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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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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 27, 2015

Feeling Extra Terrestrial
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs

I have tried out a few different sling packs from various companies now and this one really does the trick.

One of the first things I noticed about it, and one of my favorite, was how well it fits. Nice cushioned pack pad and wide straps distribute the load of this very nicely on your shoulder. 5 zippered pockets (2 main, 1 hip belt, 1 stash, and the drop down pocket for your fly box) allow you to efficiently organize all your gear. Within the drop down pocket and the smaller main compartment are multiple stretch mesh pockets to further organize your gear. Multiple accessory attachment points make it possible to carry around a lot of small, often used, readily available gear around on the outside of the pack. I only utilize one for my nippers to cut line off of my spools that I hang from the net holder. Plenty of room in this guy for anything you'd need for a day out on the water. Most importantly, this pack does not get in the way of fishing and it effortlessly slides from back to from so that you can access your gear without having to take the pack off and put it down.

Don't really have anything negative to say about this sling except for it is a little on the large side, great for toting around cold brew, but I always seem to pack it more full than I need to and end up lugging around a heavy pack. Good thing it's comfy.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I originally picked one of these up for my mom for mother's day... she loved it. She uses it all the time in her yard while she is tending the garden. Went ahead and picked a bunch up throughout time to give as gifts to those women in my life that are outdoorsy but appreciate the finer things in life, even ended up picking up one for myself for romantic picnics and walks on the beach and whatnot.

Easily holds a standard 750ml bottle of wine (or whatever) and the two plastic wine glasses are pretty clutch; hold plenty of wine and are very stable. The neoprene carry case makes carting this thing around very convenient. I highly recommend for all the wino's in your life.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cooking in a dutch oven has never been so easy. These things make dutch oven cooking really convenient. Just throw one of these in there and start cooking and there is literally no mess when you are done, just pull the liner out and throw it away. Especially good for making desserts like my peach cobbler.

The only downside is that you lose some of the flavor naturally imparted by the dutch oven and you can't really get a good sear on the food with this guy. All in all though, I am a big fan.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked these bad boys up for cutting thick fluoro, it has not problem ripping through the 60lb fluoro that I use when fishing for Muskie or Pike. A little overkill for trout fishing but if you are targeting bigger fish and using thicker line these are definitely the way to go.

The needle on the back for clearing out the eye of the hooks is big too, definitely won't work on tiny dries and nymphs.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 15, 2015

Much better than furled leader or tippet
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upon picking up the Wetfly Tenkara Package I switched back and forth between the furled leader and 5x tippet that comes with package. Neither were ideal, both had pros and cons, mostly cons.

After going out half a dozen times or so I decided to cut a few sections out of an old fly line to use with my Tenkara rod which worked really well. The only downside was that I had to tie my own loops on the line which are never as clean as a welded loop out of the factory.

Wetfly solved all my problems with this poly leader. I picked up all three options here (green floating line pictured) and all three perform really well. All have a welded loop to attach to the lilian on the rod as well as an 8 pound mono butt section on the end to attach your tippet to. 12 feet seems to be a good length for the majority of situations that you'll find yourself in fishing Tenkara. I do have a 15 foot and a 20 foot section of my homemade poly leader from old fly line that I carry with me just in case the situation calls for it, which happens rarely.

Bottom line... I couldn't be happier with these.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 7, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I picked up this duffel to haul around the seats to my inflatable kayak as well as my pfd's, paddle leashes, and other boat accessories that generally get wet after a day on the water. I got the large and it fit all that gear in there well, until you tried to zip it out. The linear zipper is a real pain when you are trying to close the bag when it is filled to max capacity. Real bummer seeing as a big durable mesh duffel was exactly what I was looking for. The poly-pro mesh seems to be extremely durable and water resistant, this in turn makes the duffel quite heavy. If Watershed were to incorporate a 'u' shaped lid on this guy I would definitely pick another one up.

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801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 1, 2015

Head Umbrella
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Love this hat. My first 'sun' hat that I have ever purchased and I couldn't be happier about it. Nice and lightweight and comfortable. Does just what it is supposed to do and keep the sun off of your face.

My head is 7 3/8 and I picked up the medium. Fits great. I feel like I am actually between the M and L but I'd rather have the hat be a little snug as opposed to loose seeing as in the wind this baby is a sail.

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801.736.8363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I love Patagonia hats! I easily have a dozen of them or so and I was stoked to see one with a Bison animal on it (my spirit animal). Once I got it though and discovered that it is a low profile hat (good news for you small noggins out there) I was a little bummed out. Almost kept it on account of the sweet logo though. Guess I'll just have to wait patiently for the full size version to hit the site.

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801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 1, 2015

Fish Finder
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These are my go to 'fishing' sunglasses. Nice and lightweight. Blue polarized lenses really cut out the glare from the water and allow you to see the fish beneath the surface. I would say my head/face is on the larger side and these fit me well. I personally wouldn't mind if the lenses were a little bit bigger but all in all I am very pleased with them.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 11, 2015

Beer cold-Coffee hot
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Extremely versatile growler. Keeps beer cold for a ridiculous amount of time, under normal conditions that is, haven't gotten a chance to take her out on the river yet in the hot desert heat in the middle of summer. Also keeps your coffee warm, I'd estimate around 8 hours or so, stays blistering hot in there for at least an hour, be careful.




Two great features about this growler that I haven't seen on any others... There is a removable coffee/tea infuser for grounds or loose leaf tea. I've used it for making coffee which it worked really well for, chewed up a few grounds but that is to be expected. My favorite thing about this growler is that it has two different sized openings; wide mouth for filling it up and a narrow mouth opening for drinking ease. If you need any other info on this growler or anything else for that matter, please hit me up directly...



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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 2, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think that the Orcas are a pretty decent pair of bluetooth ear buds. Functionally they are great; decent volume, easy to use in line controls, powerful microphone, splash/water resistant. Never had any issues with connectivity or anything like that.

I do however have a couple gripes with regards to fit. No matter what pair of ear pads I use I can't seem to get a good fit, the fins also slide off of the bud very easily if you have the smallest pads on, takes a little more for them to slip off if you use the larger pads but even then they come off pretty easy.

These definitely get the job done despite fit issues but it might be worth it to upgrade a little for some better comfort.

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