Matt Mio

Matt Mio

OR & WA Cascades, occasionally the Olympics

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Matthew's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Matthew'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 Mio wrote an answer about on November 24, 2010

they won't keep you warm nor dry after 12 hours. You need waterproof and probably a good synthetic insulation. It also depends on how stationary you are. Additionally if it is -1 to -25 out, are you working with water being pumped up or down otherwise it would seem it is all frozen, thus--you may not even need waterproof pants but wear some thermals (light-medium-or heavy weight) under a solid windproof/softshell pant with or without insulation depending on how heavy of a fleece/thermal long underwear you got.

Additionally if you are not just standing around but actually working heavy duty and liable to have your clothes get beat up with tons of dirt, rock, sharp corners of metal, etc., don't even bother forking up $300 for some primo pants--if you are doing that kind of work it will probably tear them up quick, just get some good long underwear and something for ~$100 to last you a few months. you don't want to be worrying about some expensive super pants getting holes and rips when you gotta be working.

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Matt Mio wrote 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 Mio wrote 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 Mio wrote a review of on April 1, 2010

5 5

the microfleece lining has pilled up and removed in a few spots with lots of wear, but these are my favorite pants ever.
I wear 32x32 in most jeans/khakis, etc, and go smaller if anything--the medium fit me well, hang just a tad lower on my waist though. these have function great for rock climbing, summer mountaineering, and in less extreme cold temperatures, single day winter mountaineering events (no colder than 20F though). They dry incredible quick, are durable, microfleece lining is soft, pockets are great/zip closure--and it is hard to beat the goat logo!

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Matt Mio wrote a review of on March 31, 2010

works from the trail to the office
4 5

I wouldn't pay MSRP for this - get it on sale!impeccable stitching, patagonia lifetime guarantee, doesn't wrinkle easy, dries fast, works on the trail, boat, office, hostel, or pub. Here it is doing duty on a hot, humid night in puerto ayacucho in venezeula. Found this whisky flavored alcohol, thought the buck on the bottle looked identical to my west virginia hat's buck. In the mean time, the Patagonia Pique Vitaliti Polo Shirt was unpiqued and non-plused by the situation.

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Matt Mio wrote a review of on March 31, 2010

way overpriced, never pay MSRP, but still its nice
4 5

nice piece, solid fit, no pilling, doesn't show abrasion/wear, hasn't lost soft-fleecy feeling 4years and 2000+ miles later..as other person said, goes under shells great. hood is a bit 'scuba' like. not a lot of warmth if the wind picks up. better than a regular fleece for 5-10mph winds yet thinner than you'd expect. weight is spot on around 1lb.

but never, ever, and I mean EVER, pay full price for this. That would be one of the bigger rip-offs I know of, gear wise. The MSRP for what this piece functionally offers, even with arcy label should be around $150 max.

Stoic Breaker Fleece seems to offer a similar package, though from the sounds of reviews I read it blocks the wind better, has a waist-draw cord, internal pocket, and is a bit heavier (maybe heavier duty too).

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Matt Mio wrote 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 Mio wrote a review of on March 30, 2010

Great Jacket, Strong, Warm, though not bulletproof
5 5

But if you want bulletproof, you shouldn't be buying an UL puffy from Mont Bell! This jacket has served me very well over a range of uses, from a warm puffy for camp while backpacking (works great as a pillow or sleeping bag supplementer) to a puffy-layer for the summit on a pac-nw volcano.this seems to be the only photo I can find with this piece on, but swear, I wear it a ton when its cold!I did find that a second tool stored in a gear loop on a harness was causing some abrasion and fraying where it was catching a sharp edge on the jacket. but I mean, we're talking sharp metal edges against this thin-feeling material, and it only made it look fritzy, didnt even rip it!

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Matt Mio wrote 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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