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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    On this forum, the Breville and Vitamix brands have been mentioned, do they make coffee grinders?
    Well, before I spent a lot I'd definitely try the Baratza - I have both the Vario (mostly all? espresso roast) & virtuoso and I use the latter for dark de-caf my wife likes and it's fine ... I would just say that ANY type of device will have a problem if the beans clump together and don't go down the chute, but if you keep the hopper clean (hot soapy water to clean off the oil) and grinder blades clean (w/ grindz, then one pass of old beans) you'll probably do great.

    As a side note, when/if you use oily beans it's a great idea to keep it clean anyway as the oil goes rancid and you probably don't want your SO drinking that!
    Seeking Verde Aeronauts

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      What about hats and garden shoes?

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        Originally posted by backpack View Post
        What about hats and garden shoes?
        Garden hat = a straw hat that made its way back with me from Hawaii. I don't think the brand tag is on it anymore, darn it. I like it because it's a simple straw hat, but the brim is very wide.

        For shoes, I wear my Chaco sandals or Le Chameau rain boots. Or sometimes go barefoot if conditions allow!
        Last edited by Darcy; 06-01-2021, 06:59 PM.
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          Originally posted by Darcy View Post

          Garden hat = a straw hat that made its way back with me from Hawaii. I don't think the brand tag is on it anymore, darn it. I like it because it's a simple straw hat, but the brim is very wide.

          For shoes, I wear my Chaco sandals or Le Chameau rain boots. Or sometimes go barefoot if conditions allow!
          Thank you Darcy, so lovely to hear from you!

          More Thank Yous for bringing back the Yeoman Duffel, I realize it should go on the about bags, thread.

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            Originally posted by autolycus View Post
            What’s the General fit/ shape of Scarpa shoes? I’ve got a high instep and need shoes with a wide toe box. Always on the look out for other shoe brands that will work for me. For hiking shoes and boots, I’ve had good luck with Keen, but their lighter sneaker(-like) designs lately have been narrower and less forgiving of my instep.

            Merrells don’t work for me at all. I even have a pair of Moabs in their wide size, and they’re too narrow for anything but thin socks.
            I have wide feet too (US 7.5/2E) and it's difficult to find shoes that are wide enough and have wiggle room for my toes. I found DB Wider Fit shoes last year and they have been a game changer - their shoes accommodate width of 4E and beyond, and are orthotic-friendly. I also find Birkenstock sandals and shoes in regular/wide width work well. The quality of these shoes seem very high and I definitely love them.

            Some of the other items/brands I like:
            • Simpsons shaving brushes - the Wee Scot is perfect for travel and everyday use
            • PHD (Peter Hutchinson Designs) - a small company specialising in high quality, lightweight, custom-sized down clothing and sleep systems
            • James Smith & Sons umbrellas - the solid sticks last a really long time with proper care, free polishing service in the London shop, and can be 're-covered' (the canopy can be replaced)
            • Brooks leather saddles - get better with use, last a long time with proper care
            • Tilley hats - I like the cotton duck T3 - can be washed, hidden pocket and ingenious wind cord arrangement

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              Originally posted by PeaceBell View Post
              I have wide feet too
              I’m a 2E+ as well. For athletic shoes I’ve had pretty good luck with Asics. They make a lot of stuff in 2E and some of their models, like the GT-2000 are more rigid and fit my orthotics. For dressier mens shoes I like Allen Edmonds, you can get them in a wide variety of widths. They have a big sale, usually in mid-June. If you end up getting a pair with wooden bottoms, I recommend taking them to a cobbler and adding a rubber sole (doesn’t cost much) and you’ll have some comfy(ish) sharp shoes.

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                Thanks Awesomepants, will check out the Allen Edmonds dress shoes. Wide dress shoes are particularly difficult to find! Will check out Asics shoes as well - I probably have to buy them online. Most staff in shoe stores here (Singapore - except pethorthists) have no concept of different feet width and mentioning "2E width" would mostly result in blank stares.

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                  Originally posted by scholar View Post
                  http://www.utilikilt.com

                  utili kilts... they sell freedom, with VERY high quality, both on the product, and the service

                  j
                  I wore a two-tone Utilikilt for my wedding! You can see pictures here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/30/f...y-wedding.html

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                    Wildling shoes! They're minimalist shoes (zero drop, thin sole, wide toe box) made in Europe from sustainable materials (wool, organic cotton, hemp, linen) by a deeply ethical company.

                    https://www.wildling.shoes/en#

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                      Originally posted by Darcy View Post
                      Cafelat Robot Espresso Maker

                      The shots are great, the machine is simple. I do need a new grinder, though: open to recommendations, if anyone has any!
                      I'm so intrigued by the Robot! I bought my partner a Flair Neo as a gift, and she's been thrilled with it -- easy to use, consistently good, and it packs easily into a case when traveling by car.

                      https://flairespresso.com/

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                        On the subject of coffee grinders, I love the Java hand grinder from VSSL -- so much so that I bought two of them so my partner and I aren't constantly switching the grind. She makes espresso with a Flair Neo; I alternate between a French press, a Vietnamese phin filter, and a Turkish cezve.

                        https://www.vsslgear.com/pages/vssl-java-landing-page

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                          Sheets: 100% cotton, made in the U.S.A, don't unravel after a couple of months.

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                            Originally posted by backpack View Post
                            Sheets: 100% cotton, made in the U.S.A, don't unravel after a couple of months.
                            Hi! I don’t have a brand name but all my super quality beautiful cotton American sheets are vintage/thrifted ones. Of course, I wash them in super hot water and clean them before use, but old sheets/towels/those heavy cotton blankets can be found at thrift stores (at least in the Northeast), for really reasonable prices. You could also check out eBay or Etsy. I have bought really expensive new sheets and been disappointed (LLBean isn’t bad- but I dont think the sheets are made in America). I don’t know if others get ick factor from learning that I do this but it is the only way I can find the sheets I like!

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                              Originally posted by backpack View Post
                              Sheets: 100% cotton, made in the U.S.A, don't unravel after a couple of months.
                              I haven't purchased anything from these folks, but thought I'd share the link nonetheless: https://www.redlandcotton.com/
                              U.S. grown cotton sheets, also made in U.S.A.
                              Have a question? @Darcy (to make sure I see it)

                              Current carry: testing new potential materials in the form of Original Large Shop Bags.

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                                Originally posted by PeaceBell View Post
                                Thanks Awesomepants, will check out the Allen Edmonds dress shoes. Wide dress shoes are particularly difficult to find! Will check out Asics shoes as well - I probably have to buy them online. Most staff in shoe stores here (Singapore - except pethorthists) have no concept of different feet width and mentioning "2E width" would mostly result in blank stares.
                                I have wide feet as well and recently stumbled upon Hoka One One shoes. They offer wide versions, aren't super flashy for sneakers, are super comfortable, and have trail oriented versions for hiking. In terms of dress shoes, check out Rancourt and Co. from Maine. They do semi-custom and custom shoes built to order, all resoleable. I have a pair of their dress shoes and dress boots, the latter of which I wore to my wedding!

                                If you're looking for hiking boots, check out Limmer Boots. They do offer full custom (waiting time 12-24 months), but their off the shelf models are almost as good and readily available. They offer wide versions, and while I have wide feet I have the Standard boot and since they're all leather, easily stretched to accommodate my feet. Just don't plan to purchase them close to a hike/trip--the break in time can be up to a year. It sounds crazy, but the average lifespan on their boots is 10-20 years so it ends up being worth it.

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