Michael Swider

Michael Swider

The Adirondacks

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Michael's Passions

Hiking
Alpine Skiing

Michael's Bio

In the winter i ski as much as i can, rippin' up that east coast ice. When the weather lets up i like to be outside doing anything at all.

Michael Swider

Michael Swider wrote a review of on February 23, 2012

3 5

These socks are nice but for less money i have bought better socks. The thickened up wool abrasion areas are too thick and cause my feet to sweat more than they should. While at the same time if it's cold out the thin top of the foot part of the sock is too thin and my foot gets cold. Do yourself a favor and buy socks from a sock specific company like Lorpen of Darn Tough and you will get a better product.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on September 7, 2011

4 5

Got this for half off on SAC and am very happy with it. Even for full price i don't think this will disappoint most people. In my opinion this jacket sheds water very well, breathes well, packs down pretty small, has decent features for a stripped down rainshell and looks awesome. I'm quite sure you could find a jacket that would do all the things i just mentioned better but you would be hard pressed to find one for less that two bills that comes close. I was worried about the weight and durability of the fabric before i ordered one, usually anything ripstop is ultra lightweight. Not the case here, i was pleasantly surprised by how durable the fabric is. On the other had they could have used a better cinch for the hood, the neoprene fastener is junk. The worst part about this jacket are the wrist closure, it just is so flimsy. Another half ounce to make this jacket a little better would have gone a long way. I am 6foot even and weigh 165lbs and a large fits with a little room to layer. Good buy.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on September 7, 2011

5 5

I have the older version of these and they are fantastic. They offer little stretch however for not having any lycra through the fabric they hold their shape fairly well. Because they don't stretch they offer more support than the beast anatomica line and in my opinion feel better when you first put them on. But by the end of the day they do loosen up a little where the anatomicas will hold its shape much better for longer. These feel much more durable than the anatomicas and because of that i end up wearing these much more. The fit is spot on and the pouch accommodates a ton of junk comfortably, I know. If you have fantasized about A/C for your underpants this is as close as you can get.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on August 16, 2011

5 5

The fit of the beast line is spot on. Being long and lean it can be tough to find a shirt that fits properly. I am a merino whore and this is my new favorite shirt. Not as tight as bodyfit but tighter than the standard fit, this is perfect for everything except as a tight baselayer. I'm six foot tall and weigh 165 and this shirt fits perfectly.

FYI: In the current pic is the new version of the shirt (no tag on back of neck)
This shirt will have a tag which is unfortunately the part that will tear first. This is easily remedied by taking the tag off.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on July 10, 2011

4 5

I bought these in response to my doctor telling me that my flat feet were actually the cause of my knee problem. At first i was using them in some $25 flimsy pieces of crap i had for a few years, and even then the difference was substantial. Once i put them in my newbalance 993s i was amazed at the level of support they offer. If you think you may benefit from insoles but are worried that they might be too much for your pathetic arches to handle, start with superfeet blue. These are a quality product however at 35 bucks a pop they are way pricey for a chunk of plastic. Still well worth it, at least for me.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on June 3, 2011

5 5

My lust for all things merino has led me to spend fifty bucks on undies. I also own the original beast boxer brief(no spandex) and these are better. There is one problem with these however, I find myself nervous to wear these because of the exorbitant price. What if something terrible happens to them? God forbid i have some "hard gas" or a frisky temptress isn't cautious around my fancy panties, I would have but no choice except to give her a taste of the back of my hand. Such are the everyday problems faced by a big baller who spends fifty bucks on underwear. I now only wear them while driving my solid gold Ferrari up and down the vegas strip at 300mph.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on March 27, 2011

4 5

As far as comfort goes stoics merino can't be beat. I own a bunch of icebreaker stuff and it just isn't as comfy. This shirt has a surprising amount of stretch to it and feels great on the skin. The fit is perfect as has been my experience with stoic. The one aspect that i would say icebreaker wins in is it's ability to fend off odor. Maybe i was having a stinky few days or something but this shirt seems to hold odor more so than any other wool clothing i own.
Also the softness and stretchiness of the shirt make me wonder about durability, but so far so good.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on March 1, 2011

5 5

I wear a size med. in every other sock brand and figured the size chart on BC.com was lying so i bought a med. It's not. Needless to say they do not fit my size 9.5-10 feet. However my mother now has some new socks that she just loves. I am looking forward to getting myself a pair sometime soon.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on January 21, 2011

5 5

Because backcountry rocks and sent me a coupon these things cost me only a buck or two. These socks use Schoeller(how fancy) wool which is so soft on the inside and nylon on high abrasion areas for durability. For cold to cool weather doing any activity or just loungin' i would recommend these socks above any other i have ever worn. I really can't stress enough how awesome these socks are, treat yourself and grab a pair.

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Michael Swider wrote a review of on January 21, 2011

4 5

Great socks. If you are looking for nice socks, go with merino wool and you won't go wrong. These socks disappeared the first time they went in the wash and no one knows where they have gone. Sounds like BS to me. That says something about how nice they are. These are the most comfortable socks i own, but with that said they are wearing more quickly than i would like. Also, i know BC.com has them listed as a midweight sock but imo they are quite lightweight.

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Michael Swider wrote an answer about on January 19, 2011

i've got the midweight version and this is their third winter and they are in great shape and seem like they will hold up just fine. with that said they dont get too much use, as i use these skiing and my legs rarely get cold then. also FYI: these are only about 25% merino wool

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