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.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 25, 2016

5 5

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

These thigh straps are pretty great. Recently used them on Cataract Canyon in my NRS Pike and they worked like a dream! Having the thigh straps gives you much greater control of the boat itself when you are in the rapids, running wave trains, and trying to avoid rocks. If you are going to be doing whitewater in a ducky, especially one without much rocker in the bow and stern (like the NRS Pike) I highly recommend these.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 30, 2016

5 5

For being a Deet free natural bug repellent this stuff actually works really well. Natrapel is safe on skin, clothes, and everything in between. Pretty sure it doesn't last 8 hrs in real world conditions but a good bug spray nonetheless.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

As far as plaid button up short sleeve shirts go, this one is pretty damn good.

The 100% organic cotton feels great up against the skin. I would say that this shirt runs pretty true to size, if you usually wear a large, get a large, but in my experience it will end up on the small side of large. If you are in between sizes, go up. The downside to the 100% cotton is that it may shrink a little, another reason to size up if you are in between sizes.

All in all, a great looking and feeling shirt.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 36x30

These pants are really good for just about anything. The light weight fabric and stretch factor of the Zion make them great for being active outdoors. They don't really look like athletic pants though., so you could just as easily head out for a night on the town in these right after a long day of climbing and be just fine.

DWR finish prevents stains from spills, mud, and blood. Gusseted inseam is a big plus for me personally. I think my favorite feature of these pants is the ability to roll up the cuffs and button them into place. Not a lot of pants out there have something like that going on and it really makes a difference if you are in fact trying to get outside for some fun and then hit the town without heading home to change first.

Fit is pretty spot on in my opinion.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 21, 2016

5 5

I have this rod in the 6'3" 2 wt. The short length, light weight, and fiberglass construction make this rod great for small creeks. Definitely a slow to medium action rod that makes manipulating the line on the water very easy. This rod casts surprisingly well, unless you're in the wind or trying to throw meat. I mostly use mine for small dries or hoppers and with the right line I can comfortably and accurately cast about 30 or so feet.

I have this paired up with the Redington Rise reel and the Scientific Anglers GPX fly line which I think makes for a really balanced package.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

4 5

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

If you like a soft squishy grip on your mountain bike, look no further. These large grips cut down on hand fatigue on a long day of riding and seem to be built to last. Especially good for those that don't wear gloves as these are tacky enough to hold your grip but not sticky.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

5 5

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

These wipes are a great addition to your toolbox or bike bag that you keep in your car. After your ride give your bike a wipe down with one of these and you're good to go. They don't replace cleaning your bike thoroughly with the hose and some heavy duty cleaner but this will make it so you have to do that less frequently. These are really durable, had no problems with them ripping and shredding when cleaning the bike, especially on the chainring and cassette.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have three bikes so naturally I had to pick three of these up, one in each color. These pumps were great weather you have a presta or shraeder valve on your tubes. I feel like you get a good amount of air with each pump, more than you do with some of the other small hand pumps that are out there. This easy to use and best of all efficient. I've mounted all mine underneath my water bottle cages.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Everyone should have a little tool like this when you head out on a ride. This tool has everything you need in a nice tight package. My favorite part is that it comes with a neoprene case, great for keeping in your pocket on a short ride when you're not taking a pack.

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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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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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