Ian Mangiardi

Ian Mangiardi

NYC, and anywhere adventure takes me

Ian Mangiardi's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Ian Mangiardi's Bio

Completed the Appalachian Trail on June 6th, 2009 after 4 months and 5 days of being out on the trail and putting my gear to the test.

Go to http://irmAppalachianTrail.Blogspot.com to find out more about my trip

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 26, 2009

2 5

So I've had this for a while, and I really do love it. It's comfortable and light. However, I'm not sure if it's just because it's all air, but the past few nights I've used it, I wake up with my butt touching the ground -- the air just doesn't stay in all night. Whether its the air pressure or a leak, I have had it replaced already, and it is still happening. It's a shame, but oh well.

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 19, 2009

5 5

I've used all types of socks, and these are by far the best. The short ones are more of my day by day use socks, and they are great. My full height ones lasted over 1,000 miles and are still working great. Most comfortable socks ever, and its great to pay $12 for a pair socks I will be able to replace whenever they start to wear out.

Keep in mind, smartwool has a lifetime guarantee, so if they ever do start to wear thin, they will replace them for free.

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 19, 2009

5 5

these are great to have on extended trips. If you wear these inside of your regular smartwools, you won't get as much sweat and grime on the full sized pair making them last longer without washing. With the liners, you can wash them in a stream and they will dry much faster than the regular socks.

Not only that, but the black ones make great dress socks as well.

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 18, 2009

3 5

I tried to use this to keep juice in my phone on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, and never once got a charge. The only way it will get a charge is if it sits in the sun, without moving, all day. I clipped it to my pack, rigged it so that it would sit on top, and tried 5 other positions to get it to charge while hiking, but I was just ducking under trees too much for the sun to actually hit it enough to charge. Left it on my pack for 2 weeks before I sent it home, and never more than 20% charged. It was a shame, I really wanted it to work.

However, if you go camping, you can just leave it at your campsite to charge while you venture through the woods or mountains so you have power when you get back.

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 18, 2009

4 5

Love how small this gets, its light, and an over-all nice jacket. The hood has a tightening system so instead of squishing the front so you can't see out, it tightens it around your head and to the back of the jacket so in high winds the hood will stay on your head and you'll still be able to see!

This, however, is not a rain jacket. It'll be ok for sprinkles or flurries, but not actual rain. I am thinking about washing it with Nik Wax to try and waterproof it. Other than the no protection from the rain, its a great layer, and if you're in buggy season, keeps the bugs from eating you alive without making you sweat to death.

Also the picture is a little misleading -- it looks bulkier and puffier than it actually is.

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 17, 2009

5 5

I used this guy nearly every day for 125 from temperatures ranging from 15-80 degrees, and it never failed me. Sometimes, depending partly on the fuel brand, in the cold, it would be a little slow and you wouldn't get that WOOOOSH noise that it makes, but its still effective. There are no problems with it now, even after all the use, and I will continue to use it for future endevors. great product

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 13, 2009

5 5

I can't say there is anything wrong with these. They are durable, extremely comfortable, and the regulate temperature very well. I have worn these in hot weather or in freezing weather and have been fine in both. They make for great PJ's too when you're not out in the wilderness! The elastic band is covered with wool so is soft, and has a fly which is always convenient.

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 13, 2009

5 5

These poles lasted me 2,200 miles on the Appalachian Trail and only had one issue. However, due to Leki's amazing warranty, new poles were sent out and everything was fine. You can't go on a long distance trip without these -- they take the strain off your back and impact off your knees, and help you from falling. I don't know how many times I slipped and would have fallen if it weren't for these.

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Ian Mangiardi wrote a review of on June 13, 2009

5 5

I like this watch because it works well. You need to adjust your altimeter before each activity if there are multiple days between them because the change in weather can affect the altimeter, but that is normal for any watch. All the functions work well. I personally like the altimeter alarm that you can set so once you reach a particular height, it lets you know.

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