. … [Read more...]