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#51 2017-11-09 08:31:27

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

ikbrown wrote:

hammyt wrote:

Not an iPhone X apparently...

But headphones are the most recent example of this in my life.

What headphones do you recommend? I had a set that lasted me prob 10 years until the fleather started peeling off so whenever I wore them I would have little black specks to brush off from around my ears. Bought some Skull Candy from best buy a couple years back that looked decent but already had to toss them for that same issue. Need to invest in a good set w/ legit leather that will last longer.

I just ran into this issue with my Audio Technica ATH-M50x. I bought them because they're sort of a benchmark in the headphone game for being super durable and great value in terms of sound quality/price. I would say that is still generally true, but they only lasted about 2.5 years and the pleather on the headband and ear cups started cracking and peeling off. That does not make me happy. You can easily find replacement ear cups that are real leather, but I haven't seen a good solution yet for the headband.

I recently replaced them with the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 that I found 25% off on Crutchfield.com (scratch and dent - couldn't for the life of me find the whatever damage they thought there was on them). They're expensive, but the build quality is incredible - real leather band and earcups, steel headband and hinges. The sound is fantastic as well. Like the ATH-M50x, the cable is easily removed/replaced in seconds as well which is the most common true failure point for headphones, so they should last pretty much forever.

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#52 2017-11-09 10:03:30

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Azrael wrote:

Santoku is a style as well, not a brand.

Yes, but chefs is both. I just wanted to clarify I wasn't recommending a specific brand.


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#53 2017-11-09 12:34:53

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

My lawn mower is a 1982 John Deere.  It belonged to my son's grandfather, then his mother, then she sold it to me 4 years ago before she moved out west. It still runs like a champ. I had replace the battery this year but other than that it's pretty solid. Will probably sell it once I sell the house.


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#54 2017-11-09 18:05:47

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

ERP wrote:

A few other products I'll add to the list:
Dyson vacuum cleaners. Expensive, but work great for years.

Seconded this. Love my Dyson Ball Thingy... so much that after I had sworn off hand-vacs for years (went through 4 in 4 months and said fuck it to them) and my second child had the propensity to just drop everything from her table seat... well, I finally dropped the coin for the allery/bed version of the hand vac. Thing has some decent twist to the wrist when you hit the trigger. Cleans up every mess this snotbags make.. Love the thing.


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#55 2017-11-09 18:25:49

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

chet90si wrote:

I'm like this with toilet paper. Charmin Ultra Strong or GTFO.

I think the only buy it for life version of toilet paper is the three seashells.

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#56 2017-11-09 18:37:26

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

As for belts, I bought one from Orion Leather earlier this year after some weight loss made my old one useless.  I'm not sure what they sell for dressier belts, but for a casual belt, this one will last forever.  I bought the tan harness, and it has built up an awesome natural patina since then.  My favorite shoes are my Red Wing Iron Rangers, and Allen Edmonds for dress shoes.  I doubt I'll ever have to replace those.  I've been trying to up my clothing game to BIFL options wherever I can, buying better selvedge, raw denim, and will be plunking down a pretty penny on a good rain coat from Triple Aught Design when it gets restocked tomorrow.

I've been wanting to replace my lower end Henckel knives with either a good Wusthof set or some Japanese steel. I didn't go all out on La Crueset pans, but have been building up a good set of enameled cast iron from Lodge over the last couple years, and I think they'll hold up just as well.

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#57 2017-11-09 20:49:44

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Azrael wrote:

chet90si wrote:

I'm like this with toilet paper. Charmin Ultra Strong or GTFO.

I think the only buy it for life version of toilet paper is the three seashells.

Most excellent reference. lol


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#58 2017-11-09 21:46:07

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

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#59 2017-11-10 09:46:41

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Bought these Keen Targhee II Mid's back in 2010.  Since then they've gone to the Grand Canyon twice, Moab twice, Zion three times, all of the state parks in Idaho, and countless other places.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41nOZrv9UmL._SX395_.jpg

Today I finally have to buy replacements.  Well, replacement laces.  Boots are fine, laces just finally gave up the ghost.

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#60 2017-11-10 19:33:53

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Wow, that's good to know.  I just started wearing a very similar pair.  Keen is one of the few brands that goes to size 17


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#61 2017-11-14 08:02:01

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

hyperboarder wrote:

Bought these Keen Targhee II Mid's back in 2010.  Since then they've gone to the Grand Canyon twice, Moab twice, Zion three times, all of the state parks in Idaho, and countless other places.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41nOZrv9UmL._SX395_.jpg

Today I finally have to buy replacements.  Well, replacement laces.  Boots are fine, laces just finally gave up the ghost.

I guess we really do have the same taste in shoes.  These are my current hikers, purchased 2 years back, replacing another pair of Keens, but I cant recall the model.  Higher on the ankle with metal grommets.  The boot is still fine, and I wear them around town, but the tread couldn't handle the trail anymore.


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#62 2017-11-14 08:06:56

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

As long as we're on the topic of shoes and long lasting products: 


Shoe trees.  Use them.


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#63 2017-11-30 13:12:19

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

lizzardo wrote:

Ah, yes, knives.  I've got a set I built up over time.  My good knives are Global.  The one that I use the most by far is a santoku with the hollow grinds on the blade (they have a name, but I can't remember it).  I'm not sure it's my perfect knife, but it's very good.  I touch it up with the Global diamond honing steel but have a variety of stones.  I learned sharpening from two different relatives, both the second generation before me.  My grandfather grew up on a farm and was a superb craftsman, my great uncle was a trapper and also raised mink for fur.  I could sharpen a cow pie it I needed to.  Using stones is a great skill to have but is fading out with mechanical doodads that don't fuck up your knives.  The old ones did.  I wouldn't use one of the vintage ones on anything nicer than a lawn mower blade.

