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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza

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 Pizza wrote a review of on December 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

These boots run a little on the large side. This might be specific to my case. I have a pretty wide foot, usually wear an 11 in any other shoe, got these in a 10EE and they fit great right out of the box! There is definitely a bit of a break in period as I’m sure is the case with most boots but it only took two times out for me to feel like these were ready for anything. These are especially tight in the forefoot but that is how the boot stays on your foot. Should have a decent amount of slip in the heel or else you’re going to end up with a big blister back there. I find that thin ski socks are the most comfortable to wear with these and I feel like the thinner the sock the more benefit you get from the technology of the boot.

After trying on a bunch of Ariat boots, which were all great, I came to the conclusion that the Sierra is a nice middle ground as far as style goes. It’s definitely not as narrow as a typical round toe boot and not as roomy in the foot box as a square toe. I’m extremely satisfied with the fit, especially seeing as I normally have a hard time finding a shoe that fits me really well. The 10 inch height on the Sierra is just about perfect for my leg shape. The top of the shaft comes up to right below my calf making the boot comfy on the leg no matter whether you are; walking, standing, or sitting. It is wide enough to easily get your foot down it but not so wide that it is cumbersome under properly fitting pants. If you’ve got skinny jeans on you better head in a different direction.

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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on December 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

All in all I’d say these are a one boot quiver. If you are looking for a strong, sturdy, warm, waterproof boot that is also comfortable, good looking, and classy this is what you want. Tromp around in whatever you please all day, wash em off and take your lady out on a date in the evening.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on December 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

These boots run a little on the large side. This might be specific to my case. I have a pretty wide foot, usually wear an 11 in any other shoe, got these in a 10EE and they fit great right out of the box! There is definitely a bit of a break in period as I’m sure is the case with most boots but it only took two times out for me to feel like these were ready for anything. These are especially tight in the forefoot but that is how the boot stays on your foot. Should have a decent amount of slip in the heel or else you’re going to end up with a big blister back there. I find that thin ski socks are the most comfortable to wear with these and I feel like the thinner the sock the more benefit you get from the technology of the boot.

After trying on a bunch of Ariat boots, which were all great, I came to the conclusion that the Sierra is a nice middle ground as far as style goes. It’s definitely not as narrow as a typical round toe boot and not as roomy in the foot box as a square toe. I’m extremely satisfied with the fit, especially seeing as I normally have a hard time finding a shoe that fits me really well. The 10 inch height on the Sierra is just about perfect for my leg shape. The top of the shaft comes up to right below my calf making the boot comfy on the leg no matter whether you are; walking, standing, or sitting. It is wide enough to easily get your foot down it but not so wide that it is cumbersome under properly fitting pants. If you’ve got skinny jeans on you better head in a different direction.

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Matthew Pizza posted an image about on December 2, 2014

Sizing Chart

Small: Fits spools 2.5 to 3 inch in diameter
Medium: Fits spools 3 to 4 inch spools.
Large: Fits spools 4 to 6 inch, Large arbors.

Matthew Pizza
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Haven't got to use this much yet because it just hasn't been cold enough. Did get to use it a couple weekends ago at Joe's Valley on a little fishing trip. Temps dropped down to the low 40's both nights. Wore this both nights with a flannel and a vest and was warm enough around the fire not to need anything else.

I usually stink up a baselayer after one use, wore this two nights in a row and doesn't smell yet. Merino is great! Seems don't rub like on some base layers I have had in the past. Supple fabric feels good against the skin. Doesn't take up much space in your pack, very thin but still warm.

Runs true to size, fits tight though. If you are looking for a little looser fit I would go up one size.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a question about on August 12, 2014

SPECIFICATIONS of the Marmot Trestles 15F Sleeping Bag
Temperature Rating: 15? F / -9? C
EN Tested: Comfort: 23.7? F / -4.6? C
EN Tested: Lower Limit: 11.8? F / -11.2? C
EN Tested: Extreme: -22.5? F / -30.3? C
Loft: 5
Stuff Sack: 9.5 x 19" / 24 x 48 cm
Zip Option: LZ, RZ
Insulation: SpiraFil 120
Materials: 100% Polyester DWR 2.2 oz/yd
100% Polyester embossed DWR 2.2 oz/yd
Lining: 100% Polyester tafffeta DWR 2.2 oz/yd
Fill: SpiraFil 120

SPECIFICATIONS for Regular
Bag Weight: 3 lbs 14.25 oz / 1765 g
Fill Weight: 35 oz / 992 g
Interior Weight: 85" / 216 cm
Shoulder: 62" / 157.5 cm
Hip: 58" / 147.3 cm
Foot: 40" / 101.6 cm

SPECIFICATIONS for Long
Bag Weight: 4 lbs 2 oz / 1871 g
Fill Weight: 36 oz / 966 g
Interior Weight: 91" / 231 cm
Shoulder: 64" / 162.6 cm
Hip: 60" / 152.4 cm
Foot: 42" / 106.7 cm

SPECIFICATIONS for X-Wide
Bag Weight: 4 lbs 5.4 oz / 1967 g
Fill Weight: 38 oz / 1021 g
Interior Weight: 91" / 231 cm
Shoulder: 70" / 177.8 cm
Hip: 66" / 167.6 cm
Foot: 44" / 112 cm

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These function just how they should, slide them onto your cup and they allow you to clip it to your pack or whatever else you may need. Good accessory to have if you have stainless steel pint glasses.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You definitely don't need these to set up your hammock but you should. They are super light, don't take up any room, and make setting up your hammock a breeze. They will prolong the life of the rope that runs through your hammock as well as the trees that you are hanging from. At the price I really see no reason not to pick up a pair of these if you have a hammock.

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