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Michael Swider

Michael Swider

The Adirondacks

Michael Swider's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Michael Swider'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 Swiderwrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

I noticed my brother wearing these pants a while back and asked him what he thought of them. He said "Treat yo self, and thank me later." I now own both these and the regular Rydr (full cut) and these are the way to go. By no means are these anywhere near a skinny jean fit. I'd compare the fit to a Levi's relaxed fit jean. Obviously these are much more comfortable than jeans with articulated knees and a gusseted crotch and stretchy fabric.
The fabric is stiff at first but don't let that put you off, they break in quite nicely. Even at retail price these pants are worth it. Pull the trigger. Treat yo self.

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Michael Swiderwrote a review of on March 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 172 lbs

These are the best casual/work pants i've ever owned. They are not something i'd wear hiking but for everything else they are great. Bought my father a pair and he loves them also.

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Michael Swiderwrote a review of on March 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 172 lbs

Got these (and other styles) as gifts for my brothers and dad for christmas and everybody says they're great. I look forward to the day when my hiking belt dies and i can justify buying one of these.

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Michael Swiderwrote a review of on March 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 172 lbs

I had to replace a pair of fugitive GTXs that died on me and was skeptical that anything but another pair of the same thing would cut it. I was given the opportunity to get these at over half off of retail. I was not expecting much as it looks more like a sneaker on steroids rather than a proper boot, but i'm a sucker for a deal.
This boot is lightweight like a sneaker but it offers fantastic support and stability while feeling durable and protecting your foot as well. I really cant stress enough how impressive the support/stability to lightness ratio is(i suspect witchcraft). Not quite a burly as my old Asolos but still impressive.
I'll try to remember to update this after a season to see how they hold up but so far these have exceeded all expectations.

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Michael Swiderwrote 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 Swiderwrote 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 Swiderwrote 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 Swiderwrote 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 Swiderwrote 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 Swiderwrote 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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