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ShedRain Umbrellas Luggage Windjammer Jumbo Vented Auto Open Umbrella, Navy, One Size
ShedRain Umbrellas Luggage Windjammer Jumbo Vented Auto Open Umbrella, Navy, One Size
Price: $23.45
2 used & new from $15.27

2.0 out of 5 stars Bad in wind, July 15, 2014
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This was a good umbrella for a gentle rain but once a wind came up, it was useless. A not-strong gust of wind turned it inside out. Then as I continued to use it in the ensuing months, it turned inside out even more easily. I began to notice bits of wire hanging down from the ribs. The "wind vent" on top was useless as it did not channel wind away (which is what I presume it was meant for).


Next Generation Remote Control Extender
Next Generation Remote Control Extender
Offered by aSavings
Price: $37.00
39 used & new from $24.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Lath and plaster walls, June 30, 2014
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This works through thick (1920's era) lath and plaster walls as well as solid wood doors. I have the flying saucer located about twenty feet away and at least one wall and solid wood door and it works without a problem. I also used it about forty feet away and through at least one solid wood door and two walls without a hitch.

Set up was easy with an existing Yamaha stereo receiver remote using the AA size battery. The adhesive on the little purple transmitter may not be the best as mine has fallen off at least once, but that can be fixed easily (a little Sugru maybe?).

I had a similar set up from about twenty years ago that finally stopped working. My experience with that set up was that battery strength was important. When the battery started to fade, the reception started to fade as well. With two batteries it will be easy to swap.

I had put off buying this because of the negative reviews but that was a mistake.


RHA MA750 Noise Isolating Premium In-Ear Headphone- 3 Year Warranty
RHA MA750 Noise Isolating Premium In-Ear Headphone- 3 Year Warranty
Price: $119.95
13 used & new from $108.20

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gym, February 25, 2014
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For years I've used the Etymotic 4s earphones ( and the Etymotic 6 before that ). These are earphones that insert deep into the ear and are very narrow, consequently they isolate outside sound very well. Gyms can be loud and there is a tendency to turn up the volume if there isn't sufficient isolation. The Etymotics also have a tough cord. Sweat can be surprisingly corrosive. Also, there can be unexpected tugging, so a tough cord is essential.

While the Etymotics have an excellent sound, esp. when connected through an amp, they just aren't much fun. By not much fun, I mean the Rolling Stones tend to sound just like Simon and Garfunkel. I've added the excellent Headstage amp that allows a bass boost. Also, the excellent FiiO X3 player allows for a bit of bass boost.

I ran across these new earphones and thought they looked like a likely alternative to the Etymotics. And they are.

The construction is top notch. Steel, not plastic, throughout. This makes them a bit heavy but the over-the-ear design avoids most problems with a heavy earphone.

The cord is thick, tough and tangle free. It seems as if it will withstand sweat and tugs at the gym. More important, no microphonics. Microphonics is the noise some cords can make when they rub up against your shirt or flap against your chest while running. Microphonics are especially noticeable between songs and during soft passages. Very annoying. With these cords and the over-the-ear design, the microphonics are gone.

The over-the-ear design also provide stability. As noted, the design helps with the heavy steel earpieces. It also keeps the ear pieces in place while running, stair climbing,etc.

The cord has a steel plug with a coiled wire strain relief. Very unusual. The strain relief helps the cord from fraying from too much tugging at the plug.

If you are new to earphones, this earphone comes with an excellent set of tips. Try different ones to get the best fit. Personally, I like foam tips as they are most comfortable and isolate the best.

Sound is wonderful. Fun. Bassy without being overwhelming. Good range. The treble is a bit rolled off, esp. with foam tips but that can be compensated for.


Fiio Silicone case for FiiO X3 - Black
Fiio Silicone case for FiiO X3 - Black
Offered by Emusic Enterprise
Price: $6.99
7 used & new from $6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light weight, February 21, 2014
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Very light weight, which is good because you can feel the buttons easily.

The openings are wide, especially the headphone plug. I have a big plug and the case didn't get in the way of a snug plug.

The case is smooth enough that I can still slide it and out of my belt holster.


GSI Super Quality 3-In-1 Portable Outdoor Exercise Data Digital Compass - Professional Stopwatch And Thermometer - For Walking, Running, Jogging And All Outdoor Activities
GSI Super Quality 3-In-1 Portable Outdoor Exercise Data Digital Compass - Professional Stopwatch And Thermometer - For Walking, Running, Jogging And All Outdoor Activities
Offered by World Class Inc.
Price: $19.00
2 used & new from $18.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy and slow, February 20, 2014
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Bought this for cross country skiing. The thermometer takes a good fifteen minutes or so to adjust, to go from the fifties into the teens.

I keep hitting the buttons accidentally while trying to look at it.

Works well enough as a clock and compass.


Alpha 5512 Stainless Steel Stock Pot with Glass Lid, 12-Quart
Alpha 5512 Stainless Steel Stock Pot with Glass Lid, 12-Quart
Price: $41.31
2 used & new from $36.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value pot for bulk liquids, February 20, 2014
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We bought this after a favorable Cook's Illustrated review (the current CI listing says it is discontinued, but here it is as of 2/2014). We have All-Clad and Kitchen-Aid dutch ovens for soups, etc. but wanted a pot for stock and pasta.

