Matt

Matt

The Gunks,

Matt's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Matt's Bio

Learned to climb in the Gunks during college, and have branched into mountaineering while I lived in the PNW. Hoping to get back to the Gunks soon!

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I ordered these for my wife, when we moved to the NE and needed some winter accessories. I wanted her to be able to use her phone to take pictures without pulling her gloves off and they work better than I expected with her smartphone. The grippy dots are a good addition, I have a MH set with no grip on the palms and holding my phone is like holding a bar of soap, but interacting with them works well. Well made and warm enough for most dry winter days.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

3 5

These glasses are really large. They provide good coverage, but you do look like a Sherpa wearing glacier glasses from the old days. They block a lot of light, but aren't polarized. Fit securely with bend earpieces (wrap all the way behind ear) and are lightweight. At the end of the day, I have no reason to take my Oakley Half Jackets off in favor of these.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

4 5

Used for car camping, just used a tarp for footprint, cause I hadn't gotten the actually BD footprint for it. Thought the mesh was nice for ventilation, but the fly was really great and kept the rain off all night. This is a single layer tent, but the layer pulls on and off the mesh. Pretty easy to assemble ( I did it by myself in the dark) and light to pack in a pack. Got it for a deal on SAC. Mine is the yellow standard BD tent color, it looks more green in the pic.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

5 5

Got this after doing some tossing and turning between Yakima and Thule. This rack was great right outta the box, easy to install and though at first I questioned whether it would not wobble while riding, I made it from Georgia to Washington with two bikes on and no issues. It actually has a threaded bolt for putting through your hitch, that allows the mount to snug up to the side of the hitch wall with a 1/2" ratchet and becomes very sturdy, then a safety cotter pin to hold it on. I own a Ridgeline and it would drop far enough to let the tailgate go down, but not to open like a door (only on Ridgeline). I even dropped the rack to get in my tailgate with two bikes on (manufacture says not to) and it held the bikes fine. Super sturdy and who doesnt love the convenient red bottle openers on the tips of the bike bar.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

Solidly constructed
5 5

Done a lot of hiking in this pack, carrying around 30lbs.and it has just held up great. Comfortable around my waist and on my shoulders and has great lanyards on all zippers for easy use with gloves. Could use a built in rainfly like most Deuter models, but you can get an accessory one from Osprey easy enough. Great for a summit attempt in the lower 48.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

5 5

Works just like everyone's old ATC, but you can bring up two seconds in the autolock mode and it has the ridged side for extra friction if you are rapelling with a pack or in a rescue situation. Just awesome advance as far as ATCs go. Often imitated never duplicated. Trick: put a runner girth hitched through the other hole when in autolock mode, to assist in unlocking it if your second gets stuck on the crux and needs lowered.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

4 5

I love my Koflach. Found them on ebay, I wear the lesser "Degre" model, because at the time no one would part with their priceless Arctis Expe, but now a new company has revived the Koflach molds and is making great double boots again. Great for ice climbing, automatic crampons, and all in all warmth and comfort. Great boot for all conditions.

(1)

 

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

Light and Comfortable
5 5

This helmet is great. I have a big head (7 1/2") and it fits fine even with a beanie underneath. I prefer to just wear a balaclava under to reduce bulk and for heat venting. Used it for sport, trad, and alpine climbing, though it doesnt have the plugs for the vents, like the Ecrin Roc does to keep rain/ice out, but that never really helped keep me dry in my Ecrin Roc. Headlamps clips work great, never been hit with anything wearing it, but if its Petzl, you know its well tested.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

Great support
5 5

I've hike a lot, both in the Appalachians, and in the Tetons and these poles have lasted. They are so easy with the flik-lok, I'm not that tall (5'9") and I like to have them set to about 120cm, so they are just right. They support my weight while hiking and on the descent and are my first set, and have made such a difference. I used to look down on trek pole users, but after using these extensively, I am a believer. They compact well, and standard BD powder baskets allow them to work great in snow. My buddy tells me that you can ski with them, though I have not done it yet.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

Great for alpine or everyday use
5 5

I cannot wear this shirt enough. I bought it for a Rainier attempt, but now I wear it all the time, the zip allows for easy venting and I wore it right over my skin for great wicking and quick dry. It has held up well after days and days of use and is a great layer to put on over a t-shirt on a rock climbing day. I was wavering between capilene or merion baselayer, but am super impressed with this one, and it costs a lot less than wool. Buy 2!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Matt

Matt wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

4 5

Sure you can pay a lot more for merino, but these hold up great. They are lightweight and super soft, and are either warm or cool depending on how you need them to be. They wick great, and dry super fast. I wore the bottoms after it got a little cold for just my Marmot softshell pants and they did the trick. They are skinny around the ankles too, so great for not being bulky around your boot/sock line.

(0)

 

0 Comments