Matt Zabriskie

Matt Zabriskie

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on February 19, 2016

4 5

I returned this jacket before using it, but loved the style and features. Lots of pockets, well constructed, nice hood, pit zips, powder skirt. I returned because it looked like I was a kid wearing my dad's coat. I'm 5'11" and 175 lbs. I ordered the Medium as I do for most jackets, but I was drowning in it! Definitely recommend sizing down.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on February 19, 2016

5 5

I've had my eye on this bag for a while and finally pulled the trigger to use while snowboarding. My biggest complaint while snowboarding is getting dehydrated. I wanted just a small bag to carry a water bottle and a few granola bars. This bag fits the bill perfectly! I was also able to put my beanie and liner gloves in the bag when it warmed up. Pocket on chest strap fit my iPhone 5s perfectly. This is exactly what I was looking for. Just the right size for a day on the slopes. Sling style was great for turning bag around to my chest when on the lift or when needing access without taking the whole thing off.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on February 18, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I really wanted this boot to work. It appears to be very well constructed and received great reviews by Transworld (http://snowboarding.transworld.net/gear-guide/2016-tested-and-approved/thirtytwo-session/#epTJ1KHTp9SY2Ifz.97). I like the hybrid lace/boa system. The boa does a nice job of pulling your heel into place and ideally preventing heel lift (wasn't able to put this to the test). Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a pair that fits. I wear an 11 in K2 and Burton. With an 11.5 in this boot my toes were jammed into the end of the boot and Backcountry had no larger size available.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on February 12, 2016

5 5

I've worn this jacket nearly everyday this winter. It is light, but exceptionally warm. I've worn it in low 20s F with just a tshirt on underneath and was plenty warm. Paired with a fleece underneath and single digit temps are no problem. Aside from warmth, it is very comfortable. It feels like wearing a soft sleeping bag. Great jacket!

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

I've owned a handful of chalk bags over the years. This is the best one I've ever had. The bag is big, which is helpful for those of us with large mitts. I'm able to easily fit my hand into the bag and give the ole chalk ball a good rub. The best part of this bag is that it has a plastic ring inside the mouth of the bag which holds it open nicely. This is invaluable for chalking up while on a hard route. You don't want to fuss with trying to get into your chalk bag for a dip of chalk while your hanging from a sketchy hold. This bag makes chalking on route a cinch. In addition to all that the zippered pocket on the back is great for holding your phone and the bag closes tightly to prevent chalk leaking out in your pack. Include the great waist belt that it comes with and you've got a fantastic chalk bag.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

I don't run road all that often, maybe once a week for a speed workout, or an occasional 5k race. Normally I stay to the trails. I wanted to find a road shoe that was light and minimal. I got exactly what I was looking for with this shoe. I have run using minimal trail shoes (NB 110/1010) for about a year and I didn't require any extra time adjusting to this shoe. My feet feel extremely light and fast with this shoe. I highly recommend it!

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on April 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this as a base layer for snowshoeing and mountaineering. Overall it's a great piece. It is light weight, wicks moisture well and provides enough warmth when paired with a fleece. My only complaint is the durability. I have patches of holes throughout on the back, arms, etc.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

This is the fourth model of New Balance trail shoes that I have owned and it ranks as my favorite. I have owned every generation of the minimus, from the 10, to the 110, and now the 1010. The 10 had no rock plate and while it was nice to have good sensitivity of what was underfoot, it could also be painful when what was underfoot was hard and pointy. The 110 introduced a rock plate under the forefoot which was a tremendous addition, but you could still get attacked by rocks at the insole. It also had much better traction than it's predecessor. The 1010 has a much better rock plate providing ample protection without sacrificing sensitivity. It also introduces a Vibram outsole which has proven to provide very good traction and durability. There have been a lot of complaints about poor durability. I have not experienced this. I run very rugged, technical trails. After four months of heavy use they show no signs of wear. I just ordered a second pair to have available at a midway aid station of an upcoming 50M ultra.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

