Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer

Orange County, CA

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Matthew's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing

Matthew's Bio

Trail running, Ultra Marathons, Snowboarding, Backpacking, Dezert Racing, Crossfit, Biking

Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased several winter cycling hats / headwarmers this winter to try to find something that would fit under a helmet nicely and also keep my ears and head warm. The Hincapie Alpe Brim Hat ended up in second place behind the Rapha Winter Hat. Overall if I had to recommend just one hat, it would be the Rapha Hat, it is only a few dollars more (retail prices) and is much more versatile and I have ended up wearing it the most.

Both hats have traditional Belgian styling with a brim and ear-band. Rapha's brim is a little larger in every dimension and is also a little stiffer. It keeps its shape better, but can obscure your vision a little more than desired depending on how deep your drops are. On the tops/hoods both brims will block moisture and glare equally well. The Rapha hat has longer earflaps and they cover my entire ear, keeping them nice and warm into the mid 30s. The Hincapie hat in L/XL leaves my earlobes exposed (but I do have a large head - size Largo Giro helmet)

The Hincapie hat is constructed from a softshell material that seems to fend off rain pretty well, but is very slow to dry out from perspiration (it will usually still be slightly damp the next day, the Rapha won't).

Rapha
-Warmest hat I've found that still fits under a helmet well
-Full coverage ear flaps
-Dries quickly
-Comfortable from mid 30s to 50s

Hincapie
-Better water resistance
-Less bulky / but also less warm
-Can fold up the ear flaps with a helmet on (the Rapha ear band is too thick to do this with a helmet)
-Dries slowly
-Comfortable from low/mid 40s to mid/high 50s

Bottom line - unless it is raining or warmer, I will choose the Rapha, but this is a good hat to have in your arsenal.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If its cold enough to wear a hat, you will need something more than this. The Windtex fabric does a good job at blocking the wind, but is only located on the forehead. The rest of the hat is very thin fleece that the wind cuts right through. Additionally the ear flaps don't have enough structure to really seal out the cold so you usually end up with cold ears.

Oh, and I don't think you would want to be caught dead wearing this without a helmet on top of it.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on January 22, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I purchased these gloves to wear on my daily commute when it was too cold for my other gloves, but returned them before using them as they were clearly too much glove for my needs. The fabric has a very stiff, neoprene like feel to it and the seams on the interior are very noticeable. The cuff is LONG, it goes to my mid forearm, which is a little overkill IMO. I can't speak to the temperature rating that DeMarchi gives this glove, but based on the other cycling gloves that I own, I would say that these would easily be comfortable at the lower bound of their rating (32 degrees).

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I received this sweater as a gift in Charcoal Heather and while I probably wouldn't have purchased it for myself, it is very nice. It is pretty lightweight for a sweater, I would put the fabric thickness on par with my 250/260g base layers but it has a more traditional sweater knit compared to most smartwool products. The wool is very soft but has more of a "wool" look than most Smartwool which makes it look less technical (a good thing). The cut is athletic and the XL fits me great (6'3"200lbs and athletic/swimmer). The shoulders are reinforced and accented with crosshatched stitching, again this makes it look less technical and more acceptable for the workplace.

The care instructions do say to:
Handwash, cold water, mild detergent, do not beach, dry flat, do not tumble dry.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these gloves on my daily commute in Southern California. They are a thin fleece-like glove with a smooth outer surface. The cut is right and they are very comfortable on the bike. The "Thermal" material is relatively wind-resistant and warm enough for temps into the mid 40s. (Note: I have worn them into the high 30s and would suggest a warmer pair of gloves for these temps.) I was initially a little concerned about their durability but two months of daily use have not left any noticeable signs of wear/tear. Most importantly they do not have any velcro so you can easily take them off and store them in a jersey pocket without the velcro destroying delicate fabrics.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This earwarmer does exactly what it is supposed to do - keep your ears warm. It is constructed from the "Windtex" fabric and has a soft fleece lining. It is comfortable, adjustable and stays in place. One star gets nocked off because the back velcro strip is large and you can easily wind up with it scratching the back of your head. Not gonna argue about that for $9 though.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on November 5, 2012

1 5

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

I returned this jacket after wearing it twice, as it was no where close to what I was expecting. I was expecting a semi-breathable, water resistant jacket that I could use on my daily commute to work when it is foggy/damp.

The jacket fits well and the fabric has a lot of mechanical stretch so that movement is completely unrestricted. The cut is typical of cycling jacket, slim fit, drop tail, longer arms, and a high front hem. The Sugoi logo printed on the arms is reflective and highly visible when on the bike.

