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Moose Knuckles Topland Review

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Moose Knuckles is a Canadian brand that started in 2009 with a passion to "make the leanest, toughest and most luxurious sportswear in the world." They've made waves internationally since then and are now available world-wide. The Moose Knuckles brand is without a doubt a luxury brand and can be found in high-end retailers such as Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. When it comes to most luxury brands, consumers are often shelling out the big bucks for the name and prestige. Such isn't the case with Moose Knuckles. Their brand is a perfect ménage-à- trois between style, functionality, and quality.Topland moose knuckles review

About The Topland

The Topland, at $1950 USD, is one of the most expensive men's parka Moose Knuckles has available at the moment on their website, and for good reasons. Seeing photos of the Topland might not do it justice. During our review, taking the parka out of the box for the first time was quite an experience at the office. The raccoon fur is absolutely astonishing in person and it's hard not to notice. The combination of tough poly-twill materials used for the shell, soft rex rabbit fur for the lining, and raccoon fur for on the hood makes for a unique and undeniably exquisite look that's unlike anything we've ever seen.Moose knuckles topland first impression

First Impression

Standing out is something Moose Knuckles as a company happens to excel in. We've reviewed another parka from them previously and had similar first impression. Although in many parts of the US East coast, the brand isn't as recognizable as other Canadian brands, it still stands out from the crowd. At first glace, it looks sturdy, well made, and can probably take a beating from wear and tear. The material is flexible and surprisingly soft given how stiff the texture looks. Although we haven't tested it, Moose Knuckles claims it's water and weather resistant.The interior rex rabbit fur feels silky soft against your skin and also looks nice when worn unzipped. The raccoon striped fur around the hood is hard to miss. It's significantly bigger, fluffier, and more "luxurious" looking than most other comparable parkas.Moose knuckles topland inside pockets

Functional Features

We appreciate it when brands pay attention to the little details that make their product easy to use and functional. And the Topland comes standard with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a parka that's setting you back almost $2K USD.YKK Zippers: The Topland comes equipped with large metal YKK zippers on the front to ensure it'll hold up for years to come. Surprisingly, the side pockets also have heavy duty  YKK zippers.Water and wind resistant shell: You'll always have the peace of mind that you'll be fine rain or shine.Rib knit cuffs: The elastic rib knit cuffs are unique on the Topland. Most rib cuffs are simply sewed on at the end. Here, it's connected to a separate sleeve that's attached somewhere halfway up the arm. The sleeve that's attached to the cuff has it's own insulation, in addition to the insulation on the arm. We've never seen anything like it, hopefully the pictures will explain it better. It may sound bulky, but it actually gives you a lot of mobility and flexibility while wearing it. All the while preventing cold air from entering the wrists.Expandable wrist zipper: In case you have enormous forearm or need extra mobility, there's a zipper that gives your arm a bit more real estate.Adjustable tail: The parka can sit quite low, so Moose Knuckles added buttons on the tail wings so you can fold them up.Fur where it matters: This isn't much of a feature, but something we appreciate. The rex rabbit fur goes all the way up to your neck. So when you fully zip up the parka, your face is nicely insulated with luxurious soft rabbit fur. We're glad they went the extra mile and thought of their user's comfort.Adjustable hood: The hood is quite massive. And will likely sit over your eyes if it weren't for the adjustable straps on the back.Badge of authenticity: Not a useful feature, but definitely a unique feature. Inside, there's a "trippy" tag that verifies what you have, is the authentic Topland and not a cheap Chinese knockoffs.Moose knuckles topland look and feel

The Fit And Feel

Usually when buying coats or jackets, you're inclined to buy something slightly larger so you can layer up. The Topland is slightly larger than your normal size. So we recommend buying the exact size you'd buy if it were a t-shirt. Our model normally wears a large, and he fit perfectly into the Medium.The Topland is by no means a light jacket. It definitely has a bit of weight to it, and that's to be expected given what it's made of. But the weight was hardly noticeable. Despite wearing only a thin t-shirt underneath, I felt toasty walking around the streets of Philadelphia in 18 degrees weather. We don't have very extreme weather around here, but given how comfortable and warm it kept me, I'm confident it can handle harsh Canadian winters and worse.Moose knuckles looking swag

The Swag

We don't normally have a section for "swag", but this is an exception. I'm a ordinary looking white Caucasian male. And I don't normally get compliments or looks when I'm walking around Center City Philly. In order to review the Topland, I had to do a mandatory walk-of-fame around Center City and I recorded all the reactions and comments. They are some of my favorites:"Hey I'm sorry to bother, do you mind if I ask where you got the jacket?""Yo, what the F$%^ is he wearing?" (this one can be either good or bad)"Oh my god is that raccoon fur?!"And my favorite..."My Ni**a, that's different fam. I like it."I think it goes without saying that wearing the Topland (or any Moose Knuckles product for that matter) will get you a lot of attention. I don't know that will hold true in other cities, but in Philadelphia (one of the top 10 largest city in U.S.A) I can't cross the street without someone eyeing me.

