Cool Material » Men's gear blog featuring the latest trends in watches, gear and gadgets. http://coolmaterial.com/ Cool Material is a men's shopping blog covering the latest in gear, gadgets, watches, style, technology and more. en-us How to Clean and Care for Your Vinyl Records https://coolmaterial.com/tech/how-to-clean-vinyl-records-care/ 249849 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:49:05 EST John A. Paradiso You’ve finally taken the plunge and started your very own record collection. You’ve picked out your favorite LPs, you’ve acquired the essentials, and you’ve gotten the best vinyl gear. So, what next? I’m stating the…

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You’ve finally taken the plunge and started your very own record collection. You’ve picked out your favorite LPs, you’ve acquired the essentials, and you’ve gotten the best vinyl gear. So, what next?

I’m stating the obvious here, but vinyl records are a physical medium. Unlike those lovely MP3s on your phone, these records need to be cared for. Part of the charm of starting a record collection is that the quality of the vinyl can change over time. But, vinyl enthusiasts will remark that all those pops and cracks so associated with classic vinyl, can in fact be avoided. A clean and well-cared-for vinyl record will play seamless audio for years to come.

But how do you keep those LPs pristine? You’ll want to invest in some special pieces of equipment but, overall, it’s really not that hard. And it starts with how you store and stash your vinyl records. Here are our tips for general vinyl record care.

How to Care For Vinyl Records



Storage

Proper vinyl care always starts with storage. Keep your records stored vertically, don’t pile them on top of each other. While they often seem like decent storage options, we’d recommend against using milk crates or anything with hard, sharp corners. Instead, opt for shelving that won’t warp or dent your vinyl. Below are a couple of our favorites.



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Way Basics 2-Shelf Cube Book Case – Buy



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Simple Wood Goods Storage Cube – Buy


Additionally, we’d suggest investing in some proper anti-static plastic sleeves. A plastic outer sleeve will keep your vinyl cover crisp and pristine. And, while most records come with an inner sleeve, those paper ones can easily collect dust and potentially scratch the surface of your records. Go with some anti-static plastic inner record sleeves. Below are some solid options.



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Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Inner Sleeves – Buy



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Anti-Static Plastic Inner Sleeves – Buy


And, last but certainly not least, your handling of the record will have a significant impact on quality. Our hands have plenty of oils and dirt that can damage the vinyl’s surface. So, as a general rule, try not to grip the vinyl on the grooved surface. Try to stick to the edges or the center label when picking up your vinyl.

But, of course, even with all of these measures, dirt, grease, dust, and oils will certainly work their way onto your vinyl. So, how do you clean your LPs?

How to Clean Vinyl Records



Before you buy that hundreth record, before you upgrade your stylus, before you get that pricey turntable, get yourself a brush. A carbon fiber, anti-static brush helps collect the dust and dirt that regularly lands on your vinyl between plays. So, before you drop the needle on your favorite vinyl, let the record spin and gently brush the surface for a few rotations and, with the bristles still touching, pull the brush toward you picking up the dust and removing the static buildup. Below is a great, inexpensive anti-static brush.



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Boundless Audio Record Cleaner Brush – Buy



For a deeper clean, opt for a wet cleaning method. There are several effective automated or mechanized wet record cleaners on the market, but we usually go for a simple cleaning by hand. We’ve used a handful of ready-made record cleaners but there’s an easy DIY alternative, too.

Simply grab some isopropyl alcohol, distilled water, dish fluid, and microfiber cloths. Combine 1/4 isopropyl alcohol, 3/4 distilled water, and one or two drops of cleaning fluid in a spray bottle. Place your record on a clean micro-fiber cloth, spray the liquid on the record, and wait for the solution to get into the grooves. Take another cloth and wipe in a circular motion for a couple of times. Flip the record and repeat. Always make sure to allow your records to dry fully before returning them to your sleeve. If you opt for a pre-made record cleaner follow the same steps with the purchased solution.



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Vinyl Record Cleaning Solution – Buy



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Microfiber Cleaning Cloth – Buy



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Spin-Clean Record Washer – Buy



If you’d like to go the automatic route, there are a handful of recording cleaning machines that will do the trick. While pricey, these machines will quickly and effectively clean the records. No matter what method you choose, you’ll want to make sure you’re regularly cleaning your vinyl. And, while some folks recommend cleaning every new vinyl, we’d suggest at least applying some cleaning method to any used records you acquire.



