Matthew Charette

Matthew Charette

Maine, Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, New England Appalcia in genral

Matthew Charette's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Matthew Charette's Bio

Snowboard, ski, mt bike, hike, kayak, canoe, snowshoe, XC ski, climb. Dogsled, you name it we love it up here in the sticks of Maine is the outdoorsmans dream, miles and miles of untouched wilderness, miles and miles of crystal clear streams rivers and ponds. You need help getting around up here give me a shout I can/will show you the ropes.

Matthew Charette

Matthew Charette wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A big stick for when speaking softly isn't enough. This is my 2nd A-frame. The last I just had split board converted. I'm a true believer that a big mountain stick should be traditional camber. These things lock into a carve and hold it until you're ready to go the other way. They have a ton of pop on transitions, and they dig hard into the snow. Deep, steep, you name it, this board won't disappoint. Plus they are beautiful enough to hang on your wall just to look at. Arbor outdid themselves with this year's models.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I picked this up for split boarding in Maine. Our winters have been pretty mild and my old jacket was just too warm. I absolutely love the quality of mountain hardware, it's everything I was looking for in a shell. Light, warm, great looking highly functional. I've sold 3 since people have seen mine.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on October 14, 2012

A work of art
5 5

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

This board is beautiful, I have received so many comments on the top sheet that its crazy. It's fast, stable, poppy, and it locks in a turn unlike anything I have ridden.perfect.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on June 29, 2012

5 5

Great line. There are a lot of slacklines on the market, but none touch the quality and service that you get from Gibbon. I have this and their jib line and they are great. Easy to setup, easy to take down. When set up in a park or a public place expect people to stop and ask what you are doing, but that is half the fun of it. Lots of fun set up over a pool or across a stream. Builds core, balance, and is just a blast, everyone should slackline.

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Matthew Charette posted a video about on March 20, 2012

Just a quick edit from our trip up Katahdin with the hero2. Ran into a few troubles the cold night sucked the battery down on day 1, I didnt think to put it on my charger pack until that night. After staying fully charged up all night I didnt have any trouble with the battery life at all. This camera is top notch coupled with a 32 gb SD card and a battery backpac (purchased after this trip) you can snag ALOT of raw footage. This is mounted up to an unvented helmet using the curved 3M mount. This videos quality is degraded a fair amount from windows movie maker (all Ive got right now) and youtube being what it is. But either way a decent sample of what this puppy can do. Shot in 960p, 48fps

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

5 5

Been an Oakley fanboy for a long time. I can say Seth and the folks at Oakley have outdone themselves on this years goggles these things look fantastic, the graphics pop, the strap is badass, and the bag matches the whole setup. At the resort a ton of people asked me which model goggles they were, and in the backcountry these suckers are top notch. The crowbar system to me is the best one that Oakley currently has going, the fit is perfect with or without a brain bucket. I use the G30 lenses for most everything though if its a really bright clear day I will toss the gold iridium in them to save my precious eyeballs. Plus they make you like 40% more awesome because Seth endorses them.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

3 5

I am sure this pack is great for those of you lucky enough to actually heli ride regularly. as far as being a pack that you can use to bootpack/snowshoe through the backcountry, it is not. It has plenty of room for a days worth of safety gear and really is large enough to use as a pack to hike from a base camp of some sort. However it is not built to withstand such use. I usually have no complaints with Dakines products in the durability field, but I feel as though this pack was designed more to hop on the big yellow bus than it was to haul a board, crampons, and axe to a summit and then shred down with snowshoes in tow. After 1 use the snowboard strap on the front was frayed almost all the way through, I was using it for a 3 mile ascent from basecamp. I had my Nidecker Ultralight strapped in and the edges from the board chewed up the low grade board strap in no time, I was almost forced to carry my board luckily it held on long enough to get me to the top, though it will never be able to hold a board properly again (may be sending this one back BC, sorry :(. ) I do like the ease of use with the axe loops however even those are not quite big enough to easily/quickly get a axe with a floating leash, a straight handled leashless axe may fit better. the front pouch is not easily accessible when loaded down and the goggle pouch gets crushed by the board strapped to the back of the pack. The interior of the pack leaves a lot to be desired as well though at this pricepoint I was not exactly expecting a high end organizer. For what it is, you get a pack that would likely hold up to years of heli riding, with the occasional short bootpack, for a school pack this would be just fine though the lack of interior organizing would be a negative for me it is not for many people. I will say that this pack LOOKS great. I dont like to leave negative reviews but I couldnt get over the short comings of this rig.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

