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Matt Harkins

Matt Harkins

New England (Jay Peak, Killington, Smuggs, Sunday River, Cannon)

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I currently live in Southern NH. I try and get in as many days skiing as possible without getting fired. During the off-season, I spend the majority of my time outside; this includes running, hiking, camping, and boating.

Matt Harkins

Matt Harkins wrote a review of on January 7, 2010

5 5

I use this bag every time I ski. It fits everything and then some. Easily fits boots, pants, jacket(s), helmet, gloves, goggles and some extra layers. Very durable. Great shoulder strap, its curved to make it more comfortable and easier to carry. The only thing this bag lacks is a small internal zippered pocket for keys, wallet, etc. Very minor issue though as the bag is bullet proof.

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on January 7, 2010

2 5

Comfortable pant that keeps you warm. Construction and durability leave something to be desired. Its next to impossible to use the vents without getting the mesh caught in the zipper and ripping it. I resorted to cutting the mesh out so I don't get stuck with my vents halfway down. I've also noticed that the fabric gets cut easily when banged against a boot, ski, tree, pole, etc... I'm in the process of looking for a more durable pair of pants.

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on January 7, 2010

5 5

This is a great all mountain boot. This is my first season in them, but no complaints thus far. It took about a day to break them in and they have been great since then. I don't feel the need to loosen or adjust buckles during the day. Comfortable, warm, and they perform well. Really great boot if you're looking for a solid mix of comfort and performance.

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on January 7, 2010

5 5

Overall great goggles. Light weight, comfortable, good field of view and versatile in varying light conditions. Work great if you have a Smith helmet. They've fogged up a little on me when I'm in the gondola, but the fog clears out the second I'm skiing again. Highly recommended!

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on May 8, 2009

3 5

I bought these knowing that they aren't technical shades with polarized lenses. If that's what you are looking for, these aren't the right sunglasses for you. If you are just looking for a stylish/casual pair of sunglasses, then these are great. They fit well (my head is of "above average" size so keep that in mind). They feel a little tight on the bridge of my nose if I wear them for extended periods of time (like over 2 hours). Other then that, I have no complaints. They get the job done and contrary to one of the other posts here, they DO fit under a motorcycle helmet. I have a full-face HJC and they fit fine in it.

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Matt Harkins wrote an answer about on May 8, 2009

I would say that they will certainly keep your hands warm for cold weather riding. They'll probably work well to prevent hand fatigue and certainly shouldn't inhibit your ability to use your controls on the bike.

As far as protection goes, I've been somewhat disappointed in the quality of leather. I used mine skiing about 10 days this winter, and both palms have small holes and a couple gashes that I really didn't expect for the little use that they got. I'm just saying this because I wouldn't expect the leather to hold up in the event of a crash (granted it will be better then many synthetics).

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on May 8, 2009

5 5

I have multiple A Frame Replacement Lenses. I spend the majority of my winter skiing in Vermont which is notorious for flat light. I primarily use the H.I. Persimmon from November to February with the exception of blue bird days. This lens provides great contrast in flat light. I generally switch to the Fire Iridium or Black Iridium lens on blue bird days. These lenses filter out much more light and prevent you from feeling blinded by snow glare on sunny days.

Oakley provides plenty of other lens options worth checking out at http://oakley.com/pd/1650 The site is really good for determining what lens to pick based on the conditions you ski or ride in most. I'd also recommend following Oakley's instructions for swapping out lenses, as it can be more difficult then expected.

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on May 7, 2009

4 5

I've had these goggles for 3 or 4 seasons now. Best goggles I've ever owned. Lenses are somewhat challenging to swap out, but other then that absolutely no complaints. Frames do not infringe on my field of view at all. The goggles are comfortable and I've rarely had issues with fogging. I wear the Smith Hustle helmet, and there isn't any gaper gap with these goggles. Highly recommend them.

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on May 7, 2009

5 5

As far as fleece jackets go, this is the most versatile one I've owned. It keeps you warm, its durable and the vents work well to cool you off on warmer days. I've had it for five years now and have no complaints. I use it as a base layer for skiing when the temp drops below 10 and it always keeps me warm. Also works well for New England spring skiing. Great for fall hikes as well.

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on May 7, 2009

5 5

I have this watch in gunmetal. All around great watch. Plenty of style to dress up or down. Versatile and durable. I've had it for a year and the finish doesn't show any signs of wear (and I'm not exactly careful with my watches). Highly recommend this watch. If you're looking for a stylish and durable watch just to keep time, this is your watch.

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Matt Harkins wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

Overall great helmet. Very warm helmet, but vents work well on warm spring days to keep your head cool(I've used it from 10 degrees up to 55 degrees and been completely comfortable). Very comfortable and light weight, so I barely even notice its on.

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