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Weathermax All-weather Notepad (Pack of 3)
Weathermax All-weather Notepad (Pack of 3)

4.0 out of 5 stars A great pad most of the time but NOT for $8, August 1, 2015
This pad is a mixed bag...

The covers, front and back are made of 1.5 mm thick, rigid plastic. The outside back cover has inch and metric rullers and the inside of both covers has informatino useful to builder such as wood dimensions (who knew that a 1" thich board is actually 3/4") and the amount of paint a gallon will cover (for me that doesn't take into account my shoes, the floor, and eventually my face.

The paper is pretty special. You can soak a piece in a bucket of water and write on it a few minutes later.

However, there are a couple of problems.

Firstly, the paper works great with ballpoint pens, felt-tip pens, and, oddly, fountain pens. It is terrible with pencils. A sharpened pencil will poke right through and a broken pencil tip will tear it. A rounded pencil tip will work for as long as it stays rounded. I recommend staying away from pencils.

The other issue is the price. As was pointed out in another review, these can be had for $3 at your favorite hardware store. I got my at the Big Box one that isn't Home Depot.

For $3 these are a great value. For $8, what it works out to on Amazon as I'm writing this review, not so much.


SROCKER M302 Ultra-thin Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Rechargeable Silent Click Optical Mouse/Mice with 4 Buttons, Built-in 830mAh Battery and Nano USB Receiver for PC/Laptop/Tablet/all Bluetooth Devices (Black)
SROCKER M302 Ultra-thin Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Rechargeable Silent Click Optical Mouse/Mice with 4 Buttons, Built-in 830mAh Battery and Nano USB Receiver for PC/Laptop/Tablet/all Bluetooth Devices (Black)
Offered by SROCKER
Price: $17.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice, and reasonably priced Bluetooth Mouse, July 31, 2015
This mouse has a nice feel... much better than some admittedly less expensive Bluetooth mice I've tried recently. It paired quickly to my Dell laptop running Windows 8. (Don't blame me, it came that way.) There was an initial minor annoyance that after pairing the cursor would freeze up if I move the mouse too quickly. However, rebooting seems to have solved that problem.

The listing mutters something about a nano receiver. However, while there is space for one under the (removable) battery, it wasn't included with the review sample I received. Because of that I can't comment on its performance or even if you can expect one with your purchase. However, if your device is already Bluetooth enabled (and it isn't an iPad or iPhone) then you should be OK without it.


Shacke Luggage Tags with Genuine Leather Strap - Set of 2 (Honeycombs)
Shacke Luggage Tags with Genuine Leather Strap - Set of 2 (Honeycombs)
Offered by Shacke
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A novel, upscale luggage tag., July 31, 2015
These are definitely unique tags, at least until everyone starts buying them.

One thing I didn't realize, possible because I didn't read the listing carefully enough before agreeing to accept a set for review, is that these are not printed on a thin, yet durable sheet of plastic. (That's what I was expecting.)

These are different colored pieces of rubber, possible from recycled tires, glued to an even thicker sheet of rubber. That means each tag is thick, almost 1/4" in places. Each one also weighs about 1.1532 ounces (guess who just got a brand new scale). Neither of these is by no means a show stopper, and I only point it out, ​so you realize these are more than just colored patterns printed on a thin, yet durable sheet of plastic.

Speaking of the colors, the colors on the tags I receive are not quite as bright as those shown in the listing. Again, no big deal, so long as you realize these aren't the kind of thing that will jump out at you from 100 yards away.

Speaking of jumping out at you, you have a 50% chance of that not happening at all. One side of the tag has the pattern described. The other side is a plain frame that says, if you follow instructions by filling out the ID information and putting the card back face in, "SHACKE(r) Please Turn This Card Over For Bag Owner's Information." I think marketing is great and would have preferred if the back side of the ID card has something else printed. For example, the same pattern as is on the other side of the luggage tag.

The leather straps are leather and straps. It would have been nice if the manufacturer tossed in a couple 6'' Clear Plastic Luggage Loops so I had a choice. They're less than a dime each if you buy a bunch and are more secure.

(Am I in a surly mood today, or what?)

