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Hi-Tec Athletic Men's Berkeley Trail Running Shoe
Hi-Tec Athletic Men's Berkeley Trail Running Shoe
Price: $29.61 - $66.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice reasonably priced off-road shoe..., July 29, 2014
I don't run regularly any longer, but my frequent hikes on the hilly, rocky terrain of fire rounds surrounding a nearby reservoir are well-served at walking speeds by these shoes.

They fit comfortably, even with thick socks. Nice shock absorption and they dry quickly after getting wet.

Good value for the price. While they may not fully meet the demands of performance-oriented runners, they are great for those whose current training regime places them firmly in the "Clydesdale" class.


Midland ER200 Emergency AM FM Digital NOAA Weather Radio with Cree LED Flashlight and USB Charger Output
Midland ER200 Emergency AM FM Digital NOAA Weather Radio with Cree LED Flashlight and USB Charger Output
Price: $52.95
53 used & new from $48.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the middle of hurricane season, one more tool in your readiness kit..., July 28, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Length:: 1:14 Mins

...so far this summer, Mother Nature has been kind to the east coast, where we are delighted to be waiting for our first major tropical storm. But this is the same Mother Nature that brewed up Sandy as a Halloween season trick. Veterans of the coastal plain here know that you can't let your guard down.

The ER-200 is an excellent tool for a storm readiness kit.

It's features begin with multiple power options for recharging the (included) LI-ion battery:
-USB input (via included cable)
-solar charger (via a topside panel)
-a crank charger.
Charging status is indicated via a 3-element LED display and an LED that glows when charging is underway.

Its radio receives three bands:
-FM
-AM
-NOAA weather bands.
Via a front panel menu option, you can set the radio to self activate when a NOAA station broadcasts an emergency warning.

The ER-200 also includes an integrated LED flashlight that works with three modes:
-low
-high
-SOS flashing.

This radio includes a detailed user manual. When things get to their worse, this might be the thing that lets you know what to expect next.

Select with confidence.


Gillette Fusion Proglide Silvertouch Manual Men's Razor With Flexball Handle Technology With 2 Razor Blade Refills
Gillette Fusion Proglide Silvertouch Manual Men's Razor With Flexball Handle Technology With 2 Razor Blade Refills
Price: $11.47

5.0 out of 5 stars If you've gotta shave..., July 27, 2014
...sooner or later, your going to decide what works best for you on a daily basis.

I became a reluctant user of Fusion blades when the Gillette Excel variety I'd been satisfied with for many years started becoming harder to find. Over time, I came to prefer them, and although its the refills rather than the razors that strike at the checkout stand, I've been satisfied with "Version 1" of the Fusion handle since I started using it.

The differentiator here is the "Flexball", a spherical pivot between handle and blade holder. During your shave, it moves through several degrees based on the contours of the face part is passing over.

While I'm not sure a post-shave measurement would show any differences between this and its Version 1 predecessor, overall I feel more confident that the contact with my face is steady and consistent during shaving.

For the price of the razor and two refill blades that ship with it (which will work just fine with the old Fusion handle), it's worth checking out for yourself.


DUB U1422 Wheel Cleaner - 22 oz.
DUB U1422 Wheel Cleaner - 22 oz.
Price: $8.97
2 used & new from $8.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Other wheel cleaners work just as well..., July 26, 2014
...without the strong smell and radioactive green color.

Yes, this will clean your wheels. But not before you're subjected to a smell that will take most people on an olfactory vacation reminiscent of a urinal cake in a public restroom.

Gimmick or no, the green to pink/red color change that signifies cleaning is underway will still require some scrubbing.

You can end up with the same results without the aromatic drama from many other cleaners.


Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag
Offered by Creative Labs, Inc.
Price: $19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it encases your Roar in mesh..., July 26, 2014
...but otherwise offers little in the way of protection from either the elements or impact.

The mesh is thin (and there's a cut-away section in the rear for access to ports) and while it is acoustically neutral (as far as I can tell), this does little to protect the Roar speaker from anything but superficial scratching. It fits well, but don't expect it to provide protection from either bad weather or G-forces.

It's a lightweight carrying case...and that's about it.


Rubbermaid 5E11 FastTrack Multi-Purpose Hook
Rubbermaid 5E11 FastTrack Multi-Purpose Hook
Price: $9.97
15 used & new from $9.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Holds a variety of items on a FastTrack rail..., July 26, 2014
The multi-purpose hook offers a decemt mix of price, function in the Rubbermaid Fastrack system..., July 23, 2014

I'm using an assortment of Rubbermaid's "FastTrack" hanging products on two 84" rails in my garage.

