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Tumi Journey 3 Pouch Set, Black, One Size
Tumi Journey 3 Pouch Set, Black, One Size
Price: $85.00
2 used & new from $55.94

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most useful travel accessories Tumi makes, January 11, 2015
This review is from: Tumi Journey 3 Pouch Set (Apparel)
Very durable, perfectly sized, strong zippers, and real attention to detail (example: leather tabs to grab to zip closed). And of course, great looking. But them in bulk when you find them. Highly recommended.

Saddleback Leather Messenger Bag in Tobacco Brown
Saddleback Leather Messenger Bag in Tobacco Brown
Offered by Saddleback Leather
Price: $389.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbreakable, beyond sturdy, highly distintive, oozes quality/ruggedness, November 5, 2014
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Massively overbuilt, well-designed, rugged looking, and with a terrific hand feel. Since most of the reviews capture the essence of this bag well, I'll focus on key things I most wanted to know but couldn't find in the other reviews:

1) Is it really heavy? That's not a deal breaker for me, but I was surprised, even knowing how well it built it was going to be, how heavy this bag is. It's hard to overstate how structurally put together the Saddleback messenger bag is, but this definitely adds considerable weight and even empty, it's a handful. It also makes all my other bags feel like cheap knock-offs. Not that I'm sorry one bit.

2) Is the inside finished enough? It seems lined with something, but the interior is NOT rough at all and comes with a (you guessed it) incredibly tough and good looking leather divider. It's a fully finished bag inside. Though no interior pockets.

3) Does it look rustic or refined in person? The review that said this bag looked like "Indiana Jones dug it up from the tomb of a Pony Express rider" got it the closest. This looks like a really serious piece of tough outdoor equipment, and not like a business bag at all. Again, good or bad depending on what you're looking for. The feel of it looks like you're about to pack your really heavy duty gear for the rodeo.

4) Buckles take genuine effort to operate. Will probably get better with age, but the buckles are really well built with tough leather going through them. It takes *real* force to unbuckle the main flap, so be advised.

5) The water bottle pockets are useful for many things, but probably not for liquids other than in a very small bottle.

In the end, you simply won't believe the thing when you see it or pick it up. Its presence takes over any space it sits in, it's that distinctive, so be ready for it. Would definitely buy again. Hope that helps!

ECOXGEAR - ECOROX Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
ECOXGEAR - ECOROX Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Price: $73.95
78 used & new from $40.72

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, size, and battery life, but failed after 2nd use, June 4, 2014
After the second use, the USB power port on the back of the device pushed in and the device was unchargeable. Looking at the other reviews here, this seems to be a common problem. Despite being advertised that it is, rugged the ECOROX is NOT, since this port is going to be the biggest point of mechanical wear for the speaker. The manufacturer keeps commenting here that it can be sent back under warrantee when this happens. But I note they also fail to indicate the design flaw is fixed, so it would just happen again with the next unit IMO.
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Kata D-Light LighTri-310 Torso-Pack -Black
Kata D-Light LighTri-310 Torso-Pack -Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Great lightweight mirrorless camera sling, November 12, 2013
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Most camera slings are giant bags that don't work for mirrorless shooters. Thus a compact sling like the Kata LightTri-310 is highly desirable to make the most of the size advantages that mirrorless cameras make possible. Since everyone's requirements vary, I'll state mine clearly: I wanted a sling that keeps both my hands free when I'm not shooting, is waterproof or covered in case I get caught out in the rain, is just big enough for a mirrorless camera (I have a NEX-6), a lens, lens cleaning supplies, and a spare battery. Finally, it had to be high quality, look good, have usable ergonomics, and be durable. I ordered and sent back quite a few bags until I found this little gem.

Since the pros and cons have been covered well in other reviews, I'd just add that this is not for shooters with lots of equipment or complex needs. It is, however, ideal for maximizing the all-day comfort and quality that the mirrorless camera revolution has brought to photogs everywhere. It fits essentials and gets out of the way, and will likely last. Would buy again.

Vornado Zippi Personal Fan, Black
Vornado Zippi Personal Fan, Black
Offered by toolboxsupply
Price: $16.99
22 used & new from $9.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not for traveling, May 30, 2013
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Thought this would be perefect for our travels in Southeast Asia this year, where temps rarely fall below 90 degrees, even at night.

Unfortunately, the fan worked for about 10 minutes and then quit, never to work again. Upshot: It's designed for 110V US voltage only, and will not work in most places in the world. Having built an extensive travel electronics collection for travel, I haven't seen a 110V only device in a decade. Buyer beware, this is not for travel use!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent natural salt, December 20, 2012
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Loved the dispenser and the story behind the salt itself. Even better is the taste, very nuanced, mellow, and not overly salty. The nutritional value over and above pure, refined table salt makes sense and this has to be better for your body.

