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Athletic shoes

Asics vs. Nike vs. Reebok. Flashy redesigns of the athletic shoe are no match for the classic.

15 great products for summer projects

One-coat paints, deck stains, a grill, lawn gear, and more.


The latest models are thinner and less expensive and have great picture quality.
More Tests: 2 outstanding ellipticals, New netbooks, and Garbage disposers


Consumer Reports August 2009 provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or Web site, and the magazine's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting. To become a subscriber, consumers can call 1-800-234-1645. Updated information and reports from the magazine can be accessed online at www.ConsumerReports.org.