Well, here we go again, big dump of pics of pocket dumps from the last 3 or 4 months. Hope you enjoy!
Haven’t been able to wear my Eco-Drive chrony for a while, after I found a problem with the band.
Wore through around the under straps keeper ring. (Strap is a leather NATO style)
Technically the watch is still secured by the top strap, but I wasn’t comfortable wearing it til I got it fixed.
Took a couple months to get to where, today, I had time/wanted it enough to actually do something about it.
Some of the rest of the band is also a little rough, here is where its worn through on the bottom strap next to the spot I’m fixing. But its only through the one layer, it’ll be fine for a while though, I think.
I simply stitched the bottom strap to the top one, and trimmed off the worn loop where the ring sat.
From the back;
Got a little too far from the edge there on one side, but it works. 🙂
Side that shows;
Easy fix and all I lost at this point, is that it isn’t an easy change band anymore. I’ll have to pull the spring bars to take the watch off. No big loss really though; Except for about 2 weeks when it was new, the watch has been on this band since about this time of year in 2011. 😀
Since I was welding that day, it meant finger burns (yes we had dedicated welding gloves, but generally I don’t bother with them, they’re a heavy leather gauntlet that allows no dexterity at all.)
Add to that some muscle damage and inflammation that I have right now in my shoulders/arm pits and lower arms that has been doing a carpal tunnel like effect of a piched nerve or restrictions in blood flow; making my hands tingling or numb over most of the past week anyway;
It makes this extremely slow, somewhat frustrating, and sort of painful to do.
I still have one big hole and one small one to patch, and two seams to re-close.
All summer, it was HOT here. As in record breaking hot at times. Hot and dry. So dry we broke the state record of acres burning in wildfires, a record set in 2004.
If I had 3 words to describe this summer, they’d be hot, dry, and smokey.
Its ironic that I only finally get this new item now, in the cool fall after the heat and actually after a Long record breaking wet season as well.
Thus is the irony of life!
I’d been wanting a vacuum insulated water bottle for a long time after a buddy got one early this summer. It’s been really annoying going out all day and my water gets warm, when his stayed cold and iced. I can put ice in the bottles I usually carry, but the sweating and condensation is epically annoying.
Unfortunately a lot of these bottles are Really expensive… Took me a while to find something I liked, that I can afford.
Stumbled upon this at wally world this week. Tal Hydration Ranger Pro;
It is stainless steel, vacuum insulated, copper lined in the vacuum area, (I wondered what good that does, turns out according to another brands advertising literature, that its supposed to conduct heat transfer more efficiently.).
Large top opening for filling/ice, and a nice caped drinking opening that is amazingly similar to my CamelBak Chute, my favorite water bottle.
Not sure if its paint or powder coat, but it seems thick, time will tell how durable it is.
Also similar to the Chute is the carry loop, but this one is bigger(great) and fantastically, its hinged, and folds out of the way making it much narrower when not hanging it. Also allows it to hang fully vertical not angled.
My only complaint so far is how tall this sucker is… I wanted a liter/32oz. bottle. Astoundingly They don’t make one!
They do a 26oz and a 40oz . This is the 40. They are all bigger than equal volume uninsulated bottles, obviously, but these things are overly tall for their diameter…
I’m actually guessing this is on purpose, so that they fit, for diameter, in water bottle pouches, and automotive(etc) cup holders..
The 26 was already taller than I’d want, but less capacity than I need (want)… So I bit the bullet and I opted for the 40. Will probably get used to it fast but so far its a little intimidating to pack/carry.
One nice thing about 40oz, and maybe this was their idea, is that you can get a full 32oz drink in it, and have room for ice.
The claim is 24 hours cold, 12 hours hot… we shall see.
Honestly I’ll be Happy if I get half those times. But some somewhat scientific(timed anyway) tests will be done. (eventually… 😉 )
So far I’ve used it a grand total of once, and it had my tea as icy as it started, more or less, for 4 or 5 hours.
So far, I’m extremely happy. Especially since it only cost me $17. 🙂
Will try to do a usage review after a week of two, we’ll see how its holding up.
A new category of entries/posts for the site!
Amazing Lost And Found Files; I figured these occurrences needed a name, considering how often it tends to happen. And how interesting, amazing and even hilarious myself, and a few other tend to find it.
Been a LOT going on this summer, and I do have things to post, but no time to do it. Lots of catch up posts this fall probably.
Until then, a few pocket dump pics to catch up that archive, and a few pics of other things thrown in, sort of a teaser. 🙂