The Chomolungma Diaries: What a commercial Everest expedition is really like (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 17)
The Chomolungma Diaries: What a commercial Everest expedition is really like (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 17)
Price: $0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Everest expedition narrative, December 20, 2012
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While you won't find excessive drama or death on the mountains up close in Mark's book, it's certainly the best blow-by-blow of a modern climb of Everest by a real climber you'll find for the price. Personally, I found the details of both the climb logistics itself as well as the interpersonal stories of the team members to be a greatly entertaining and informative. Plenty of dry humor, human interest, and climbing lore for those that relish the details of what it's really like. In short, those looking for a sensational Everest climbing account won't find it here. Instead, those looking for an interesting page turner that's actually worth some study for what it tells you about the real experience and mechanics high altitude climbing will be rewarded.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar new GPS watch, October 14, 2012
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I've long wanted a watch with GPS tracking but the reviews on how poor most of them were in terms of GPS effectiveness, build quality, or feature set has kept me on the fence. Until now. I finally took the plunge and bought the Suunto Ambit in silver and so far have been quite impressed. The watch is as high quality as they say and the firmware updates have brought the features up to the level where it's truly useful. The Ambit now stands apart from virtually all other GPS watches.

While I've only had this a short while, here's how I think the watch breaks down:


- Very solid build quality with metal case, resin band, high-end non-slip metal buttons, and metal clasp. Best of Suunto's ABC watches by a good margin.
- Extremely comfortable. Another reviewer said the band is uncomfortable, however I have narrow wrists too and this watch fits perfectly.
- Frequent firmware updates that add features, including what looks to be an app store soon. So the watch gets better even after you buy it. Suunto's commitment here should be highly commended.
- Instant GPS fixes, even inside buildings. The SiRF star IV chipset they use is as impressive as they say.
- Ability to add points-of-interest right in watch.
- All the standard ABC features of a Suunto sensor watch.
- Matching Web site to manage and archive GPS data, watch settings, and other data.
- USB charging. One of the truly great features of this GPS watch that makes it genuinely backcountry-ready. No more remembering to pack extra watch batteries. Solar charging is both possible and easy.


- Temperature sensor is useless and inaccurate while the watch is worn. Provides some utility if you hang it in your tent out of the sun however. No different than any other watch with this feature though.
- Web site is awkward and hard to use. Movescount could be much better and hopefully they'll improve it. I find it quite difficult to navigate, the features are still limited, but it has a lot of potential to be sure, especially around data sharing.
- Charging cable is non-standard on the watch side and is one extra thing you must remember to pack. Lose it and you can't charge your watch until you replace the cable. Nike got this right on their GPS watch by putting a standard USB plug right in the band and not using a cable.
- Charging cable doesn't hold the watch well. At least on mine, it comes loose quite easily and doesn't charge, with just a simple nudge.

Overall the cons are minor and some of them can be fixed. I suspect the charging cable is the problem and not the watch itself. I do worry about the user replaceability of the lithium battery. But since I rarely have exhausted the charging lifetime of any battery powered device, it's probably not a big deal. Overall, the watch fits great, looks great, and works great and is very much meeting expectations. I'll post an update after I use it on a few big trips.
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Jumbo Bin 120 Bottle Wine Rack -Mahogany
Jumbo Bin 120 Bottle Wine Rack -Mahogany

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding large capacity wine rack, April 8, 2012
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It's hard to find a wine storage rack that both looks good and can really hold a lot of bottles. We cellar most of our wine and this rack looks phenomenal and it holds all the wine with minimum sagging and bulging of the wood. The only knock on it is that it comes tightly packed in styrofoam which sticks to the wood which has a rough surface. Note that although this is a nice espresso color (unlike most blond wood wine racks), it's not finely finished to a polish, but matte finished and is slightly rustic. In other words, it looks terrific in the cellar, much better than any I've seen, but will look a little out of place in a modern kitchen lets say, with shiny appliances. For the money, it can't be beat. Am buying more of them as I write this, a year after the first purchase.

Enduring Patagonia
Enduring Patagonia
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true climber's climber explores his life and his climbs, March 18, 2012
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The best book on climbing, and life's choices, I've read this year. Highly recommended if you want to combine the inner exploration of what's possible with your life with an unconventional story arc on life's purpose and meaning. Gregory Crouch walked away from it all, went climbing, and ended up with so much more in return. We could all learn a lot from his experience.

Book is notable for some of the best, highly detailed, humorous, and incredibly well written climbing stories along with what it really takes mentally and physically to climb some of the world's toughest peaks. Virtually every page is filled with climbing lore, philosophy, and hard core stories. When it's not, it's about the intrepid life of Gregory Crouch, who took an unconventional left turn on life's modern career path that has been amazingly fulfilling for him, and maybe less for most of us than we'd like to admit. About as good as it gets in climbing writing. Highly recommended.

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