The manufacturer provided a set of tags at no cost so I could give you this review.


iGADGET® Top rated #1 Heavy Duty Reuseable Hook and Loop Velcro Strap, Hooks and Loops Velcro Tape, Velcro Cable Ties with ideal length to use as Double sided Electrical tape for wire cable tidy 20mm x 180mm - 10 Pack Black
iGADGET® Top rated #1 Heavy Duty Reuseable Hook and Loop Velcro Strap, Hooks and Loops Velcro Tape, Velcro Cable Ties with ideal length to use as Double sided Electrical tape for wire cable tidy 20mm x 180mm - 10 Pack Black
Offered by iGADGET
Price: $8.99
2 used & new from $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it's worth paying extra for quality. (and sometimes it's not), July 31, 2015
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Normally I use VELCRO - ONE-WRAP Thin Self-Gripping Cable Ties and was curious how these would stack up.

The iGadged ties are about 1/4" wider and 1" shorter.

The "other" wraps ​allow you to secure them to a strand of the cable you are wrapping and then wrap the entire bundle. The benefit is that when you unwrap the bundle the tie is still attached and won't get lost. The iGadget ties won't do that.

Each iGadget tie costs $0.60 for 10 and $0.45 if you buy 100. Amazon sells 100 of the "other" ties for $10, that's a dime each.

These ties feel more substantial and look more professional.

Bottom line: If it's work I'm doing for someone else and I want it to look polished (and especially if they are covering costs) then I would use the iGadget ties. However, for general, personal use (for me anyway) I would opt for the less expensive ties.


Ohuhu® 3-4 Person Tent with Carry Bag - Windproof, Waterproof and UV-proof Beach Tent, 96.5" x 57" x 43.3"
Ohuhu® 3-4 Person Tent with Carry Bag - Windproof, Waterproof and UV-proof Beach Tent, 96.5" x 57" x 43.3"
Offered by Ohuhu Direct
Price: $79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars You won't believe how easy it is to set this up; it's ready before you realize it, July 31, 2015
This tent arrived with a 1/2-page​ instruction sheet. I didn't bother looking at it. Turns out, they're not needed.

All you do is unroll the tent, unfold the four corners, lift the center, and... then... well, that's it. I honestly didn't believe it was finished. But there was nothing left to do unless I wanted to pound the four included stakes through the openings in the tent feet and into my basement floor. It took about a minute the first time because I was going slowly.

This isn't a tent I would use for camping any place except my back yard. It's not that it wouldn't work, I would just prefer something more durable for that. However, for the backyard, local overnight event, or a trip to the beach this is ideal. It's extra ideal when you remove the tent walls and just use the covering to keep you out of the sun.

The tent was provided at no cost or further obligation so I could give you this review.


Fridge-to-go Insulated Lunch Box Cooler for Kids w/Slim Ice Pack - Cools Up to 8 Hrs BPA-Free by GetBacktoBasix BLACK
Fridge-to-go Insulated Lunch Box Cooler for Kids w/Slim Ice Pack - Cools Up to 8 Hrs BPA-Free by GetBacktoBasix BLACK
Offered by GetBacktoBasix
Price: $27.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This lunchbox does what it is supposed to do perfectly. It's good for other reasons too, July 31, 2015
There are lots of padded, insulated, and cooled lunch boxes around. My daughter has many of them.

What makes this stand out is the cooling pack. It's huge, 8" x 9". That's the entire bottom of the bag (or side depending on how the bag is sitting... or standing... but you get the idea). What it means is there are not hot spots, everything is cooled evenly and thoroughly. It easily fits into a zippered compartment that further ensures everything is refrigerated properly.

Everything else about this bag is outstanding as well. For example, you get plenty of pockets:

- A small mesh pocket on the outside for a kid-sized waterbottle
- A velcro-sealed, gusseted pocket on the outside that expands to hold all manner of utensils, napkins, and snacks that don't need to be cooled.
- A zipper pocket on the outside to hold small items like change
- A mesh pocket o the inside to hold small snacks that do need to be cooled.

You also get a detachable shoulder strap. Some people like them and others don't; it's nice to have options.

The manufacturer provided this lunchbox at no cost or other obligation so I could give you this reveiw.


Mountaintop Outdoor Waterproof Cycling Hiking Climbing Backpack (Fire Red)
Mountaintop Outdoor Waterproof Cycling Hiking Climbing Backpack (Fire Red)
Offered by Mountaintop Outdoor Equipment Co.,LTD
Price: $60.00
2 used & new from $59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars This well designed for a hiker or biker, particularly a biker and especially for a cyclist, who commutes to work., July 31, 2015
What I like:

- I can access the huge main compartment from the top or, thanks to a separate opening, the bottom.

