I just broke my 2nd smartphone in 6 months. I have always been absent-minded, and can't afford to waste so much money. I'm looking for an off-contract android smartphone that lets me browse the internet + Youtube, without breaking the bank. Bonus points if it's hard to break. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend carpenter jeans that last more than six months? [more inside]
A friend is going on a year-long, multi-continent backpacking adventure. She wants a sturdy travel cover that will take the abuse from buses/baggage handlers/planes instead of her pack, like this--except hopefully sturdier. Any recommendations?
Seeking black, lace-up ankle boots that are stylish but ultra-durable [more inside]
Anyone have recommendations for a large bicycle seat bag that has a durable zipper? [more inside]
I am searching for beautifully crafted, durable women’s shoes made from leather that will last for years. I know this is a tough bill to fit so I am not limiting this search to any particular kind of shoe or price range. For boots, I typically look for strong welting (Goodyear method) but this is increasingly difficult to find. I love the look of Frye’s but most seem poor quality for the money. For example, the outsole and upper are simply glued together in most models (although the engineer boots look pretty solid). For heels/dress shoes, I am interested in full-grain leather instead of the bonded or “genuine” stuff. I’ve heard good things about Fluevog and Chie Mihara, but haven’t looked into them yet. Any experiences? What other brands might have these qualities? Are there high quality men’s shoe brands out there that also make shoes for women?
I'm tired of buying cheap stuff that doesn't last. Instead, I'm trying to buy better, long-lasting products, even if they cost a bit more up-front. Since it's not always obvious where to find them, I'm querying the hive. What are your favorite well-made, long-lasting products, in any category? [more inside]
Where can I buy a repairable shoe in New York City? I just discovered that the reason shoes are so cheap in America is, they're apparently constructed in some way that makes them impossible to fix. I'm willing to pay extra up front if it means that I can just get new soles sewn on instead of going shoe shopping every year. In terms of style, all I want are plain black leather oxfords or derbies, no pinking or toe caps or anything else that would make it harder to polish. In terms of budget, I'm currently paying $50 a pair every six to twelve months, and I'd like not to exceed that by too much (so, e.g., I'd be happy to pay $200 for shoes that reliably last two to four years). Bonus if anyone can explain why my cheap shoes are impossible to repair. If two piece of leather can be sewn together once, why not twice? It's not like thread holes wear out...
I finally found a pair of black, cordura cycling jeans that seem like they'll last for years. On the other hand, I've started to discover that my Levis don't last. Where else can I find indestructable pants? [more inside]
I need custom T-shirts that are durable and don't fit funny. [more inside]
I need an acoustic guitar to incorporate into an art installation. It'll be played roughly (by machines!), rest at an odd angle for years in conditions of unknown temperature and humidity, and be tuned only occasionally. What guitar should I get that won't crack, warp, or otherwise disintegrate under this treatment? Durability is more important than beauty or tone quality. I'm sure an electric guitar would be tougher, but I'd like to stay acoustic if possible. [more inside]
Suitcase recommendations. It needs to take a beating. It also needs to have 4 wheels. [more inside]
I love wearing the boots/skirts/leggings or tights combo in the wintertime. I also am all over the place for work - sitting down, standing up, kneeling, crouching, you name it - and I'm incredibly hard on my clothes. Can you recommend a brand of leggings or tights or similar garments that will stand up to lots of abuse and not bag at the knees after 20 min? [more inside]
Please recommend me a smartphone that is actually durable (won't break when I drop it on the floor).
