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Michael Facciolo

Michael Facciolo

The trails, mountains, and rivers of the East Coast.

Michael Facciolo's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Michael Facciolo's Bio

I first got into camping/hiking while in Boy Scouts, and I've been passionate about adventuring ever since. I've been all over the southeast on lots of camping/hiking/backpacking/kayaking/rafting trips.

Currently, I'm planning an AT Thru-hike and am really stoked about it!

Michael Facciolo

Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on September 2, 2009

5 5

This pack really is great. 3L reservoir keeps you going all day, and 200cu in. is great for holding whatever you need for a day hike or trail run. Removable hipbelt lets you trim some grams off. All in all the thing is great. Best feature though, the reservoir can be externally filled meaning, like the Unbottle, you don't have to remove the reservoir from the pack to fill it up. Awesome stuff.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on May 27, 2009

5 5

There's a reason these are so popular. Not because they're status symbols or anything like that, but because they deliver great results. Velcro has trouble when wet, so the continuous strap solves that problem. There's great ventilation (obviously), the sole gets good traction, and is actually self-cleaning. If the sole wears out, Chaco will resole them for you. Also, you can wear them around town or around the river which is a not-so-common feature for outdoor footwear.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on May 27, 2009

4 5

I'm really happy with these poles. The handles are nicely angled for easy gripping. The cork doesn't get slimy like plastic does. FlickLocks are a definite win (as always). The weight is good if you want to save 50% on CF poles. All in all, I like these a lot and don't think you can do better for the money (unless you can get a sweet deal on some CF poles).

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

I bought the XS originally for my down sleeping bag, but I could only get it to close after 15 minutes of effort, so got a S and it works perfectly. Keeps everything dry and well compressed. The eVent on the bottom is awesome. I kept the XS and it works really well for keeping a spare outfit dry. I also use it on kayak/canoe trips to hold my lunch, camera, sunscreen, etc.

Really a great buy, and I've had no problems with leaking even though I completely submerged it.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on March 9, 2009

5 5

This is a really good splint. It's lightweight, reusable, radiolucent, waterproof, compact, and versatile. And, at 36" in length, you can use it for basically anything. This is one of those things that you owe it to yourself and your group to buy, but you hope you never have to use it.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on March 9, 2009

5 5

Good product, I like this compass. It's accurate and user-friendly. The declination adjustment on the back is very convenient. The compass actually comes with a a whistle attached to a lanyard that you can insert in the bottom of the compass itself. A nice feature, but have a backup whistle. There is also a provided clip for maps and stuff, you might be leaving that at home too.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on March 9, 2009

5 5

I bought the 6L version of this bag, and it's great. It's really, really durable while still being light and manageable. It folds up small for when it's not being used, and the grommet at the top is great for enabling you to hang it from stuff. Good buy for sure.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on February 27, 2009

5 5

I already have the .75L version of this bottle, but I wanted to have the choice to carry more water with me sometimes. These bottles are great, and I absolutely love the bite valve. Having it, instead of the regular screw-off cap, allows you to drink while moving without spilling all over yourself. Really nice on the treadmill and just walking around campus.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on February 23, 2009

5 5

This is a little heavy, but to me it's worth it. I can live with 9 extra ounces for the comfort this brings. I got the medium which is 18" wide, so it works great with my 20" wide pad. It compresses to about a fourth of its fully lofted size, and really is way more comfortable than balled up clothes.

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Michael Facciolo wrote a review of on February 23, 2009

4 5

I like this chair, I do. I'm all for creature comforts when camping, but at 10.5oz (298g) the thing is just too heavy for anything but car camping or a heavily burdened weekend hike. It's cool for what it is, it stores really small and you can leave it on your pad, well, the top part if you have a regular length one. The comfort is great, and I know this isn't for long distance backpacking. I just wish it was lighter so then it could be.

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