This FastTrack hangers can hold a variety of larger items.

I'm using this for:
--folding chairs (three of them, hung from the bottom foot rails
--folding chair, stored in their nylon carry bags
--some miscellaneous items (jump rope, leaf scoops)

If you've gone the FastTrack route, you're committed to Rubbermaid hangers. This is one that can be used for many items.


Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy)
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy)
by Ilona Andrews
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual fare...but immensly readable..., July 26, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
...I'm not normally a reader of genre fiction, and confronted the unopened pages of "Burn For Me" with the same level of anticipation I gave to a large serving of spinach as a 6-year old.

The result now, like then, was rather surprising. Eventually I came to appreciate that fresh spinach, cooked (or not) and properly seasoned has charms all its own. This book came was pleasantly refreshing to somebody utterly unschooled in the ways of genre fiction.

In a semi-dystopic current world, some people are skilled users of various forms of magical powers; those who have harnessed the most skill in use of these powers enjoy influence and privilege that others do not.

Private Investigator Nevada Baylor (her power: she can tell when somebody is lying; great skill for a PI, dontcha think?) and her principal antagonist (and, since this is the lead in a series, future love interest?) Mad Rogan are both in pursuit of the same "Prime" power wielder gone bad, Adam Pierce (whose magic is fire).

I'd like to say hilarity ensues, but there is much more than that in their present (and future) relationship.

This contains graphic novel type violence, and enough discussions of non-magical weapons and technology that most men should be able to read this without cringing (just hide the cover from your most macho friends). On the fringe are enough badasses to fill half a dozen Quentin Tarantino films.

Both the main and supporting characters are interesting enough that you do become invested in their fate. The dialog is crisp and effectively propels the story forward.

For those who aren't normally readers of genre fiction or already familiar with the husband-wife duo that created this story: keep an open mind and keep this nearby for your next downtime reading adventure. It's worth the quick reading time to explore.


Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner Spray, Crystal Rain, 26 oz (Pack Of 2)
Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner Spray, Crystal Rain, 26 oz (Pack Of 2)
Price: $5.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile alternative to ammonia-based cleaners..., July 26, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
We share out house with an over-exuberant Weimaraner who adores the views from every window. And after almost three years with us, he has yet to figure out that pressing your wet, slimy nose on the glass does nothing to improve the view (quite the opposite, it turns out).

As a result, we get to clean our windows more often than people who are free of large dogs.

This does a great job on glass (whether the leave-behind from dog noses is part the mix or not), counters, sinks, auto glass, stainless steel. Scent is non-annoying.

Good multipurpose cleaner.


UltraFire 18650 3000mAh 3.7V Rechargeable Li-Ion Single Charger with Battery
UltraFire 18650 3000mAh 3.7V Rechargeable Li-Ion Single Charger with Battery
Offered by R-lsales
Price: $3.00
5 used & new from $3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Works just fine; reasonable price..., July 26, 2014
...this was the OEM battery and charger that shipped with an LED flashlight Obviously if you have a device that is powered by this battery type, your battery choice becomes limited by that form factor.

Charges nicely and powers the flashlight. It has held up well over weeks of routine uses (looking for dropped screws, illuminating the rear of electronics, lighting the way for the dog's nighttime business, etc.); yields about 90 minutes of continuous use in a flashlight at room temperature.


Mudder XLM T6 Zoomable Led Flashlight Set with 18650 Battery and Lithium Battery Charger)
Mudder XLM T6 Zoomable Led Flashlight Set with 18650 Battery and Lithium Battery Charger)
Offered by Mudder
Price: $16.99
2 used & new from $16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good compact flashlight; mutliple power and illumination options..., July 24, 2014
Length:: 0:43 Mins

The XLM T6 is a well-constructed, compact LED flashlight with multiple operating modes and power options.

Power options include a rechargable 3.75V (3000mAH) Li-ion battery (AC charger included) or an insert for three AAA batteries (batteries not included). I have not exhausted either of these power supplies yet, so not sure what the operation time is like.

The flashlight is operated via a rubberized switch at the base. A full press turns power on and off. A detented half-press cycles the flashlight through five operating modes:
-high power
-medium power
-low power
-flashing
-flashing (SOS)

The beam can be zoomed by sliding the head of the flashlight forward.

Product specifications show an 800 lumen output. I don't have a capability to measure this. However, it easily illuminates even large rooms indoors (and be careful of your surroundings: the intense light will disrupt the night vision of anybody you carelessly illuminate face on).

Overall: good portable illumination. This is well constructed , nicely machined and has a solid feel.

Note: this item provided for review purposes.


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