Now for the reasons why I returned it. This is hands down the least breathable jacket I have ever used and quickly turns into a sauna suit after just a few minutes of aerobic activity. I wasn't looking for a jacket that is 100% waterproof as I already have a few of those and there is always a trade off between water resistance and breathability - I wanted a breathable jacket that could shed light moisture and block the wind. The lack of breathability is compounded by the rubbery feeling polyurethane membrane on the interior of the jacket. Sugoi tried to mitigate the clammy feeling by screen printing some texture onto the inside surface as well (similar to a Marmot Precip Jacket but far less breathable). The jacket also has two chest/core vents that help remove moisture from your body, but that doesn't prevent moisture from pooling in the forearms.

This jacket might work for you if you are cycling very slowly in very cold weather, but it definitely does not live up to the "Highly Breathable" rating that it claims.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on January 12, 2012

5 5

Great small to midsize hydration back with room for the essentials just like the description says. This pack (like most/all Dakine packs) uses a Hydrapak reservoir with a quick disconnect at the bottom so you do not have to unthread the drinking tube to fill up the reservoir. When filled up to its 100oz capacity, there was still enough room for a shell jacket (Alpha LT in XL), a multitool, cell phone, keys, and some snacks. I haven't tried out the helmet carry, but it looks like it will work as advertised. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the waist belt keeps it from bouncing around too much when it gets rough.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on January 12, 2012

4 5

Got mine in Black/Deep and it is typical Stoic quality and fit. I'm 6'3", 200-205lbs and the XL fits great. I usually wear a 36-37" sleeve in dress shirts and the sleeve length is on par with that. The cut is slim and athletic, although it could use 1-2" more in length or at least a drop tail to be perfect. The Wind Pro fabric is a pretty lightweight fleece that breathes well and definitely blocks wind more than a plain fleece layer. Polartec says that it is 4x more wind resistant than normal fleece and I would say that their claim is accurate and its wind resistance falls somewhere between a normal fleece and a highly breathable softshell.

4 stars only because it could be a little longer.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on June 23, 2011

4 5

Definitely worth the extra money over the regular Tour pants (assuming both are the SAC sale price). The Schoeller fabric breathes infinitely better than the softshell fabric on the regular Tour pants and is much less bulky as well. The fleece backing is much thinner, making these pants much more versatile and able to be used well into the spring.

Fit: Same kind of awkward sizing as the regular Tour pants. I'm a size 32 in every other brand out there, yet I don't fit into the medium in these pants (or the regular Tour), so I am stuck with an ever so slightly too big pant that I am forced to wear a belt with because the waist doesn't match the seat/crotch/thigh areas.

That being said, I am more than happy with these pants and am willing to put up with the odd sizing for the price that I got these pants for.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on February 14, 2011

5 5

This is the latest and probably last pad in a long search to find the right balance between weight and comfort. I've tried thermarest's 3/4 length prolite and z-lite in my more ultralight days, switched to a big agnes air-core and slept great and then got the Exped Synmat and slept even better. For me the extra few ounces over a full-length thermarest are a welcome trade off for a full nights sleep where I'm not waking up because my arms have fallen asleep.

As for the pump, its great and should keep the pad in a lot better shape because you are not introducing moisture everytime you inflate the pad. However, like other people have said, its probably a good idea to take a practice run at home first.

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Matthew Meyer wrote an answer about on December 8, 2010

I would not get these goggles. I would suggest one of Smith's OTG goggles and wear your glasses or get the Smith Prophecy Goggle and get the ODS-RX adapter.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on December 2, 2010

2 5

Picked these up in Gloss Black/Grey Polarized because I have the original metal frame OHM and they are one of my favorite pairs of sunglasses. Style wise these sunglasses took the large lenses of the OHM, but don't wrap and hug your face as much, so they just look kind of strange. Quality is great as always with Electric, but these just weren't for me.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on November 22, 2010

4 5

First Mammut purchase I've made as well, and it won't be the last. The fit is excellent and slimmer than most companies out there. I am 6'3" and a very athletic 205 and the XL is just about perfect. To be 100% perfect, the shoulders could be a little wider, but the stretch of the fabric and the raglan sleeves make this a non-issue. A little more length wouldn't hurt either, but its no where close to too short either. The smooth face of the fabric will bead light moisture and it does cut the wind a little bit as well. The hood makes you look like an olympic speed-skater, haha.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on May 16, 2010

5 5

Finally decided to drop the coin on these guys in the Mega width, as I was really tired of jamming my feet into regular width bike shoes. I tried on the regular width at my LBS and was able to get into them, but my feet were wider than the sole at several points. Ordered these and they fit perfectly.

The sole is nice and stiff, the velcro straps feature Sidi's Security System, and the Ultra SL buckle is easy to use.

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Matthew Meyer wrote a review of on May 16, 2010

Your life in a case
5 5

Picked this up for a month-long trip through Europe and have kept using it every time I travel. Perfect for keeping your plane tickets, passports, other IDs, Eurail passes, hotel reservations all organized.
Specs:
1 Outside front pocket
2 Interior zippered pockets (1 large, 1 small)
7 Business card/small sized pockets
1 Clear ID Pouch
1 Pen holder
and a couple more pockets.

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