Matthew Van Wagner

Matthew Van Wagner

SLC, Wasatch backcountry, New England, Virginia

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Matthew Van Wagner's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Snowshoeing

Matthew Van Wagner's Bio

I grew up in New Hampshire, went to college at Virginia Tech, lived outside NYC for a bit, then moved west to Salt Lake City. Although my degree is in Architecture, I've been bumming around the Wasatch for the last three years trying to wrap my head around these amazing mountains. I moved out here to backcountry snowboard, so that is my main focus right now.

Matthew Van Wagner

Matthew Van Wagner wrote a review of on June 27, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I'm 5'10" 165lbs and had to return both the large and medium because they were way too big. I don't like it form-fitting, but they were so baggy the neckline was in the middle of my chest and I was swimming in it. Went with the small and do like the design, but the cut is still a little off.

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Matthew Van Wagner wrote a review of on June 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For a really light, self inflating pad (you'll have to top it off manually for the first use) this thing is surprisingly comfortable. If you're looking for a reasonably priced backpacking pad, with more than enough comfort, this is an awesome option - definitely prefer this over a foam roll up and there is not much difference in weight.

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Matthew Van Wagner

Matthew Van Wagner wrote a review of on December 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pocket multi-tool is a little heavy to be an everyday pocket resident, but that's not what I got it for. Great for its size, price, and durability, and there are so many times I can remember being very glad I gave it a permanent home in the glove box. Fits well in my very average-sized hands, and opens/operates as well as it did when I bought it (2 years ago).

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Matthew Van Wagner

Matthew Van Wagner wrote a review of on December 12, 2013

4 5

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

This is a definite upgrade from a 3yr old Marmot Variant. Same quality, same fit (tight in arms), same awesomeness. I am 5'10", 165 lbs and wear a medium but could definitely wear a large - if you are in between M and L I would go for the L.

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Matthew Van Wagner wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

4 5

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

got this for the lady, and it makes her meow. A little pricey for what it is (a good all-around women's board) but if you're looking to upgrade, or have some loose cash, go for it. She is mostly out of the park, but likes having something that she COULD run some rails with (not gona happen).

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Matthew Van Wagner

Matthew Van Wagner wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I am 5'10" 165lbs and the 32x30 is perfect in length and waist. These pants are really durable, have some stretch for pedaling, and look just as good off the bike as on. I try not to wash them too often because I've heard they loose their water-resistance, and when I do I use "active wear" washing liquid (same stuff I use for my bibs). Really comfortable and versatile, 45 degrees is my cutoff for whether or not I wear tights under them.

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Matthew Van Wagner

Matthew Van Wagner wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a must have on your winter bike commute, if you're into that kind of thing. Fits in most bottle cages and provides you with warm caffeine, which is more important than water when it's 15 degrees and you can't feel your feet because you forgot to wear thick enough socks.

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