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  • gqb
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    For outdoor wear:
    Paramo clothing, based in UK and with ethical manufacturing
    And for winter, Buffalo pile and Pertex, made in the UK
    Both brands make ultra breathable, virtually indestructible softshell, ideal for outdoor work in all weathers

    Footwear:
    Scarpa hiking boots - One of the few brands which suit my narrow feet
    Dunlop green wellies - cheapest on the market and still the best
    Teva sandals: loved my leather pair so much that I bought a spare pair 'for when these wear out' - still waiting after 14+ years !

    Lingerie: Fantasie

    Coffee flask: Lifeventure Thermal Mug. Everybody needs one of these!

    Water bottle: Nalgene wide mouth 500ml & 1 litre

    Hiking backpacks: Macpac - not the flimsy looking new ones, the discontinued older models made of bombproof Aztec fabric. Heavy but will stand up to any abuse and as a bonus are waterproof. Love my Synapses but I wouldn't wear them to crawl through a hedge, but my Macpac ones I would (and have)

    Cookbook: Nigella Lawson, How to Eat

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  • spcanf
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    Glerups wool slippers. https://www.glerups.com
    Picasso Labs leather macbook sleeves https://www.picasolab.com/products/classicbrown
    Thin optics keychain reader pince nez (has made it possible for me to read menus many times when I have run off without regular reading glasses - I like the keychain one but a lot of my friends use the one that sticks to the back of a cell phone) https://www.thinoptics.com
    Smartwool anything.
    Last edited by spcanf; 04-22-2018, 07:20 AM.

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  • bbcamp
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    This is a great thread, how have I waited so long to post?
    A Kaweco Brass fountain pen (with a small italic nib!) is in my pocket every day. I love it.
    I am addicted to nearly everything made by Armor-lux and Saint James, two French companies which both make traditional French sailor’s sweaters and shirts. They are warm, long-lasting and stylish. (And a shout-out to B1GSKY about both Armor-lux and Trippen!)
    Oboz shoes—the best hiking shoes (not boots) I have ever had. When I bought them, three different REI employees say the box in my hands, and spontaneously started gushing about how great they are. (I have Bridger Low BDry’s, to be exact.)
    Victorinox kitchen knives—inexpensive and good (sometimes even cheaper in Europe)
    Penzey’s Spices ( https://www.penzeys.com/ ), an amazing company!
    Most surprising to me, since I didn’t know the company before, is the Condor hooded fleece jacket which I love. Condor makes stuff for the police and military market. I bought the fleeece jacket as a future replacement for a Marmot fleece jacket I bought in 1981 (I haven’t worn it out yet...). It is one of the only onew I could find with pit-zips. It is well designed (though it might be an inch or two longer), and cost me much, much less than the other brands I was looking at.
    Otter box for their iPad cases. The case nearly doubles the weight of my iPad, but I have no fear of breaking it.

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  • NClens
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    Zamberlan boots last forever. I have had a pair over 10 years. It remains 100% waterproof and the sole actually still looks good.

    Rolex submariner. I have a 15 year old one that works perfectly well with zero scratches on the sapphire glass. In comparison, my stainless steel Apple Watch lasted a little over a year. The Apple watch much use the world's lowest grade of sapphire glass because mine had scuffs on it after about 6 months. Come to think of it, the quality of the stainless also is subpar on the Apple watch as it's scratched more than my Rolex.

    Boeing 787. This is going to sound strange, but after several trips to Asia and back from the US on different aircraft, there is no comparison. The air quality (significantly less dry) and flight smoothness of this plane blows away peers. The Airbus 330 is the opposite of the 787.

    Thermarest travel cushion. This thing is amazing. It inflates on its own and saved me on the Asian flights I've been taking. It also can be be deflated and rolled up into something about the size of a can of soda.

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  • spindifferent
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    John Deere tractors
    Weber grills
    Apple Mac and iOS products

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  • barefoot
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    Thank you mkeith12 for RBW <https://www.rivbike.com/> inspiration! I have been saving up since last June for one of their bikes its going to take a while longer, but I gotta have me one. In the meantime, I have been making a few changes to my old beater bike to make it more riv-like. Just got an order today of an albatross handlebars, cork grips, tape, and a bell I love their site too, and Grant P. is definitely someone I would love to know.

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  • bltkmt
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    Originally posted by Apresski View Post
    Such an awesome thread! So much have been added to my I-WANT list.

    One thing that I do love that I dont think is mentioned is my bunker-ring for my iPhone/mini iPad. It is so very convenient. It's a ring that attaches to the back (it can be removed) that svivels and helps you hold the phone more securely, and since I got it I have not dropped my phone once. (This used to be a rather expensive habit of mine). It also doubles as a stand and comes with a hook attachment to hang on the wall/car. (I've found that since I dont have the ring centered that's not so useful). Also - I know it's a silly problem, but with the iPhone 6s I found it hard to text one handed - the shift, q, w, a and s keys were to far away to reach with my thumb when holding the phone securely. With this ring I can easily reach them. I know I'm gushing - but I've seldom been so happy with an impulse-1am-amazon-buy. (they color on them do wear out but I've happily bought replacements). I'll attach a picture from amazon.

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    Along the same lines are http://www.loopycases.com. I initially backed them on Kickstarter and have a few as does my wife. Very comfortable and practical.

