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Matt Hart

Wasatch and Cascade Mountains

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Matthew's Passions

Running
Biking
Skiing

Matthew's Bio

I'm an ultra distance athlete who incessantly seeks out backcountry adventure. I'm an UltraRunner by trade, but I'm a multisport athlete at heart. Ski mountaineering in the winter, trail running and cycling in the summer. After 10 years in Seattle I moved to Salt Lake City because the Wasatch Mtns are simply amazing. I'm from New Hampshire originally, where I learned to "Live Free or Die". In December of 2005 I decided my desk job at Microsoft was in fact death... so i quit. I've been gettin' after it in the backcountry full time ever since.

I try and explore these wonderful Wasatch mountains daily. That fuels my sole. I also write for Trail Runner Magazine (Ask the Coach) and I coach endurance athletes.

I'm a member of the Montrail Ultrarunning Team. My endurance coaching site - http://CoachingEndurance.com
My wicked awesome blog - http://Blog.CoachingEndurance.com
My fantastic sponsors: Backcountry.com, Montrail, nuun, Mountain Hardwear, Rudy Project, Teko Socks, Amazing Grass and Clif Bar.

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Matt Hart

Matt Hart wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being able to connect via my iPhone is key. You can totally manage the gopro through your phone, over bluetooth. There is about a 3 second delay, but it's key to be able to see what you are recording. The camera is smaller too, which is nice. The video quality has improved too.

Overall a great update.

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have been exclusively backcountry for the last four years. Moving to a town that doesn't have easily accessible backcountry meant I had to buy a resort ski. I used Mountain magazine's Early Winter 2013 issue to narrow it down. This ski, the Atomic Theory, was ranked #2 in the all-mountain category. The Mantra was #1, but it's so expensive I went with the Theory... sight unseen.
Skied it yesterday for the first time and I LOVED it. Floated on the little bit of powder I found wonderfully. I was able to lay in and carve a turn, and it was obvious this ski was made for it. Being an old freestyle skier, I even wiggled it through some moguls and it responded. This is my perfect resort ski. 186cm.

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on October 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been the perfect tool for daily visits to the Wasatch Backcountry. It's an amazing ski. It's got plenty of float and isn't so oversized you can't get it on edge when you need it. It's light enough for the ups, and just amazing on the downs, especially if there is lots of pow to plow.

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on June 10, 2012

3 5

The beauty of the GoPro HD is that it's very small and High Def (HD). So you can literally take it anywhere and get amazing videos, and the occasional good picture. They have designed the case so that it's water and shock proof. I ski with, I mtn bike with it, I run with it. The only attachment I use is the head mount for skiing. I've tried the head strap and the chestie while running and the video turned out slightly more wobbly than if I had just had it in my hand.

It works best when the sun is out, and is worthless in bad lighting. Photos seem to be even more sensitive to poor light. For pictures there is no view finder, so you simply hold it out, in the direction of what you want to take a photo of. The other huge glaring issue is that because it's so very small there is virtually no room for user a friendly interface, so we're all left to learn (often the hard way) the language of the OS.

So, it's good for actions shots in good light. It's bad for almost everything else.

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

5 5

So far I've tried all the new Montrails this year. I like the Rogue Racer and the Bajadas.. but I LOVE this Rogue Fly. Super light, just protective enough for a long run (I'm running Pocatello 50 in them tomorrow) and even Outside Magazine Pays Homage with BEST shoe of 2012.
http://ow.ly/biytN

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

Pretty Tight
3 5

I like these tights as I feel like they give me some special support and compression when exercising.

Trail Running: They are great unless there is a chance of ever having a tiny bit of bushwhacking or overgrown trail. Then, as you can see in my photo - they will be torn to shreds.

Backcountry Skiing: Again I love the support. However for backcountry skiing I need to be able to pee without having to untie them every time. If I don't tie them tight, they fall down and you end up fighting the crotch every step. Although they give great support, they are not good for backcountry skiing because they MUST be tied.

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

5 5

This jacket is sweet for very cold running, but I wear it every day I backcountry ski. It's the perfect jacket for skinnning uphill where you are working hard but still need some winter protection. It's light and it breaths just enough while keeping you warm. I just throw a puffy or a shell over it at the top for the ski down. It's THE integral piece in my setup. Get one!

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on December 1, 2011

Mixed Feelings
3 5

I climbed/skied 100,000 feet in one week in this boot ~ http://ow.ly/7LptO

Good:
Lighter than most at 3lb 6oz per boot for size 26 (US8).
Just stiff enough to drive a fat light ski (Voile Drifters).
Good for a narrow foot.

Bad:
Not as durable as I'd hoped. In about 30-40 days the touring buckles collars were bending and there was some malformed plastic.
Because the liner was so minimal my foot got really banged up from every day use. Ankle bone in particular took months post winter to heal.
The mold didn't seem to scale for the smaller sizes. There seemed to be too much going on for my small boot size. Buckles would rub, upper plastic on lower - just showed it was tested and molded at a bigger size and not redesigned at all for the smaller sizes.

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on October 26, 2011

4 5

The company description says "premium audio". I disagree, but for the form factor, it's pretty damn awesome. It's small and mobile, that's why you buy this pipe - not for premium audio.

It's perfect for the bathroom where you can plug in the iPhone, jump in the shower and rock out with your cock out. For traveling or camping it's easy to fit this in your bag.

I bought this for two purposes. First was crewing a friend at the Bear 100. I let her create a playlist and then I attached this to my ultraspire running backpack. We were rockin tunes for a good 8hours (lithium ion batteries). It was awesome!! I was honestly impressed with how it sounded and long it lasted.

The second reason is for short intense dance parties at the top of summits on backcountry ski days this winter. We'll see how that works in the next few months.

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Matt Hart wrote a review of on February 19, 2011

4 5

this binding is a step up from the super ultra uber light dynafit race binding. i think it's the lightest version our beloved dynafit binding that i every day usable in the backcountry. the comfort heal piece turns a bit easier, but it's a bit heavier. so it's a trade off.

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