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Record Doctor Vacuum Cleaner – Buy



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Pro-Ject – VC-S2 ALU Record Cleaning Machine – Buy

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Harley-Davidson Mosh/Tribute e-Bike https://coolmaterial.com/rides/harley-davidson-mosh-tribute-e-bike/ 250359 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:34:00 EST Amos Kwon Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 Mosh/CTY e-Bike was supposed to be just a design exercise, but the response to it was colossal and totally unexpected. The result is Harley-Davidson’s first production e-Bike known as the Mosh/Tribute. It’s…

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Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 Mosh/CTY e-Bike was supposed to be just a design exercise, but the response to it was colossal and totally unexpected. The result is Harley-Davidson’s first production e-Bike known as the Mosh/Tribute. It’s based on the prototype, and it remains true to form with vintage styling cues based on the original Serial Number One motorcycle from 1903. This version, however, gets electric power from a 529 lithium-ion battery mated to a Brose S MAG motor for speeds up to 20 mph with a range of up to 105 miles. Hydraulic disc brakes provide stopping power, and the Gates carbon belt drive keeps things ultra-low maintenance. The white Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires pop nicely against the gloss black frame, and the hand-crafted leather saddle and grips harken back to the old days. The Mosh/Tribute comes in two sizes and is available for purchase now.

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IKEA’s Sjömärke Easily Adds Wireless Charging to Your Furniture https://coolmaterial.com/home/ikeas-sjomarke-easily-adds-wireless-charging-to-your-furniture/ 250299 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:22:32 EST Ben Dahl While we’re all for the updated cameras, faster processors, UI changes, and increased storage space that new smartphones bring, the biggest convenience upgrade from the last decade or so is wireless charging. Never having to…

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While we’re all for the updated cameras, faster processors, UI changes, and increased storage space that new smartphones bring, the biggest convenience upgrade from the last decade or so is wireless charging. Never having to dig out the appropriate Micro-USB/Lightning/USB-C or any other cable in favor of just setting your device on a special charging surface makes all of our lives easier. Your favorite furniture brand–IKEA, obviously–wants to make it even more convenient by letting you upgrade your existing furniture with the plug-and-stick IKEA Sjömärke Qi wireless charging pad. As opposed to having to drill out spots for mounting and cable routing, the IKEA Sjömärke sticks to the bottom of almost any surface with included double-sided sticky tape–along with including marker stickers for the top side so you know where to set your phone. Adding built-in wireless charging to your furniture doesn’t cost more than buying a dedicated wireless charging pad, but there are some caveats. The Sjömärke won’t work with metal and requires a surface between 3/8″ and 7/8″ thick, so oddly enough, it won’t work with some of the IKEA furniture you already own. The IKEA Sjömärke will be available in October.

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Thursday Link Roundup https://coolmaterial.com/link-roundup/thursday-link-roundup-4/ 250378 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:15:54 EST Pat McLaughlin The web is a vast place best explored with a little guidance. Every day we curate a small collection of links worthy of your time, meaning you can skip the wandering and get right to…

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The web is a vast place best explored with a little guidance. Every day we curate a small collection of links worthy of your time, meaning you can skip the wandering and get right to the good stuff.

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Roku Is Dropping Two New 4K Streaming Sticks Next Month https://coolmaterial.com/tech/roku-new-4k-streaming-sticks/ 250300 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:14:08 EST Ben Dahl We’re all for the latest and greatest when it comes to modern screen technology. The curved screens, holographic displays, imperceptible to the human eye resolution rates, VR, the whole nine yards. Sometimes, it’s just a…

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We’re all for the latest and greatest when it comes to modern screen technology. The curved screens, holographic displays, imperceptible to the human eye resolution rates, VR, the whole nine yards. Sometimes, it’s just a whole helluva lot easier to fall back on the tried, the true, and the convenient. Which is why we’re generally partial to Roku setups. Whether you’re using a TV with the OS built-in, or attaching a streaming stick or box, Roku makes Smart TV easy. We were super stoked to learn they’re launching two new 4K options–the Roku Streaming Stick 4K and 4K+–next month with both clocking in at less than a hundred bucks. The new Streaming Stick 4K is more powerful and easier to setup than ever with a hide behind your TV design, spectacular Dolby Vision® picture quality, 2x faster Long-range Wi-Fi, Airplay functionality, massive streaming (free/live/premium/subscription) library, and super-fast startup, which makes it the most capable, service-agnostic device out there. The only real difference between the two is the fact that the Streaming Stick 4K+ upgrades the voice remote with TV controls to one that is rechargeable and includes a lost remote finder. [Ed. note: Replacement Roku remotes are about ten bucks more than the upgrade cost of the + version with the lost reminder finder, so you might as well just save yourself the extra coin now.] The Roku Streaming Stick 4K will set you back fifty bucks while the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ is seventy bucks, and both are slated to drop in the middle of October.

