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Matthew Tabrys

Matthew Tabrys

East Coast

Matthew Tabrys's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Matthew Tabrys's Bio

To some people skiing is a hobby. To others a sport. To quite a few, it's a passion. But to me, it's life. Hucking cliffs, floating in deep pow, and tackling steep lines truly is heaven on earth.

I am definitely an outdoors enthusiast, and I love taking advantage of all that nature has to offer us. The water, the mountains, the fresh air, the peace and quiet, what else can you ask for? It's almost medicinal.

Even though I'd consider myself an outdoor enthusiast, skiing is what I think about the most and where I devote the most time. My first turns were at Stowe when I was 3 years old, and since then I've spent every winter on skis. I started skiing a lot in college and the big mountain bug really caught me senior year after watching TGR's Tangerine Dream. I bought a pair of Line Motherships, my first pair of "fat skis" and the rest is history.

Last year I got into backcountry skiing, and that's my latest passion and hobby. Earning your turns is an awesome experience and opens up new doors in terms of what and where you can ski. Not that skiing ever gets boring, but this adds a whole new level of excitement.

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Matthew Tabrys

Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on September 12, 2011

5 5

Not a huge fan of north face products, but this one I couldn't help but buy. This is one of my favorite pieces of gear. This is my go to jacket in the winter. Great to wear around town when running errands. Great as a layer under my shell when I go skiing. It's super warm, yet not bulky at all. It compresses really nicely to fit in your pack when touring too. I use it to keep me warm when we stop and break for lunch on tours. Works great as a pillow too on overnights. This jacket is great. The primaloft does a great job of insulating. I am always warm in this jacket, but never overheat. I can often wear just a t-shirt underneath when I go out around town, and it still keeps me warm. If you are looking for a versatile insulating layer, look no further. You have found your jacket.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on August 30, 2011

3 5

This is a pretty good rain jacket, but that's about as big of a compliment as I can give it. It is full of a lot of great features. The jacket folds into its packet to stow away in your pack. It's pretty lightweight. There is plenty of adjustability in the hood, waist, and cuffs. The pockets double as vents. The pitzips open wide to help dump a lot of heat. There are two main problems I have with this jacket and they both have to do with moisture management. It's not waterproof enough. After a long time in the rain, it definitely starts to take on a bit of water, especially in the cuffs. It's also not breathable enough. Even on 70ish degree days when I'm out hiking, it can't pull the heat off quickly enough, and I always end up sweating a lot more than I should. It doesn't breathe well enough to make ever consider wearing a pack with it on. As far as fit goes though, it fits as expected, I'm 5'8", 160lbs and the medium fits perfectly.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

3 5

I'm a huge fan of BD products. They make really functional, high quality gear, and I always highly recommend them as I use a ton of their backcountry stuff. These straps fall a little short though. They are about the same price as the Voile straps, even a little pricier, but they are not as good. They feel cheaper and not as durable as the Voile straps. Also the closure isn't as good. Overall, they work really well, they just don't feel as solid as the voile straps.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

5 5

All I can say is WOW!!! I've toured in fritschis, naxos, dukes, barons, and trekkers. And these blow all of them out of the water. They are so light, and tour so well. The pivoting motion, and the fact that you are only lifting your boot make uphill ascents so much easier, with so much less fatigue. I was hesitant at first on the downhill considering you are only held in by 4 pins. However I was thoroughly impressed with how solid they felt, and how well they skied. A+ for sure. Definitely transformed the way I think about backcountry skiing.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

5 5

Very tasty, very filling, loaded with carbs, and never freezes. These are all reasons why every time I ski, in bounds and out, I carry these with in my pockets or in my pack. I don't use these as a meal replacement when touring, but in conjuction with a meal, or on the way up in the chair or tram, it's a quick, satisfying snack that really works.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

3 5

These are not a backcountry binding. They are not light. They do not tour well. They take up room in your pack. They're expensive. They are known as "Day Wreckers." And the list of complaints go on and on. However there is one thing that makes these stand out above everything else. YOU CAN USE YOUR DOWNHILL BINDINGS IN THE BACKCOUNTRY!!! For those of you that need to feel the reassurance of your 916s, p18s, etc. this is the ultimate bc accessory. You can tour wherever you want, and still have an awesome, reassuring ski down, hucking off anything you want, because you are using a super solid downhill binding while skiing down. I've never been on a long tour with these, and would never do that. But when skinning out to a booter, or for some short sidecountry action, this thing is the best out there, and there's nothing else like it.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

5 5

I waited until this was on sale before I bought it, but it is definitely worth it at retail price. A pole and axe combo in one, this is a necessary tool for anyone doing any sort of steep backcountry ascents. The pole is surprisingly well balanced when climbing and skiing. The axe portion on top provides excellent grip and support while climbing, and digs in fairly well. I haven't been in a situation where I've had to use it to self-arrest, and imagine it would be pretty hard to use it in that situation, but it's nice to know I have it just in case. Flick-lock adjustment is really easy and seamless to adjust with or without gloves on. Great tool for the up and down of ski mountaineering. Glad I purchased it and have it in the quiver of tools.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

4 5

Black Diamond has really done a great job upgrading these poles throughout the years. This is now my second pair of the traverse poles, and I'm pretty happy with them. The poles adjust really easily on the fly, both with or without gloves on. For me, I like to tour with a longer pole, I have them set at 50", but I ski aggressively and low to the ground, so I adjust them down to 46". This is super easy to do without any sort of turning or tightening, just a flick to open, and a flip to close. Two upgrades that are very welcomed this year are the new grips, and the grip around pole. The new grips are super ergonomic, and the pole straps work seamlessly. That was one of my biggest gripes about the old version was the awkward pole strap. The new ones are amazing, and are about equal in feel and function to the high end Scott pole grips which are my favorite of all time, and probably the best on the market. The other upgrade I spoke about was a grip added near the top of the pole. This serves many purposes. There are plenty of times when traversing or hiking where you need to hold your ski pole for support and balance. Now that there is a grip there, it's a much more reassuring feeling that you won't slip. The pole is also great to ski with. It is has a low swing weight and is really balanced. My one gripe that I still have with this pole is it feels a little cheap. BD could use a higher grade aluminum. When using it to clear out snow from my boots, it rattles and vibrates. And when I put a lot of weight on the pole, like doing a hop turn on a steep pitch it is not as sturdy as I would like it to be. I've actually bent one pretty badly (beyond repair) after taking a nasty tumble and landing on it. Overall though this is a great pole, that BD continues to make make better.

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Matthew Tabrys wrote a review of on September 16, 2010

5 5

This shoe is awesome. The gore-tex insert keeps your foot very dry. I've run through puddles with it, and worn them walking through the snow in the winter, and the gore-tex worked just like it should. The quick lace system is AWESOME! It provides a really snug, precise fit, and it is very quick easy to get the shoe on and off. The best part is that unlike a BOA system, which ends up being useless if the cable snaps, if you rip or wear through a lace, you can lace up the shoes with a regular shoe lace. This is great in case of an emergency malfunction while out in the wilderness. The toe box on this shoe is made of a really hard dense rubber, and does a great job protecting your toes from getting banged up while hiking. The tread pattern on the sole of this shoe isn't super burly or aggressive. It looks more like a trail running shoe. And with the weight and comfort of this shoe, I tend to use it more for some gnarlier trail running, than I do for hiking. If it's mostly dirt roads, and not a lot of gnarly features in the hike, or if you do some more advanced trail running, this shoe is perfect for you. I even love it for when I go skiing in the winter, because it's comfortable to drive in, waterproof, and less bulky than any apres-ski boots. Great product!

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