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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
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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on June 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Soft, supple, stretchy face fabric makes these pants nice and quiet easy to move in. Dry Q Elite technology is most assuredly waterproof and breatheable. Probably not as waterproof as other rain pants out there, I would call the Ozonic more of a rain/soft shell hybrid. Full length zip is great for ski touring or anytime you're really getting muddy.

Really light weight and packable makes them a great addition to your backpacking arsenal.

I would say that these pants run large, probably want to size down on these.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rising makes excellent products and the Nippas are certainly no exception. Hard to really improve on nippers seeing as they are about the most basic thing out. Risings addition of the rubber grip is amazing, why no one ever thought of it before is beyond me.

The rubber allows you to easily handle the tool without fumbling around a slipping while your hands are wet. The bright red color helps you easily locate them if you drop them in the weeds too.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs

I liked these so much that I picked up 3 pairs of them; red, green, and black lenses. They are lighweight, really comfortable, and the quality and clarity of the lenses is great, especially considering the low price! I have a pretty big head and these fit my face really well.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gloves are pretty amazing. Definitely the most rugged gloves that I have ever had hands in. Great for cooking in the Dutch oven, no problem touching the cookware or the coals whatsoever. Moving logs around on the fire is no problem either. The almost elbow length of the gloves ensures that the majority of your arm is protected.

If you do a lot of cooking in the outdoors these are a must have.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These panniers are great for the average commute. My 15in laptop fits in here no problem, along with a change of clothes, shoes, lunch, and whatever else I think I might need for the day. Much easier to ride a bike with all your gear not on your back.

The pockets/organization is really well thought out as is the case with any Timbuk2 product that I have ever owned. Waterproof material and large overlap of the lid ensure that your gear doesn't get wet if you get caught in a storm.

These are my first panniers and they are great. I would however like some that have a little more reliable rack attachment than the velcro that is on here. I had a mishap where the velcro came undone and the pannier flew into my spokes and now has a big hole in the bottom.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

Matthew Pizza
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This little usb light is really handy for some light duty work. I use it on my fly tying table for a little extra light right on the vice. Also great for reading or as a little light in the tent so that you don't have to fumble around with your headlamp while you're trying to get into your pj's or play a game of cards.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Crank Brothers kills it in the bike accessory game, this tool is no different. This is a well thought out tool with pretty much anything you would ever need while out on a ride and a bunch of stuff most people will probably never use.

I have a couple of different Crank Bros tools, I use this one when mtn biking and might be out quite far from the car where my tool box is.

If I was forced to say one negative thing about this tool it would be the case. Great case, tough to open though.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

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

This is great for one person, plenty of room in there to make sure that you are warm and dry. Definitely works for two people as well, depending on how big you might not end up with full coverage. This blanket is super light, inexpensive and may save your life and limbs if it comes down to it. Really no reason not to have one of these. I carry one ski touring, backpacking, and pretty much anywhere else I go outdoors that is more than a reasonable walk from civilization.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

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

This is a great little accessory to have with you when you are out and about in nature... you never know what is going to happen out there. Hopefully you never have to use this but it packs down so small and light it is probably worth it to carry with you JIC.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

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

This roll top cooler from Mountainsmith is pretty cool... it's definitely no Yeti though. If you are going out for a picnic or a tailgate or some kind of event like that, this cooler is great. Definitely gets the job done, keeps the beer cold and is easy to store since it is soft sided. I personally picked this up as a day cooler out on the boat so that you don't have to open and close the Yeti all day long.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs

This piece from Timex is extremely versatile. Make no mistake about it, this is an activity tracker disguised as a watch. This thing is stylish and combines the best of both form and function. Not much information as far as the activity tracker goes on the actual watch itself, all of that info will be found in the smart phone app that you download to use with the watch.

You can keep track of step counter, distance, calorie counter, sleep metrics via the phone app and then chart your progress on the % to goal feature on the actual watch face. I really like that no one will ever know this is an activity tracker if you didn't tell them. Sleek and stylish.

The fact that the watch is submersible up to 50m means you can take it pretty much anywhere. From the mountains to the rivers all the way to the bar.

This is a great piece for someone looking for a hybrid watch/activity tracker. So far I think it's the best of both worlds. Only reason I didn't give this 4 stars is because I wish that the face was a little bit bigger and I really haven't had a chance to put the watch through it's paces yet.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Redington Zero is extremely lightweight and simple making it a great reel for those smaller weight rods. I have mine paired up with a Redington Butter Stick 7' 3wt loaded with RIO Trout LT line. I'd have to say that it is almost the perfect light duty setup. It also pairs well with the Redington Hydrogen (the lightest fly rod ever made).

There is no adjustable drag on the Zero, this saves weight and reduces the chance for the gears to get gummed up with sand and silt while you're out on the river. This lack of adjustable drag definitely took me a little getting used to, I found myself reaching down to twist the knob all the time. After getting more familiar with the reel and knowing what it can and can't do I am really enjoying it. It is a lot of fun to play a fish without much drag other than the palm of your hand, makes you feel like you're playing a Marlin or something.

If you are looking for a light duty and lightweight yet sturdy and reliable setup, look no further, this is definitely the reel you want.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an absolutely fantastic little fiberglass rod in my opinion. I have the 7' 3wt paired up with the Redington Zero reel loaded with RIO Trout LT line which is an almost perfect combo.

Butter Stick is not just a clever name, this rod is very soft. The delicate nature of the fiberglass rod makes roll casting light nymph rigs and precisely presenting tiny dries very easy. The only times that this rod does not perform well is in the wind or trying to throw big bugs or make long casts. Definitely made for short range, simple presentations.

Best used for catching small fish in small streams, don't let the soft nature fool you, I've landed 20" fish on this after a long hard fought battle.

I highly recommend picking one of these up for your quiver.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 18, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These underpants are pretty sweet all in all. Bought the 3in inseam to wear under my mtn bike shorts. They fit great under the chamois, they don't really bunch up, and they are comfortable and breath well. My only gripe is that there is no fly which isn't a deal breaker, but it is a bit of a bummer.

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