- The back and shoulder straps are well padded and provide lots of ventilation.

- It has a built-in, permanently attached, and easily accessed safety whistle.

- It's light weight.

- There are reflectors sewn into various parts of the bag.

- The exterior elastic straps can hold your bike helmet.

- Simple and appropriate design, a large main compartment for shoes and clothes, a smaller top compartment for a wallet, and two outside mesh compartments for water bottles.

About the only place this came up short for me, and it just me, is the bag doesn't have a lot of features, no pen loops or tablet storage. There are, however, *two* key hooks!

The manufacturer provided the backpack at no cost so I could give you this review.


Smart Weigh High Precision Digital Milligram Scale, with Case, Tweezers, Calibration Weights, Reloading, 50 x 0.001g
Smart Weigh High Precision Digital Milligram Scale, with Case, Tweezers, Calibration Weights, Reloading, 50 x 0.001g
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's accurate... It's precise... It's really good, July 31, 2015
I'm not going to dip my toe into the pool of definitions, such as accuracy vs. precision. All I know is that with this scale:

- It measures to lots of decimal points (this is precision, all else deals with accuracy) (OK, I dipped a little bit)

- Repeated, careful measurements of the same object yield the same weight withing 0.01 %

- Repeated, less careful measurements, say by placing the same object on different parts of the tray, results in​ the same weight within 0.01%

- The weight of a slightly heavier object results in a slightly greater weight. I accomplished that last trick by weighing one of the included 20 g weights, then touching it instead of using the included tweezers, and weighing it again. I was, in effect, seeing the weight of my fingerprint. (Or, at least the stuff left behind that gets detected as my fingerprint.)

Their design makes this scale far less sensitive to where it is placed, compared to the Smart Weigh GEM20 High Precision Digital Milligram Scale. The Gem 20 is a decent scale but to my mind the added accuracy provided by this scale easily justifies the cost difference in most circumstances.

The manufacturer provided this scale at no cost or obligation so I could give you this review.


Procella Classic Wooden Stick Umbrella for Stylish, Classy Protection Against All Weather (Dark Wood)
Procella Classic Wooden Stick Umbrella for Stylish, Classy Protection Against All Weather (Dark Wood)
Offered by Nordic WP
Price: $21.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me feel like an Avenger, July 31, 2015
Though, probably not The Avengers you're thinking of.

Anyway, this is a sturdy yet lightweight mid-sized umbrella. It's that handy size between the tiny collapsible ones that fit in your pocket and bulky golf umbrellas that keep poking everyone around you.

This umbrella opens with the press of a button. However, and I like this a lot, it opens at a steady pace instead of snapping open. It's the perfect size for keeping one person dry, possibly​ two if the squeeze in tight.

Open or closed, the shaft is plenty rigid and up to the task of nudging small children and battering supervillains as appropriate.


Ever Ready Emergency On The Road First Aid Auto Kit w/ Flare & Tire Inflator
Ever Ready Emergency On The Road First Aid Auto Kit w/ Flare & Tire Inflator
Offered by BP MEDICAL SUPPLIES
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great kit at a great price with a few things missing that you can easily add., July 29, 2015
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I like that this kit includes an old-school, real road flare. None of this chemical illumination nonsense or energy efficient LED silliness. With this you strike the top, get a spark, and then the flare starts burning, hissing, and smoking just like in the olden days. It is also great if you really want to be seen.

Likewise, the tire inflator is great for emergencies. In the olden days, people would object to canned sealant because it was difficult to remove when the tire was repaired. The sealant in this kit is a water-based which is easy for service personnel to remove when they make a proper repair to your tire. (That needs to be done ASAP, btw.)

In addition to that you get a collection of bandages, antiseptic wipes, over the counter medications, the world's tiniest bandage-like scissors, and a waterproof case with spare room for you to add whatever you think might be missing.

For me, what is missing is a flashlight, a multitool, and a bottle of water. The first two will easily fit into the box and the bottle can sit next to it.

Bottom line: This kit provides the essentials and a place to collect a few more so you have everything you might need for auto mishaps in one convenient place.


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