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

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Matt A wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had several pairs of Smith Spoilers and they are the most user friendly design to change out the lenses. These lenses are very durable and are highly scratch resistant. I would highly recommend the Polarized Gray Green for bright days as they cut glare exceptionally well and the Ignitors for flat light days when driving or mountain biking.

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Matt A wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rely on these to hold down super heavy 30 ft ladders mostly on the top of my Pathfinder and they're the best out there hands down. I've used other Walmart/HD/Lowes straps they sell and they just don't compare in terms of durability and longitivity. These don't degrade in heavy UV summers here in Utah at all. Don't trust your high dollar kayaks with anything else.

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Matt A wrote a review of on April 17, 2014

5 5

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

If you're looking for the most comfortable and sharp looking jean I would highly recommend the Pipeline's. The touch of stretch makes these feel like sweatpants and highly differentiates these from a ghetto pair of $25 Old Navy jeans. The pockets are very functional and doesn't make your wallet feel like it's gonna bust a seam on you. I"m a 32" inseam and these feel perfect in terms of length in a size large.

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Matt A wrote a review of on April 17, 2014

5 5

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

My leather band on my X Lander was just about ready to kick the bucket and didn't want to lose it on the slopes. I picked up the synthetic band and it was super easy to install with a $3.99 watch band install kit from Harbour Freight. So far the strap is comfortable, looks really nice and seems like it's wearing better than the leather version. Not sure on the stink factor yet but only time will tell.

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Matt A wrote a review of on April 17, 2014

5 5

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

These pants have been in my arsenal for over 8 years and they have still yet to fail me. I've used these for climbing, construction work, casual wear and everything else in between and can't say enough good things about them. The built in waist belt is clutch for climbing and makes adjustment simple. They wash really well too. I've gotten PVC glue, soldier, grease and blood all over these and it all washes out with no problemos!

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Matt A wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was skeptical going with Burton gloves being a skier and all but I was proved wrong. These gloves are tough, durable and very well constructed. The leather is thick, sewn well and the IPOD controls are geniously thought out. Super warm for being such a low profile glove. When you don't wanna hear the dude on the tram talking about his beach front property in Maui just crank the tunes up with the push of a button or a chomp with a tooth works well too.

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Matt A wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

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

I got these as a gift for the lady. Usually lightweight trail running shoes don't offer much stability and stiffness in the sole. These are and exception to that concept as the soles are very supportive, stiffer and protective for being such a lightweight shoe. The shiny leather is a little flashy but doesn't take away from the overall appearance of the shoe. It's very sharp looking in her opinion.

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Matt A wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is stuff absolutely rocks! Gone are the days of pinch flats, popped tubes and repair time on the trail. I haven't gotten a flat in two years using this sealant and would highly recommend it. During the summer in dry heat you'll want to reseal since it does dry out. A few bucks every few months to reseal is a no brainer- Buy Stans!

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was hesitant to purchase these initially due to the 3 buckle design but what pleasantly suprised how great these lock your heel down. These are burly freeride boots for your big sticks and those who are looking for the ultimate performance and stiffness. The boots go on and off so easy even if it's super cold out in the Gadzoom lot. Unlike my Lange's where you gotta almost shoot some lube on you shins to get the damn things off. The only bad thing about the F1's is that you do get some shin bag since they are so stiff. I guess you gotta make some sacrifices to get boots that hands down destroy others!

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

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

I'm currently on my third pair of the Base Camp Flips and absolutely love these. They're thicker and stiffer than normal thongs are so they offer more support and protection. You can do moderate hiking in these since they're so heavy duty. The egg crate footbed is phenominal and relaxes your foot while you walk. Definitely a must have for any TNF fan!

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

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

These socks are super warm and have really good padding in the shins. I get boot bang pretty bad and these definitely help cushion the impact from stiff freeride boots. They also are very high in height and run almost all the way up to my knee and I'm 6'1" tall. Definitely my go to sock on colds days.

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

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

Wanting to get away from all the Sweater Hype? Go with the Zeus.. This is a sharp looking 800 fill down jacket which has a slightly higher profile than the Sweater has. But it's definitely not too bulky feeling and almost too warm for the winter temps here in the SLC valley. It fits true to size with a boxier fit so its' not restrictive by any means. Great product from Marmot.

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I just picked this up last week and it's made very well, medium weight long sleeve and soft against the skin. The maroon logo on the Forge Grey looks faded after one wash but it was never very loud to begin with. If you're looking to fly under the radar I would recommend this color. It shrunk after washing it but fits true to size still.

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

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

These are the best, most supportive hiking shoes that I've worn before. I don't know where to start but I mainly use these for roofing work in the Salt Lake Valley in the dead of summer 100 degree + persistent heat. My feet never get hot or sweaty, the tread actually lasts all summer on abrasive asphalf shingles and I never get blisters. Not very comparable to the Contragrip on Salomon's which wore out in less than half a summer. On the trail these carry heavy packs excellent and the tread is super grippy. I can't ask for any better these check all the boxes. These run a half size large.

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

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

The Piero's are outstanding pants if you're a trad climber or avid hiker that demands durability. My other favorite in this category of pants is the Prana Zion but these are better. The stretch and comfort is insane and has a sweet zippered thigh pocket that is perfect size for your phone. I own two pairs in Grey and Brown and looking to add a third in black before they get discontinued or something. They fit a little baggy which I prefer but the newer models are a bit closer fitting.

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm kind of a long sleeve T shirt snob and prefer the small logo on the front and large on the back. This one fits the bill for great quality and supple comfort. I would call it a midweight long sleeve that fits true to size and does shrink a bit in the wash. Would definitely recommend it for any Patagonia junkie.

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Matt A wrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Fit: Runs large

I haven't gotten a chance to use my new Rush yet but overall am impressed with this shell. It runs a size big I'm normally and XL and the Large fits me perfect. It's very lightweight for gore tex pro shell and has a nice pocket configuration. True Arcteryx high quality overall. I"ll update the review as the season progresses.

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Matt A wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always keep this on my harness at all times. If you do any multi pitch climbing this daisy pays off huge. Super easy and quick to equalize anchors and simplify the belay. I'm on my 3rd one now. I like to replace it after heavy use for the peace of mind but most likely don't need to since it's so bomber.

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