Michael Facciolo

Michael Facciolo

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

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Michael's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Michael'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

5 5

I really love this shell. I'm a thinner guy, so the super-athletic/tailored fit is nice. It is, as one reviewer put it, an "upside down triangle". So it works great for broad shouldered, narrow waisted guys like me. Moving on from the fit (Cyrus Baumgarten analyzed it well), the complete bombproof-ness of the jacket is great. It holds up in heavy rains, and the pit zips provide lots of ventilation where you need it to keep you from getting wet inside out. All in all, this is an excellent buy. Period.

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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 an answer about on March 25, 2009

My bag came with the a similar 7x13 bag, and I found that putting it into the XS took too much time and effort. I use the S and like it a lot. The compression sack swallows the bag easily, and then I can cinch the straps down to get it pretty small. I haven't measured it when it's fully compressed, but it's a little bit smaller than in the stuff sack it came with (football-size instead of bread box-size).

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