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MRF’s Ultimate 4.0 EDC Multitool Packs a Toolbox into a Credit Card https://coolmaterial.com/home/mrfs-ultimate-4-0-edc-credit-card-multitool/ 250291 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:51:58 EST Ben Dahl MRF is back with the latest iteration of their Ultimate EDC Credit Card Multitool. Ultimate 4.0 packs an almost obscene more than 80 tools into a single credit card-sized package for easy carrying. It has…

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MRF is back with the latest iteration of their Ultimate EDC Credit Card Multitool. Ultimate 4.0 packs an almost obscene more than 80 tools into a single credit card-sized package for easy carrying. It has all the usual credit card tool features like screwdrivers, wrenches, scrapers, rulers, and a bottle opener. In addition to the standard options, it has plenty of features we haven’t seen before like a knife sharpener, sundial, drill guide, distance ruler, and the ability to turn into a hatchet by mounting it to a stick. What really sets this option apart from the competition are five separate modular KITS with additional functionality that clips into the card tool. Urban KIT includes a knife, Phillips screwdriver, comb, and wire cutter in Cerakote red. Garage KIT includes a knife, pliers, tweezers, and wire cutter in Cerakote yellow. Military KIT includes knife, 6x Choke wrenches, Phillips screwdriver, wire cutter, and arrow wrench in Cerakote camo. Wrench KIT includes Phillips screwdriver, comb, wire cutter, and 7 wrenches. Utility KIT includes a standard utility blade knife, utility cordcutter, and wirecutter in Cerakote black. The MRF Ultimate 4.0 is expected to be delivered in March next year.

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This Batch Shirt Is Built for Everything https://coolmaterial.com/style/this-batch-shirt-is-built-for-everything/ 250347 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:15:49 EST Pat McLaughlin When it comes to shirts that are built for all of your adventures, you won’t find better options than what’s available from Batch. They just reworked their most popular casual shirt–the Author–with all the details…

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When it comes to shirts that are built for all of your adventures, you won’t find better options than what’s available from Batch. They just reworked their most popular casual shirt–the Author–with all the details you love and simplified the rest. We’re talking a hidden button-down collar, premium mother-of-pearl buttons, single on-seam chest pocket and super comfortable and soft 100% cotton oxford fabric. Even better, it comes in 3 Oxford colors and 2 solid twill colors so you’re covered for every situation. Get your Batch shirts today.

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Today’s Steals (9.23.2021): J.Crew – 30% Off up to $250, 40% Off $250+ ++ https://coolmaterial.com/daily-steals-deals/todays-steals-9-23-2021-j-crew-30-off-up-to-250-40-off-250/ 250444 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 08:14:46 EST Amirah ]]> Ooni’s Latest Pizza Oven Is Their Most Advanced Yet https://coolmaterial.com/home/ooni-karu-16-pizza-oven/ 250265 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:39:45 EST Ben Dahl We’ll be the first to admit there’s no such thing as bad pizza. When you want the absolute best at home, you want a dedicated pizza oven. Ooni–formerly Uuni–made waves with their dedicated pizza ovens…

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We’ll be the first to admit there’s no such thing as bad pizza. When you want the absolute best at home, you want a dedicated pizza oven. Ooni–formerly Uuni–made waves with their dedicated pizza ovens that could perfectly cook a Neapolitan style in under 2 minutes. Ooni has continued iterating over the years which led to the creation of the Ooni Karu 16, their most advanced pizza oven yet. Karu has been almost completely redesigned from the ground up with a sleeker silhouette, improved insulation, and weather resistance. Those kinds of upgrades increase the maximum temp to 950°F which means cook time is cut down to just a minute. These are obviously the most important aspects when it comes to creating pizza, but we love the newly added features almost as much. The open-face or pull-out drawer have been replaced with a fold-down glass oven door so you can see what you’re cooking. And there’s a mounted digital thermometer. The Karu 16 is also a multi-fuel oven which means it can be used with wood, charcoal, or even gas (with a separate burner). As if that wasn’t enough, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana recognized it as the first and only ‘Recommended for Domestic Use’ pizza oven.

