Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah

Vinny Mauro's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Surfing

Vinny Mauro's Bio

I work in merchandising here at Backcountry.com. If you have any questions about any of the gear I have reviewed please post them up and I will do my best to respond quickly!

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on November 20, 2014

5 5

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

I've had these shoes for a week now and am loving them. They're super clean and simple looking, but have some little touches to make them unique and cool. They're very light weight and reef's foam insole is super nice, which makes for a very comfy shoe to wear around all day. It seams like most shoes I like these days are closer to $100, so I was also very pleasantly surprised with the price on these.

All around winner, so if you like the styling I definitely recommend picking these up. Fit is very true to size, I'm between a 10.5 and 11.0 depending on the shoe/brand. I went with 11.0 for these looking for a more relaxed fit to allow thicker shocks for the winter, and that's exactly what I got.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

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

This is what you would expect from a Filson Flannel. Sure it's not the softest coziest thing out there... but it's a nice heavy quality flannel. The quality of the material and construction definitely help justify the relatively high price tag. I got one looking for a "classic" flannel to add to my closet, and it is perfect. Definitely on the heavier side, which is great for colder days. It's not crazy thick, but more substantial than cheaper flannels for sure.

It is definitely cut for a husky lumberjack. I'm 6' 190lbs and the Large has some room to spare. However, I wouldn't dare go down to a medium because I'm sure the sleeves would be much too short. If you're looking for that tailored/slim cut look then you may want to look elsewhere (or take it to a seamstress).

Overall, I would absolutely recommend checking this out. The styling is classic and timeless, but just unique enough to be interesting.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on November 10, 2014

5 5

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

If you have experience with merino baselayers then I don't need tos sell you on it... but if you don't, you MUST give them a shot. The merino has a magical ability to regulate temperature, avoid odor, and be soft and cozy.

And often it is tough to justify the cost of upgrading from synthetic to merino, but these bottoms are a great deal. You can definitely still find synthetics for cheaper, but I would highly recommend giving these a try. There's nothing crazy about them... just a very simple long underwear bottom that feels great and wont break the bank.

As for sizing, I'm 6'1 190lbs and a 34 waist and Large fits great, so I would say they are true to size and to their size chart. Get some and get outside to put them to the test yourself!

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on November 10, 2014

5 5

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

It's no mystery that having a quality baselayer is a must for any remotely aerobic activities. It will vastly improve your comfort and therefore your happiness. However, I'm often not interested in getting decked out like I'm headed to an Iron Man if I'm just going to do a quick hike after work or a run around town. Or if I'm going skiing, but plan to hit the bare before/during/after the slopes. For those occasions it is great to have a nice simple casual looking baselayer piece, and this one fits the bill perfectly. It's not shiny, doesn't have neon stripes all over it, and it's not skin tight so I'm comfortable wearing it in more casual situations. However, it's tight enough to hug your body and do its job as a baselayer and the merino wool definitely provides the performance you need to stay comfortable.

I've used mine primarily for fall running, and even once I get warmed up and start to get hot it does a really great job of breathing and keeping me comfortable. My favorite part is definitely the comfort advantage the wool has over synthetic running options. It is much softer, and much more comfortable at the beginning of your run when you'r still a little cold. In my opinion Icebreaker has better offerings for skiing and other super cold weather not-so-aerobic activities, but for the kind of use I have described this piece is perfect and I would highly recommend it.

I am 6' 190 lbs and the XL is perfect for me. It's pretty snug, but doesn't choke me out.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on November 10, 2014

5 5

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

This jacket is a lot more of a jacket than I pictured. Looking online I expected a basic light cotton button down shirt, with the addition of a hood. Instead, it's actually a fairly heavy tech material with a nice liner inside as well. While this is not what I expected, it was a pleasant surprise and makes this thing a great value for the price. It's definitely still not much warmer than a normal shirt/flannel, but it has just enough weather resistance to use it as an outer layer in conditions where a flannel might not cut it. It would also make a great outer layer to ski/snowboard in on the warm sunny days.

Fit is true to size and as the tech specs state, fairly generous. I'm 6' 190lbs and I got the XL to have some extra room for layers underneath.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

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

Still rock those white t-shirts that come in 5 packs? You owe it to yourself to try one of these. So much more comfortable off the bat, and doesn't lose its fit and comfort as you wash it.

Fit is true to size, I'm 6' 190lbs and the XL is perfect. I could easily do a Large if I had somebody to impress.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with Conor below me. These are great stoves. Super simple, easy to use, less fumbling around with bits and pieces like many other stoves, and super fast boiling. I use it mostly to boil water for Mountain Houses and other freeze dried meals, and to make coffee. Works wonders for both.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Then I show them these, and they get jealous and buy a set as soon as we get back from our trip. It's a relatively inexpensive way to make your life better... so why not?? They're also pretty simple strong nylon webbing, so they can serve many purposes out in the woods when not supporting your hammock.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a classic filter. It's not to bulk to carry, easy to use, fast enough... I definitely recommend it to friends. Go into the wilderness with this thing and one nalgene and you'll never be thirsty!

