Matthew Milliken

Matthew Milliken

I live in New York City, but I always come back to Nature in search of my sanity.

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Matthew's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Road Cycling

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Matthew Milliken

Matthew Milliken wrote a review of on January 21, 2012

4 5

I bought a 3 pack of these socks off bonktown, and I wear them all the time on my road bike. Pros: They are very breathable, dry quickly, light and not at all bulky. Cons: Since they are so light, durability may become an issue. I've already put a toe through a pair on a hard ride. They stripes on top aren't my favorite either, but they're kinda retro if that's your thing.

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Matthew Milliken wrote a review of on January 21, 2012

4 5

I bought a 3 pack of these socks off bonktown, and I wear them all the time on my road bike. Pros: They are very breathable, dry quickly, light and not at all bulky. Cons: Since they are so light, durability may become an issue. I've already put a toe through a pair on a hard ride. They stripes on top aren't my favorite either, but they're kinda retro if that's your thing.

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Matthew Milliken wrote a review of on January 21, 2012

5 5

I love this shoe. I've gone through 3 or 4 different runners in the past year and this is my favorite. The grid (for which the shoe is named) has plenty of stability while remaining flexible, it has just enough stability for my mild pronation, and they just plain feel light on my feet. My feet also seem much more secure in the heel of these shoes than other models/brands I've tried. One note, the toe box is a little smaller than some other brands so keep that in mind when choosing a size. If between sizes, you may wanna go up.

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Matthew Milliken wrote a review of on April 20, 2011

5 5

I use these for cycling when it's sunny out. They do a great job of cutting down glare, without impairing my vision. Depth perception is still good. The have a medium face and they fit well, but would certainly fit a face larger than mine. The styling is really aggressive, so they wouldn't be my every day sunglasses, mainly just sports. Also, these glasses are INCREDIBLY LIGHT. I couldn't get over it the first time I picked them up. If you tie them to a helium balloon they would float away. Durability is good so far, but I've only been using them a week.

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Matthew Milliken wrote a review of on April 17, 2011

5 5

I own 4-5 pairs of oakley ski/snowboard pants. I keep coming back to the brand because they consistently pack the most important features into their gear at a reasonable price, and as always they do it with classic Oakley Style. The Ampiler pants are no exception.

Best Features:

Very Waterproof/Breathable - I got these pants just in time to see some end of season snow. Stayed dry all day, and comfortable despite the warmer temps. The thigh vents do a great job of dumping heat. These pants would probably be comfortable anywhere from about 0 to 45 Degrees without anything more than a baselayer, but would probably best suited to days under 40 because they pants are lightly insulated. They do breathe great though. I put them on indoors and did some jumping jacks to test them out, and I didn't even sweat.

Pockets - These pants have tons of pockets, and they all have water resistant zippers which is a nice touch if you're have cash or other things you need to make sure stays dry. If zippers annoy you, they all have snap flaps as well, so you can skip the zipper if you need easy access.

Construction - These pants seem bombproof like all higher end oakley gear. They have critically placed thinsulate insulation which will keep you warm without the need for a midlayer. They also have a really nice mesh lining on the legs which feels great against the skin and serves to enhance the breathability. They also added tons of little features like adjustable waist flaps, boot gaiters, no drag pant legs, belt loops, and mesh lined pockets. The seams are fully taped for maximum water defense. The pants can also be clipped together with compatible oakley jacket models, to prevent your jacket from flying and exposing you to snow when you're zipping through the fresh powder.

Fit - I have about a 33-34 inch waist. The Medium's fit great without adjustment but you could fit a waist by adjusting the velcro waist straps. I'm a skier so I like my pants fairly snug at the waist. The cut of the legs is on the baggier side, but not overly so (judging by the graphics, this model is geared toward boarders and freestyle skiers).

The other models of oakley pants I own are: Timber, Extraction, Mystic, and Brigade, and I would put these right near the top of all of them.

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Matthew Milliken wrote an answer about on April 13, 2011

This jacket has a very athletic cut. I have a 40 or 41 inch chest and I got the large which fits exactly how I want it to, but I can't comfortably fit a heavyweight fleece under there. Also, the cut of the forearms and wrists is pretty narrow, which is not conducive to Midlayers. A 100 or 200 weight fleece tops. In general though, if you're in between sizes you should usually go UP when it comes to stoic gear.

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Matthew Milliken wrote a review of on April 13, 2011

5 5

If you're looking for Warmth from TNF, this is much better value than the Denali Jacket. It'll keep you warmer in anything stronger than a slight breeze, and you won't look like every other 20 something Dude on state street. Not only is it Windproof, but also pretty water resistant. Triple Threat!

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Matthew Milliken wrote an answer about on April 13, 2011

Many Windstopper or Similar windblocking fleece jackets will be less bulky than the denali, but just as warm in standard conditions and even warmer in windy conditions. My personal favorite is the Pamir windstopper Jacket from TNF, which is priced similarly to the Denali, but is on sale for $125 on BC as I write this.

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Matthew Milliken wrote an answer about on April 12, 2011

This jacket runs a little bit smaller than the Denali. I wear a medium denali, but the medium khumbu is to short to cover my t-shirt and the sleeve length is about an inch shorter. (I'm 6'1-6'2). I think the khumbu is intended as a layering piece and the denali more of a standalone jacket. If you're tall and skinny i'd go with a Large.

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Matthew Milliken wrote a review of on April 12, 2011

5 5

I've owned this backpack for about 2 years and I take it everywhere: The beach, to work, extended cycling workouts, the Jungle. Everywhere! It's greatest strength is its versatility. Here's my list of pros and cons for your edification:

Pros:
- Very light, and comfortable as long as it's not overstuffed
- Laptop Sleeve
- The laptop sleeve doubles as a hydration sleeve and it keeps my water COLD even at the beach. Just through an over sized bottle in there and you're good all day.
- The Style is very sleek
- It's pretty durable despite the light weight (no rips or even rubs in mine. All Zippers work perfectly)
- It's pretty well divided with pockets, and the outer pouch (no zipper) is pretty useful
- The internal soft frame allows for airflow in the back, so you don't get crazy sweaty (BiG PLUS!)
- Dual external bottle holders are nice. A bit small for 32 oz drink, better for 20-24 oz bottle

Cons:
- I wish the front zip pocket was organized a little better. There's a shalllow section and a deep section, but the shallow section is REALLY shallow, and tends to cover the deep section so you can't easily see what's at the bottom (I've forgotten about granola bars for 6 months down there. Gross!

- The water bottle holders stretch out if you put a 32 oz nalgene in there, so be aware if you intend to put smaller bottles in later. The 20 oz Podium Chill bottle is a great one to use.

I paid full price ($100) which is double the second most expensive daypack I've owned, but I would do it again in a second if I lost this one. It's great!

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Matthew Milliken wrote an answer about on April 12, 2011

It's not a mogul ski per se, it's a freeride ski, but if you go a little shorter on length, they're pretty good in the bumps while still letting you ski powder. I have 'em in 179 and I was doing well in the moguls at jackson (and I'm not much of a mogul skier).

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