The Verdict

It's fairly reserved compared to some of the other Moose Knuckles' items, but even then it still stands out. We believe this is an absolute buy and a rare luxury item that's well worth the price. You're not just buying an expensive parka for the sake of the brand. You're getting a highly functional and well made parka that both looks good and can stand up to harsh winters of Michigan and Canada. Not to mention Moose Knuckles product tends to retain their value fairly well. Overall, we believe the Topland men's parka is a unique luxury item that exceeds your expectation and worth every penny.
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The Ultimate Gift Guide For Entrepreneurs

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Here's a guide if you're seeking a gift for entrepreneurs in your life. The entrepreneur in your life is always pushing to be the best. This holiday, you can get them a present that will assist them in their venture. You can always take a look at the hottest technology this year, or perhaps you want to get them something for their pet. Whatever it may be, you'll be helping them enhance their lifestyle. The average entrepreneur is working every waking moment, growing their personal brand and building their business. We put together a Holiday Gift Guide that will help the entrepreneur in your life crush it.

Hyper Chiller

Hyper ChillerHave you ever wanted a cold beverage, but don't have the patience to wait an hour for your drink to chill? Hyper Chiller can fix that problem in one minute. It has a multi-chamber design that chills anything from wine, coffee, tea, or even shots without any dilution. This gift is bound to be frequently used and become a house favorite. 

Travel Halo

Travel haloPerfect for the frequent traveler, the Travel Halo allows you to sleep comfortably no matter where you are. It's a less clunky alternative to the standard airplane neck pillow and is made to prevent your head from rolling while it's on. It is compact enough to fit into a carry-on, so you don't have to worry about space in your luggage.

Bellroy Notebook Cover

BellroyAnother great gift for entrepreneurs. Do you know someone who's obsessively organized? The Bellroy Notebook Cover A5 is a great accessory for their notebook or sketchbook. It can even fit a small tablet or e-reader. The leather is made of premium hides that have been tanned and dyed through to ensure graceful aging. This gift is great for the entrepreneur who is always networking and attending professional events. 

DRIPO

DripoA fantastic gift for entrepreneurs who love coffee. This latest innovation in coffee has got caffeine addicts hooked on cold brew. Dripo has a proprietary slow-drip cold brew method that creates an old-world, bitter-free luxurious taste. The device releases 45 drips per minute, and a perfect cup of coffee is ready in about 2-3 hours. Dripo is ideal for the patient and those who appreciate coffee brewed to perfection. If you're looking for a gift for your company Secret Santa, this is it.Dripo 

Portable Power Bank

WLTHThere's always that one friend that is constantly on their phone, complaining about low battery. Help them out by gifting the High Capacity Portable Power Bank. It has 7-10 full charges so they will never have to worry about their phone dying ever again. The power bank fits comfortably in your car, bag, or even your pocket! Both Android and iPhone users can charge at the same time, making it one of the most convenient charging banks out there. This is a great gift for entrepreneurs who are always on the move. 

Adventure Assist Notebook

Travel efficiently with Adventure Assist. It is beautifully designed and perfect for organizing trips. Plan every detail of your journey beforehand and relive the adventure whenever you want. Adventure Assist is a great alternative to a conventional notebook or agenda. You can log your travels while you travel as well as have all your documents in the convenient pocket on the inside cover. Enjoy your dream trip over and over! 

Espro

EsproTake your favorite hot coffee with you, no matter where you're traveling. The French style two filter system in Espro leaves all of the flavor and none of the grit. Not only is it great for coffee, but you can also use Espro for tea too! It still goes through the double filtering system to provide maximum flavor. It is made of double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel and keeps your coffee and tea hot for 4-6 hours. You can venture to the ends of the earth with this travel press and be confident that you will still have your favorite cup of coffee. 
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Foods To Boost Memory

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Eating right is a good way to stay healthy. But did you know that the right kind of food can also help boost your memory? Just like other organs in the body, the brain needs vitamins and minerals to keep it from deteriorating too quickly. In fact, research shows that eating the right kind of super foods can help keep off Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Here are foods to eat to help keep your gray matter healthy and boost memory.

