Buy It For Life: Classic Backpacks By Duluth Pack

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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. Based in Minnesota, Duluth Pack makes high durable work clothes (for both men and women), and classic bags. This is their Paul Bunyan Canoe Pack, made with 18 oz canvas in the U.S. It sells for $230. This is their classic Child's Backpack, constructed with 15-ounce canvas. It sells for … [Read more...]

The Best Water Filters For 2013

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In A Nutshell: Best Budget Water Filters Faucet-mounted and pitcher-style filters do not filter water particularly well. Based on our research, we recommend a countertop water filter like the New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System, or if your budget can afford it, there the Multi-Pure Countertop Filter, which was rated by Consumer Reports as the best countertop filter. If you prefer a filter that doesn't require installation, you can get a countertop drip filter, and we recommend … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

The Top Rated Bluetooth Speakers Of 2011

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Bluetooth technology allows you to wirelessly connect your digital music player, mobile phone, laptop, or tablet to external speakers, giving a big boost to the sound quality and volume of your device. Bluetooth speakers will also work with desktop computers and some home A/V equipment, but they are primarily designed with portability in mind. Some will fit in your pocket and have batteries that last all day. Once you complete a simple pairing process, any of our recommended Bluetooth … [Read more...]

Cheatsheet: The Top Rated Kitchen Products Of 2011

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Below is a compilation of the top rated kitchen products of 2011, based on the most credible reviews available. To compile this list we consulted the following review sites: Consumer Reports, Cooking.com, Real Simple, Money Magazine, Sweet Maria's and Coffee Geek. Small Appliances The Best Countertop Blender: The KitchenAid KSB560 The Best Hand Blender: Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender The Best Toaster: KitchenAid KTT340 The Best Toaster Oven: Breville Smart Oven The Best Bread … [Read more...]