Well maybe you will... please make sure there's natural water where you are going before counting on using this filter.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A backpacking style hammock is a must-have item in my opinion. It will last your whole life unless you do something crazy with it (no guarantees there... ) and even if you don't use it everyday, the days you do you will be some of your happiness and most comfortable days ever. I use mine for traveling in certain situations, camping all the time (sometimes to sleep in, sometimes just to have around camp for relaxing), and even at home in the yard to relax.

The sooner you buy yourself a hammock, the less regret you will have to live with.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Osprey packs are like cocktails, I've never met one I didn't like. The quality is always top notch, and you can tell they put a lot of though into the ergonomics and real world functionality of their packs. They aren't quite as generous as some other packs when it comes to external strap potential so if you like to pile on tons of junk on the outside you may want to just look for a larger Osprey pack. If it's the right size for what you're looking to do though (and you can definitely attach some gear externally) then you will definitely be happy with the Talon 44!

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As the review below me says, grips are all personal preference. That said, these are definitely quality grips so if they are the right size/shape for you you will not regret getting them. They're medium thickness I would say. I have fairly big hands, so these are what feels like a thin grip to me. I had the Lizard Skin Peatys once and found those to be excessively thin, for reference.

The little ridge they have on the inside is a pretty nice touch. Not as obtrusive as the big moto style grips, but a little support to let you know where you're at.

If you like the looks of these, give them a shot! I got the glow color and they do indeed glow in the dark which is neat I suppose, and during they day they're a nice white/translucent color.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just got this shirt in the Cool Black color. The shirt itself is incredible, super soft. It's basically a baselayer/pajama disguised as a shirt you can wear around town. Sizing is true to size, I'm 6' 190lbs and the large is perfect. Tried an XL, definitely too big.

One thing that's important to note though, is that the Cool Black color is actually much more of a navy blue in person. If you are ok with that, then definitely give one a try! If you have your hopes up for a super dark black shirt though, be warned that the color might not be what you are after.

While the color was disappointing, I'm still giving this shirt a 5 star rating for the excellent quality and comfort.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

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

I've had this shirt for about a month now and I love it. It's definitely not the cheapest button-down out there, but it's definitely not you average cotton button-down. The high quality wool, which is not itchy at all once you give it one wash, makes it a much more legitimate layer of warmth. This fall just a t-shirt and the Taos plaid have done me well on brisk mornings.

The look is great as well, the metal snaps with Ibex logos on them are a nice subtle touch. Fit is perfect as well, I'm 6' 190 lbs and the large is a great fit.

Want to one up your buddies' cotton flannels this fall? The Taos plaid is the perfect move.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on October 2, 2014

5 5

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

The cold weather hit this week and I finally got to put this jacket to the test by actually biking to work in cold weather, as it's intended to be used. And I am very pleased. The fit is very "modern" and looks great with your typical casual to business-casual attire. The material is super thin and stretchy so you don't feel bulky and there's absolutely no restriction of movement. It is super thin and light so it does not offer much for insulation, but blocks wind super well. Not going to work for sitting down watching a football game, but perfect for sheltering you on your way in to work, to the bar, to the store, etc.

I've only owned it for a few weeks, but I've had many other Arc'teryx pieces and can say with great certainty that quality and durability will not be an issue.

If you like the style, I would highly recommend picking one up. Fit is true to size, but the cut is definitely slim.

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Vinny Mauro posted an image about on September 24, 2014

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The waterproof housing is easily one of the greatest parts of owning a gopro, since it pretty much makes your camera indestructible (NOT actually, so use at your own risk it's still perfectly destructible in the right hands). So if your housing is compromised for any reason, it is well worth ponying up the $50 to get back in business.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on August 21, 2014

5 5

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

These shoes look super nice and skate great. Nice simple design which I think makes them look good and skate well. Super comfy, right amount of flex in the sole. And I like the nice high heel that adidas skate shoes have which really helps provide a secure feel even if you're laces aren't super tight. Like the looks of them? Get some! You'll be pumped.

Fit is very true to size. Maybe a TINY bit on the long side. I'm between a 10.5 and 11 depending on the shoe and a 10.5 fits perfect, but it's not extreme enough that I'd say they run big. If you're always a certain size I'd stick with that size for sure.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's obvious that these are squishy and absurdly comfy on long rides, but what surprised me was how grippy they are. I thought I'd be sacrificing some comfort at high speeds, but they do not move around on my bars at all and have insane grip with my gloves. I wound up in the rain recently with them, and they even stayed grippy when wet! Much more so than normal grips. Worth trying for sure, you just met use them the rest of your life.

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