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Best Sais 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Sais of 2018
Here, I will review 3 of the best sais of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references.
Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy sais and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place. Now, let’s get to the gist of the matter: which are the best sais for the money?
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this sais win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this sais come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
Why did this sais take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
Sais Buyer’s Guide
If you’re in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television. We explain each of these points in greater detail in the text below:
Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets) if you want a future-proof set.
LED and LCD Sets
Most LCD sets use LEDs on the edge of the screen. The better of these models support active dimming, but it takes some digital sorcery to do this by merely manipulating lights along the edge.
Full-array LED sets have light-emitting diodes directly behind the screen, in a grid of “zones” that can be lit up or darkened individually. Such an arrangement makes the backlight more precise and allows a more-detailed picture regarding contrast. Full-array backlighting was once reserved for top-tier models, but with more Ultra HD sets appearing at lower prices, this feature is becoming more common on modestly priced sets.
Another LCD technology, called quantum dots, is becoming more common, spurred on by the requirements of HDR to produce a wider array of colors and more brightness. An LCD that uses quantum dots basically has another layer, or added “rail,” of different size nanocrystal dots that light up when the LED backlight hits them. The result is a wider color spectrum and increased brightness.
Be aware that some brands offer confusing labels. Samsung’s newest sets are dubbed “QLED.” These are quantum-dot LCD TVs — not to be mistaken for OLED.
Wide array of prices, sizes and features; Some affordable Ultra HD 4K models; Bright screens visible even in a sunny room; Image quality steadily improving with full-array backlighting and quantum-dot technology.
OLED TVs go one better than full-array LED-LCDs with a few dozen lighting zones. In place of a backlight, OLEDs use a layer of organic LEDs, controlled at the pixel level, to achieve absolute black and stunning levels of contrast. (Footage of fireworks against a black sky is a favorite demonstration of OLED technology.)
LG isn’t the only company actively pursuing OLED technology in large screen sizes, with new OLED models arriving from Panasonic, Philips and Sony
Best TV picture, bar none; Colors truly pop, deeper blacks and better contrast and shadow detail than LCD TVs achieve; Retains image quality when viewed from the side.
Stratospheric prices; lower peak brightness than some LCD sets, uncertainty about how screens will fare over time, including whether they will retain “ghost” images (also known as burn-in) from displaying a static picture for too long.
Motion issues with TruMotion
The LG WOLED is truly something special. Not only is it one of the thinnest TVs to ever grace our vision (it’s 2.75mm thin), but it’s also one of the most gorgeous.
When fed the right kind of content – in this case, 4K HDRor Dolby Vision video – it truly shines. A super-slim design alone wouldn’t have been enough to warrant the extra cost to upgrade to LG’s latest panel.
But the thin frame on top of a Dolby Atmos soundbar on top of four types of HDR support on top of the magnetic mounting system on top of the new webOS 3.operating system surely did the trick. This incredibly gorgeous TV isn’t without its faults (see: motion handling, its sticker price and soundbar issues), but in terms of sheer picture performance there’s nothing else like it right now.
Limited viewing angles
It looks like someone on Samsung’s TV design team has been watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. The 65-inch Qis a ringer for that film’s mysterious black monolith thanks to the way both its front and back sides are completely flat and feature ultra-robust, polished finishes. Ultra HD HDR playback is what the Q9F was created to do and, given Samsung’s potent HDR track record, it’s no surprise to find that it does it supremely well. Even though the Q9F has 4K HDR optimisation in its DNA, it’s capable of looking seriously good with high definition standard dynamic range content too.
It’s not very bright
If LG’s OLED isn’t your thing, spend some time checking out Sony’s version.
The 55A– and the AOLED series overall – are crowd pleasers in just about every way. Their ‘picture only’ design has been beautifully realized, managing to be simultaneously subtle and dramatic.
Their vibrating screen delivers a far more powerful and effective sound performance than I’d thought possible, too. The real stars of the show here, though, are the A1’s exquisitely detailed, contrast-rich and colourful pictures.
These prove emphatically what we’ve long suspected: More brands using OLED technology can only lead to good things.
LCD TVs are brighter
After kickstarting its 201OLED campaign with the sensational-but-expensive OLED W7, LG is now following that up with something rather more affordable.
Picking the more affordable option means you have to forego the W7’s incredibly thin and flexible screen, as well as its external control box and speaker system. However, the OLED Estill looks like a million bucks, still boasts an integrated soundbar that claims Dolby Atmos support, still boasts LG’s excellent webOS smart system, and still, most importantly of all, delivers pretty much identical picture quality to its more expensive sibling.
HDR is a bit dim
OK, so you don’t want Sony’s new AOLED or the fantastic-but-pricey ZDSo what should you buy? Check out the XE90 series. With superb 4K image clarity, powerful SDR-to-HDR remastering, and a smooth direct LED backlight, Sony is offering something very different with the XE90. We loved the consistency of its images, the eye-popping vibrancy of its wide colour gamut panel and its easy-to-watch HDR – you get spectral highlights without accompanying eye fatigue.
