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11 Things Our Readers Recommend, and the One They Think You Should Avoid


September 9, 2019 Briefings By

We asked, and you answered. We wanted to know what our readers had used lately and whether or not it was worth it for others to check it out. Here are the 12 products that you’ve tested and reviewed. If you also have something to say about some gear you’ve tried, fill out the survey at the bottom and your review might show up in a later post.


Outdoors and Fitness

Nike Shield Jacket

Would they recommend it? Yes

“For situations where you need to have an unhindered range of mobility with wind-blocking, look no further. This jacket kept me dry and blocked the wind. There’s just something about the white/gridiron colorway that denotes a classic bit of flash.”
— Nate, Oklahoma City

Aer Fit Pack 2

Would they recommend it? Yes

“I work on the 2020 Presidential Campaign in Iowa. I am always on the road, always in different settings, and I need a bag to keep up. The Aer Fit Pack has flawlessly kept up with my active campaign lifestyle. It’s stylish enough for fancy fundraisers, but rugged enough for the gym.” — Tom, Iowa

Osprey Stratos 24L Day Pack

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“This pack is amazing. It’s big enough for a weekend and comfy enough for a whole day on the trail. This Labor Day Weekend I traipsed all over Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks with it on my back. I’ll never use a different day pack.” — Ari, California

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Tac 2 Collar 1.75″

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“This company makes dog products like no other company on earth. The craftsmanship and materials are truly that of the equipment used by the United States Special Operations Command. EDC for my EDD (everyday dog).”
— Mike, San Diego

YETI Rambler 12oz Bottle

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“I’ve been really impressed with this Yeti Rambler. I commute to work via bike every day, and I often stop at a coffee shop to grab some cold brew. Rather than chugging it down before hitting the road again, I now keep it cold in this Yeti and sip it throughout the day. It advertises that it retains cold for over 24 hours, but in my experience it’s been more like 6 to 12 hours. That’s totally fine though!” — Colin, Indianapolis

Lezyne Super GPS

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“For the price, it’s tough to find a better cycling computer. It paired seamlessly with all of my sensors, great navigation features and 22 hours of battery. The only downside is the low contrast screen, and it’s not the nicest looking thing on your bars, but it spits out all the stats you need on your ride.” –Arif, Ottawa

Tech

Jabra Speak 510

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“I work from home, so headphones get tiring after meetings all day. I got this to set up at my desk, with the hopes it would be better than the built-in microphone on my laptop. It performs wonderfully!” — Jack, Indianapolis

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“Absolutely outstanding headphones. I primarily use them to watch movies on my Apple TV. They have wonderful balance that makes the sound effects pop while also allowing for clear speech.” — Max, D.C.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“The sound quality is good, battery life is excellent and the noise cancellation is second to none. They instantly connect to my iPhone and being able to cycle through the noise cancellation modes is helpful.” — Rob, London

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Samsung Portable SSD T5 1TB

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“The SSD was a great price and value. The 1TB capacity is perfect for my current job as a photographer, but not too big to worry about putting too much work on it. It’s fast and small, which is perfect.” — Jerome, Los Angeles

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Would they recommend it? No

“Stellar sound and pretty good noise cancelling in a tiny package. That success is sadly undone by ho-hum call quality. Not ready as a complete AirPod killer … yet.”
— Kyle, Los Angeles

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Style

Baxter of California Cream Pomade

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“After applying, there is a little bit of a greasy feel, but when it settles it’s perfect. The only gripe i have is that I have to use a bit more to get my cowlick to do what I want.”
— Brian, New York


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