This pot works well for that. We haven't used for "cooking" per se, just boiling, so I can't say anything about whether tomato sauces will stick or burn on the bottom. Pasta water came to a boil fairly quickly. Filled about half full, on a large gas burner, it took fifteen minutes to come to a boil. This seemed fast to me. After it came to a boil I didn't need it immediately and turned off the burner for about ten or fifteen minutes. The pot retained the heat well and came back up to a boil in a few minutes.

We noticed the biggest difference between this pot and the dutch ovens later. After cooking the pasta, we combined the cooked pasta and sauce back in the pot and served right out of the pot at the table (hey, it's family!). The pasta and sauce retained heat much longer than with the dutch ovens. A plus in our book.

If you think that the pot is too big, think again. The advantage of this size pot is filling it 1/3 or 1/2 full for cooking pasta without having the water boil over. While you can't leave the lid on after the boil, the pasta water never boils over the edge. This makes it easier to stir and the pasta probably cooks more evenly because it can circulate in the post more easily.

Otherwise, the handles seem OK. I still used potholders. They do stick out from the side of the pot more than most. The lid is glass and seems sturdy enough. It does have a small steam hole. As noted above, the steam hole was not enough to keep the lid from coming off while cooking pasta.


Glider Gloves - Winter Style Touch Screen Gloves (Black), Warm Touchscreen Compatiable Gloves for Iphone and Android (Large)
Glider Gloves - Winter Style Touch Screen Gloves (Black), Warm Touchscreen Compatiable Gloves for Iphone and Android (Large)
Offered by accessories4america
Price: $24.99
5 used & new from $24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Size up, February 14, 2014
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Usually I'm between a male large and medium glove. I bought the large and while I could put the glove on my hand, the fingers were too short. Bought the x-large and they fit perfectly, a little snug but that is how they are designed.

The quality seems good. They have a short wrist cuff, for better or worse.

The ability to use on touch devices is good once you understand that you have to use the pad of your finger, not the tip.


Antennas Direct C2-V-CJM ClearStream 2-V Long Range UHF/VHF Indoor/Outdoor DTV Antenna with 20-Inch Mount
Antennas Direct C2-V-CJM ClearStream 2-V Long Range UHF/VHF Indoor/Outdoor DTV Antenna with 20-Inch Mount
Offered by Beach Audio
Price: $99.99
9 used & new from $79.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more cable bills!!!, February 14, 2014
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Our basic cable bill climbed from less than $10 a month to $30, and this just for local stations and CSpan.

Bought this and put it on my garage roof. Easy to install. Pointed it west, in the direction of most of my local towers (one tower is to the north). Scanned on the TV and picked up all the stations immediately.


Hydro Flask Narrow Mouth Drinking Bottle, Lychee Red, 24-Ounce
Hydro Flask Narrow Mouth Drinking Bottle, Lychee Red, 24-Ounce
Price: $24.19
21 used & new from $21.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Klean Kanteen equivalent, February 14, 2014
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I had the 20 ounce Klean Kanteen insulated bottle but lost it. The Klean Kanteen model has a wide mouth and is a bit shorter and wider. Also, the Klean Kanteen outside finish is smooth while the Hydro Flask seems a bit rough (intentionally, I assume).

I put a sippy cup type lid on the Klean Kanteen and routinely filled it at the gym's bubbler before an hour workout on the stair climber/elliptical. The water seemed to warm up before the end of the hour. In contract, with Hydro Flask I don't use any lid and the water is noticeably cooler for longer. This could be due to the narrow mouth and narrower design. Also, 20 ounces just wasn't enough water for me and the 24 ounce size is just the perfect amount.

The Klean Kanteen sport lid/spout does not work on the narrower HydroFlask opening, however, the narrow opening makes it easy to drink straight from the bottle. Since the bottle just sits in the machine's holder, the lack of any cap hasn't been an issue. Also, as many have noted, the sippy cup type lid for the Klean Kanteen did develop an odd smell, despite regular rinsing and cleaning, so I don't miss that.

While I do wish HydroFlask would develop some sort of sport cap for their narrow opening bottle, it does work very well without one.


Fintie Folio Case for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and All-New Kindle Paperwhite (6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light) Book Style with Auto Sleep/Wake Feature - Black
Fintie Folio Case for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and All-New Kindle Paperwhite (6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light) Book Style with Auto Sleep/Wake Feature - Black
Offered by Fintie
Price: $11.99
4 used & new from $6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars At the gym, January 27, 2014
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At the gym. I use the Kindle while using aerobic equipment at the gym, such elliptical and stair climber machines (not a treadmill, although I think these comments would still apply). This was a switch from checking out large print books from the library. I've used a silicone case, the Fintie and Omotion. Of these, the Fintie works best. The silicone case worked well in that the silicone kept the Kindle from moving much. However, it did not span the two shelves some machines have and did not cover up some of the readouts (which I like to do, makes the time go quicker). The Omotion does span the shelves, but the hinge does allow the two sides to sag a bit. The problem with the Omotion is that the relatively slick surface allows the case to move along the shelf. The Fintie has enough grippiness to keep the case in place, span two shelves without sagging (the spine in stiffer).

That being said, I'll still probably use the Omotion because it slips into my Timbuck3 case (and a padded Belkin case) better than the other two. The silicone case is just too sticky and the Fintie is too bulky. The Omotion just slides right in. I use a case to avoid damage to the Kindle from dropping, etc. going back and forth from the gym and while at the gym. I'll just use a big rubber band to keep the Omotion in place.


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