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Matt Mio

Matt Mio

OR & WA Cascades, occasionally the Olympics

Matt Mio's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Matt Mio's Bio

Grew up boating, fishing, visiting some wild places but never exerting too much physical effort. All that changed when I dropped my better half off at Springer in 07 and drove home to a cubicle at a financial printing company and a 6 month wait for her return, thinking I didn't want to backpack for "that long". Needless to say I was by her side within 2 months and we hiked onward for 5 more taking our sweet time (who wants to come home to mom's basement when you can leisurely hike the NorthEast through the end of September?).

Since then we moved from Michigan out to Oregon and I have gotten into a whole lot more than backpacking, though that is still a first love. But right now climbing and alpinism is what gets me out of bed (or keeps me out for those alpine starts).

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Matt Miowrote a review of on April 14, 2010

the 150wt merino is great - but designed for design, not function
2 5

first of all the merino is great--after buying my fiance a Sugoi Wallaroo 170 long sleeve and having a bunch of short-sleeve stoic/bc merino pieces, and a 260gt 1/4zip from ice breaker, i'd decided i too wanted a long-sleeve base layer out of merino. the price on steepandcheap was great--and the shirt itself fits well and is your typical high quality merino layer. I have a 38in chest and the small fits loosely, not tight like a stoic/bc.com tshirt or underarmour or anything. however, the shirt has some intentional design flaws, as i see them.

as shown in the other pictures, the hem of this shirt is a normal hem that looks like it has been roughly cut with scissors. Thus it rolls after being washed and will get some loose threads. i have been told by icebreaker that this is an intentional design that they felt was an 'important trend to capture'. well the trend is forever captured in this shirt. hopefully on the next run they don't feel like they need to re-capture it. in the future i will look to buy sugoi, bc.com/stoic, ibex merino layers instead of icebreaker. the 'raw hem' is as retarded of an idea of buying pre-worn jeans with scuffs and holes, and at MSRP, you're paying top dollar for the 'important trend'. screw that

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Matt Miowrote a review of on April 1, 2010

5 5

yeah i'm convinced on the merino. Only downside for pure merino (and not blends with synthetic) is that its going to be $25 on sale...and $45-60MSRP depending on brand. Only downside. The convincing part is the lack of odor after extended wear. An hour sweating in a synthetic shirt and the stank is established like a fat man at a buffet. The merino does such an excellent job, days later, I smell the shirt to see if it is good for another go and muse, "this doesn't really smell, does it?" The fact that it is soft, fits well, made in canada, and looks good is just icing.
this stoic shirt is the same as the bc.com merino shirts, sans the goat. Honestly, I prefer the goat logo and the bc.com colors, to me it is a marketing switcheroo and that leaves a bunch of question marks over bc.com brand loyalist's head. But hey, brand it with a squirrel logo or arcane alchemy symbols, so long as it's merino i'm buying.

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Matt Miowrote a review of on March 31, 2010

Packs Small, Weighs Nothing, Warm, Best for Under Helmet, or light warmth
4 5

This beanie is great for under a helmet or for light warmth, but don't ask it to do more, it is after all, a light-weight beanie! Works great for a layer piece under a heavier hat as well. Can't beat Merino either -- stuffs tiny and easily into any pants or jacket pocket or nook on a pack.Cons: looks like a goofy swim-cap when worn alone, imo, and others, based on what I've heard. :P This how I prefer to sport it.

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Matt Miowrote a review of on March 30, 2010

I love my UL thermawrap parka and my fiance loves hers just as much
5 5

I got the mens, then got my fiance the same jacket! so warm! She is 5'8", 135 and the large "fits perfect" she says. I uploaded a picture of her flying a kite on mt hood while wearing the jacket. She loves it more than a down product simply because there are no worries about it getting wet.

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Matt Miowrote a review of on January 11, 2010

5 5

The pick and the edges on the adze of my raven pro are sharp enough to tear up my pack or rip up my the back seats in my buddys truck when we throw stuff in the cab, so this is needed. Axes vary, as the petzl snow-walker has a rounded adze and the pick is not nearly as sharp--this would be overkill for that ax, but i don't mind carrying the 6grams or whatever to protect my gear and car or whatever else the adze and pick will try to snag while transporting and stowing.

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