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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

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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!

Vinny Mauro

Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

As a younger active guy, I'm always on the search for pants that have a nice slim clean look, but that I can wear all over the place. I've had these pants for a few months now, and have been loving them for that versatility. The fit is not skin tight, but nice and slim so I enjoy wearing them around town, to the office, to the bar, etc.. And the material is a nice light tech material so they stretch a bit for mobility, and don't get too hot when biking around a whatnot. I've been wearing this a lot to bike to work, go out on the weekends, and even on several camping trips. They definitely don't have the utility of a pure outdoor-oriented pant, but to me the looks/style are worth it so I can make due with having a couple less pockets when I'm outdoors.

Fit is true to size, I am a 34x32 and these in the 34 fit great. The inseam is a little on the short side, definitely not enough length to cuff them so if that is your style you might be bummed, but I like that I don't have to roll them at all.

Overall I am very satisfied with the pants, and am going to add the Charcoal color to my wardrobe for sure.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

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

I've had Enve and Reynolds carbon wheels in the past, just got myself a set of these X1 wheels since the price was enticing for what looks to be a very comparable wheelset. I used Stan's tape and valve stems, setting them up with my Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR tire combo was a breeze and only required a few gentle tugs of the tire lever.

I took them for the first ride yesterday. On this bike I was upgraded from the stock mediocre aluminum wheels, and I experienced all the expected benefits of going to carbon. Lighter of course, more response and efficient climbing certainly, and much sharper handling on the down-hill. On those first impressions, would say these perform on par with the competition and I'm excited to explore the handling benefits of the hookless rim style.

I'll try to come back for an update later this summer once I can comment on the longevity, but so far I'm very happy with the investment. In my experience with the other wheels, going carbon has always been an incredible upgrade.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm on my second HoldUp. Had one for years on my 4runner, which got sold with the car. When I decided to get a new rack for my new truck I went right back to the HoldUp. I've used most of the other options that friends have, and while all of them seem to get the job done just fine I saw no reason to stray from the Yakima. Getting bikes on and off is quick and simple, the built in lock works great to run through the fork and secure my bike while driving around doing errands, and it doesn't hurt that the all black paint job looks good and blends in pretty well. I don't have much experience with the competition in this respect, but with the HoldUp the threaded bolt that goes through the hitch receiver works great to keep the rack from wobbling at all, and the locking cap on it is another nice bonus to keep things secure.

I used my first one for two years without any issues, and am going on year 2 with my newer one.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As a big hammock fan I have sold many friends on getting one for themselves. I would never consider letting them get one without also getting these straps. Not that this exact model is the ultimate end-all strap, I'm sure others are good too, but the general idea of straps to set up your hammock are a must-have. It makes setting up stupid easy and fast, so you can get straight to relaxing. And this particular set is about as perfect as I can imagine. Plenty strong for a good hammock party, plenty of loops to get that sag just right, and long enough to keep you hammocked in a sparse forest.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My initial impression hopping on this saddle was "ohhh boy, not much cushion." After some riding, I have concluded that while it's super firm, the shape is very well designed and so it is still very comfortable for lots of pedaling. People seem to have different tastes for saddles, but I'm definitely keeping this one on my bike for the rest of the season and beyond. Doesn't hurt that it's crazy light too.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I knew about this product for years and put off buying it, mounting tons of tubeless tires up by pulling the bead off and squirting the sealant in that way. I just got around to buying this now, and am kicking myself for not ponying up the tiny investment earlier.

