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Backpack cover?

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?
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Seeking black, lace-up ankle boots that are stylish but ultra-durable

Seeking black, lace-up ankle boots that are stylish but ultra-durable [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Mar 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Bicycle seat bag with a durable zipper

Anyone have recommendations for a large bicycle seat bag that has a durable zipper? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Women’s shoes with superior construction.

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?
posted by turniphead on Jan 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Best Long-Lasting Products Evar

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]
posted by captainawesome on Dec 9, 2012 - 50 answers

Repairable shoes in NYC

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...
posted by d. z. wang on Sep 23, 2012 - 17 answers

The Search for Two-Year-Plus Pants

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]
posted by tmcw on Sep 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Want durable, well fitting custom T-shirts

I need custom T-shirts that are durable and don't fit funny. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Jun 14, 2012 - 11 answers

I want a TOUGH guitar!

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]
posted by moonmilk on Apr 28, 2012 - 19 answers

I'm not looking to travel light...

Suitcase recommendations. It needs to take a beating. It also needs to have 4 wheels. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Apr 4, 2012 - 6 answers

My leggings make me look like The Saggy Baggy Elephant

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]
posted by Knicke on Dec 6, 2011 - 18 answers

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]
posted by sockpim on Oct 9, 2011 - 32 answers

Long lasting wood cutting boards

I would like to find a wood cutting board that will last around 3-5 years of moderate to heavy use. [more inside]
posted by waitangi on Sep 13, 2011 - 23 answers

Super durable yarn?

What kind of yarn is durable enough to use as a bicycle lock cozy? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Sep 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Good, durable rainboots?

The rainy season is upon us where I live. What rainboots will I not regret purchasing three months in? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Aug 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Vacuum cleaner value for money

Which vacuum cleaner stays sucky for the longest (relative to cost)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 22, 2011 - 33 answers

I need ideas for dog-resistant throw blankets.

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]
posted by msali on Jan 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Recommendation for durable pantyhose

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]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Oct 11, 2010 - 16 answers

What tools/devices last decades allowing for routine maintenance?

What tools/devices last decades allowing for routine maintenance? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Sep 11, 2010 - 36 answers

What's a good, lightweight bicycle that I can beat up on?

What's a good lightweight bicycle that I can beat up on? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Jun 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Best portable projector?

Best portable projector? For traveling? By bike? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on May 4, 2010 - 3 answers

Single user, looking for long term relationship with the laptop of my dreams. Love of linux a must

Help me find the most durable laptop that will play well with Ubuntu [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jan 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Durable School Backpack

My son needs the most durable school backpack we can find. [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Nov 28, 2009 - 27 answers

Need durable shirt buttons

The cleaner sometimes smashes my shirt buttons. Where can I find durable replacement buttons for dress shirts? [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Sep 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Suggestions for durable colthing

I’m looking for quality, durable mens clothing, what are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by racingjs on Sep 3, 2009 - 17 answers

rainjacket

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]
posted by quseio on Feb 26, 2009 - 12 answers

What are the best bargains at IKEA?

IKEA Filter: What are some cheap, yet surprisingly durable or high-quality items worth purchasing at IKEA? [more inside]
posted by cucumberfresh on Dec 11, 2008 - 66 answers

What food should I put in my school bag?

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.
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Nov 17, 2008 - 77 answers

What realiable durable goods wouuld you recommend?

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]
posted by lpctstr; on Oct 19, 2008 - 22 answers

Boston area laptop bag store?

I need a durable waterproof laptop bag for under $100, and I need to buy it in the Boston area today. [more inside]
posted by genefinder on Aug 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Lenovo T61p alternative?

Alternative to T61p? I'm looking for a laptop that is highly reliable, has a good graphics card and lots of storage. [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Apr 26, 2008 - 19 answers

Help me find shoes!

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]
posted by jujube on Jan 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Drunk-friendly camera (with AA batteries)?

Waterproof, shockproof camera which takes AA batteries? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Sep 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Help me find a durable personal radio?

My boyfriend's portable radios keep breaking. Help me find him something more durable... [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman on Aug 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Help me find a digital camera that I can drop!!

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]
posted by nataliecay on Jan 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Sony Ericsson quality questions

Are Sony Ericsson phones bad news or is it just in my head? [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Nov 25, 2006 - 29 answers

whats the most durable cell phone?

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?
posted by digital-dragonfly on Nov 11, 2006 - 15 answers

How do I get a durable gloss wood laquer?

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]
posted by -harlequin- on Mar 12, 2005 - 11 answers

Book Binding

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?
posted by blueshammer on Oct 8, 2004 - 7 answers

Help me find an inexpensive, durable computer to run in a tropical environment.

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]
posted by rschram on Dec 12, 2003 - 5 answers

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