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The Softest Merino T-Shirt: Outlier Ultrafine

I’ve tested many merino wool t-shirts over the years — including those from Icebreaker, Minus 33, Smartwool, Ibex, Wooly and Arcteryx. The softest merino shirt I’ve tried is the Outlier Ultrafine T-Shirt. The fiber used in this shirt feels almost buttery to the touch. It has a excellent drape too, due to the use of 17.5 micro merino fibers. Merino has the ability to …

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The Best Water Filters Of 2019

I’ve been reviewing water filters for about 16 years. One of the best filters I’ve found is the Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher (made in the USA). This filter has been certified by ISO 17025 accredited labs tests to remove lead (97.5%), fluoride (90%), chlorine (99.99%), chromium 6 (99.87%), mercury (99.6%), trihalomethanes (99.99%), DDT (98.8%).

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The Best Shower Filter Of 2019

Almost all popular shower filters available today only remove 20% – 80% of free chlorine (not total combined chlorine) from your shower. This includes shower filters that are certified by the NSF #177 Standard — unfortunately this standard only indicates that a filter will remove 50% of free chlorine in the water.

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The Brightest Flashlight Powered By AA Batteries

The brightest flashlight that uses AA batteries is the Nitecore Caveman EA81, which shines at 2150 lumens. It takes eight AA batteries and costs about $120. It’s waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5 meters) and impact resistant to 1.5 meters. It has a micro-textured reflector and it uses the quad-die CREE X-LAMP XHP50 LED. The Nitecore Caveman EA81 is available on Amazon …

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The Best 18650 Batteries Of 2019

What are the advantages of 18650 batteries? They are 3.7 volt lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged, are inexpensive, and are compatible with a wide range of electronics.

The Best Alpaca Wool Comforters Of 2019

Alpaca wool is one of the warmest fibers that can be used to fill comforters. The wool also contains no lanolin so they are hypoallergenic and odorless. They have excellent moisture “wicking” properties. Body moisture is absorbed by the fiber, keeping sweat away to be released to the outside of the comforter. These are the best alpaca wool comforters I’ve …

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The Best Battery Tester Of 2019

The “ZTS MBT-1” is the best battery tester of 2018. It can test more than 30 different battery types and gives meaningful, accurate readings.

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A List Of Goods Still Made In The USA

Here’s a master list of well-designed products still made in the United States. If only certain products are U.S.-made, you’ll see a “(only selected products)” note.

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Underrated Fiber Series: Yak Wool

Similar to Bison wool, Yak wool is a very warm, lightweight and soft fiber. Yaks are primarily raised by nomadic Tibetan and Mongolian families. Their wool is combed (not shorn) once per year in the springtime when the animals shed their winter coat.

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The Best Rechargeable AA Batteries

The best pre-charged rechargeable AA batteries of 2016 are Panasonic’s Eneloop Pro AA Batteries. They are made with Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) chemistry and have low standard discharge, meaning they can hold a charge for years.

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The Best Air Filters For Pet Hair and Dander 2019

Pet dander is not the hair or fur of the animal, but is old skin scales which are constantly shed. Animal dander is extremely light weight and tiny in size (approximately 2.5 microns). It can stay airborne for hours.

Pets tend to shed a lot of dander, so you want a machine with a good pre-filter to stop pet hair reaching the main HEPA filter.

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The Brightest and Most Durable Christmas Lights

Conical 5mm Wide-Angle LEDs are the most durable and brightest Christmas lights available. Almost all professional Christmas light installers use these lights for their displays. Conical LEDs are waterproof and snowproof because they are injection molded into their plastic cordage.

The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

There are hundreds of bluetooth speakers now on the market. We’ve focused on selecting speakers that stand out for their durability and sound quality.

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The Brightest Keychain Flashlight (300 Lumens)

Surefire has released the Titan Plus, a keychain-sized flashlight that produces 300 lumens in its highest light mode. Prior to this release, the brightest keychain light produced about 80-120 lumens, so this threefold increase is significant.