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Steal: Up to 50% Off Sale Items during the adidas Fall Sale https://coolmaterial.com/style/steal-up-to-50-off-sale-items-during-the-adidas-fall-sale/ 250294 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:37:11 EST Ben Dahl There are quite a few great fall sales that have already kicked off–one look at the newly revamped Steals section is all that it takes to confirm that. But there aren’t many as impressive as…

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There are quite a few great fall sales that have already kicked off–one look at the newly revamped Steals section is all that it takes to confirm that. But there aren’t many as impressive as the recently kicked off 50% off sale items at adidas. Whether you’re looking for sneakers, hoodies, pants, slides, slip-ons, zip-ups, caps, packs, or almost anything else, there are 18 packages of sale items that deserve your attention, closet space, and hard-earned money. As of right now, there’s no code required, and the sale ends in just under a week on 9/28. In other words, don’t wait to pull the trigger on your favorites because they won’t last long at these price points. Check out some of our favorites at the links below.

adidas Swift Run X Sneakers (41% Off) – $85 / $50
adidas Essentials Fleece Tapered Cuff 3-Stripes Pants (49% Off) – $45 / $23
adidas Essentials Fleece 3-Stripes Full-Zip Hoodie (50% Off) – $60 / $30
adidas Ultraboost 20 Sneakers (30% Off) – $180 / $126
adidas Vintage Airliner Luxe Shopper Bag (30% Off) – $58 / $41
adidas Adicolor Classics Trefoil Pullover Hoodie (40% Off) – $65 / $39
adidas Racer TR21 Sneakers (20% Off) – $75 / $60
adidas Adilette Shower Slides (20% Off) – $25 / $20
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Todd Snyder x L.L. Bean “Upta Camp” Collection https://coolmaterial.com/style/todd-snyder-l-l-bean-upta-camp-collection/ 250253 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:27:27 EST Ben Dahl Last year, legendary menswear icons Todd Snyder and L.L. Bean teamed up for the “From Away” capsule collection that was so popular it sold out in minutes and even led to the creation of a…

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Last year, legendary menswear icons Todd Snyder and L.L. Bean teamed up for the “From Away” capsule collection that was so popular it sold out in minutes and even led to the creation of a collaborative cabin. They’re back this year with a camp inspired collection–fittingly dubbed “Upta Camp”–that sees the prolific designer doing modern takes on pieces from the L.L. Bean archive and a whole slew of new pieces. There are over 85 styles in the capsule collection, including Snyder’s take on the Baxter State Parka, Ranger Shirt and Cruiser Boot just to name a few. Those revamped classics are joined by other jackets, hoodies, sweaters, shirts and pants that share the same vintage Bean style combined with modern touches and bulletproof construction. The Todd Snyder x L.L. Bean “Upta Camp” Collection drops online and in-store on September 24th.

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Check Out the Best Beers from the Great American Beer Festival https://coolmaterial.com/food-drink/great-american-beer-festival-2021-winners-gabf/ 249845 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:11:19 EST John A. Paradiso The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), hosted by the Brewers Association, is one of the marquee annual events in the craft beer world. And, while the festival didn’t take place in person this year, the…

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The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), hosted by the Brewers Association, is one of the marquee annual events in the craft beer world. And, while the festival didn’t take place in person this year, the event’s annual competition, which happens to be the largest beer competition in the world, went off without a hitch. Judges awarded a total of 290 medals in gold, silver, and bronze categories across 175 different beer styles.

Even with the challenges of the past year and a half, the Brewer’s Association was upbeat about this year’s proceedings.

“Despite being forced to cancel the festival portion of GABF, our brewing community rallied together to make this year’s GABF competition one for the books — our largest competition judged to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition director, in a press release. “Judges continue to be impressed with the quality and innovation of all entries they evaluated. The Brewers Association is proud to honor this year’s deserving winners. We look forward to celebrating in person together next year.”