Given this set’s high-but-fair price point, any niggles we have are negligible. The XE90 is highly recommended and deserved our Best in Class award.
Complicated to use
It’s an open secret within the TV industry that every OLED TV uses panels produced by LG Display, meaning that whether you’re buying a Sony, a Philips, or a LG, the OLED panel at the heart of each set is the same hardware.
However, Philips has a bit of a trick up its sleeve thanks to its Ambilight technology, which projects colors onto the wall behind it that mirror those shown on the TV itself.
The result is that the company’s flagship OLED series, the 9002, is a really stunning piece of tech, and its Ppicture processing engine is great at getting the most out of its OLED panel.
You’ll be paying a slight price premium over LG’s more budget sets, but Ambilight could be exactly what you need to justify that premium.
Runs sluggishly at times
The XE9Series builds on last year’s XD9series in a few important ways, the first of which is by including one of Sony’s new XExtreme chipsets. These are around 40% more powerful than the original Xchips, and introduce separate databases to help the TV analyze noise and upscale sub-4K sources to the screen’s native 4K resolution. Add in an apparently much-improved sound system and Sony’s Triluminos technology for delivering today’s wider colour ranges and the XE9series seems to tick all the right boxes.
Unfortunately, though, even an improved version of Sony’s Slim Backlight Drive can’t completely hide the fact that with current edge LED technology there’s always a backlight-based price to pay for all that HDR-sating brightness.
In my review of the first mainstream curved LCD TV, Samsung’s UNHU9000, I called the curve “a flat-out gimmick.” And that was after living with one in my house for a month. The curve detracted more than it added to picture quality, and in the end seemed like more of an aesthetic choice than anything else. I don’t think it’s worth the extra money.
Further reading: Trouble with the curve: What you need to know about curved TVs
Let me reiterate
All HDMI cables are the same. If you don’t have a universal remote already, you should get one. Our list of best home video and best home audio gear has other good suggestions.
How come you never mention rear-projection or plasma TV?
Because rear-projection TVs are no longer on sale as of 2012, and the last plasma TVs were manufactured in 201They’ll be missed.
Unlike dinosaur rear-projectors, I think front-projectors are really cool, and we’ve we’ve reviewed a few. And yes, your TV is too tiny
Use Competition for All Aspects of the Deal
Competition also works to get you the best rate on your loan. The dealer is not the only one that can finance your car, online lenders are available. Once approved you will have a check in hand and know your interest rate before you even set foot in the dealership. You can use your low rate to negotiate with the dealer or use your online financing if they won’t match or beat the online rate. We will cover this topic in more detail in our chapter on auto loans. Remember, price is only one component of a complete deal.
TrueCar gives you a great baseline on pricing. Check the curve to see how your quotes stack up to what other have paid. If the TrueCar price is better, print out the Guaranteed Savings Certificate and head to the dealership for a hassle free deal. Remember, you still have to pay attention to the other aspects of the deal that we discuss.
How to Shop for a Mattress
I assume you’re reading this guide because you decided you need a new mattress (and not because you’re just curious about what’s going on in the world of mattresses these days). Perhaps your current mattress is hurting you, or you wake up tired. Maybe you just want a bigger size. Maybe you’re moving and don’t want to lug your old mattress from place to place. Whichever is the case, my goal is to help you select the right mattress so you don’t make a mistake and so you don’t pay a penny more than you have to.
A mattress is perhaps the most important piece of furniture in your home. If you get the recommended hours of sleep per night, you will spend at least 1/3rd of your life in that mattress. That means if you keep that mattress for years (which is about the average), of those years will be spent on it. However, many of us don’t think about our mattresses and how it impacts our lives every day.
In this post, I will go over the basics on selecting the correct mattress. Elsewhere on the site, I will go into more detail on each of these topics and more, but this will be enough to get you started. choosing a mattress
If you can find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment while not causing any pressure to your body, you’ve found a good mattress for you. There are some other minor factors to look for. They include motion transfer, edge support, and temperature.
Selecting the Right Mattress Store
Your first order of business will be to choose a store to shop at. Feel free to pick several to shop around at, especially if they’re near each other. There are several types of stores out there. I will give the pros and cons of each.
How to Test for Support in a Mattress
The most important factor in finding the correct mattress is proper support. You need the mattress to push up on your body to counteract your body weight. So that means get a hard, firm, stone-like mattress, right? Wrong.
Your body isn’t a straight line. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, your body has curves, and a mattress must come up to support the curves and arches of your body (similar to how a good shoe will have arch support). Consider the image below to illustrate:
You’ll notice that the mattress dips down around her shoulders and hips, but her spine is in proper alignment. If the mattress were too hard, her hips would be pushed up and her shoulders would be pushed up, and her spine would not be straight. If you’re in this position for too long, you can wake up with a back ache.