I recently bought a pair of these to replace a pair of last years split version that I had been using. A few differences that I have noticed are the gel pockets on each side at the back are larger and have two openings each vs last years had only a single opening and were noticeably smaller. The zipper pocket on this years model is smaller than last years, though I can still fit an iPhone 4s inside (albeit a tight fit). I also like that this version is shorter than last years split short. The split short felt too long and due to the split the flaps kind of got annoying as you were running. Overall a fantastic pair of shorts.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

I was first introduced to Shot Bloks six months ago on an 18 mile trail run. I had previously been using GU gels. On my run I made the bone headed mistake of leaving my stash of gels in my car. I had a few in my short pockets so by the time they ran out and I realized that I didn't have any more in my waist belt pocket I was already 8 miles into my run. Fortunately my running partner had a bunch of Shot Bloks and was willing to share. I have never embarked on a long run without Shot Bloks since.

For long runs I typically prime myself right before the run with a GU, banana, a handful of dates and water. Once on the run I eat one Blok every mile and follow it with a swig of water. When it's hot and I'm sweating a lot I alternate one Strawberry (or whatever flavor), followed by one Margarita the next mile. The extra sodium in the Margarita helps maintain your electrolyte balance.

I prefer Shot Bloks over GU because they go down a lot easier for starters. GU requires a lot of water afterward, Bloks don't. Bloks also offer more calories per package. A single GU is 100 calories, a package of Bloks is 200 calories (100/3 Bloks).

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this shoe for a couple years now and have loved it. These fit the niche for climbing crack, or all day multi-pitch routes very nicely. I found them to be comfortable enough to wear for 6-8 hours straight, yet still capable of performing well.

This shoe does not work well for technical, steeper routes. I don't view that as a con for this shoe as I am a firm believer in buying gear that is well suited for the need at hand. Trying to find a shoe that is well rounded for all types of climbing usually leaves you with a shoe that does okay in some situations, but doesn't do really great in any one situation. Buy this shoe for trad and it will serve you well.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on February 1, 2013

Great Minimal Trail Shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had these shoes for six months and have logged hundreds of miles using them. I almost exclusively run trails in UT. Most of the trails are rocky and technical. I really like the rock plate in the forefoot, especially coming from the MT10. The shoe is very light weight. It breaths very well. I have been using them without socks. They shed water very well. I have crossed streams ankle deep and expected the shoe to feel soggy afterward, but it drained almost immediately after exiting the stream. The lugs on the outsole are outstanding. They provide good traction on dirt, road, and snow. The only place I found poor traction was on hard packed, nearly icy snow.

The only cons that I have experienced is that the sole started coming unglued at the heel after about 250 miles. I noticed it early and was able to repair it with shoe goo, and have had no further problems. Also since I run sockless I have had a problem with my shoes smelling terrible. Bad enough that my wife won't allow them in the house. A running buddy of mine also bought these shoes and uses socks and has had no odor problem.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on November 7, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have three other shorts that I used to rotate pretty regularly. Once I came across these all of my other shorts suddenly found themselves never getting used. The name describes these perfectly, better than naked because they are light enough, stretch in the right places so that you don't even notice they are there. But even BETTER than naked because they have pockets for gels and car key, and protect your nether regions from getting scratched up from branches and such. The liner brief is super comfy and provides good support. Best of all they don't stink. I can get away with not washing these for a week, even when hitting the trail five days straight, so long as I hang them up to air out after. I am an avid trail runner, and will wear these for every run from a 5k to an ultra.

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Matt Zabriskiewrote a review of on July 11, 2012

5 5

I love these shoes. They are great for trail running. I love how light they feel and the mesh upper makes them breath very well. These are also my go to shoe for hiking. I use them as an approach shoe when I am rock climbing and they provide great traction while scrambling. They also provide reasonable support when carrying a heavy pack. I use these on day hikes while carrying my two year old daughter in a child carrier (plus water, etc. roughly 35+ lbs). Just be careful where you step as you can really feel the rocks through the sole. All in all great shoe, I highly recommend it!

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