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Matthew Milliken

Matthew Milliken

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

Matthew Milliken's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Paddling

Matthew Milliken

Matthew Millikenwrote 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 Millikenwrote 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 Millikenwrote 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 Millikenwrote 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 Millikenwrote 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 Millikenwrote 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 Millikenwrote 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 Millikenwrote a review of on April 12, 2011

5 5

I have the previous season's model of this ski and it is great. Snappy and responsive, it carves well at speed, has decent float, and can even do bumps. I like these better than the skis I replaced, which were my volkl bridges.

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Matthew Millikenwrote a review of on April 12, 2011

3 5

I bought this when I started my triathlon training, but ended up quickly returning it in favor of my trusty forerunner 305 which can be had for around $105 new. The major negatives with this model I found were:
- The Bezel is an unwieldy control mechanism, and could be unresponsive when I was sweating (which is most of the time I was wearing the watch)
- I found the wireless sync feature to be annoying, I prefer to sync manually
- The battery life is worse than the 305
- The 310XT gives way more functionality at a similar price point.

The two major pros I found over the 305 were:
1. If you like the sleeker watch-like profile (as opposed to a wrist computer) this may be the watch for you
2. I live in Manhattan, and the 305 can struggle initially aquiring a signal on cloudy days, or when I'm in the shadow of a building. The 405 was definitely faster at getting and initial fix. The fix is easy though, just leave your watch on a window ledge while you stretch pre-workout and it'll be all ready to go by the time you're ready to head outdoors.

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Matthew Millikenwrote a review of on April 12, 2011

5 5

A friend of my family turned me on to Cliff Bars a few years ago when we were skiing in Jackson Hole. I fell in love and I've never looked back. They're made with mostly organic ingredients, have the same basic nutrition as competing bars, and they taste way better. My personal favs are Peanut Butter Choc Chip, Chocolate Brownie, Oatmeal Raisin and... Well, probably every other cliff bar I've ever tried. They're great, period.

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Matthew Millikenwrote a review of on April 12, 2011

5 5

This bottle is one of the best Cycling purchases I've made (after my bike of course). It keeps your beverage of choice cold much longer than standard bottles. If i put ice in my water, there's usually still some left after an hour+ ride. The valve system works great too, no leaking if you hold it upside down, but just squeeze and it comes out eazy peazy! I own 3; everyone should own at least 1!

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Matthew Millikenwrote a review of on April 12, 2011

5 5

This was the first high-end softshell I ever bought, and I still wear it even though I now have about 5. The fit is athletic, but good, it looks great, and it keeps me warmer than it's bulk would lead you to believe. It's also pretty decent at shedding water unlike some other soft shells. Marmot Quality delivers again.

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