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Michael Genovese

Michael Genovese

Northeast U.S.

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Michael's Passions

Camping
Hiking
Trail Running
Road Cycling

Michael's Bio

My name's Mike. I used to hike and bike and snowshoe and camp quite a bit. Then I had a baby in January 2013. He's probably the cutest baby ever.

Now I don't hike and snowshoe so much. I've kept at the biking and I hope to bring the little bugger camping with me soon. The world is our playground, after all.

Michael Genovese

Michael Genovese wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

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

It's a Smartwool hat, what do you expect?

Find a color you like, squish it onto your head (or in this case your kid's head), be warm and happy, repeat. I haven't had a chance to use this one on the kiddo yet since the temperatures haven't dropped too low, but the quality and construction are there as always. Plus the tassel makes it pretty cute.

I tend to purchase the Smartwool hats/socks/kid's gear when it's on sale and at sale prices I think it's worth the quality that you get. A+, would purchase (on sale) again.

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this for my kiddo in the fall months in NH. The jacket fit great, the zipper wasn't a pain in the butt, and the hood is a nice touch for windy or damp days. The blue was a great color too.

Overall a great quality, good construction, good sizing, and great color. I would recommend this to others, A+.

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My kiddo is on the bigger side as far as toddlers go, but I sized the hat/mittens the same as the clothing he is wearing (onesies, shirts, etc). We used smartwool hats/mittens before (6-12M) when he was a newborn. This particular set in 24M ran a bit small, even compared to those. I'm not sure the separate thumb is the best idea in the world either, it's impossible to get a digit in there.

Great quality you'd expect from Smartwool, but a little off on the sizing. B+

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on July 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

So far I've had very positive experience with Icebreaker products. These shorts definitely follow along those same lines. Most striking about these shorts is the quality of materials. Everything seems very well built and long-lasting. They are definitely a little thicker than traditional lycra or spandex shorts. Even with the wicking properties of the merino, I wouldn't recommend these for an all day ride in the summer heat. I think the synthetics breathe better in those environments. However, these are fine for morning rides in the summer (85� or lower) and longer rides in the fall.

Pros: Seriously well built, I can't stress that enough. Stitching and materials look to be top notch. True to size, these are not European cut. I am 6'3, 240, wear 38 in pants and the XL fits fine.

Cons: Chamois is a little on the thick side. This could just be a personal preference or that I have gotten used to the 2XU chamois, but these seem a bit diaperish while walking around and the stitching where the chamois meets the shorts chafes just a tiny bit.

I'd rate these an A-, they are very good, but they aren't perfect. I would recommend them to others.

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on February 27, 2013

5 5

I bought a few hat/mitten sets in anticipation of my first child. He was born on Jan. 15th and we have been using this Smartwool set to keep him warm since then.

I don't know if wool allergies are common or not, but our little gremlin has had no issues with these materials. Both the hat and mittens are a good thickness to keep an infant warm while out for walks or running errands in the wintertime in New England. I would highly recommend these to anybody who wants to keep their kiddo warm.

My only advice is buy these when they're on sale, because most baby clothes only have a few months of usable range before they grow out of them. That being said, these are totally worth it.

A+, would recommend and buy again!

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Michael Genovese wrote an answer about on November 2, 2012

Thanks Mark!

I thought the straight leg would be an issue, but I considered using a leg band on my right leg (or both, depending on how big the pants are) to keep them away from the drive system. I try not to ride in the rain too often, and I need a dedicated pair of rain pants for hiking... so I was trying to see if these would cut it every once in a while. The price tag certainly beats any dedicated bike rain pants I have looked at.

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on October 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Since these were bought as a gift, I posed the question to my girlfriend:

" me: you know those purple shorts i got you, how would you rate them 1-5?
Lindsay: hmmm
4.5
i really like them"

I guess that speaks for itself. There is a mesh liner inside the shorts, so that makes them good for yoga and other warm-weather activities.