The Winners of the GABF 2021 Competition

A total of 9,680 beers were submitted this year from 2,192 different breweries with entries from all 50 states (and Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico). Unsurprisingly, trendy styles like hazy IPA, American-style IPA, and fruited sours were the categories with the most entries.

Below are the winners of the three most-entered categories.


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Category 64: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (427 entries)

  • GOLD: DeadHead IPA Series: TourBus – DESTIHL Brewery, Normal, IL
  • SILVER: Art is Hard – North Park Beer Co., San Diego, CA
  • BRONZE: Blissed – Attitude Brewing Co., San Diego, CA



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Category 63: American-style India Pale Ale (404 entries)

  • GOLD: Volatile Substance – Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl, Portland, OR
  • SILVER: JAF IPA – JAFB Wooster Brewery, Wooster, OH
  • BRONZE: Bullitt – All Season Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA



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Category 25: Fruited American Sour Ale (249 entries)

  • GOLD: Sherbet Drip – Fall River Brewing Co., Redding, CA
  • SILVER: Tropical Hurt Locker – Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, IL
  • BRONZE: Rasmine – Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh, NC



In addition to the individual category winners, the Great American Beer Festival delivered various brewery of the year awards. Here were the winners:



0 – 250 Barrels Brewery and Brewer of the Year
Radiant Beer Co., Anaheim, CA; Andrew Bell & Radiant Beer Co. Team




251 – 500 Barrels Brewery and Brewer of the Year
Main & Six Brewing Co., Jacksonville, FL; Dennis Espinosa & Alex Leuthold



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501 – 1,000 Barrels Brewery and Brewer of the Year
Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN; Cody Peczkowski



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1,001 – 2,000 Barrels Brewery and Brewer of the Year
Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA; Steve Luke & Zach Kornfeld



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2,001 – 5,000 Barrels Brewery and Brewer of the Year
Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, IL; Brian Lagro & Craig Kofod



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5,001 – 15,000 Barrels Brewery and Brewer of the Year
Sudwerk Brewing Co., Davis, CA; Team Sudwerk



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15,001 – 100,000 Barrels Brewery and Brewer of the Year
Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME; Team Allagash

With a total of three medals, Moontown Brewing Co. based in Whitestown, IN was the competition’s most medaled brewery. They earned:

  • SILVER: Moonlite – 40: American Cream Ale
  • BRONZE: 40th Parallel – 44: Bohemian-Style Pilsener
  • BRONZE: Skool House Bock – 51: Bock

Check out the full list of winners here.

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Hoonigan Halo Warthog https://coolmaterial.com/rides/hoonigan-halo-warthog/ 250235 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:05:35 EST Amos Kwon When video games come to real life, they’re rarely as mindblowing as Ken Block’s Hoonigan Industries Halo Warthog. The iconic combat all-terrain vehicle finally gets its due in real life with a bona fide 1,060-horsepower…

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When video games come to real life, they’re rarely as mindblowing as Ken Block’s Hoonigan Industries Halo Warthog. The iconic combat all-terrain vehicle finally gets its due in real life with a bona fide 1,060-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine, custom rock crawler chassis, suspension, and steering. Undergirding the off-road capability of the Warthog are solid front and rear axles that provide tremendous articulation for those Halo-esque drives over anything and everything. It also gets nimble four-wheel steering, 43-inch all-terrain tires, and massive ground clearance for getting this Warthog just about anywhere. If you recognize it, the Hoonigan Warthog recently debuted in the “Free Guy” movie, and you can also see how it was built on YouTube where new episodes bow until October 14th. It’s just too bad there’s no M41 Light Anti-Aircraft Gun mounted in the back and no Master Chief armor for the driver.

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Today’s Steals (9.22.2021): DSPTCH – Up to 50% Off Sale Items ++ https://coolmaterial.com/daily-steals-deals/todays-steals-9-22-2021-dsptch-up-to-50-off-sale-items/ 250308 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:39:14 EST Amirah ]]> Wednesday Link Roundup https://coolmaterial.com/link-roundup/wednesday-link-roundup-4/ 250239 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:21:55 EST Pat McLaughlin The web is a vast place best explored with a little guidance. Every day we curate a small collection of links worthy of your time, meaning you can skip the wandering and get right to…

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The web is a vast place best explored with a little guidance. Every day we curate a small collection of links worthy of your time, meaning you can skip the wandering and get right to the good stuff.

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