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These 10 Products Are Excellent, According to Our Readers


October 10, 2019 Briefings By

Our shared love of gear is ultimately what brings us all together. You trust us to give you the lowdown on the products you’re curious about. But your fellow readers are also a treasure trove of product knowledge. So check out what other readers have tested out lately and maybe you’ll feel tempted to give those products a shot. If you fill out the survey at the bottom, you might have your review published next.


Outdoors and Fitness

Evil The Offering

Would they recommend it? Yes

“It’s a f—king rocket-ship. Roots, rocks, drops, high speed, it doesn’t matter. Just keep feeding the 29″ beast. Evil nailed the geometry and delivered a tremendous two-wheeled machine.” — Matt, Seattle

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Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L

Would they recommend it? Yes

“I’ve been shopping around for a great backpack for a while now. I knew I needed something that is water-resistant, comfortable on the shoulders and had ample pockets. The 25L Black Hole pack was the perfect choice. I commute to work via bike every day, so I love having the top pocket for my keys and wallet, the side pouches for my Yeti full of coffee and the deep main pocket to store my lunch, laptop and an emergency jacket. Also, this thing is made with 100% recycled polyester fabric, 100% recycled polyester lining and 100% recycled nylon webbing. How awesome is that?”
— Colin, Indianapolis

Tech

Audioengine A2+ Wireless Speaker System

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“Great speakers for a desktop or work station. Surprisingly large sound stage and clarity from such a small pair of bookshelf monitors.” — Rob, Colorado

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless Headphones

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“The sound quality of the H9i’s is terrific! Combine that with quality materials, construction, and design aesthetic, and I feel like Gollum reaching for his Precious whenever I pick them up.” — Chris, Seattle

Lenovo Thinkpad Thunderbolt 3 Dock

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“I like that I can go from working on a laptop at my university, to working at a proper desk just by using one cable. It works continuously, and I only need one PC.”
— Kristian, Copenhagen

Style

Baxter of California After Shave Balm

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“It provides an incredible calming feeling after shaving. It’s the best product to finish your daily shave with.” — Rupen, San Francisco

Goodfellow & Co. No. 03 Moroccan Mint & Cedar 2-in-1 Conditioner

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“I was looking for a conditioner strictly for my beard. This Moroccan Mint & Cedar conditioner from Target has a great scent and conditions well. I also use the same brand beard balm so the product scents aren’t competing with each other.”
— Marcus, Columbus

Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“My oily acne-prone skin met its match with this cleanser using charming ingredients such as kaolin clay and volcanic ash to truly get down and deep. As an added bonus, once or twice a week this doubles as a purifying mask.”
— Patrick, Melbourne

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Bellroy Key Cover Plus

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“I was skeptical of its usefulness until I actually tried it, and when I did I was blown away. Most key organizers don’t work for me because I have one larger-than-standard key, but this little thing took care of it beautifully. The Bellroy Key Cover Plus is made of sturdy leather and the magnetic fold is just so satisfying to fidget with!”
— Paul, Lithuania

Watches

Nodus Contrail

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Would they recommend it? Yes

“This is my first mechanical watch and it really works great for any occasion throughout the week. I enjoy the simplicity of the design, as it allows the subtle features of the watch to shine. I can’t help but watch the seconds hand sweep across the face, and I just kind of lose my thoughts in its rhythm. So far this watch has been reliable, sturdy and a great complement to my wrist.” — Kevin, Anacortes

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