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Xero Shoes Barefoot Sandals - Men's Amuri Venture
Xero Shoes Barefoot Sandals - Men's Amuri Venture

4.0 out of 5 stars Cut the heel cup off and this is a great pair of running sandals, April 22, 2014
So far, I'm up to 8 miles running on these barefoot sandals. Last year, I did the Chicago marathon in Vibram Bikila LS barefoot shoes. So, I would like to be able to do a marathon in one of these sandals some day.

With the Ventures, Xero has truly innovated the the huarache and brought it into the 21st century.

By building up the side "wings", the straps no longer go under and through the sole of the shoe. This allows them to use a lighter, more comfortable strap that should not wear out, since it is no longer coming into contact with the ground.

The toe post is very comfortable between your toes, compared to the burly straps of old, and the achilles strap is comfortable and flat out works.

Heel Cup / Guard Flaw
There is one serious flaw with this shoe - the heel cup is totally unnecessary. It not only adds a lot of weight, it creates imbalance in the shoe. If you hold the sandal, the back will bend down, due to the heel cup. This causes a "slapping" effect when you run that leads to massive blisters on the bottom of your heel. I have cut them off, as have many others, which not only reduces weight, but restores balance to the sandal. And no more slapping either! Since the sandal uses very light straps, there is no torquing of your foot - so it stays straight and you don't need the cup to keep in place. Also, the idea of keeping stuff out of a sandal is like expecting your windshield visor to keep rain out of a convertible car - you don't need that heel cup.

Bikila Ls Running Shoes
Bikila Ls Running Shoes

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent barefoot running shoe, December 8, 2012
This review is from: Bikila Ls Running Shoes (Apparel)
It has taken me a couple of years to make the transition from the high-heeled cushioned shoes to zero-drop minimalist, and finally barefoot shoes; such as Vibram and ZEMGears.

I have short, fat feet and wear size 39M. Sadly, Vibram has cut back it's support for guys with short feet (38 and 39) to just two models - KSO and Bikila LS.

I used to run quite a bit in the KSO, but always have to wear socks to keep them from blistering my foot and back of my achilles heel. Not the case with the Bikila LS; it's seamless design allows me to run sans socks just fine. I just completed a half-marathon in these and my feet did not have a mark on them at the end of the run. And, despite the cold, my feet stayed warm in them; even without the socks.

In terms of ground feel, probably not quite as good as KSO and level below the the ZEMGears. However, the ground feel is plenty adequate and protection is very good. You still meed to be aware of large rocks on the road, but it won't sting as bad as the other shoes mentioned above. Like all barefoot shoes, these will reward or punish you, depending on your running style. So, make sure you take your time transitioning from traditional cushioned shoes.

So far, the Bikila LS have proven durable and I plan to run a marathon in them next year.

Highly recommended for street or light trail use.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far, impressed as outdoor barefoot running shoes, November 26, 2012
I like the idea of the ZEMGear shoes, as apposed to Vibram, because your toes are not locked into position and can splay or contract naturally as you move; even in Split-Toe configuration.

My fist experience with the 360 model was disappointing, since they are not that wide and the top of the shoe (where bands are) was too tight on my feet.

So, I decided to take a chance on the O2 model, even though it may not be very durable for outdoor use. To my surprise, these shoes have been excellent. They are immensely comfortable for wide feet and don't crush the top of your foot like the 360 models.

They are so light weight and provide amazing ground feel. Just like the old sports cars with no power steering, you can really "read" the ground. My feet did not feel either too cold nor too hot. You don't need socks with these either.

I recently completed the Thunder Road Half Marathon with the Vibram Bikila LS model, which I like a lot. But these shoes have better ground feel and are much lighter. So far, I have completed a few 6-mile runs in them on paved streets, and there is no apparent wear that I can see. The upper fabric and bottom sole are holding out just fine.

Since the upper fabric attaches to the lower section under the shoes, you definitely need to use these on pristine roads outside. I would not run them on trails. And, they should probably be ideal indoors as well.

Too bad the 360 model isn't sized the same.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very cool - but too tight across top for Wide feet, October 1, 2012
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I was really looking forward to getting these shoes. I can run over a half-marathon in the Vibrams and the NB Minimus trail; but, having short fat feet limits me to a couple of models of the Vibrams and I would prefer my toes to not be locked in a permanent position all the time.

When I received the 360s, the length was fine, but the shoe was painfully tight across the top of my foot, where the bands are. Otherwise, they fit perfectly.

After waiting quite a while from their service department, I finally got a response that only mentioned the O2 model has a wider last. However, I hear the O2 model may not be as durable outdoors as the 360.

So, the questions is whether or not to go a size higher in the 360 (too long, but width my keep them in place) or try the O2 model instead and hope that it will handle running on asphalt, cement and light trails.
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Braun 790cc Shaver
Braun 790cc Shaver
Offered by Citimall_TAX FREE
Price: $183.99
22 used & new from $179.81

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best mechanical shaver you can buy, December 25, 2010
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This review is from: Braun 790cc Shaver (CD-ROM)
It isn't cheap, but this foil shaver will get you very close to a traditional blade shave without the cuts and burns. It absolutely leaves other mechanical shavers in the dust. The included trimmer and cleaning system is icing on the cake.

In addition to the close shave, what I really like about the shaver is it does not get hot to the touch when extended shaving on difficult beards like mine. This helps reduce both irritation and in-grown hairs.

What is surprising about this shaver is that is also gives a great shave on your scalp too. If you are bald and like to a have a smooth look on top, this shaver is simply amazing in it's closeness and ease - and no skin irritation there either.