Additionally, if you keep changing positions to try to keep your back in alignment, you’re not getting into the deeper stages of sleep, which causes you to wake up tired. The same exact consequences occur if a mattress is too soft, and you’re in it like a hammock. You want a mattress to contour to the shape of your body to hold it in its neutral alignment.
How to Test for Comfort in a Mattress
The second most important criteria to selecting the right mattress is comfort (or as you may hear it called, pressure relief). If a mattress is too hard, it can cause pressure to your body. This cuts off circulation and pinches nerves (ever wake up with a “pins and needles” feeling in your hand?), and will cause you to change positions frequently.
If you’re frequently changing positions, your sleep is fragmented and you don’t get into the deeper stages of sleep (such as REM sleep). This means you’ll wake up tired, even if you thought you got hours of sleep. When you’re trying out the mattress, you should be able to lie in one position without moving around for at least a few minutes. If you can do that, you’ve found a good mattress.
Those are the two main criteria. If you find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment which doesn’t cause pressure to your body, you’ve found a great mattress for you. To help fine-tune it from there, there are a few other things to consider.
There are several other criteria that you can look for when searching for a mattress.
Motion & Separation: If you share your bed, you want to minimize motion transfer. If your partner gets in or out of bed, or changes positions, you run the risk of being woken up if the mattress transfers too much of that motion to your side of the bed. Try the mattress in the store with your partner, and have your partner switch positions while your back is turned to see how much motion you feel.
Temperature: Another issue some people have is heat retention of the mattress. Most good mattresses these days have features to help mitigate this (advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, etc). The biggest risk here is with cheap memory foam mattresses.
Edge Support: You want a strong edge support on your mattress, particularly if you sleep near the edge of the bed, or sit on the edge of the bed often. Most of the average or better innerspring mattresses use the upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some of the very cheapest mattresses just use a steel rod on the side. Foam encasement is better. Memory foam mattresses don’t often have a separate edge support because of the nature of the foam (it’s designed to take the shape of your body, even when you’re just sitting on it).
The mattress shopping experience
Walking into a mattress store can be an intimidating experience. When you first walk in, you’re likely to see a sea of white rectangles and what you perceive to be a slimy, sharky, salesperson out to rip you off. You might be tempted to throw up your hand, say “I’m just looking,” and run out of the showroom and buy online.
Luckily, the real mattress shopping experience isn’t nearly as bad as I just made it sound, and in this section, you will be better prepared to know where to shop. In this section of the guide, I will walk you through the process of actually trying out the mattresses and selecting the right one, as well as give you some tips to get the best possible price.
Choosing a mattress store
Your first order of business will be to choose a store to shop at. Feel free to pick several to shop around at, especially if they’re near each other. There are several types of stores out there. I will give the pros and cons of each.
You can always buy a mattress online. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of sites you can choose from. You can even go to Craigslist and get somebody’s used mattress for free (eww).
Pros: You get to shop for a mattress without leaving your house, you can shop dozens of companies quickly, and you’re likely to find a low price. In fact, websites like US Mattress tend to have the lowest prices anywhere. There are also direct-to-consumer mattresses like Leesa, Nest Bedding, and Ghost Bed which sell good mattresses at reasonable prices.
Cons: You can’t try the mattress! This is a huge risk to take with your money and your health. In the previous section, I talked about testing the mattress for comfort and support. How can you make sure the mattress contours to your back and doesn’t cause pressure on your side unless you try it?
If you buy one online without testing it, be sure to get one with a free return policy. The aforementioned online stores Leesa, Nest, and Tomorrow Sleep are popular options for this. The free return policy completely negates the only con of buying online.
In fact, if all of this seems like a bit much, it would not be a mistake to just buy a Leesa, try it out, and if you don’t like it just send it back and iterate from there.
Another exception: If you try a mattress in person, you can buy the same or similar model online if you can do the comparison shopping. In fact, this is the strategy I recommend in my mattress negotiation guide. (Read more about buying a mattress online here)
Like department stores, furniture stores will also often have a section dedicated to mattresses. This is sensible, since a mattress is a piece of furniture.
Pros: It is convenient to have a whole bedroom set and a new mattress delivered at once. Sometimes they’ll give you a very low price on a mattress if you’re buying an entire bedroom set.
Cons: The salespeople aren’t usually specialized specifically on mattresses (though this varies by store). The selection is usually a little smaller than a mattress specialty store (but again, this varies)
In the store
Alright, so you’ve selected a few stores to go to and you’ve checked out some online mattress stores to get a general lay of the land. Next, you need to set aside some time to properly try the mattresses. This is not a purchase that should be made over a lunch break or in a few minutes. Set aside an afternoon to go mattress shopping. Expect to spend up to an hour or so in a mattress store trying mattresses.
Next, you walk into a store, gaze upon the sea of white rectangles and are approached by a salesperson. What do you do?
