Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza

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Matthew Pizza's Passions

Fly Fishing
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

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 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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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the best headlamp I have every owned, I've had the Spot and the Gizmo also by Black Diamond as well as the Petzl Tikka Plus 2. Very well made and durable. The spot light on this headlamp is extremely bright and reaches a hell of a long ways. Probably farther than you need to see. It is nice to have to spot pairs of eyes flanking you on the trail. The LED lights on the sides of the spotlight get more use, good for digging through your backpack looking for your bottle opener and whatnot. It also has a strobe effect for emergency situations or impromptu dance parties.

My two favorite features are the red LED lights for reading and whatnot and the lock feature. You can depress the button for 6 seconds and lock the headlamp so that it doesn't accidentally get turned on in your pack and drain your battery. Another great feature is the mechanism to open the battery compartment. It is a little thumb screw that you undo instead of dealing with the frustrating friction buttons that so many headlamps have.

I've dropped this in the river a few times and it has definitely taken a beating from sand and rocks but it is still working like new.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked this up in 5 and 6x for use with my Tenkara rod. Just like the name says, this stuff is supple. Makes delicate presentation of little tiny dries easy. I was skeptical at first that this would really make a difference but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a really big fan of this cook system. Used the Jetboil for a lot of years until I picked this up.

Boils water very fast, at 5,000 ft I had 500ml of water boiling in about 1 minute. At 10,000 ft 500ml boiled in just under 2 minutes. Flux ring on the pot helps evenly distribute the heat. Haven't used the pot yet. I think the stove runs to hot to try and simmer or cook something but I haven't actually given it a go yet.

User friendly, easy to light. Green means go! It's ok to touch anything that is green. Don't touch anything else though or you'll get burned.

The stove itself is really small and folds down wicked tiny. It fits into a neoprene pouch that comes with the cook system that then wraps around a 230g fuel canister. The stove fits in the concave bottom of the canister and then you slide it into the pot, put the pan (lid) on the top, put it in the mesh storage bag and you're good to go.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

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

I have been wanting to pick a pair of these up for a long time. I am not a fan of regular flip flops (not enough support) and I absolutely love my Chaco Z2's, these bridge the gap perfectly. Stout enough to handle some technical maneuvers without being quite as big (heavy) as some of the other Chaco sandals which I don't really mind the weight but I know that is definitely a concern for some people.

This product runs small for me. My Z2's are an 11 wide and I went with size 12 in the Hipthong. Fits great.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I gave this to my brother for Christmas, I should have got one for me too. This pack is extremely well thought out with tons of internal organization. The pack is big enough to fit everything you need in there but not so big that you end up lugging around a heavy pack all day and not using anything in there. I especially like the hip pockets and dual water bottle holders. Has a good fit and feels sturdy with or with out the shoulder strap.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

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

This PFD is super comfy and easy to get in and out of. My favorite feature is the hands free mesh beer holder on the chest... necessity. Multiple adjustment points allow you to fit your body, I am 5'10" 200lb, got the L/XL and it fits great. Accessory lash tab below the beer holder for your knife. Large pocket on the chest behind the beer holder for whatever else you are looking to keep on your person.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great little filter. Has everything you need and nothing that you don't. Small and lightweight design makes it great for backpacking. Pumps quickly and efficiently. Comes with all the tools you need to clean the pump and it is very easy to clean and work on in the field if need be. The piece that fits onto the widemouth bottle doesn't have a snug fit on my 48oz Nalgene which is kind of frustrating sometimes when trying to hold it and pump water at the same time by yourself. Other than that this pump is fantastic.

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Matthew Pizza wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great little river knife. Fairly sharp right out of the box. Blunt tip so you don't puncture your rubber or yourself. Serrated and straight edge cover all cutting bases. Locks into the holster nice and tight. No worries about this thing coming off. Thankfully I have never had to use this for any rescue missions, just cutting the occasional para cord and whatnot.

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