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  • Darcy
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    On a recent road trip, I spent a little time in Mancos, Colorado where I purchased a very nice blanket made by Nancy Hains. She collects the wool from her own sheep and alpacas and dyes, spins, and weaves it herself.

    On that same trip, I used my Snowpeak French Press every time we camped for the night. It's a nice little french press, especially if you only make/drink one strong cup of coffee in the morning like I do. I even use it at home.

    More food than thing but I really like Sprout Living Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder.

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  • FoxValleyDame
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    "Badger" brand natural and organic body/ skin care products. I especially like their sunscreens...they have very limited ingredients (like 5 ingredients for their unscented sunscreen), coral reef safe, non-nano zinc oxide, and baby safe. Their bug repellant is great too (no nasty chemicals in it). They are also known for their balms. They make all kinds of other stuff too for your face and body. It is all made in New Hampshire by a small family owned business. Oh and NO animal testing!

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  • imahawki
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    Inspired by a few other posts here...

    Camera related: Domke waxed canvas bags and Peak Design straps

    EDC:
    Pens: TWSBI for every day, and Visconti for nicer pens. I really like J. Herbin and Waterman inks. They're very well behaved. I have tons of others but those more frequently bleed and feather on cheap papers.
    Hydro Flask water bottles - Hate the Yeti hype, especially since they've been equaled or bested by cups costing 1/5 as much in so many tests now and their coolers have been beaten by WalMart Igloo coolers. UGH to Yeti!
    Another vote for Bellroy wallets
    Fenix flashlights
    Pocket Knives: Openel and SOG
    OrbitKey

    Ecco shoes - probably own 6 pair now

    High end audio: Anthem , GoldenEar, and Schiit Audio. Emphasis on quality over audio "jewelry"

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  • BWeaves
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    Originally posted by moriond View Post
    @BWeaves and others,

    Yes, they do make versions with a clip -- BUT, I have the matte black Bullet version (from Field Notes). And I should say that the slim style and small size when used posted fits my (small) hand very well. The place where I carry this pen is in the halcyon pocket in the main compartment of the Side Effect. The bullet ends of the Fisher Space Pen let it lie flat in the bottom of one of the Halcyon pockets, but keep it from falling out, while making it easy to remove without using a pouch or requiring pen slots. Works for me. YMMV. And, of course, there are no leaks.

    moriond
    I have the silver version. I was afraid the matte black one would disappear as I need to see bright things in the bottom of my bag. I love the feel of the silver one. It's just so darn slippery.

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  • Kerrpe
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    Originally posted by K9TB View Post
    I just put this in a different post but decided to add it here since there's lots of dog friendly folks here. I get all my dogs' tags from Boomerang Tags. I think the web site looks a little amateurish, but the engraving on the tags does last.

    Boomerang Pet Tags: Guaranteed to last. Mailed today, Free Shipping.

    Oh, I can totally second Boomerang Tags. I've been using them for years. The tags that slip over the collar are great - never worry about losing it and they don't jingle!


    Also, on another semi-dog related note, if I haven't mentioned it before I'll add my Kirby vacuum cleaner. Made in the USA this thing is going to outlast me. I'm not crazy about the sales method (you get to hone your bargaining skills), but the vacuum is a beast, and we have four large dogs.

    And, (not dog related, well - they get to pre-wash! ), although it seems to be French-made, I put in a vote for Corningware Pyroceram. Yep, the ones with the blue cornflowers. Love it more than my cast iron. Literally outlives family members.

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  • Apresski
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    Such an awesome thread! So much have been added to my I-WANT list.

    One thing that I do love that I dont think is mentioned is my bunker-ring for my iPhone/mini iPad. It is so very convenient. It's a ring that attaches to the back (it can be removed) that svivels and helps you hold the phone more securely, and since I got it I have not dropped my phone once. (This used to be a rather expensive habit of mine). It also doubles as a stand and comes with a hook attachment to hang on the wall/car. (I've found that since I dont have the ring centered that's not so useful). Also - I know it's a silly problem, but with the iPhone 6s I found it hard to text one handed - the shift, q, w, a and s keys were to far away to reach with my thumb when holding the phone securely. With this ring I can easily reach them. I know I'm gushing - but I've seldom been so happy with an impulse-1am-amazon-buy. (they color on them do wear out but I've happily bought replacements). I'll attach a picture from amazon.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by BWeaves View Post
    My Fisher Space Pen is a slippery little thing. Looks like a silver bullet. BUT . . . It's not tall enough to poke out the top of a pen slot, which makes it hard to get out of the pen slot. It doesn't have a clippy thing, so if the pen slot is bottomless, it falls through. And it's completely tubular. If I set it down, it immediately rolls away. I do love the pen, but I wish it was longer, had some flat sides and a clippy thing.
    @BWeaves and others,

    Yes, they do make versions with a clip -- BUT, I have the matte black Bullet version (from Field Notes). And I should say that the slim style and small size when used posted fits my (small) hand very well. The place where I carry this pen is in the halcyon pocket in the main compartment of the Side Effect. The bullet ends of the Fisher Space Pen let it lie flat in the bottom of one of the Halcyon pockets, but keep it from falling out, while making it easy to remove without using a pouch or requiring pen slots. Works for me. YMMV. And, of course, there are no leaks.

    moriond

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  • achat
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    Kevin Kelly is one of the guys associated with the old Whole Earth Catalog, among other projects.

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