The biggest thing to realize is that the salesperson is there to help you. Most salespeople I work with genuinely want to help you find the right mattress. The slimy “used car salesman” stereotype is somewhat uncommon (though not unheard of) in the mattress business. Just give him or her a chance to help you. Most of the better stores will have a process in place to help find the right mattress. But the key is to take the time to try the mattresses.
Once you’ve narrowed down which mattresses offer the proper support and relieve the most pressure, it’s important to spend some time on that mattress to make sure it works for you. If you’re having trouble deciding between two mattresses, spend several minutes on each one.
Whichever you can spend longer in one position on without tossing and turning is likely the better mattress.
Try it on your back, try it on your side. Remember to check for proper support and comfort.
How to negotiate for mattresses
I have a mattress negotiation guide, so read that for an in-depth treatment of this topic. I will just summarize here.
The prices of mattresses are negotiable at most retailers and on most brands. In mattress shopping, the general strategy is to play one retailer off of another. Most places have a price guarantee. So if you get a quote from one place, you can take it to a competitor and have them beat the price. Take that price to another competitor and get an even lower price. You can also look up the mattress online (like at US Mattress) and get the retailer to match the online price. This is the easiest, least painful way to negotiate on mattresses.
If you don’t have time to go back and forth between retailers, online prices are usually the best as long as you are good at comparison shopping. So you can find the mattress that works best for you, and then just buy the comparable model online.
Even though the specific model names will usually differ, a Platinum Luxury Plush at one retailer will be virtually identical to a Platinum Luxury Plush at another retailer.
There are two basic categories of mattress.
Innerspring. These are the traditional mattresses with springs (or coils if you prefer). They can be all tied together or individually wrapped
Specialty foam. These will usually be made of different types of foam. Two categories of specialty foam are latex and memory foam.
Beyond these two major categories, you’ll find a few other types of mattresses. Some manufacturers make air mattresses, that use air chambers instead of coils for the support. Also, there are still some waterbeds around, in which water is used for the support. I honestly don’t know as much about these two categories of mattresses, and they make up a small part of the mattress industry, so I won’t go into them here. The biggest air mattress manufacturer is Select Comfort with their Sleep Number bed. There are several small waterbed manufacturers.
Most mattresses you’re likely to run into are the “innerspring” type. They have metal coils inside of the mattress with foams and fibers on the top.
The lower priced mattresses tend to use the older style coil in which they’re all tied together. The hourglass-shaped ones are called “Bonnell” coils, but other manufacturers have stronger variations on that type (like the “offset” coil and the “continuous” coil). These are generally a little less expensive than the individually wrapped coil, but don’t contour as well and transfer more motion.
On the left are Sealy “classic” coils that are all tied together. On the right are the higher end individually wrapped coils.
The better innerspring mattresses will use individually wrapped coils. This type of coil allows the mattress to contour to your body from the coil level, which give better support and causes less pressure. Additionally, wrapped coils are better at separating motion from side to side on the bed. So if one person bounces around or changes positions, the partner will not feel it as much. The downside? They’re usually more expensive.
The foams above the coils will have varying densities. You can get a mattress with firmer foams on the top or softer foams on the top. Some will be in the style of a “pillowtop” (which means the manufacturer sewed an extra cord around the side of the mattress to indicate it has a good amount of foam).
Don’t pay too much attention to the exact title of the mattress. One company’s “cushion firm” might be similar to another company’s “luxury firm” or even a “plush.” Just spend some time on each mattress and check for comfort and support, regardless of what the mattress is called or whether or not it’s technically a “pillowtop.”
How much to spend
The mattress industry does itself a disservice by advertising like this, because that’s usually the absolute rock bottom as far as price and quality go.
I’ll give a breakdown of what you can expect at each price range. This will vary by retailer and by region. If you live in the northeast, the prices will be towards the higher end, if you are in the middle of nowhere, the prices might be a little less. Additionally, these prices are for queen sized mattress and boxspring sets. Subtract ~100-300 for the boxspring, or multiply by ~50% for a king. (Note: These are what I consider the “real” prices for the mattresses, when they’re on sale. Retail prices might be much higher)
I utilize several major auto parts franchise chains. I welcome the diversity which comes with each one; from the “mom & pop” store, which has been in town for longer than I have been alive, to the ultra-modern and brightly lit super stores, which do business on a global level. Having said that, I must say that I have noticed a frustrating trend concerning the latter:
Several major auto parts stores offer free diagnostic trouble code retrieval. Typically, inexperienced counter personnel use a scanner, or code reader, to pull an OBD-II trouble code from a customer’s car; off-handed repair advice is then communicated in an effort to facilitate a sale. If the recommended component replacement rectifies customer complaint, then all is well in the world. If it does not, the frustrating part begins.
