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5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job well, December 10, 2013
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HTC One X feels very secure in this mount. Mount was fairly straight forward to attach to bike. I'm very happy with this purchase.

Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones
Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones
Offered by VMInnovations
Price: $45.99
15 used & new from $18.56

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed with these headphones - don't stay in, don't sound good, December 10, 2013
Given the Sennheiser name, I was expecting some decent sound from these. I have had these for 6 months now, so they should be broken in, but to my ears, they still sound thin and dull, even compared to some sub $20 panasonic in-ear headphones. Okay, well, at least they'll stay in my ears while working out as that's what they are designed for, right? Again, not impressed. I have tried all three supplied ear plug sizes and different adjustments to the stems, but these still repeatedly fall out of my ears while lifting weights, not to mention if I'm trying to run or something more active. I guess they are slightly better at staying in place than the previous in-ears I was using, but those were not even designed to be "Sports" headphones. I'm sure this in-ear "sports" headphone design works for some people, and sound is subjective, but my experience has not matched the generally positive reviews I read.

UPDATE - Like rat's off a sinking ship, these earbuds practically jump out of my ears after I get just the slightest bit sweaty (which given that my ears are stuffed with silicone earbuds, takes about 6 minutes of light warm up). Even when I am being fairly still, just lifting weights, these things will pop out and leave me perplexed at what physical force had acted upon them. I'm thinking that maybe when I lift weights steam shoots out of my ears like Popeye after witnessing Bluto kidnap Olive Oil.

After additional months of tinkering with the various stem settings and earbud sizes, I've determined there just is no combination that works for me. I am lowering my rating to 1 star (I'd go lower if I could).

Garmin nüvi 295W 3.5-Inch Widescreen Wi-Fi Portable GPS Navigator
Garmin nüvi 295W 3.5-Inch Widescreen Wi-Fi Portable GPS Navigator
5 used & new from $30.00

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, January 16, 2011
The unit continuously freezes or reboots. Went on a walk today and this thing rebooted or froze 20 times in an hour! Does the same thing in the car (although not quite as frequently) and especially has trouble when transitioning from car to walking or vice-versa. Updated the software and the maps. No help. As others have commented the WiFi is very slow and I was only able to connect to my home network if I removed security. Stay away from this model.
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Totes Golf Size Auto-Open/Close Umbrella
Totes Golf Size Auto-Open/Close Umbrella

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Warranty, October 5, 2010
I bought a Totes umbrella 7 years ago. It served me very well. Eventually it was destroyed by the wind. Just for the heck of it I emailed Totes customer service asking if I was covered by the lifetime warranty for "manufacturing defects." To me, 7 years of heavy duty service (I walk to and from work and used that umbrella a lot) was perfectly acceptable, but the customer affairs rep said I was indeed covered by the warranty and just needed to send in the tag from the umbrella, a fabric sample for color matching and $5 for shipping. I did as instructed, and just 1 week later, my replacement umbrella (the model listed here) has arrived! Looks like a great umbrella. It's not often that a company exceeds my expectations like this. I'll definitely buy Totes from now on.
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Timex Ironman 100-Lap w/ Flix System - Full Size
Timex Ironman 100-Lap w/ Flix System - Full Size

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch, but band not durable, June 11, 2010
Have had the watch for about 1 1/2 years now. Great watch, great features, but a have had a couple issues. First, I had to replace the battery less than a year from purchase, which seemed kind of quick for the battery to die. Now, the watchband is falling apart. First the rubber clasp fell off, so I had to use a rubber band to hold down the excess band. Now, the band itself is split and now I am stuck with a digital pocket watch. Any suggestions on the cheapest source for a replacement band?

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