Please recommend me a smartphone that is actually durable (won't break when I drop it on the floor). [more inside]
I would like to find a wood cutting board that will last around 3-5 years of moderate to heavy use. [more inside]
What kind of yarn is durable enough to use as a bicycle lock cozy? [more inside]
The rainy season is upon us where I live. What rainboots will I not regret purchasing three months in? [more inside]
Which vacuum cleaner stays sucky for the longest (relative to cost)? [more inside]
Can you please recommend to me a resistant and attractive blanket I can throw on furniture so my dog can sit with me? [more inside]
I am sick of only getting one or two wears out of a pair of pantyhose before they snag and run. Can anyone recommend a brand or style they've found particularly durable? [more inside]
What tools/devices last decades allowing for routine maintenance? [more inside]
What's a good lightweight bicycle that I can beat up on? [more inside]
Best portable projector? For traveling? By bike? [more inside]
Help me find the most durable laptop that will play well with Ubuntu [more inside]
My son needs the most durable school backpack we can find. [more inside]
The cleaner sometimes smashes my shirt buttons. Where can I find durable replacement buttons for dress shirts? [more inside]
I’m looking for quality, durable mens clothing, what are your recommendations? [more inside]
I wash trucks and houses for my liveing, myproblem is i need a rain jacket that is waterproof and soap proof and very durable( and size 4 x or so) and preferably if possible acid proof i dont mean like hydrochloric acid.. something like you would use on a tractor trailor truck. [more inside]
IKEA Filter: What are some cheap, yet surprisingly durable or high-quality items worth purchasing at IKEA? [more inside]
I am a college student, and my cafe likes to charge 7 bucks for a wrap, as such, I try to scrounge food from around the campus, you know, going to events here and there to try and pass up the obscenely large food bill. I carry everything in my bag, from a few extra pieces of clothes, to an emergency flashlight, to an emergency can of slim fast, to everyone of my notebooks and class textbooks. I also carry some of my books in my hands nowadays for space. As you can imagine, my bag is stuffed, I've actually noticed a rip along of of the zippers, so that sections not being used so much anymore, hah, to think, I've only had it for 3 months! I Was wondering what would be a good food that could withstand not getting mushed in my bag, and that if it exploded [happened] that it wouldn't be horrible. Any ideas? PS - as you might be able to tell, I'm a little rough with my bag.
This week a lot of things I own have worn out or have broke, and many of my other belongings will probably "expire" in the next year or so. No big deal, but what I'd like to do is purchase high quality durable goods that will last 5+ years. I'm also concerned of possible hyperinflation so I don't mind spending. What realiable durable goods would you buy? [more inside]
I need a durable waterproof laptop bag for under $100, and I need to buy it in the Boston area today. [more inside]
Alternative to T61p? I'm looking for a laptop that is highly reliable, has a good graphics card and lots of storage. [more inside]
Help me find durable, comfortable, wear-to-the-office women's shoes in a style that won't look dated in a few years. [more inside]
Waterproof, shockproof camera which takes AA batteries? [more inside]
My boyfriend's portable radios keep breaking. Help me find him something more durable... [more inside]
Please help me find a digital camera repair shop in Dallas that doesn't charge up front. I also have a question about finding a DURABLE camera for a clumsy girl. More inside. [more inside]
Are Sony Ericsson phones bad news or is it just in my head? [more inside]
I am looking to replace my cell phone. I use T-Mobile. The want list: camera, bluetooth headset, email & DURABLE! (broke two already) What phone do I really want?
I want to find out how to get a durable glossy lacquered(?) wood finish for pseudo wooden instrument cases. I know almost nothing about varnish/lacquer. My last attempt resulted in this, which is definitely the right look for the finish, but the problem is that it's far more prone to damage than it should be, such that I now feel I should try to keep the surface covered and protected, which makes me reluctant to actually ever take it out of the closet or use it. [more inside]
Book binding: I want to make some one-off children's books for my daughter and her friends, and I'm trying to determine the most cost-effective way to make something extra-durable. These kids are all about 2 years old; my own daughter has been known to rip pages out of favorite books as a sign of enthusiasm. My current thought is laminating two-sided color pages and spiral binding it, but to me that's only about a 6 out of 10 on cheapness and durability. Other thoughts?
Please recommend models of computers which are designed to work for extended periods in tropical (a few degrees south of the equator) outdoor environments. Besides durability, power usage and price are important considerations. [more inside]