Do you have a doodad that you'd recommend to sharpen?  I find I just don't have time to use stones lately.

On the belt topic, took a gamble on a Costco full grain leather, really cheap and so far I like it.  I think good socks are the next thing on my list.  Sick of boring brown "dress" socks, I need something mid-calf that comes in obnoxious prints and colors.  Any brand recommendations?

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#64 2017-11-30 14:34:28

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

arrow-up Blipshift socks. Auto-themed and exceptionally comfortable.

https://www.blipshift.com/collections/accessories


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#65 2017-11-30 17:03:45

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Totally forgot Blipshift makes socks.  I have a few of their shirts and love em.

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#66 2017-12-01 11:31:24

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

hyperboarder wrote:

Do you have a doodad that you'd recommend to sharpen?  I find I just don't have time to use stones lately.

I don't, but I have a friend that swears by his, I just can't remember which one.  I'll make polite inquiries *











* not really.  He's my friend.  I'll make obnoxious inquiries.

EDIT:  Quick text back:  He says the Gatco sharpening system is not perfect, but pretty good.  He notes that the 1200 grit gives a really fine edge.  He also asks "What kind of knives?  For kitchen knives ones of those 15 degree sharpeners might be a better bet."

I have heard people praise the Lansky sharpener, but it's all hearsay to me.  I use stones:  natural stone for carbon steel, diamond for stainless.  The diamond one I have is a DuoSharp 325/600 (https://www.mcmaster.com/#4598a84/=1ahvzs2) and I use water.  With natural stones I use Buck honing oil.  One of the reasons I got a diamond stone is that my favorite medium stone can't be had anymore.  The quarry closed years ago.  Hard Arkansas is still available, but the Soft Arkansas is just not as good as my old Washita, now quite worn. 

Enough sharpening nerdness for now. If I have more information after a voice discussion, I'll pass it along.


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#67 2018-01-04 17:36:59

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Another topic - underoos.  I've been wearing boxer briefs for years, and I'm sick of cotton.  Currently rotating through Ex Officio, Pair of Thieves (Target brand), and cheapo Hanes and Jockey.  Considering getting some Duluth if they go on sale, anyone have experience with them?

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#68 2018-01-04 17:53:19

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

hyperboarder wrote:

Another topic - underoos.  I've been wearing boxer briefs for years, and I'm sick of cotton.  Currently rotating through Ex Officio, Pair of Thieves (Target brand), and cheapo Hanes and Jockey.  Considering getting some Duluth if they go on sale, anyone have experience with them?

These? https://www.duluthtrading.com/store/men … or=content

I never considered going baller (hah) with underwear, those are pretty pricey.

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#69 2018-01-04 18:05:16

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

hyperboarder wrote:

Another topic - underoos.  I've been wearing boxer briefs for years, and I'm sick of cotton.  Currently rotating through Ex Officio, Pair of Thieves (Target brand), and cheapo Hanes and Jockey.  Considering getting some Duluth if they go on sale, anyone have experience with them?

I've been wearing some Reebok boxer briefs I got from Sam's Club a couple years back.  They are a stretchy, spandex type, kind of like a compression material.  I really like them.


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#70 2018-01-04 18:56:09

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

I've thought about trying these (https://www.rivbike.com/collections/clo … 9063279309) but haven't taken the plunge.  100% merino wool sounds really nice against my man parts.   But the thought of wearing them 5 days in a row.....ewwwww


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#71 2018-01-05 10:28:16

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

snowphun wrote:

These? https://www.duluthtrading.com/store/men … or=content

I never considered going baller (hah) with underwear, those are pretty pricey.

Them's the ones.  On sale you can get them <$15.

racerjim wrote:

I've thought about trying these (https://www.rivbike.com/collections/clo … 9063279309) but haven't taken the plunge.  100% merino wool sounds really nice against my man parts.   But the thought of wearing them 5 days in a row.....ewwwww

When I travel for work I bring 2 pairs of ex officios.  After I wear one I'll wash it in the sink, roll it in a towel, stomp on it a few times, and hang dry it overnight.  It's dry by morning, allows me to go a while without a ton of laundry.  I hear you can go multiple days in a row, but I haven't tried yet.

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#72 2018-01-05 11:43:12

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

hyperboarder wrote:

When I travel for work I bring 2 pairs of ex officios.  After I wear one I'll wash it in the sink, roll it in a towel, stomp on it a few times, and hang dry it overnight.  It's dry by morning, allows me to go a while without a ton of laundry.  I hear you can go multiple days in a row, but I haven't tried yet.

That's what I do on motorcycle trips.  I picked them up at REI while shopping for other stuff and figured they'd work well for travel (they do).


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#73 2018-01-06 12:31:02

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

I always hear ex officios recommended over any other brand, so I don't know if you'll find anything better.

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#74 2018-01-09 12:44:13

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Ex-O is great underwear.  They are owned by Rubbermaid now...along with Marmot and all the K2 brands. 

The elastic gave out after a year or so with mine - but that was pretty much weekly wear/abuse of a couple pair. 

I've since gone over to MyPackage (soon to be re-branded as B3N3TH to introduce women's wear?) for my travel/light workout undies.  If you want quick-dry, though...steer clear of the Modal fabric.  It's ultra soft, but it takes a while to dry like cotton does.


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#75 2018-01-10 07:30:41

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Re: The Upgrade (aka Buy it for life)

Patagonia Capeline Boxers.

Had these 5 pair worn daily now for 8 years. Not one has a hole, any signs of wearing out, not one hole or signs of a hole. Comfy to wear and soft. Synthetic dries quick if you do water sports (I sea kayak regularly).  I fear that at 36 years old, I have bought the boxers I will be buried in.... lol


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