Whole Grain

Your brain cannot work without energy. The ability to focus and concentrate comes from an adequate supply of energy. Give your brain the energy it needs by eating whole grain food with low glycemic index so that glucose is slowly released to your bloodstream to keep you mentally alert all day long. Eat brown whole grains like granary bread, pasta, cereals and rice.

Tomatoes

There is evidence to suggest that lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes can help protect against free radical damage that causes dementia and Alzheimer's. Eat cooked tomatoes with olive oil to help with absorbency.

Blueberries

When you're craving for some snacks, blueberries are a healthy alternative to chips and cake. Evidence gathered by Tufts University suggests that blueberries are effective in delaying short term memory loss. Blueberries are easy to come by but if you can’t find them, fruits and vegetables with red or purple coloring carry anthocyanin, the same protective compound in blueberries.

Oily Fish

Essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly Omega-3 fats are important for healthy brain function, heart, joints, boost memory and overall well being. Good sources of EFAs include flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and oily fish. The most effective Omega-3 fats occur naturally in fish like mackerel, trout, sardines, kippers and salmon. Increased intake of these foods can also help protect against Alzheimer's and memory loss.

Broccoli

Vitamin K is known to enhance brain power and cognitive function. One of the best sources of this vitamin is broccoli because it is high in a substance called glucosinolates. It helps to slow down the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine which we need for the central nervous system to work properly and to keep our brains and boost memory.

Nuts

Vitamin E found in nuts can help prevent cognitive decline. Aside from nuts load up on leafy green vegetables like asparagus, olives; eat plenty of whole grains, seeds and eggs.

Sage

Sage has long been associated with improving memory and focus. Most studies focus on the benefits of sage oil. However, you can add fresh herbs to your diet or add it at the last stage of your cooking to preserve the beneficial oils.

Avocado

Eat more guacamole or avocados because it is a rich source of Vitamin E. Avocado is rich in powerhouse vitamins E and C, formidable antioxidants associated with lower risks of developing Alzheimer's. Seeds like sunflower are also rich in Vitamin E.

Red Wine

Studies show that people who consume a moderate amount of red wine regularly could be at a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. New research also shows that red wine prevents age-related memory loss.

Exercise

You can’t eat it, but research shows that regular exercise is important because it changes the brain to improve memory and thinking skills. Studies suggest that moderate to intense exercise can slow down brain aging by 10 years while helping prevent cognitive decline.
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Step Away From The Office To Boost Creativity

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We have all faced a situation where we came across a mental block. We try to come up with an innovative idea or try to solve a problem, but that just does not happen. Hours of hard work at the office, meetings, or even dedicated effort in your office cubicle has led to no real positive outcomes. Then, after all that effort and frustration, you decide to take a break, go out of the office for a meal or drink, watch your favorite movie, or even choose to take a nap. Suddenly, creativity hits you, and everything falls into place as a result of which you see a clear solution to the problem lying in front of you. This “Eureka” moment solves all your problems in a jiffy.
The main reason behind this is that if you always focus excessively on the task that is given to you, then your brain won’t be able to come up with interesting and unique solutions to your problems using the information stored in your memory. By taking a break from your routine (in the form of a walk, drink, or a nap), your brain is given the freedom to explore and search for possible solutions. So, whenever there is a problem which needs to be solved, let your gray cells relax and concentrate on the task at hand.Some of the reasons why you should take a break from your monotonous office life are:

It improves your creativity to a large extent

Whenever you realize that your creativity is not flowing out, you should definitely take a break and move out of your office premises. One of the best ways to be inspired and remove your creativity block would be to visit some new location. So, whenever you are unable to come up with any solution, having a meal outside could be one of the best options.

It is profitable for the business

If you leave your office due to a creative block, then coming back with a fresh chain of thought will definitely boost your productivity. This, in turn, proves to be very beneficial for the business you are working for. You can also easily tag your meal as a business expense which would make sure that your bottom line is always healthy.

It is the best way to know your peers

While you are working hard for eight hours in your office 5 days a week, it might take a toll on your health as well as your working relationships. Spending some time with your co-workers and getting to know them better away from all the work related stress will be beneficial for your mind as well as the body. One of the best ways of doing so would be by socializing outside your office. This would result in the development of new relationships and friendship and at the same time reducing your stress and refreshing your mind.
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