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 August 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've rifled though 15 or so pairs of these ear buds over the past few years but I do abuse them. For the sound quality and the ability to stay on under a ski helmet, working out or general yard labor, they can't be beat. The main reason why these fai thoughl is that the thin rubber ring that protects the bond between the plastic and metal casing comes off. I found that if you take a little bit of high strength super glue and secure the rubber ring, they last a lot longer.

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Matt Awrote a review of on August 27, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

I really wanted to like these but they are just nowhere near as comfortable as the standard base camp flip flops. I wear an 11 in the standards and in these can barely get my foot into them. The straps are too tight and restrictive and am going to have to give them to a buddy that has more narrow feet.

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Matt Awrote a review of on August 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My main uses for the Mammut Static is for hauling heavy evaporative coolers up onto roofs here in the SLC valley. I use the Petzl pro traction device paired with it make sure there's no stretch or chance of a cooler coming back down the ladders. I've raked it over hot asphalt shingles and sharp flashing and the sheath shows no wear at all. Pretty impressed with this rope and should be nothing but superb for canyoneering as well.

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Matt Awrote a review of on August 27, 2016

5 5

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

I picked these up for a buddy an he's finally enjoying wet wading now that he has these socks. Walking the river is more comfortable too. Great for summer fishing temperatures here in Utah.

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Matt Awrote a review of on August 27, 2016

5 5

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

I picked this reel up for a buddy as a wedding gift. He's only got a few days on it but he says the reel feels very well built, the line runs through it smooth with just the right amount of drag. He is pretty stoked overall and nothing but happy fishing days ahead.

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Matt Awrote a review of on August 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently purchased a 70 meter one of these. I bought this rope for all around use. First route that I used it on was a 7 pitch 5.11 on Devils castle in little cottonwood and it performed great...not too heavy for long pitches, fed out nice with minimal kinking when laid out on the ropebag. Also the cut on my rope seems to be a long one which has helped lowering off some big routes in Maple canyon and elsewhere. The only thing that I noticed is that this rope gets dirty pretty fast so gloves are probably in order. That said this is a great rope and one of the best deals for a 70 meter cord out there.

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Matt Awrote a review of on August 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Pro Traction is a very high quality and a trustworthy locking pulley. I've only used it for hauling heavy evaporative coolers up on roofs here in the valley. But I feel very confident with a few hundred pounds of steel above me on a ladder with the Pro Traction locking it off. My buddies say the Mini Traction could substitute for this instead but why take the chance!

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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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