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

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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 Pizzawrote a review of on September 26, 2016

3 5

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

If you are looking for a pair of inexpensive jeans these are a good way to go. I was initially very impressed with them. The sizing is spot on, and they look fantastic. After wearing them out a few times I realized the quality is not quite what I once thought it was.

My biggest beef is that these things are stiff. There is literally no stretch in these pants, they are cut how they're cut and they don't deviate from that. I've also been having issues with the stitching coming out as of late and I've had them less than a month.

Like I said, if you're looking for an inexpensive pair of denim, these are great. If you are looking for something a little extra, might want to stay on the hunt.

If you have any questions about these, or anything else on the site, please reach out to me directly and I'll get you taken care of.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 29, 2016

4 5

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

I generally make my own streamer leaders out of a couple different sizes of fluoro, when I saw these I decided to give them a shot. They are really pretty cool when it comes down to it. I love the 5 foot tapered leader for chucking meat. I will say that I didn't have great luck with them when I threw a sinktip on my line. Tried it both on the 8wt Redington Predator and my Redington Dually switch rod. It definitely works but it makes casting cumbersome. When I threw on a heavily weighted streamer with the sink tip it seemed to perform much better.

I've found that I can get 4 or 5 streamers on and off here before it becomes too short, beauty of it is, then you just nail knot some fluoro on there and your're back in business!

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Out of all the natural bug sprays I've used this one is definitely the best. Nothing compares to Deet of course in the way of mosquito protection, but who wants that stuff all over them. This stuff definitely doesn't last 8 hours and it doesn't deter all the airborne tiny critters but in the grand scheme of things it does a damn good job. Smells nice, doesn't leave me feeling greasy, and keeps the insects away for the most part. Looking for bug spray? Look no further.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the biostrike way better than any other strike indicator that I have used thus far. You can make it whatever size you need to accommodate whatever you are fishing below the surface. Once formed it holds really well. I have rarely experience the Biostrike sliding around on my fluoro. No problems with sinking either. The best thing of all is that it is reusable! I've just barely picked up my second container after having my original for the better part of two years.

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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.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363

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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.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363

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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.

Matthew Pizza
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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.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363

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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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801.736.5363

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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.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
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

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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801.73.5363

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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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801.736.5363

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