Matt A

Matt A

Gearhead

Wasatch Mountains, Moab Desert, South Fork of the Shoshone River, The Gunks, Flaming Gorge, Wind River Mtn, Teton & Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park

Matt A's Passions

Climbing
Skiing

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Matt Awrote a review of on July 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small

I gave these as gift but these were put to the test right out of the box on a hike in Las Vegas, and they were not only comfortable (no blisters in the 20 plus miles she's hiked with them on so far but they gripped even in somewhat unstable, wet, and muddy conditions. They are appropriately supportive yet they don't feel heavy on your feet. They do run small as I usually wear a 6 1/2 or 7 and she have a size 6 pair that fit perfectly. A great purchase for her since she hikes on different coasts and need something versatile. They are also attractive and easy to clean.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 19, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I picked these up for a friend and these pants are soft, stretchy and all around just comfortable. She thought that the ruching down the legs would be way cuter than it actually is on her though. They fit well, feel good and look OK, but that ruching just makes them look a little bulky and odd. At any rate, though she doesn't love them as much as she had hoped, they will make a great addition her hiking and outdoor wardrobe. But the feel of the material is plush the elastic waist and the overall comfyness as well.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I gave this as a gift to a friend and she was stoked. She said it's very soft fabric with a fit that is loose enough to not feel constricting without being sloppy. It is easy to move in and doesn't ride up like a lot of tank tops have a tendency to do. Perfect for many different activities. The Allum color is beautiful. She can tell I will get a long life and lots of use out of this top!

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

This is my friend's go-to cold weather gear for longer than she can remember and never lets her down! This model is very comfortable. Material feels nice against her skin. Design allows for full range of motion without riding up, or bunching up at all. The midweight works for her on all but the coldest days on the mountain. Love the Underwater blue color. A classic that will always perform!

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

This was a gift for a friend and according to her this shirt is seriously comfortable! The inner terry-like lining is super soft and high quality. It's a great shirt for Spring/Fall because it is just thick enough to provide a bit of warmth for cooler mornings, but can easily transition into keeping you comfortable when the day warms up a bit. The crossback design is super cute, and she loves the plum color! This shirt just fits her perfectly in every way.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Size Purchased: medium

Gave these as a gift to a friend. She said the pants are comfortable, cute AND functional! 5'8'' and got them in Med. They fit pretty well, but are a little long in the legs and wide at the ankles. No big deal, as the cinches on the side of the lower legs make up for a bit of the extra length and totally help the wide ankle. The material is very soft and has a lot of stretch to it, which makes these pants great for activities where you need a full range of motion. The elastic waist band is very comfy and helped make these pants a favorite of mine for traveling as well.

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Matt Awrote a review of on April 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up for a friend's birthday and In twenty plus years of snowboarding, he says this is easily the best boot he's used. It performs exactly as it should. Comfortable and lightweight. Easy on and off. Appears to be very durable. After a few hours of breaking in they are ready to ride. Boa system works well with this boot, also. Very stiff for fast charging with lots of all mountain power.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Overall I am really am stoked on these boots. They are super warm, a cinch to get on and off with the boa lacing system and seem highly durable. There is one design flaw with the interchangeable sole design though. From small rocks and debris getting in between the sole and bottom of the boot, it has caused a poor connection and the sole has become noisy and loose. I've tried to shave off the connection pieces to have it fit better but it has not worked unfortunately.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are hands down the best gaiters I have used. The best feature is the zipper that makes it super easy to create a tight barrier to snow and water. Gore tex pro shell offers the highest durability of all membranes available which these have. I've used other gaiters for ice climbing like the BD Frontpoints and Marmot Expeditions and these are much more slimmer fitting and lighter weight. Another great feature is that you can replace the boot strap if they wear out. I use these with a size 12 North Face mountaineering boot and size large fits perfectly.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

Most versatile system
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I paired this base unit on the Osprey Kode ABS (Item #OSP001Y)on our site and am super stoked on this set up. It zipped into the Kode flawlessly and the materials used are durable/water resistant. But the beauty of this system is that you can customize the pack size you want to use. Other systems like the Jetforce you are stuck with one pack that cannot be swapped out. It also seems noticeably much lighter weight as well. I did test deploy it when I got it and it fired out with no issues at all. It comes with the canister filled with nitrogen and also one trigger activation handle. If you are looking for a place to get your canister and trigger refilled check out www.snowbigdeal.com here in Utah as well.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This wax is economical if you're a ski bum. It spreads easily and isn't too time consuming to scrape off. The red works the best for cold days and yellow is excellent for spring conditions.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

ABS + Kode is the best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After doing extensive research on air bags I decided to go with the ABS Base Unit (Item #ABS000A) from our site and combine it with the Kode. This system felt noticeably lighter compared to the Black Diamond Jetforce packs. Also this system is virtually maintenance free which gives it an edge over compressed air options. The pack has it all with both ski carry options along with the snowboard carry as well, ice axe carrier, expandable capacity, external helmet holder carry and last but not least a well designed internal avalanche pocket. I use it both on my snowmobile and for backcountry skiing and would highly recommend it. I have test deployed it at home and it worked flawlessly.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Barnsie has been one of our best selling women's insulated ski jackets for many reasons. Although it's not gore tex, the Dry Q Core membrane does a good job at keeping you dry and letting sweat vapors escape for a reasonable price. The powder skirt keeps the snow out very effectively and has a bunch of pockets for storage. The only complaint that my friend has is that it lacks wrist gaiters.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although the cable isn't super thick on this lock, it does add some form of theft protection at your resort. If you've got an expensive set up then I would definitely recommend this. It fits in a jacket pocket pretty easily and setting the combination is easy to do.

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Matt Awrote a review of on February 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently retired my old Orthovox for the Tracker 3 and should have done it a long time ago. This beacon is very easy to use in the search mode and provides the arrows/direction of search clearly. It also shows the battery power left upon start up which is a really nice feature as well. I like the size and weight on this as you can put it in a jacket or pant pocket no problem.

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