5 5

Every mountaineer should have an ice axe, it could save your life some day. This particular model is great it is very ergonomic and I think I can speak for a lot of people in saying that Camp USA makes some of the best ice axe heads on the market today. This puppy will dig deep and hold. The pick angle is great as well, the floating leash is something that I personally could care less about but it also serves its purpose very well. All around a great tool to have in your bag if the situation to use it ever arises.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on March 20, 2012

5 5

Im a big fan of Grivel products. Their crampons are next to none as far as I am concerned. The G12 is no exception. The points are well angled well designed to last for a long time. I have ascended everything from vertical to gradual icy slopes with these and they haven't let me down, the cramp o matic design is great and very secure. These are a must have in just about every winter alpenists gear bag.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on December 6, 2011

5 5

Merino coziness with a plentiful helping of technology. This is a beautiful thing. The merger of properly made goods, and organic material. Who would have thought 15 years ago that long underwear would be lightweight and not itch, and warmer than the bulky, heavy, itchy stuff that we had to wear for years? Stoic makes a great product, I am completely sold on them and will be ordering more from them in the near future. Good stuff.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on December 6, 2011

5 5

Love me some Merino. I picked this up with the stoic 40% off promotion. I fell in love, I will likely be purchasing at least one more at full price. Lightweight, breathable, warm, and cozy. Nothing wrong with this shirt at all. Make sure you size it up properly, I wear a large mens T shirt I bought a small in this and it fits just right, so make sure you do your measurements and get a size that fits good. A++++ product.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

5 5

If you are looking for a budget Back country shred stick look no further. The blacklist has benefited from something the industry calls trickle down technology. This thing has all of the features that Arbors high end boards had a year ago. It turns out they haven't changed them much over that year. So what you are getting here is a tried and true tested design that RIPS. Don't look at this as a budget board (because honestly at 420 bucks its not exactly cheap) Look at it as a high end board at a lower end price, Arbor doesn't cut corners in their design process to bring the price point down, instead they take advantage of the massive amount of R&D they have put into their other boards, and pass it down to the blacklist. If you want to hike up the backside of the hill, shred that nasty bowl of powder, then take a lift over to the resort and play in the park or the trees all day, this is the stick for you. It cant be stopped, the rocker design with grip tech by arbor is among the best. The overall build quality is right up there as well. And its an arbor board. You cant go wrong.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on December 1, 2011

5 5

To the east side, to those Deeluxe boots on the hill? I wasnt sure what to think about these when I first saw them never really having any experience with Deeluxe boots. I am a long time DC boot fan, figured I would try something new, when I purchased these they were a little more pricey but still pretty reasonable. I love the fit they hold my foot in position perfectly, the liner is forgiving but supportive. I have tromped through streams, hiked for miles, boarded all day in extreme conditions and these boots just keep giving. Very happy with my purchase. Would buy another pair.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

5 5

I got this board for my girlfriend as a birthday gift. I was a little skeptical at first, on the nidecker website this thing promises a whole lot. After taking it for a spin myself I realized how much it actually delivers, It is responsive, it is fast, FAST. Overall the feel is very comfortable, a little flexy under my larger frame but what do you expect putting a guy on a board engineered from the ground up for women. The overall build quality is amazing this is one beautiful board, everything from the top sheet graphics to the detail of the inlayed clover and the woven fiber throughout. All around I would say this is one of the best womens snowboards that I have experience with and my girlfriend agrees, she has been shredding for years, and I can all but promise you that she will be getting another from Nidecker.

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Matthew Charette wrote a review of on September 11, 2011

5 5

Absolutely love all of my beats by Dre phones. These are certainly no exception. these are my go to ski/board phones I don't like the idea of bringing my 400 dollar phones out on the slopes but I'm certainly not willing to sacrifice quality. And that is where these win. Crisp audio, deep bass, clean highs, good noise canceling. The controls are easy, the sound is great, the price is right. Buy em. You wont regret it.

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