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on October 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have (4) of these shirts. The first I got off of DoG for a reasonable price. The other (3) I snagged off of SAC for $10/shirt. I think that's an unbelievably good deal for half zip merino t-shirts (with a pocket!).

As a lot of people mentioned, the citron is a weird color in real life. It's actually not THAT far off from the model pictures, just a little greener and not as bright. As if the color really matters that much?

These short sleeve shirts are perfect for hiking and biking in the late spring/summer/early fall. The half zip gives you a huge vent to dump air from. I use these for bike commuting and hiking and they haven't let me down yet.

The quality of the shirts is good, but the 150 weight is fragile so if you're going hiking in thorny areas you have to be careful or there will be some tears. Overall a great deal at a great price. A+

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on October 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love when the Stoic gear goes on sale. It's like my own little personal Christmas. This was no exception. I am 6'3 230, and the XL fits very well.

I use my gear primarily for hiking and biking. 200 weight merino is great standalone for under 40-50F or so. With a light windbreaker-type jacket during aerobic activities I would wear this shirt in 25-40F temps. Either way, it is easily worth the money and I hope to get plenty of use out of it. Great quality and great price. A+

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on October 19, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far so good. I have worn the mittens in light to moderate rain with no water penetration. I have also ridden with them in temperatures as low as 32F without any finger numbness. However, my thumb wasn't that warm and obviously the thumb and pointer finger will get the coldest. I'm not sure how these will hold up in temperatures below freezing. The manufacturer claims they can get down to 14F (http://www.louisgarneau.com/in-en/product/0/1482172/_/LIMOGES_MITTS).

The material isn't very breathable, so in temps above 40 your hands will get wet from sweat. There are two air vents--one in the area between your thumb and pointer and one in the palm area. These work okay for circulating air. The problem with the palm vent is that most of the time your hands are on the handlebar and there is not much air flow through this part of the glove.

The gel pad in the palm of the glove is a little uncomfortable. It might just take some getting used to, in general I prefer low-profile padding for better road feel. The trigger-style works fine for breaking and zippers, but lobster-style might work better for cold temps. Overall, if you need cold-weather gloves and can get these on sale they are definitely worth it. B+

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on September 27, 2012

4 5

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

The Good: This set is a great size for two people. It is very light and well sized. Because of the size and shape the packability is moderate. Not as packable as a Jetboil, for example. But you can fit a decent amount of food or other cookware inside of it. The handles work great, especially on the fry pan where they are folded underneath when not needed and click into place when in use. Non-stick works as well as you should expect for lightweight camping gear, just make sure to get some plastic or bamboo utensils.

The Bad: It's kinda flimsy? I currently use the Backcountry.com 700 ml mug, which I'm pretty sure is equivalent to the Stoic Ti Kettle 700 ml. This mug is very light, but it also feels very sturdy. That is not the case here. The fry pan is especially flexible when handling it with a normal amount of force. The pot has a bump in the bottom, which gives it some rigidity. However, you can still flex the sides with a little bit of force. I would be worried about overpacking my pack and crushing/denting/oblonging this set.

I didn't get a chance to verify the volume of the pot. It seems quite large, so I have a feeling the dimensions are listed incorrectly. I'll update when I get around to it.

I'd give this set an A-, but if it proves to be durable over time, it could easily get a better grade.

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Michael Genovese wrote a review of on August 31, 2012

5 5

If anybody hasn't used Smartwool's Microweight material--it is extremely warm and lightweight. Good as a baselayer for active late-fall or winter stop-and-go activities.

As a side note: I have used these for cycling a few times and while they are plenty warm and comfortable, I just feel like the material wouldn't stand up to the constant rubbing against the bike saddle.

Also, there is quite a lot of room in the crotch area... I thnk Smartwool is trying to make me feel inadequate :(.

Overall, I give these an A.

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