It's much easier for mounting tubeless setups which is awesome, and you also can use this to get sealant into tubes! I was so excited about my new toy that I went and squirted sealant into the tubes on my commuter bike, which should make for a much more pleasant summer of commuting. If this approach saves me two flats this summer on my commute then the injector will have paid for itself in tube-savings.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

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

Tubes are no fun to deal with. If you're rocking wider gravel/cross tires you should definitely go with these beefier tubes to hopefully mitigate future flats and not have to deal with tubes again for a while.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Seems like the average cost of flat pedals these days is like $100. It's awesome that they make such nice pedals for when you want to do some serious riding on a nice mountain bike, but I'm also glad they still offer more reasonable options for more recreational purposes. My commuting bike cost me $100 to begin with, not really looking to double my investment with pedals. These things work great for me. If I was climbing up big mountains or bashing down rough trails I would definitely pony up for something lighter and more durable, but for riding to the bar, to work, around the park, etc. these are awesome. My only qualm is there aren't more colors readily available, but at least they are on back order. I suppose that's why patience is a virtue.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

The material of these pants is incredible. So stretchy, noticeably cooler, and looks like any other decent denim pant. Unfortunately the slim fit version was way too tight for my ski legs (or pizza legs... whatever) so I tried this relaxed fit. They are still a fairly modern/slim cut, but with enough room for us thicker-legged folk to fit comfortably.

Haven't had them long enough to comment on longevity, but the huge increase in comfort makes me very happy with the purchase. Fit is spot on, I'm always a 34 and the 34 fits great.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 22, 2016

5 5

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

I gave this helmet to my girlfriend and she is loving it. Her old helmet was too big so just getting her the correct size was an upgrade, but she also likes the comfort and ventilation of this particular helmet. The price is also a great middle-ground. You obviously don't want to skimp on protecting your brain, but there's also some pretty wild expensive options out there that don't seem necessary for the recreational rider. My girlfriend rides maybe once a week max in the summer, so this is a great option for her.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Pretty simple socks here, but pretty great. Super thin as you'd expect for bike socks. What I like is that they are pretty plain and simple, so I can wear them around all the time not just for biking.

Everyone else must like their socks really tight, cause it looks like I'm the first one to say these run small. I'm a size 10.5-11 sneaker and I sized up to the XL in order to have the heel seem line up with my actual heel. To each their own I suppose, but if you're at the upper end of a certain size I would definitely recommend going for the next size bigger.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 195

Someone first handed me this shirt with no introduction, and when I put it on I loved the super nice light weight stretchy material. Given the nice material I thought for sure it would be a $100+ shirt, so I was impressed to see it's even less. Still definitely in the "expensive" category for button down shirts, but for the $10-20 above the basic button downs you definitely get a step up in material and build quality. The cut is also super nice and slightly tailored.

After trying it on I had to have one, and I really look forward to using it throughout the summer thanks to the light weight material. It has received many compliments at home and the office as well, which is a nice affirmation.

Fit is on the trim/tailored size. I'm between Large and XL generally and the XL is perfect.

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Vinny Mauroposted an image about on April 11, 2016

Awesome Shirt!

I'm clearly biased here so just posting this for the photo not leaving an actual review. These shirts really are nice though. The fit is great and true to size, I'm 6' 190lbs and am wearing a Large in the photo. There's plenty of length to tuck in when going formal, and it is also a comfy shirt to wear around on the weekends. It fits slightly slim like most modern dress shirts, but not to the point where you would need to size up. Just enough for it to look good.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs

I got these for my girlfriend who is a personal trainer and spends a lot of time in leggings. I got her the all black, which looks really cool with the mesh knees. She loves them and has got many compliments on them. So thanks Onzie for the successful gift!!

Seems true to size, I got her a Small which is what she always wears and she was happy with the size.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 5, 2016

5 5

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

I'm really happy with this tool. Some complaints here about the weight of it, but after having many of the lighter weight tools get sloppy and annoying to use I am glad to have a more sturdy feeling tool to work with. If you count grams on your tool kit it might not be your best bet. This brand does offer composite versions of their tools that would be a better choice for that crowd.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 5, 2016

Perfect and Simple
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is definitely my favorite camping coffee solution. Some reviewers mentioned having to use paper filters which had me worried. I was concerned that would really ruin the convenience aspect for me, but I used the product as-is with just the built in "sock" and it worked perfectly. Coffee tasted great and it was surprisingly easy to clean. Not much else to say... pretty ancient technology, but great execution by GSI to make it as compact and light as possible.

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