Specifically, trouble codes P017Lean Exhaust Bank and P017Lean Exhaust Bank 2, are frequently misunderstood. Several times during the last three years, I have had customers show up with brand-new, expensive oxygen sensors from Brand-X Auto Parts. “Free Diagnostic Certificate” in hand, they are confident that these new sensors will ensure that a Federal emissions certificate will be obtainable. Again, I am forced to explain what only time and experience has taught my crew, and I. A lean exhaust condition, not faulty oxygen sensors, is at the root of the problem. On one particular occasion, I could hear the sound of a loud vacuum leak emitted from under the hood of a Ford Explorer, even before the customer informed me that her new oxygen sensors were on the front seat. Lean exhaust is caused by one of two things: An excess of air to the engine or insufficient fuel. Before you purchase hundreds of dollars worth of oxygen sensors, consider whether or not you have a vacuum leak at the intake; then check your records for a fuel filter change. If you haven’t changed your fuel filter in 100,000 miles, then you may want to start there. Chances are that it will fix your problem.
The OBD-II Diagnostic System’s ability to pin-point a misfiring cylinder is extraordinary. The word “misfire”, however, can be misleading. One of the major parameters for a P03_ _ misfire code being set occurs when the powertrain control module (PCM) detects a variation in RPMs, between the crankshaft and camshaft sensors, which exceeds the maximum allowable amount in degrees. This variation is caused by a weak or failing cylinder, but can be contributed to a variety of factors. “Misfire” seems to denote a problem with the ignition system but a misfire code can be caused by a lack of fuel, insufficient ignition spark, or lack of compression to the affected cylinder. In addition, excessive vacuum deposits in any cylinder will spoil the air/fuel mixture and render the cylinder impotent. Before you perform an expensive maintenance tune-up, in order to correct a misfire code, perform a complete and accurate diagnosis. The money that you save might be your own.
Here’s how it works
Say your policy has a £100 excess. You have an accident and make a claim, and the bill to repair the damage comes to £69We pay out £595, and you make up the difference so the bill is paid in full.
If you have a minor knock (perhaps a little dent on the back bumper) that costs less than £100 to repair, you should sort out the repair yourself. You can’t claim for it, because it’s less than the £100 excess.
YT Tues CF Pro
It’s long been a favourite of ours and now it’s starting to rack up the World Cup wins under Aaron Gwin. Not many downhill mountain bikes can say they changed the game but then not many bikes come from companies like YT Industries.
Slicing through the industry with its unbeatable pricing and specification (where else can you buy a carbon downhill bike for £2,700?) the Tues is always going to be an unbeatable product on paper but it also has the ride to match. Slight tweaks to the geometry and damping from Fox have only improved the Tues for 2016.
The specification, geometry and performance of the Tues is still very, very good, its also super quiet and beautifully constructed, it holds together well, and although €499is still a lot of money, in relative terms it takes some beating.
As far as sizing goes we’d love to see an XL to suit riders between 6’ and 6’5” (rumour has it that it’s not far off) but that’s pretty much the only thing that is holding this bike back currently. For the price it’s unparalleled, and it’s now proven at World Cup level. You can only salute a brand that has come and conquered – it has done it with modesty – and has delivered downhill equipment of great integrity. On standby to make a move to the top of our list.
Trek Session 9.9
Looks like a Session, right? That’s what you’re supposed to say in these situations. Except when you actually get close to one there are very few bikes that can match the level of detail and finish on this beauty – but then you’d hope so for that money!
The well thought out frame comes with the best damping around and it has proven race-winning pedigree under Aaron Gwin, Tracey Moseley and now the Athertons. It’s the most expensive production downhill mountain bike available but it could well be with good reason
Trek has been working on this suspension design for ten years and it’s among the more refined systems out there. It’s an incredibly balanced bike that can be placed easily around the trail – and oh, so fast. For us it’s slightly too high in the bottom bracket, and comes with a superfluous ‘high’ geometry setting that we’ve never felt the need to engage.
The very first thing we’d do though is swap out the standard Bontrager bar, it’s too narrow and we’re not sure what Trek were thinking with it. Despite this it stands as one of the top production downhill mountain bikes going and comes with an otherwise flawless spec. As an all-round downhill bike that can be applied to the quite diverse this bike really takes some beating.
Single pivot, built by hand in Halifax and fully aluminium, the Orange 32may feel like a throwback but it’s a rough diamond with fully modern geometry and simply sorted suspension that keeps it up to date with the space-age competition.
For the Dirt 100 we were given a custom spec loaded up with bling from Hope and Fox, so when we got our hands on the production model we were left feeling a little disappointed by some of the component choices. The BoXXer Team upfront is a robust option but it tethered the bike, putting on some better damping really let it fly.
The balance of flex and stiffness keeps the bike on track and true, enabling it to get to those hard to reach lines. There’s a real poise to this mountain bike in the air, confidence inspiring to just keep progressing to bigger things.
This leaves the 32in a tough place, more expensive than direct sales offerings but less well specced. It’s rough around the edges but has a superb heart, Orange just needs to load this up with a factory spec for it to be a real winner.
