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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza

Gearhead

Anywhere and everywhere in Utah.

Matthew Pizza's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Matthew Pizza's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.


Born and raised in Utah I have spent ample time outdoors ever since I was a little guy. My outdoor passions are fly fishing, skiing, and backpacking but I am becoming more acquainted with climbing and cycling (road and mountain), and kayaking.


My name is Matt Pizza and I know my shit. If you have a passion for the outdoors like I do stay tuned for thoughtful and informative expert gear knowledge and reviews, epic pictures and stories of my adventures, and don't forget deals and discounts!


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800.409.4502 ext. 4438 or
mpizza@backcountry.com.

Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on February 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: L

These gloves are my go to for touring. The are nice and lightweight and provide plenty of dexterity. They will keep the wind and snow off and keep you warm, provided you are moving, not much insulation to speak of here. Although I've only had these out a few times the gloves seem real durable and I foresee no issues with them as a dedicated touring glove. The leather on the palm allows you to grab onto most things with wild abandon, and the stretch fabric on the back allows you to move your fingers into whatever position the situation calls for.
If you have any questions, give me a shout.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 30, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: M/L

Pretty hard to pass up on 3 pairs of socks for $15. These socks feel good against the skin and do my favorite thing in socks... stay up. This particular model comes up to right above my ankle.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

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

It's not really a matter of if you're going to bang your knees up skiing... it's when. Do yourself a favor and pick a pair of these up and see if you can't minimize the damage a little bit.

These are nice and lightweight but are still substantial enough that you won't have to worry them being flimsy and not standing up to the test. The minimalistic nature of these makes it easy to articulate your knee which can be difficult with other bulkier knee pads, especially when you are trying to wear them under your ski pants.

Attachment straps are nice and long to pretty much accommodate any sized leg.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 30, 2016

4 5

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

I actually picked this up for home use. Might have to get another one for camp. GSI makes great kitchen ware and this is certainly no differently. Thick sturdy steel in pastel green... can't go wrong. My only gripe is there no whistle to tell you when the water is done.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

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

Great little backcountry tele kit for the BD 01. I would highly recommend picking one of these up if you tour on the 01's It has everything you'd need to repair your binding in the field should something unfortunate happen. I luckily haven't had to use mine yet but I'm sure glad I have it now. better safe than sorry.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I just picked this up as my resort jacket and I really couldn't be much happier. Nice and warm and the 20k waterproof rating is great, I do wish that it was a little more breathable but that is something I can definitely live without while riding chairs. I really like the pocket layout, allows you to stash a fair amount of stuff without a bunch of overlap. Fabric on the inside is very supple and feels great against the skin. Removeable powder skirt is a feature that I really enjoy in a jacket as well as the wrist gaiters, which are fairly tight by the way, they do an excellent job at keeping snow out. Do yourself and pick one of these up at this killer price before they are all gone!

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Patagonia makes great gear and apparel no doubt, their attention to detail trickles all the way down to something as basic as a cotton t-shirt, 100% organic cotton that is. This shirt fits great and feels great against the skin too, it is very soft and supple. People love sporting the Patagonia logo until whatever the piece is is literally full of holes and falling of their body. I'm sure this piece will be no exception, although I don't foresee this degrading anytime soon though, the quality for a t-shirt is next to none. The $35 price tag might make you think twice, don't, your getting a great shirt from an ethical and environmentally responsible company that is sure to last.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

This Midweight Capilene piece from Patagonia is my go to for ski days. Lots of versatility here, On warmer days it can be worn all by itself under your jacket, on colder days I layer a lightweight fleece on top. Comfortable against the skin and surprisingly warm for how thin it is due to the interior grid pattern. I especially appreciate the thumb loops, not your traditional wrist gaiter creating bulk under your glove and jacket but still does the job of keeping the sleeve from bunching up.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on November 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Yes... A t-shirt is a t-shirt, that is true. The organic cotton on this particular shirt feels great against the skin; soft, supple, and durable. The quality stitching makes movement a breeze in this thing. Lots of room in the shoulders so your movement is pretty uninhibited. The Fitz Roy logo on the back really pops; business in the front, party in the rear.

This shirt makes a great addition to any collection or a great add on holiday gift.

If you have any questions or would like to pick one up, please let me know.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on October 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is just big enough, but not too big, to hold your tools while you're out and about. I have; a spare tube, 3 tire levers, and my multi-tool in there at all times...JIC, and they all fit in there no problem. The bag is low profile and has three attachment points to make sure that it is really secure on your seat post.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on October 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great little net for a killer price. I picked up the medium length which I think is great for wade fishing. Long enough that you can use it as a bit of a wading staff if need be, but not too long like a boat net that it gets in your way. Fish friendly rubber net protects fish while they are in there as well as making hook removal easy. Never had a hook stuck in there.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on October 18, 2015

4 5

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

This little frame bag is pretty cool. Holds my iPhone 5s int the touch window no problem. I also put my wallet, keys, chapstick and anything else I might have in my pockets in here before I hope on the steed to take her out usually with some room to spare.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 14, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I'm sure this think works fine, I can't really say for sure because I returned it before I ever used it. This fire starter is huge! Way to big to be thinking about taking it backpacking. If you are just going to leave it in your car or boat or whatever it would probably be fine.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 9, 2015

5 5

These pliers are essentially the Rising Ultralight Pliers on steroids. All the same features, just bigger and stronger. At 8.5in the are pretty big and heavy, I wouldn't recommend carrying them around with you on the water, they work great in my drift boat though.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This light is a super simple design, I have both the front and rear and I couldn't be happier. At a price that doesn't break the bank you get a light that has 5 settings. At only 7 lumens it doesn't put out a ton of light but it does allow you to be seen. A great economical choice for lighting up your bar bike.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This light is a super simple design, I have both the front and rear and I couldn't be happier. At a price that doesn't break the bank you get a light that has 5 settings. At only 7 lumens it doesn't put out a ton of light but it does allow you to be seen. A great economical choice for lighting up your bar bike.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've picked up hundreds of feet of this over the years in all different sizes. It's great for just about anything. I've used it for everything from; kayak bow and anchor lines to guy lines to strapping down gear on the top of my truck, to stabilizing my tomato cages and everything in between. Accessory cord is one of those things that is beneficial to have just lying around all the time, you're going to need it for something or other sooner or later... probably sooner.

Be advised, out of all the times I have ordered this, only once have I gotten it in the color that is pictured. Never comes in a bad color, just something to note.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been on a kick accumulating Rising tools for my excursions. Picked up almost every one that we offer on the site and I'm sure glad I got this one. Great for sharpening dull hooks that have been, hopefully hammered by fish, or snagged on trees on the back cast and rocks on the bottom. Definitely adds to the longevity of your flies. The red rubber grip makes it easy to hold onto and easy to find if you do happen to drop it. The only downside is that it is kind of heavy for how small it is.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

2 5

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

This is definitely not the book I thought it'd be. I wouldn't really call it bad but I thought that it was going to be a lot funnier. Not a bad buy at under $10 to put on your shelf and add some flair to your library but that's about where the benefits stop.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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