Matt E

Matt E

All over the place: Recently been seen in North Cascades, San Juan Islands, Great Smokies, Outer Banks

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Hiking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

Matthew's Bio

A brit abroad. Living in North Carolina and making the most of my time here seeing as much of the US as possible having spent years stomping over Europe and the rest of the world.

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Matt E

Matt E wrote a review of on March 25, 2011

5 5

I bought these at the last minute for my wife.

We were heading off to Bryce Canyon for a weekend of snowshoeing in late-Feb and weren't sure that her current boots would 'cut it' with the low temps.

When they arrived, my wife was wishing and hoping they'd fit (she often has problems breaking new boots in). The faux-sheepskin lining was enough to convince her.

Once in Bryce Canyon, she was over the moon. One morning we got up early to check out the sunrise; it was 5 F outside, but her toes were warm and toasty.

Boots worked great with gaiters, perfect combo with her MSR snowshoes too.

My wife's happy, so I'm happy - great purchase and great service as always from Backcountry !!

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Matt E wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

I was looking for a replacement for a North Face long-sleeve hiking shirt, but unfortunately TNF don't make a nice lightweight wicking shirt that is as good as the old one I have [Why do TNF abandon really great designs? This is the 3rd time this has happened to me]. I found the current TNF product line was either too heavy, the sleeves were too short (I'm 6'5'' and XXL sleeves were about 1 inch too short) or I just didn't like the plaid colors.

So despite the fact that these are pretty expensive (thanks to Backcountry the sale made the cost a lot more palatable), I went for 2 of them. The material is lightweight, with great stretch, and I really like the tailoring of the shirt. The shirt tail is pretty long (great for the taller person) and the sleeves are long enough to fit perfectly for me (I normally take a 37.5" sleeve).

The only thing that takes a little getting used to is that it uses poppers (or snaps) rather than buttons. It's not a big thing, but I feel like I'm back in the 70's / 80's ...

On the upside, the shirt is easily the smartest piece of outdoor clothing I have. It's really neat to have a tailored shirt that wicks and is partly showerproof.

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Matt E wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

4 5

I ended up getting two of these from backcountry because of the price. But even if Backcountry hadn't had this at a cheaper price than the competition when I bought them, I would have still gone for this shirt. The material is really well ventilated and feels like it's good for wicking even though I've only worn it for casual evenings out. I went for the "Deep Blue Water" shirt - looks great - I especially like the small red highlights around the collar and the logo on the sleeve. The shirt is a little on the small side compared to other TNF shirts. I have it in XXL (I'm 6'5'') and other TNF shirts in XXL are massive. These are slightly more snug - perhaps I just have to lose 10 lbs?

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Matt E wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

I have to be honest. I bought one of these on a whim. Backcountry had it on sale, and I've been an Arc'teryx fan for some time. I saw this, and although I didn't really need one, I bought it because of the great price. It is now one of my favorite 'go-to' pieces of gear. It gets stuffed into my backpack and toted all over the place ...

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Matt E wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

I'm trying to get back into rock-climbing after a fall a few years ago. Alongside climbing, I wanted to get something for home that would let me train when I can't get to the wall. The Metolius training board is perfect - doesn't tear up my hands, which helps with long training periods. Looks great in the house too ...

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Matt E wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

I have a couple of pairs of Mountain Khaki's and so when I saw these, I wanted a pair. They're great. Tough triple stitching like MK's jeans and khaki pants. Comfortable and solid. I can understand the other comments about the back velcro sealed pockets - it feels like the velcro was an afterthought. The pockets themselves are a great size, but the velcro feels a bit of a cheap solution to keeping them closed.

Despite that, I still think they're perfect. I wear them when it's too hot for the MK pants.

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Matt E wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

4 5

I've had a number of North Face shirts in XXL (I'm 6'5'') because I've got long arms and broad back. The sleeves on this are a little disappointing. They're about an inch shorter than other North Face shirts that are XXL. I end up wearing it with rolled up sleeves. Might as well have bought a t-shirt.

On the upside, very lightweight, great for travel.

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Matt E wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

5 5

I bought these to go with my G3 Barons. It took me a couple of goes at making sure they mounted cleanly to make sure they were straight and aligned properly.

But once they were on properly, they're fantastic! They glide very smoothly and the traction is great, which I appreciate being 6'5'' and 220 pounds.

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