The Solid Strike was one of the first 650b downhill mountain bikes we ever rode and it remains one of our favourites. Its secret comes from its numbers. With ‘reach’ at 453mm, a bottom bracket drop of -8mm, which puts it at under 350mm, the Strike is about as bang on as you can get, and a wheelbase of 1270mm makes it longer than extra large Trek Session or Specialized Demo.
The bike is aluminum but considering our test bike only weighed 36lbs it really does make you question whether you should put up with the less comfortable ride of some cheaper carbon at all. Unfortunately, you can’t make full use of the lightness due to the slack head angle that makes the bike a handful on flatter terrain, but that does translate to a lot of poise in the steeps.
New for this year is the Bos Void rear damper and Idylle Rare FCV, these are also the units being used by Schmid’s new team, and notably one of the biggest UCI team’s on the circuit – Solid-Reverse Factory Racing – which has former World Downhill Champion Morgane Charre, and top UK racer’s Harry Molloy and Joe Connell on board the Strike’s with the famous Toulouse suspension, Bos, holding them in line.
The bike that delivered World Championships for Gee and Rachel Atherton is still going strong despite their defection to Trek. It may be Mondraker that takes all the plaudits for big bikes, but if you look at wheelbase, you’ll find that the GT Fury is actually longer and size wise, we simply couldn’t fault it.
Stiffness is a much coveted feature in modern bikes but if anything the Fury has a bit too much for us. There’s no doubt this is a thoroughbred race bike designed for World Cup tracks but it won’t be a barrel of fun on your local bike park’s jump line.
It’s one of the most stable bikes around though and a great package at just under £5,000 for a race ready and reliable build. If you can get past the chunky industrial look that it has and some of the overkill welds and you aren’t after a beauty queen with the spec and sizing it’s a great bike.
What we looked for
Handles: We wanted a wok that was easy to hold and, more importantly, kept your hand away from the flames. It had to be sturdy too.
Cost: Woks take a battering, and for that reason, even though they can last a lifetime, if you do care for them realistically they are a once-a-decade purchase. For this reason our choices all come in under £35.
Constructed from a combination of latex, memory, polyurethane foams, coils, and / or other materials, these mattresses usually are designed to maximize certain benefits, while also minimizing certain cons. For example, a latex + memory foam hybrid is able to deliver great bounce, cooling, and responsiveness via the latex, but also provide great pressure relief and support from the memory foam.
Best for: Sleepers who want the best of all worlds. Great bounce, support, comfort, and cooling. A good all around option that is a very good choice for the majority of sleepers.
Stomach sleepers number one priority when searching for a new mattress needs to be support. The torso will apply the most pressure to the mattress for stomach sleepers. For this reason, they need a mattress that provides equal support across their body. If the mid section sinks at the middle of the mattress (mattress is too soft) the sleeper will see a curving of the spine, causing lower back pain and other problems.
Stomach sleepers need to be as flat as possible with respect to the surface of the mattress. Even something as simple as a tall pillow could put the spine out of alignment, causing pain and discomfort. Typically stomach sleepers need a mattress in the 5-range (where is the most firm) with some outliers requiring a slightly hard or softer feel (a or 8, respectively).
OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Compared with other cold-brew coffee makers, the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker produced a more consistent, flavorful cup of coffee, likely thanks to its metal mesh filter. It also looks more attractive, which is important for a piece of equipment that needs to sit on your counter for hours at a time.
Great-tasting coffee in larger batches
The well-constructed Filtron made our tasting panel’s favorite coffee, and its concentrate produces the least-expensive cold brew per cup. But storing it and replenishing its supplies is a bit more cumbersome than with our top pick.
If you can’t get the OXO, we recommend the Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer. It’s physically larger than the OXO, but is just as easy to use and our testers like the coffee it produced. The felt filter is a bit of a hassle though (if you don’t store it right it can get moldy) and you have to buy paper filters.
Although we tested making cold-brew concentrate in a French press—and enjoyed some of the results—buying a French press just for this job is not worth it. More on that in a bit.
Why cold brew
Cold brewing makes better iced coffee than refrigerating hot-brewed coffee. When you add hot-brewed coffee to ice, it slowly dilutes, resulting in a weaker-tasting beverage. Cold brew, which generally starts from a concentrate, is meant to be watered down, so adding ice, milk/cream, and not too much water provides a stronger, more flavorful drink. Additionally, hot-brewed coffee over ice can taste bitter (some of those flavors are less noticeable when coffee is hot). Brewing with slow, cold exposure, instead of heat, extracts fewer bitter flavors, so you’ll get a sweeter, milder-tasting coffee that’s better for drinking cold.
Cold brewing makes better iced coffee than refrigerating hot-brewed coffee.
Every cold-brew coffee method works the same way: Start with a lot of ground coffee (more than you’d typically use to brew drip coffee), add water, let the mixture sit between eight and 2hours, and then filter it. What’s left is either ready to drink or, more often, a concentrate that you should dilute with water or milk.
