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Joe Iacono

Joe Iacono

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Hiking & Camping
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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hippy Tree products are what grace this dome 6 out of 7 days a week. This is another great looking hat, fits my larger head well (some snapbacks have a smaller cut...) and gets lots of complements. It is rather 'tall' and sits a bit higher on my head. Super Fresh, get one!

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on February 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted to like this - its huge, seemingly bomb-proof, and kinda heavy, so it feels a bit too bulky for backpacking or lugging around on a day hike, but is just the perfect size for desk-side hydration (less trips to the water cooler). It does keep your liquids hot or cold, and does the job really well. My problem came from drops #1 and #2 - now, I'm used to water bottles denting, cracking, and whatnot OCCASIONALLY when dropped, but the first time this bad-larry felt the ground after falling out of my car (maybe a foot and a half) the lid cracked and popped off spilling all my water for the day - awesome! Fast forward a week later of me carefully carrying around a broken-capped bottle to a second fall was from about waist high - it was open, and now the wide-mouth opening is somewhat of an oval shape. In summary: Does the job well - fits with other hydro flask lids, but has some durability issues (or else, im just really rough on my waterbottles....)

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've had this thing for one day, don't think I'll be taking it off anytime soon. Super soft, a bit on the thinner side so you don't end up overheating, long, slimmer cut and real clean looking. Love the little volcom branding accents - lets everyone know you're wearin the goods without saying it too loudly. Wouldn't say this is a full-on fleece hoody, feels more like a cotton hoody with some poly added to make it softer and a bit more techy. Oh, the 'buttons' on the chest pocket (there are 3 pockets on this thing...) are actually snaps, and the hand pockets are zippered to keep your goodies in place. Get one...

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on January 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things rock - I've heard stories and read reviews about how Stoic gloves have had fit issues in the past. These fit me very well out of the box, and are in the process of breaking in to perfection. I usually wear a large glove, and the large pair of these is spot on. I'm coming off experience with a few random pairs of Burton gloves, and Dakine sabre's. The paragon takes the cake, hands down. Love the minimal amount of insulation in the palm - the wool lining is perfect here, enough warmth/no bulk. The insulation on the back does the real work for warmth, yet the whole glove maintains such a low profile, i barely notice them on. Only complaint - the closure system around the wrist is great for fit/keeping snow out, but seems just a little difficult for on/off. Still giving 5 stars, as they deserve it @ this price point.

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

love it. keeps my dome-piece nice and toasty in style. goat logo and some hyper-relevant Wasatch mountain range elevation and coordinate info listed on the tags. Want to know how to navigate by compass to the backcountry office? just consult your trusty beanie. you'll probably even get some complements on your impeccable style on your way here.

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

4 5

Nice stove for car camping. Has a grill on the left for cookin' up burgers and brats (what else are you eating while you camp?), and a powerful burner for boiling/simmering. You might be asking, "what is the difference between this and the Ranier 2 listed for 79.99?" - this is the same stove, plus an exchangeable griddle top (bacon anyone?) for the grill and a potentially handy carry sack (would be nice...but the carry sack is made from really cheap material and ripped as I was unpacking it from my first camp trip). Overall, good purchase, but i wish the carry sack lasted more than one trip...

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on May 18, 2012

5 5

Great trucker hat, Hippy Tree is a really sick California made brand - love the combo wheat/perfect-wave patch on top of corduroy. Perfect for a land-locked surfer like myself - just seeing waves everywhere. I've got a big head, my normal fitted size is 7 5/8ths, and I'm pretty much maxing out this trucker. Any bigger, and it wouldn't sit on my head. - Something to keep in mind.

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on May 17, 2012

5 5

This bag is baller. The pertex it's built with is far burlier than I expected, yet the bag maintains a nice light weight (not ultra-light, but light enough) the verticle baffles (new to this year's version of the vamp) keep the down in all the right places while you sleep. For the money, this cannot be beat. Its the perfect bag option for those looking to get the good warmth of down, without breaking the bank.

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on May 17, 2012

5 5

Stylie as $h$t. I get complements on these bad larrys all the time. Nike knows what's up with skate shoes...the vulc. is burly and has more cushion than most other vulc shoes I've owned. I did have to order a half size up from my normal shoe size. Nike's tend to run a bit small - and these are no exception. The toe box is also a little on the tighter side...good for skating, but not for the wide-footers out there. Overall, great shoe.

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on April 18, 2012

5 5

This is a classic piece. Just the right amount of down to keep it nice and toasty, but light enough to wear through the beginning of fall/spring. (I use it on most days except the coldest of winter). The DWR coating fights off moisture, and the polyester rip-stop keeps the wind at bay. Once you go down, you don't go back, its just a more 'cozy' warmth than similar synthetic insulated pieces. The one thing that does bug me a bit about the jacket (if i had to nit-pick) is the fit. It is just a little on the 'boxy' side for me. I'm not a small guy, I'm 5'10, 190lbs and the Large fits wide in the chest area (the jacket length, arm length, all that fits great) I'm a large in mostly every article of clothing, but this jacket just seems to fit on the wider side. I would suggest sizing down to achieve a more snug fit. The jacket will be warmer when snug, and will function as a great layering piece for those really cold days. Overall, really great, classy, lightweight 'shoulder season' jacket.

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on March 7, 2012

5 5

Bought these puppies for my sister recently. When i tried them on, I almost took my gift back for myself...but I'm not that bad of a brother. For the price point, these headphones are top notch.

The drivers are high quality, delivering warm bass and crisp highs. These aren't "bass specific" headphones, aka, they're not blown out with bass, just the right amount in the mix to get your hip-hop fix...

Now, the earpieces are covered with silicone. You heard right, silicone: otherwise popularized by "medical implants". I didn't trust this at first, I expected to be sweating my ears off within 30 seconds of having them on, but the comfort (and lack of sweat) blew me away. Throw these on and its like covering your head in...fake boobs? Either way, its really comfy.

Also, these work great with a beanie, a huge selling point for me. For some reason a lot of headphones don't work too well on top of a hat/beanie in terms of comfort, but these are perfect.

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Joe Iacono wrote a review of on February 16, 2012

5 5

Stoic merino will not let you down, its super comfortable, and very durable. I've tried on many of the higher-priced competitors products, and Stoic's line not only holds up, but actually fits better and feels more comfortable out of the box. Mine has been through several wash cycles, with very little signs of wear.This is a high quality, well constructed piece for layering. There's just something about being covered head to toe in merino...next-level winter warmth.

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