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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza

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Anywhere and everywhere in Utah.

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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 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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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 36*30

Prana really does make excellent clothing, and the Stretch Zion is no exception. These pants are nice and lightweight but can still stand up to some real abuse, they are very durable. The Stretch Zion bridges the gap between technical and lifestyle clothing. You can easily wear these pants out hiking, climbing, fishing, or anything else outside and not have to worry about changing your clothes before you head out for a night on the town.

The DWR protects you from rain and spilled beer (god forbid). Plenty of pockets to stash your items in and roll up pant legs with a button closure to keep them in place is great for when you are getting after it in the the wilderness, wouldn't want to scuff the cuff of your nice new pants.

Really the closest thing to a do all pant out there.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

1 5

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

I was really stoked when I initially got these gloves, they seemed to be just what I wanted. I took them out for the very first time and they ripped when I was trying to put them on. I feel like they are assemble kind of funny in the wrist, they are very tight. Straight up ripped the cuff right off this thing. Bummer.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

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

This is one of those things that you don't know you need until you need it, and you really need this specific one, then you might never use it again. This tool is for ISIS/Octalink Cranks only so make sure that you get the right one. Does a good job of getting the crank off there which is something you don't have to do to often. Nice and small so it won't take up a lot of room in your tool box until one of your buddies needs to borrow it.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

These are great mtn bike pedals, I picked these up and put them on my first ever mountain bike and I couldn't be any happier. These things are huge. Plenty of landing zone for your foot to come down on. The nice wide pedal base makes for a really stable ride, and if you do get a little squirrely, there is plenty of room to get your foot back on there before you go careening into a grove of trees.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This cup is more than a cup really, it's truly amazing. Ice seems to never melt in this thing. You can have 4 or 5 cocktails on the same ice before you have to throw some new cubes in there. That is great news for when you are out adventuring... you don't water down your booze and you make your ice last longer. It's really a win win. You'd be doing yourself a disservice by not picking at least one of these up before heading out into the wilderness.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We currently have 7 bikes at my house between my roommate and I, and hey, flats happen. You can never have too many of these little patch kits lying around. They are small, well thought out, easy to use, and best of all reliable. I order a new one every couple of weeks or so just so we don't run out.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Definitely not a backpacking option so ultralight gear seekers beware, but if you are camping in some seriously inhospitable ground, these are the best I've found to keep your tent in place. 10inches of solid steel will drive through just about anything. Great for staking down just about anything you can think of that you don't want to move. Definitely going to want to ring a hammer along if you plan on using these.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Taco Bag from Simms is... dare I say genius? Yes, I do. It is really a game changer while you're out at the river. No more are you fighting for space on the tailgate to sit down to take your waders off and make sure you don't get your booties gummed up with mud and rocks and whatnot. The Taco Bag makes changing in and out of waders a breeze, not to mention transportation. Throw your waders, boots, and whatever other clothing you are taking with you in here and you're good to go. I can fit my waders (xl), boots (size 11), my socks, and a jacket in here with some room to spare if it's going to be a cold day and I need to bring some extra layers. If you make it out to the river on a regular basis, there is no reason not to pick one of these up.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

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

This gear snake is a pretty great little item. I picked up all three colors to have around just in case. So far they have come in handy for use around the house, out camping, fishing, and even got some use on my last river trip. Not the strongest of gear ties but for the light duty stuff they work great. The option to cut the snake down to whatever size you need makes the UST gear snake extremely versatile. Easy to cut too.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 4, 2016

Pretty hard to beat
5 5

The versatility on T2 is pretty hard to beat. This accomodates any wheel size from 20in to 29in and a tire up to 5in wide. Integrated locks allow you to keep your bikes safe while you run in to snag some beer for your post ride bbq.

Really simple and easy to use, almost anyone could get the job done. The best feature on this by far is that you can tilt it away from your vehicle so you can open up your hatch, tailgate, or bed topper without having to take the bikes off. Simply pull the pin and move the rack down.

Not using your bikes but don't want to take the rack off? No problem, when not in use just fold it up and lock it in place. Plenty of clearing from the back of the car so no need to worry about dinging up your new whip.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 4, 2016

Finicky at first
4 5

I was a little unhappy with this pump when I first pulled it out of the package and put it to use on the bike. Worked great on the fork but when it came time to fill up the rear shock the pump wasn't registering pressure at first. Took about a dozen times of putting it on and off the rear shock until it finally worked. Once we were up and running I was much happier. Smooth action makes for easy pumping and I particularly like the analog dial, too many possibilities of failure with digital gauges. This thing definitely gets the job done on most forks and rear shocks.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 4, 2016

1st bike pack
5 5

This is my first bike specific pack that I have ever owned and I'm really glad that this is the one that I went with. At 14L it is big enough to hold anything you might need for a day out on the trail without being so big and bulky that it hinders your riding. My only wish is that the sternum strap and waist belt were a little bit more substantial, other than that it's great!

The fact that it is so light and breathable make it great for those hot days on the trail. I particularly like the tool pouch in the bottom of the pack as well as the helmet holder when you are in transit. Exterior water bottle pockets and included 3L Osprey water bladder ensure you'll have plenty of H2O for yourself and your more forgetful friends. The magnetic hydration hose holder is really genius and I don't know how people got along without it.

There are some external pockets on this guy so that if 14L just isn't going to be enough for you, you can throw your rain jacket and whatever else you might need on the outside and be ready to roll.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 4, 2016

So far so good
5 5

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

Although I haven't really put this to the test by smashing my dome into a rock (thank goodness), I am really liking this helmet so far. It is nice and lightweight, looks good, and fits good. I wear a 7 3/8 ball camp and I went with the L/XL and it fits really well. I like the adjustability of the straps and the boa has pretty good range as well.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

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

Picked this up for my Pivot 429 Trail seeing as the frame on that bike is pretty tight. I don't particularly like to wear a pack when I ride unless it is absolutely necessary. This has allowed me to put a water bottle on my bike, not my body. This along with the seat bag that I have on my bike makes it so I can do short rides with no pack on.

Hit me up if you have any questions.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

If you're like me and don't like to wear a pack unless absolutely necessary when you are on your bike, this is what you want. Plenty of room for my multi tool, CO2 cartridges, extra tube, and tire levers in here. The best part about it is that it doesn't attach to the actual seat post so when you drop down you don't have to worry about smashing the velcro strap. Good amount of adjustability here. Doesn't hit the rear tire of my Pivot 429 when the dropper is all the way down. I have about 1.5 inches of seat tube exposed from the frame before the dropper post comes into play.

If you have any questions, hit me up.

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