Deadpool Abilities Upgrades
To upgrade Deadpool’s abilities, press Backspace (on PC). This will launch the overall upgrades screen. Go to the right of the screen and click on Deadpool’s abilities. This will launch the actual screen where Deadpool’s abilities are listed. However, most of these Deadpool abilities can be upgraded only after some of his weapon skills are leveled up.
Deadpool’s Other Weapons Upgrades
In the same way, Deadpool can use DP points to level up and upgrade his other weapons skills. These include –
Use these weapons wisely, or rather crazily and stylishly like what Deadpool does. Do not waste those DP points when one is ready to level up.
A Brief History of the Stratocaster
In 195California inventor Leo Fender along with his cohorts Freddie Tavares and George Fullerton set out to design a guitar that would build on the success of Fender’s Telecaster and Precision Bass. Seeking to create a guitar with more tonal versatility as well as improved playability and comfort, the trio came up with the Stratocaster. Adapted from the profile of the P-Bass, its double-cutaway, deeply contoured solid body offered easier access to the higher frets and nestled more comfortably against the player’s body. The addition of a middle single-coil pickup gave the Strat greater tonal versatility than its Telecaster stablemate’s two-pickup design.
The original Strat had a 3-way pickup selector switch. Players soon discovered they could engage two pickups simultaneously by using a toothpick to wedge the switch between the “factory” settings and thus create unique tones. As we’ll see, Fender was paying attention, and over the years switching and wiring grew more sophisticated.
The Strat also had a cavity routed into its back, housing a through-body pivoting bridge that anchored the strings. Strat players began modifying their guitars’ standard fixed bridge by removing two of its five retaining springs and adjusting the anchoring screws allowing the bridge to “float.” By doing this, they could move the tremolo arm that was attached to the bridge up and down, thus modulating the pitch of the played notes. Jimi Hendrix, Ike Turner, and Jeff Beck were all notorious for their enthusiastic use of these pitch-bending tremolo effects.
But vigorously yanking on the trem bar caused the guitar to go out of tune. In response, guitarists such as Ron Wood and Eric Clapton modified their bridges to remain fixed while retaining the floating tremolo. Others did away with the tremolo entirely leading to what are now referred to as “hard-tail” Strats. Here too, Fender was watching, and as the Strat evolved, new models incorporated many of the modifications pioneered by these artists and their guitar techs.
In 196Leo Fender sold his company to CBS—a move that many Fender fans associate with a change in the quality of Fender instruments. Nonetheless, the business grew, and in 197the company introduced 5-way pickup switching and a reverse-wound, reverse-polarity middle pickup. This provided a hum-canceling effect in positions and on the selector switch, creating the tones popularized by iconic guitarist such as Jimi Hendrix, Dick Dale, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour. Today, the 5-way switch and reverse-wound middle pickup are standard on most Strats.
In 198Fender introduced a version of the Stratocaster produced under its Squier trademark—a division spun off to create value-priced instruments. Originally built in Japan, it became one of the company’s most successful models. Since then, Fender has produced Stratocasters in Korea, Indonesia, and China, aiming to provide instruments that retain the Fender heritage and quality standards while being very affordable.
A group of Fender employees and investors bought the company from CBS in 198reinvigorating a business largely lacking in leadership that understood music gear and musicians. Following the buyout, Fender initially built its instruments in overseas factories that had the skills to create instruments meeting the company’s standards.
Later in 1985, Fender’s flagship factory began production in Corona, California. This was followed two years later with the opening of its second North American factory in Ensenada, Mexico. That same year—1987—Fender’s revered Custom Shop was launched and began building some of the finest Stratocasters ever.
Since then Fender has continued to rethink its flagship Stratocaster, introducing dozens of model variations with unique capabilities and cosmetics. Yet the essential shape, playability, and sound of the Strat remains unchanged six decades later.
In this guide we’ll walk you through the many Stratocaster series and models available today. As you browse Musician’s Friend’s huge collection of Strats, we hope you’ll find this guide a useful companion in sorting out all the details.
Famous Stratocaster Players
Countless guitarists have chosen the Fender Stratocaster as their instrument of choice. Whether playing a tasty blues lick or laying down some righteous funk, the Strat has earned its place among the most revered guitars ever. Some famous Stratocaster players include:
This is just a short list—if space were no issue, we could fill your screen several times over with the names of notable Stat players.
Squier is a division of Fender and its Stratocasters are based on Fender models, sharing many of the same design features at super-affordable prices. In the company’s own words, Squier is the “value brand alternative to its big brother, Fender.” Squier Strats are largely made in Asia.
Squier Standard Series
The Squier Standard Stratocaster delivers the feel and comfort of a Standard Fender at a more accessible price.
Based on its Fender American Series counterpart, the Squier Standard Strat sports a classically old-school antique burst finish and vintage single-coil sound.
Squier Deluxe Series
Squier’s Deluxe Series Strats are tricked out with modern features that enhance their old-school vibe with advanced playability, sound, and visuals.
This Squier Deluxe Strat is loaded with three Duncan Designed SC-10single coils that add presence and chime to its traditional Strat tone.
