Black Diamond "Trail" Trekking Poles - Review

"" | Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles - Once I decided the pros and cons of trekking poles weighed heavily on the pros, I decided to give trekking poles a try. Black Diamond poles were recommended due to their "Flicklock mechanism" for adjusting pole length. The conventional twist method used by other manufacturers can slip under heavy weight. The Flicklock system of locking pole length works very well and doesn't seem to slip, even going down hill with some force. Some observed that even if you do get a slip, there is a way to tighten the grip of the flicklock mechanism in the field so they don't slip. I haven't tried the other style, but these Black Diamond "Trail" Trekking Poles are wonderful. Such a relief on my knees, particularly going down hill. To get the benefits of the poles does take some technique, but it's not hard and well worth the effort.

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GoLite Jam 2 Ultra-Lite Backpack - Review

GoLite Jam 2 Ultra-Lite Backpack - Fantastic! Never go back to the bulky, heavy packs. This pack rocks, though you have to be into the ultra-lite approach to make it work as a true hiking pack. But I also use it for day hikes--at 22 oz., it's lighter than my other dayhike packs.

I caught the ultra-lite bug while reading Ray Jardine's Beyond Backpacking, which is infused with the ultra-lite philosophy Jardine preaches. Indeed, hiking the "Ray Way" has become something of a religion among ultra-lite purists. I just think the guy makes sense. Why lug 50 pounds of redundant gear on a hike and make yourself miserable? When done right, traveling lighter is safer and more enjoyable. Amen.

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Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens - Research

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Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens

I want to upgrade the main lense on my Canon SLR. This looks to be the best candidate.

Excellent review from Amazon Customer

108 of 118 people found the following review helpful:
By L. T. Beasimer "LB" (Dallas, TX)

I first bought the Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens to use with my Canon 10D along with the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Lens. About four years later I have sold all my original purchases. The Canon EF 28-135mm was my most used lens, and I still had it until March 2006 when I replaced it with the Canon EF 24-105mm IS f/4L.

Being an L lens, the dust and moisture resistant construction of the Canon EF 24-105mm IS f/4L is sturdy. The lens consists of eighteen elements in thirteen groups including one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration and distortion. With a standard twist zoom focus, this lens permits for auto or manual focusing depending on how the switch is set.

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Magic Bullet Blender - Honest Review

Magic Bullet Blender Review - After seeing the infomercial and doing a little investigation, I bought a Magic Bullet Blender through Amazon (cheaper shipping rates w/ Amazon). Reviews I read by others have been mixed (pardon the pun), though generally positive.

I use the Magic Bullet Blender almost every day for smoothies. It's become a morning ritual, made very easy with the Magic Bullet Blender. Here are the pros and cons I've found so far.

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No More Wallet Butt - The ALL-ETT - World's Thinnest Wallet

ALL-ETT - No More Wallet Butt!!

No More Wallet Butt - ALL-ETT - Thinnest Wallet - Recently found and bought this extremely thin wallet -- the ALL-ETT.

  • Weighs less than half an ounce.
  • Has an empty thickness of about 1/32 of an inch.

I love my ALL-ETT! It's not a minimalist wallet by any means--it holds all the credit cards, cash, receipts, and other crap I routinely carry.

Fully loaded, the ALL-ETT is about as thick as my old wallet was empty.

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Tips On Flying Woo Wee Dragonfly

Woo Wee Dragonfly - Looks delicate, but has been surprisingly sturdy, tolerating numerous crashes and semi-rough handling. I expected this RC controlled insect to be destroyed in the first ten minutes of use. My son has had it since mid-March, and it's still going strong. Below are some videos with tips on flying the Woo Wee Dragonfly and some awesome demos of what it can do.

WowWee FlyTech R/C Dragonfly

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