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  • Orangeboys
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    Thank you all for your thoughts on the SmartWool stuff. It seems available in more variety in the stores around here, and I like being able to try things on.

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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by Orangeboys View Post
    As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?
    It may be an aesthetic issue. I'm not exactly saying that SmartWool is the mom jeans of the merino world, but I feel that in general, it's cut boxier than Ibex or Icebreaker. I don't own garments of any of the brands but when I've been checking them out and comparing them against each other, I've noticed that SmartWool base layers are a bit more see-through/loosely woven. I doubt this is an issue from a technical performance standpoint, but to me that makes the item less versatile because you have to wear something over it for sure.

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  • casun
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    Originally posted by Orangeboys View Post
    As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?
    i do have a smartwool long sleeve baselayer shirt and long underwear that i sleep in when backpacking in the cold. i like them but can't really speak to how long they last since i've only worn them maybe 15 nights. i have not had good luck with smart wool socks. the five or six pairs of socks that i've had have all worn out pretty quickly.

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  • mangosteen
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    Originally posted by Orangeboys View Post
    As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?
    I have several Smartwool base- and mid-layer tops. I've had them for about 2 years now and they've worn pretty well, I think; they don't necessarily look brand new, but they've held up better than, say, cotton tops from Target that I also wear. I like that you can put them in the dryer without any shrinkage issues. I recently got a few Ibex tops from their online web specials; I like the material, but one shirt twisted when it dried -- not in the dryer; this was laid out flat. For me, Smartwool is a little easier to take care of because I can put them in the dryer, while Ibex stuff says not to, and I haven't had any twisting/shrinking from Smartwool, like I have with Ibex (I accidentally left a different Ibex shirt in the dryer and it shrunk a bit; I still wear it, but it's a little shorter than I like). I haven't tried out Icebreaker. I do think Ibex has a more flattering cut for their casual wear t-shirts (the relaxed and semi-form fit) than Smartwool, if they don't shrink/twist, for someone who doesn't have a super athletic body type, let's say. I would be interested in seeing how the Ibex woolies compare to Smartwool's baselayers.

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  • Dandelion
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    TreadLightGear - love their raw cut inca moccs

    Steger Mukluks - don't have any... YET! Soon though.

    Both in Minnesota.

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  • Orangeboys
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    As long as we're here, I have a question about merino. On the "Tom Bihn of Clothing" thread, many folks mentioned Ibex and Icebreaker clothing. What about SmartWool? I love their socks, but have not tried their other clothing. What do you all think? Is there a reason it did not get mentioned in the Merino discussion?

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  • casun
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    i'm revivng this old thread with an addition: mitchell leather company. made in milwaukee. best wallet i've ever owned:
    American Cowhide Money Clip Wallet

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  • jannilee
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    Derek Alexander bags

    For those of of us who need a more dressy leather purse, Canadian Derek Alexander is fabulous. I have used his leather bags for years. They are thoughtfully designed and have the form follows function idea down as well as Tom does. They have pockets and slots and multiple compartments that mean no organizer pouches are needed.The bags are made from beautiful soft leather died with vegetable dyes. There is also a line of nylon purses that are intended for travel, but I prefer the quality of the leather. I have a sling bag that is 10 years old and one of the zipper pulls is getting a bit worn but the rest is in perfect condition. I also have several other dressier organizer bags (Of COURSE I would have a number of them!). Sigh.... I love things that are well made and well designed!

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  • Flinx
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    Kershaw Knives offer, in my opinion, the most bang for your buck for good quality folding knives. There are tons of models and price points to choose from too.

    I'm on my second pair of gortex-lined hiking boots made by Vasque in the last 12 years... The first pair lasted over 9 before the gortex lining finally cracked, and the second pair is still going strong. I wear these daily too; they're not just weekend wear!

    I'm new to an e-reader, but my new Kindle 3 is looking like it'll be on the bedside table for a looooooong time to come!

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  • Maria
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    Originally posted by bltkmt View Post
    As it turns out my new Vizsla puppy is quite a chewer, I found these dog beds which have proved to be incredibly well made and very tough. Great people to work with too.

    http://www.k9ballistics.com/index.html

    Oh a Vizsla! How gorgeous! My sister wants to get one...and she knows I am a fan of the breed. I won't tell her that they can be chewers! Well, she knows all puppies are that way!

    Thank you for the link, as I've never heard of this brand and I like the photo of the Great Dane on the largest size bed...so at least I know they will fit!

    Here is another great dog bed:

    http://kuranda.com/

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  • dorayme
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    What a great thread Darcy. I would like to add Mohop sandals. I recently found them after searching flicker pictures for Tom Bihn bags of all things. They are hand made in Chicago and sold through Etsy. Annie, the maker is branching into RTW and those are MIC, but you can still buy her custom shoes made right here in the USA. Great travel shoes, they are very comfortable, and with a few ribbons they transform into many different looks.

    Another alternative, and one that I love with a cause is Sseko sandals. Similar style, Ugandan made by women to fund their education.

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  • bltkmt
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    As it turns out my new Vizsla puppy is quite a chewer, I found these dog beds which have proved to be incredibly well made and very tough. Great people to work with too.

    http://www.k9ballistics.com/index.html

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  • Margot
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    Fellow dog lovers and home makers, this is for you!

    Thanks to the landlord's dog peeing (a lot! 18" spot) on my new sisal rug, I discovered the most amazing product: Host Dry Carpet Cleaner.
    http://hostdry.com/do-it-yourself/do...rself-products

    After reading that sisal is impossible to clean - any liquid, even water stains it - I was not very optimistic (stupid purchase!). I tried dry products like baking soda and salt, which did nothing. As you may imagine, I was eager to remove both the odor and the stain to avoid repeat incidents. Then dear Martha Stewart came to the rescue. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, this is the most amazing product (green, too!) - it actually worked, even on sisal!

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  • bltkmt
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    Originally posted by brantroz View Post
    The previous few threads reminded me of this:

    Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance

    I can't rave enough about this food... they are the first to publish 100% of their ingredients, and even have an all organic formula (which we use.)

    Our Italian Greyhound eats the same amount that she did per day with her previous food... but she gained the final 3/4 of a .lb she had been missing (and this for a "skinny" breed.) Essentially, she is getting more nutrition from the same quantity.

    They also have specific food allergy blends. I sent them a note thanking them for their quality product, and they mailed me a bunch of coupons. Really great company, and very HIGH quality product.

    -B
    Our new Vizsla (Floyd!) eats this food and loves it. Vizsla's can have food allergies and this food was recommended to prevent allergy issues. Luckily our local pet store has it too!

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  • bchaplin
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    Having owned a Kindle 2 and now a Kindle 3, I'm a big fan of Oberon's leather covers. They are "book-style" and makes it easier to hold the kindle without dropping it, as well as well as being more pleasant to touch than glass and plastic. The covers well out-last the devices they're meant to protect.

    They are a small family business that makes everything in-house, and they have some beautiful designs.

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