Squier Classic Vibe Series
Reminiscent of early Strat designs, the Classic Vibe series serves up affordable versions of the vintage Strats from the ’50s and 60’s you’ve always dreamed about with some choice modern touches.
Dripping with vintage vibe, the Squier Classic Vibe ‘50s Strat improves on its forerunner with a modern neck profile and searing AlNiCo single-coil pickups.
Squier Vintage Modified Series
Vintage Modified Strats offer the playability and tonal characteristics of classic-era Stratocasters with hot-rodded updates such as hotter pickups and unique finishes. All they’re missing is the steeper chop-shop price tag.
Despite its very modest price tag, the ‘70s-era Squier Vintage Modified Strat delivers full-bodied sound and great playability.
The Squier Vintage Modified ‘70s Strat delivers extra snarl courtesy of a trio of Duncan Designed TM SC-10single-coil pickups.
Fender Stratocasters have proved to be one of the most enduring electric guitars ever, having been in continuous production in one form or another since 195The Stratocasters below are produced in Fender’s Ensenada, Mexico plant.
Fender Classic Series
Fender builds these moderately priced Classic Strats using period-correct specs from the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Each Strat model in the series has its own unique vibe and quality components that do full justice to this iconic guitar’s status.
Fender Standard Series
Widely considered an industry standard, the Fender Standard Stratocaster incorporates classic Strat features at a midrange price. It’s an excellent choice for the weekend warrior or committed hobbyist in need of a guitar that’ll keep coming back for more year after year.
Infused with the same playability and vibe as the first Stratocaster created in Leo Fender’s workshop, the Fender Standard Strat continues its tradition of affordability.
Fender Classic Player Series
Fender updates classic designs with modern improvements in the Classic Player Series. Based on revered 1950s and ‘60s instruments, a selection of choice mods give these timeless models the sonic juice and playability demanded by the contemporary guitarist.
The Classic Player 60’s Stratocaster was designed by Master Builder Greg Fessler and is loaded with cool elements such as its 2-point custom vintage bridge—previously a Custom Shop exclusive.
USA Fender Stratocasters
Built in Fender’s Corona, California factory, USA Stratocasters set the standard for quality, tone and playability. Made with premium tonewoods (usually alder or ash), custom shop pickups, and master craftsmanship, the USA Strats are sure to please demanding players across a variety of styles.
Fender Custom Shop
Staffed by a crew of Master Builders, Fender’s Custom Shop has produced a trove of world-class instruments since its inception in 198Working with and for some of the greatest guitarists of our age, these luthiers craft instruments of unparalleled beauty and playability. Their talents have been put to work in executing guitars for the likes of Clapton, Beck, Townshend, Gilmour, and many more—a veritable Who’s-Who of guitar wizardry. Fender Custom Shop luthiers have undertaken all manner of commissions from modifying existing guitars to creating entirely new instruments from the ground up.
Many Custom Shop creations are one-offs; designs that will never be repeated. Other designs are retired after limited runs, never to be produced again. Every Fender Custom Shop instrument is a tribute to the luthier’s artistry and is an investment-grade purchase.
And, if you’re looking for a vintage Stratocaster but don’t have the deep pockets to support that lust, Fender Custom Shop guitars are a great alternative, offering a variety of vintage spec Strats built to exacting standards by Fender’s famed luthiers.
Visit our Private Reserve Guitar collection to see the current selection of Custom Shop Stratocasters.
Custom Shop Artist
Custom Shop Artist series Stratocasters are based on each artist’s unique specs, executed with master craftsmanship by Fender’s premier luthiers.
Based on the guitar that figured prominently in the recording of Dark Side of the Moon, the Custom Shop David Gilmour Strat is the result of close collaboration with the Pink Floyd guitarist and his guitar tech, Phil Taylor.
Brian Baggett of Private Reserve Guitars details the many mods and demos the amazing sound of the Gilmour Signature Strat.
Luthiers in the Fender Custom Shop select stunning woods and inlay materials along with the finest electronics and hardware components in hand crafting Custom Deluxe models.
Gorgeous, hand-selected woods are complemented by ‘60s-spec pickups with a Fat ’60s bridge pup adding extra chunk to the sound of the Custom Shop Custom Deluxe Strat.
In conceiving the Time Machine series from the Custom Shop, Fender set out to create a shrine devoted to its most revered vintage instruments. Using varied degrees of distressing, Custom Shop luthiers artfully craft instruments that appear to have lived long and muscially eventful lives. Each instrument meticulously mirrors the model on which it is based.
This Time Machine 1960 Stratocaster has received a relic treatment, replicating the look and feel of an instrument that has been subjected to thousands of hours of playing time.
Fender’s Masterbuilt Stratocasters are one-of-a kind instruments that represent the pinnacle of Custom Shop design. Custom Shop Master Builders design and hand-make each guitar to be utterly unique and world-class. Builders personally select the materials and craft each guitar to their exacting standards.
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