So far, in the several months I've owned mine, it has been very reliable.

Injinji Men's Sport Original Weight Micro Performance Toe Socks
Injinji Men's Sport Original Weight Micro Performance Toe Socks
Price: $10.00 - $14.74

150 of 187 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meant for Vibram shoes - WITH Modification, May 29, 2010
I used these with my Vibram KSO and Bikila running shoes.

Since I'm a long-distance runner, you pretty much have to use socks to wick away any moisture from your feet that comes from sweat, rain, etc. Otherwise, your going to get blisters, etc.

However, as stated above, some of the toes do not fit well in the Vibrams with the sock. There are also pressure points near the transition between your toes that can cause circulation issues.

So, as an ideal compromise, I cut off all of the sock toes, except for the big toe. I also modify the remaining 4 toe holes in the sock, so that there is a single large hole that encompasses the 3 middle toes, and a final hole for the pinky toe - in addition to the remaining big toe insert. This configuration keeps the sock from rolling up whilst you run and also feels comfortable with your toes in the Vibram shoes.
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Speck Products PixelSkin for iPhone 3G/3GS - Licorice Black
Speck Products PixelSkin for iPhone 3G/3GS - Licorice Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Well-designed case, February 22, 2010
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This product was a pleasant surprise.

It fits easily onto the iphone case and covers all the controls, except for the "quiet" toggle on the top left.

The case is not too heavy or over-whelming, like some of the robust cases, but provides ample protection, including a sturdy rim around the display and the bottom third, where the main push button is located. Despite being covered, I had no trouble activating any of the controls.

I also liked the feel of the case, which does not get stuck in your pocket.

My only disappointment is a lack of screen protector that most cases include. Still, a good product for the money.


Targus ACH63US Super Mini USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
Targus ACH63US Super Mini USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
Offered by AMaBargain
Price: $11.98
6 used & new from $2.36

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Failed after just one week of use - worked well, otherwise, October 19, 2008
While it worked, I was pleased. It actually requires two slots for using powered USB components, such as an iPod, fan, or multi-picture card reader. Very compact design and works automatically with both Mac OS or XP Pro.

Unfortunately, it failed after just one week. The failure was related to data transfer. The connected devices were receiving power, but they could not communicate with my laptop. Rebooting did not solve the problem. When I connected the USB devices directly, they worked fine. It looks like the data transfer chip failed or the connector for data failed. Either way, failure after just one week of use is not good.

Brother DCP-110c Color Flatbed Multi-Function Center
Brother DCP-110c Color Flatbed Multi-Function Center
Offered by PixLaser
Price: $378.69
5 used & new from $89.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable for Price - very good scanner & design, December 10, 2005
This is one of a series, based on the same print engine. The units range from a simple scanner/printer (this model), to others with fax and even auto collators. So, it's simply a matter of features to base your choice on.

Since I do not have a land-line (cell only, thank you) and needed a cheap printer for photo and scanning, this model seemed ideal, because it's dirt cheap, prints decent photos when using high-quality gloss paper, and has one of the best color scanners I've seen. It scanned images much better than Epson units.

It has an unusual design, in that the ink cartridges are stationary, rather than moving with the print heads. Though, still not ideal as HP, which give you a new print head with each new cartridge.

Text quality and graphics are average. It does read memory flash cards (but no CRT display), and has very intuitive on-board controls. The basic LCD display is hard to read.

My only major complaint is that they install extra software (on start-up) that isn't really necessary and eats up your computer's memory.

The first unit had a banding problem, but the replacement is working fine, with no jams or clogged print heads (like my previous Epson inkjet).

For the money, this printer is just fine.

HP Color LaserJet 2600n Printer (Q6455A#ABA)
HP Color LaserJet 2600n Printer (Q6455A#ABA)
27 used & new from $68.99

182 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Achievment for HP - Fantastic Value, December 6, 2005
You know, on paper, the HP 2600n probably makes no sense - not much memory, one-pass engine (speeds for black and color are the same), expensive replacement cartridges, slow black-only speed, average looks, small & unimpressive LCD display.

But.... In the real world, this printer will surprise and even amaze you! If you print ANY color in your documents, this printer will leave it's competition in the dust in terms of performance. Color print-outs are fast and come out instantly - no warm-up, etc. The unusual design allows it to take up minimal space on your desk and provides easy paper retrieval and cartridge replacement. The simple display is incredibly intuitive and features are easily & quickly located.

Instead of lots of memory, the printer makes use of your computer's memory and cpu (read: not post-script) - this may have a very slight performance effect on your computer. But, you never have to worry about purchasing extra printer memory ($$), since your computer probably has plenty of it available and probably more CPU power than you need.

Operating noise is acceptable and the printer never over-heats (common on some other color laser models). The HP support software isn't the flashy kind that populates your tool bars - just a very simple and effective set of utilities, which helps you configure and maintain the printer.

Color text print quality is the best I've seen on any kind of printer, and business graphics are unrivaled. The photo printouts are pretty decent for a laser, but not in the class of inkjets - but they sure come out fast!

While the cartridges are expensive - at least the printer comes with FULL capacity cartridges, which ironically cost more than the printer. (You are literally getting the printer for free!). I have printed several large documents (including many hi-res pictures) and the cartridges are still showing 98% capacity!

So, when should you NOT get this printer? If you mainly print-out reams of black/white documents, then this printer is NOT a good choice; go for a monochrome or 4-pass color laser instead. But, most home users do print some color (ie, web pages) which makes this a much better real-world printer.

They have the more powerful one-pass engine type HP color lasers where I work, and they are impressive; which makes me believe the 2600n should be reliable as well.
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