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8 Products our Readers Recommend, and One Thing They Want You to Avoid


September 18, 2019 Briefings By

We asked what gear our readers used, and you guys really turned out. From outdoor and fitness gear to tech products, here are the eight things you guys recommended and the one thing you think others should stay away from. If you have something to say about the gear you’ve tried, fill out the survey at the bottom and your review might show up in a later post.


Outdoors and Fitness

Garmin Instinct

Would they recommend it? Yes

“This is an excellent GPS watch. It provides all the relevant data to your activities at a glance, or at the worst, a few button clicks. It was tough enough to survive more than one crash, but is light enough to forget you are wearing such a powerful tool. It is an excellent companion for any adventure.”
— John, North Carolina

Ocoee Seclud GX 27.5+

Would they recommend it? Yes

“I love it! For a full-suspension bike, it has an incredibly light feel and climbs like hard tail.” — Gray, Chattanooga

Hyperice Hypersphere

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“It’s like having your massage therapist on call 24/7. It melts the knots in my calves after a few hours of pickup basketball or a long day on the trail. I love using my PT’s Hypervolt, but the Hypersphere gives you the most bang for your buck. It’s a must-have recovery tool.” — Ari, Los Angeles

RX Nut Butter

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“In only three days of testing, I’m already considering carrying these on me everywhere. Easy to pack, full of protein, healthy fats, and not to mention delicious. A little on the pricey side, but you can tell you are paying for quality.” — Tom, Iowa

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Filson Original Leather Conditioner

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“I started conditioning my old duffle and was soon swept away into a forest of huge pine trees and Douglas fir. Before I knew it I was conditioning my leather jacket and old chair and could see why the sales man said we use this for everything, skin included.” — Zeph, New York City

Tech

iPhone XR

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Would they recommend it? No

“I upgraded from an iPhone 7 on August 31st to an iPhone XR. I’ve been testing the camera, running several apps at once (including editing short videos with iMovie), and some games. While the phone itself is a significant step up in terms of processing speed and screen quality, I have to give it a one out of 10 for one specific reason: when it slipped off my desk and landed on the carpet, the entire rear glass panel shattered. The screen survived thankfully, but this phone’s durability is a fraction of what older models had. Do not recommend.” — Alex, Ottawa

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AirTV

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“This allows you to stream over-the-air (OTA) broadcast channels to all smart devices connected to your Wi-Fi using one antennae. It can also connect a USB hard drive to DVR OTA channels. The best part is it integrates seamlessly with my Sling streaming app (Android/Apple/Amazon). The setup was easy, and I was able to watch 30+ broadcast channels on my smart TVs, phone and tablets.” — Tim, Indianapolis

Sony Apple CarPlay Media Receiver

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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.” — Joel, Washington D.C.

Style

Urth Face Scrub with Green Tea & Rice

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“My search is over for an effective and efficient facial scrub. My acne-prone, oily skin met its match with this particular exfoliator. Moreover, the scent was pleasingly natural and aromatically inviting. Overall, this was an invigorating product that truly prepped my mug for a nice, clean shave.”
— Patrick, Melbourne


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