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Matt A

Matt A

Wasatch Mountains, Moab Desert, South Fork of the Shoshone River, The Gunks, Flaming Gorge, Wind River Mtn, Teton & Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park

Matt A's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These shoes do it all. They are very lightweight and have used them for climbing approaches, long hiking and roofing work as well. The Vibram soles are super grippy and have tremendous durability compared to other styles of Vibram rubber. The mesh sidepanels breathe really well on these and was able to wear them comfortably here in 100 degree Utah summer heat.

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 29, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I planned on using these for snowmobile skiing beater poles since they are aluminum, but found out after calling Armada that these only come with 60 mm baskets. They said they needed to update their site to reflect that and was promised they would send out powder baskets to me. But they never shipped them out. Pretty disappointing.

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Matt Awrote a review of on August 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What a difference a carbon fiber paddles makes compared to an aluminum paddle. This thing feels super light and solid running whitewater. I thought the durability would not be all that great but it's bashed rocks and shows no signs of wear. I would highly recommend this paddle for the price.

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Matt Awrote a review of on May 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had several pairs of Smith Spoilers and they are the most user friendly design to change out the lenses. These lenses are very durable and are highly scratch resistant. I would highly recommend the Polarized Gray Green for bright days as they cut glare exceptionally well and the Ignitors for flat light days when driving or mountain biking.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rely on these to hold down super heavy 30 ft ladders mostly on the top of my Pathfinder and they're the best out there hands down. I've used other Walmart/HD/Lowes straps they sell and they just don't compare in terms of durability and longitivity. These don't degrade in heavy UV summers here in Utah at all. Don't trust your high dollar kayaks with anything else.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

If you're looking for the most comfortable and sharp looking jean I would highly recommend the Pipeline's. The touch of stretch makes these feel like sweatpants and highly differentiates these from a ghetto pair of $25 Old Navy jeans. The pockets are very functional and doesn't make your wallet feel like it's gonna bust a seam on you. I"m a 32" inseam and these feel perfect in terms of length in a size large.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

My leather band on my X Lander was just about ready to kick the bucket and didn't want to lose it on the slopes. I picked up the synthetic band and it was super easy to install with a $3.99 watch band install kit from Harbour Freight. So far the strap is comfortable, looks really nice and seems like it's wearing better than the leather version. Not sure on the stink factor yet but only time will tell.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

These pants have been in my arsenal for over 8 years and they have still yet to fail me. I've used these for climbing, construction work, casual wear and everything else in between and can't say enough good things about them. The built in waist belt is clutch for climbing and makes adjustment simple. They wash really well too. I've gotten PVC glue, soldier, grease and blood all over these and it all washes out with no problemos!

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Matt Awrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was skeptical going with Burton gloves being a skier and all but I was proved wrong. These gloves are tough, durable and very well constructed. The leather is thick, sewn well and the IPOD controls are geniously thought out. Super warm for being such a low profile glove. When you don't wanna hear the dude on the tram talking about his beach front property in Maui just crank the tunes up with the push of a button or a chomp with a tooth works well too.

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Matt Awrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got these as a gift for the lady. Usually lightweight trail running shoes don't offer much stability and stiffness in the sole. These are and exception to that concept as the soles are very supportive, stiffer and protective for being such a lightweight shoe. The shiny leather is a little flashy but doesn't take away from the overall appearance of the shoe. It's very sharp looking in her opinion.

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Matt Awrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is stuff absolutely rocks! Gone are the days of pinch flats, popped tubes and repair time on the trail. I haven't gotten a flat in two years using this sealant and would highly recommend it. During the summer in dry heat you'll want to reseal since it does dry out. A few bucks every few months to reseal is a no brainer- Buy Stans!

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Matt Awrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was hesitant to purchase these initially due to the 3 buckle design but what pleasantly suprised how great these lock your heel down. These are burly freeride boots for your big sticks and those who are looking for the ultimate performance and stiffness. The boots go on and off so easy even if it's super cold out in the Gadzoom lot. Unlike my Lange's where you gotta almost shoot some lube on you shins to get the damn things off. The only bad thing about the F1's is that you do get some shin bag since they are so stiff. I guess you gotta make some sacrifices to get boots that hands down destroy others!

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Matt Awrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I'm currently on my third pair of the Base Camp Flips and absolutely love these. They're thicker and stiffer than normal thongs are so they offer more support and protection. You can do moderate hiking in these since they're so heavy duty. The egg crate footbed is phenominal and relaxes your foot while you walk. Definitely a must have for any TNF fan!

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Matt Awrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These socks are super warm and have really good padding in the shins. I get boot bang pretty bad and these definitely help cushion the impact from stiff freeride boots. They also are very high in height and run almost all the way up to my knee and I'm 6'1" tall. Definitely my go to sock on colds days.

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Matt Awrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Wanting to get away from all the Sweater Hype? Go with the Zeus.. This is a sharp looking 800 fill down jacket which has a slightly higher profile than the Sweater has. But it's definitely not too bulky feeling and almost too warm for the winter temps here in the SLC valley. It fits true to size with a boxier fit so its' not restrictive by any means. Great product from Marmot.

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Matt Awrote a review of on November 14, 2013

4 5

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

I just picked this up last week and it's made very well, medium weight long sleeve and soft against the skin. The maroon logo on the Forge Grey looks faded after one wash but it was never very loud to begin with. If you're looking to fly under the radar I would recommend this color. It shrunk after washing it but fits true to size still.

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