Michael Machnicki

Michael Machnicki

Great Lakes Region and the Rockies

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Currently into backpacking, biking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding...whooa. That all came out in alphabetical order? Mind. Blown.

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Michael Machnicki

Michael Machnicki wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

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4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a no frills kind of sweatshirt. When you think 'basic' as far as thickness and quality, this is what you come up with. I like it a lot. Its good for those days when no sweatshirt is not enough and a heavier one is too much. The fit on this one is a bit more snug but I actually prefer it.

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Michael Machnicki

Michael Machnicki wrote a review of on September 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use these when stand hunting. Although I usually have a 1.5 mile hike to my tree stand, I spend most of my time sitting still. With nothing more than a fleece pant outer layer (UA Rut Scent Control 355g Pants). I've sat motionless from 5am to 3pm and remained as comfortable as possible in 20-50 degree weather. Solid base layer. I'll be turning to them again this fall.

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Michael Machnicki

Michael Machnicki wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using mine for over a year now. I've taken it with on a trip in the northwoods and chopped and sawed countless piles of fire wood. Its light and the sleeve is very well made. Mine has taken a beating. I regularly have it on my belt (using the belt loop) when walking the property I hunt to help in cleaning up any downed trees or branches from storms. The saw is very effective. You'll be amazed how few whacks are needed to get through hard timber. It came very sharp and I have yet to work on the edge.

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Michael Machnicki

Michael Machnicki wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You know how those check in counter people can be about loose straps. Its a 70L backpacking pack. Its has straps all over the place.
Have you ever watched those dudes chuck bags into luggage carts or onto the conveyer belt while waiting to depart?
How sad would you be to get to your adventure destination to find a shattered waist buckle? How tempted to you think a shady character is by multiple zippers and compartments bulging with expensive outdoor gear?
Zero out the straps. Protect the bag. Protect your gear.
This is a PERFECT solution to make your pack abuse proof and stealthy. When you plop it on the scale at the counter, you only need to quickly unclip the should cary strap and it stuffs into its own zipper pocket. When not it use the entire thing stuffs into its own zipper pocket down to no more than the size of a folded pair of rain pants. I'm very happy I bought mine and made air travel a non issue for my gear.

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Michael Machnicki wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No problem fitting a 2.5 inch thick full length pad in this. It is one of the longer setup time chairs but once you've got it under your tired tush you'll be glad you did. Its fairly packable. I kept mine rolled up and in on of the external side pockets common to most backpacking packs. After sitting in it in the evening, I would keep my pad secured in the sleeve and simply release the tension straps and slept on it. In a way, its a 2 in 1 product. You get a 2 position chair and a sleeping pad liner to keep dirt/drool off your pad.

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