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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!

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tubeless wheels and standard now and everyone is running them with sealant and having the best time ever. There's some competition in the sealant market now, but I will always stick with Stan's because they were the guys/gals who started it all. I have no idea if they invented it, but they were the ones who put their faith in it and brought it to us to enjoy. And best of all, their product just plain works. I've been using it for 4 years straight now with an absurdly small amount of flats. I literally had zero flats for the 2015 season, which I am almost too scared to type of of superstition, but it's that good.

And to top it off, the price is absurdly reasonable compared to pretty much all other bike specific products.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great binding if you want to be able to tour, but refuse to give up the super stiff bomber feel and reliability of alpine bindings. The weight of the bindings paired with the fact that you generally use a normal alpine boot means major sacrifices on the up hill, but in return you get a full on alpine quality ride down the hill. That makes this bindings perfect as long as you don't care about racing to the top or doing crazy long tours, and if you plan on skiing aggressively wherever you go. And as long as you don't mind the bit of extra rise, they are perfect for resort skiing as well so you get quite a lot of bang for your buck.

If you want to cover a lot of ground on your tours and are getting a dedicated touring setup I would recommend low tech bindings like dynafits, but otherwise this is a great option. I've owned both types of setups and they both excel at what they're built for. So read the descriptions and reviews, pick your poison, and have fun!

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 22, 2016

5 5

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

This is a super comfy, nice looking extra layer for when the flannel just doesn't cut it. I'm 6' 190lbs, usually Large or XL depending on the item. I went with XL for this and it's the perfect size to fit over a flannel if needed, or just wear with a t-shirt. I'd say this is a solid addition to your spring/fall arsenal.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.0

I'm not a super serious runner, if I do run it's for 3-4 miles max and I try my best to avoid it. I just wanted a good running shoe that would work when I had to run, would also work for hiking around in the summer, and that looked reasonably cool to wear around town as well. I landed on these, and am very happy. I haven't worn them much yet because they are extremely well ventilated and my feet freeze in the cold, but in the summer I'll be happy about that.

Fit is very true to size, and the wider (forefoot/toe) fit they use in their actual running shoes not the narrow fit found in their more casual/skate style shoes.

I would definitely recommend these for everything from casual use to moderate running. I can't comment on the quality/performance for serious runners since I am not one.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 11, 2016

Perfect Bib
5 5

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

I have used these for touring primarily and they are awesome. All the protection from the elements you need, and perfect amounts of stretch and breathability from the softshell bits. I'm 6' 195lbs, I could definitely rock a Large, but I like a little extra room to party so I went with XL and they still work great without getting in the way. If I had to do it again though it would be a toss up. You can see for yourself in the picture.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

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

Dakota Grizzly makes some great classic stuff like flannels, but I must say they really surprised me with this shirt. The fit is great, nice and slim like you would want for a fitness/base layer type shirt. The material is really comfortable, and the camo pattern is very discreet and a nice touch to make it more cool and unique than a typical workout shirt.

I wear mine around the house, skiing, running in cool weather, and more. Fit is fairly slim but not crazy. I am 6' 195lbs. I tried on the large and while it fit and would work for strictly running and such, I wanted a more loose fit for lounging around so I ended up with an XL. I'd say it is true to size, but true to size for a performance shirt so keep that in mind.

My girlfriend actually loved it so much on me that we got one for her brother, and she wishes they made something similar in women's!

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 11, 2016

Comfortable... for a ski boot
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for over a year now, they have treated me quite well. They are super comfy (for me, it varies by the foot of course), very efficient on the up-hill, and "good enough" on the down-hill. I say good enough, but that is realistically all that can be expected from a true touring boot. Anything the truly rips downhill like a full on alpine boot is going to punish you on the up-hill. This boot is a solid mix of up and down performance. I've used them with various skis all around 110mm waist, and between 186-190cm length. Considering that size of those skis and my weight (195lbs) I'd say it's pretty impressive that the boots hold up at all. They definitely squish in places that my alpine boots do not, but again that's a compromise I can live with for something that lets me comfortably ascend long tours.

Boots are super personal, but I give these a 5 star rating for meeting their intended purpose and claimed performance perfectly.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 11, 2016

So Fun, So Versatile
5 5

I got these skis for my touring setup and wish I could afford a second set to put alpine bindings on as well. Downhill they are incredible, and the fact they they are light enough to contend with other popular touring options is awesome. In my opinion it's one of the best touring options if you want zero sacrifice in downhill performance. If you have any doubt that they can handle high speed in-bounds thrashing... you must have missed Candide's viral POV videos and I strongly encourage you check them out.

I mounted mine with Dynafits and am super stoked on the combo. As I mentioned though, this ski would also be a great candidate for resort shredding if paired with alpine bindings. There's a lot of incredible skis on the market these days, this is definitely one of them.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 11, 2016

So Far So Good
5 5

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

I've only had these for a weekend so far so I can't comment on the durability. So for however, I am stoked on getting them. It is my first 3 piece pole. While I was a little apprehensive about losing the ability to adjust length, as long as you pick the right size off the bat it's nice to have one less thing to think about. While touring they feel very stiff and solid, which was my other concern. And of course, they pack up super tiny which is great for stashing them away. I ski primarily so this isn't even a huge need personally, but for the money I wanted to have a pole that would work for all uses and I do plan to splitboard from time to time as well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 6, 2016

5 5

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

The buff seems to be a pretty well established product, this met my expectations wonderfully. If you aren't familiar, these things have any uses. Most relevant to me, they work very well to wear as a neck warmer skiing. Since the material is thin and light they are not as warm initially as a fleecy neck warmer. HOWEVER, the thin material allows you to breathe through it without massive condensation nastiness that ends up freezing. Over the course of a day, I find that this keeps me much more comfortable in cold temps as a result.

You can also do weird things with them like in that show Survivor, which I still think about every time I see a buff.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I gave this to my dad for Christmas, and he was wearing it the next day! The material is super soft and nice and the fit looks great. It's not a slim fit by any means, but it looks good.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I first got a similar solar LED lantern for christmas a couple years ago. At first it seemed like a basic gimmicky gift, but I brought it camping and turns out it's actually the greatest thing ever. Everyone I was with loved it, many bought their own, and I use it regularly on every camping trip now. They are super compact and light so it's not annoying to throw in your bag, they put out an impressive amount of light that's super useful for cooking and such things in the dark, and their solar powered which is cool and saves money/energy. And being LED lights, I have had no problem with losing charge yet which was one of my concerns.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't think I've met a person who isn't impressed with this bottle. It's a pretty simple product I'm really not even sure what it is exactly that people like, but I've gifted several of them over the years and everyone is still using theirs to this day. I do own one myself and use it all the time too. I suppose it just works great, and doesn't let you down. Recommend.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 10, 2015

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: Large

I just got it so I can't comment on how it will wear over time... but the fit and colors on this thing are great. Sizing and cut are perfect, not super slim but not boxy either. The fabric is on the lighter side, but I like that because it means no overheating once you get indoors. Super soft, super comfy... looking forward to putting the durability to the test because I plan on wearing this very often.

I'm 6' 195lbs and flip flop between Large and XL. I got the Large and it is perfect. Usually when I pick Large I end up sacrificing sleeve length, but this actually has long enough sleeves which is awesome.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 9, 2015

5 5

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

I'll spare you the details... but I've spent a few days in the new Stance underwear and I am loving them. The butter blend material is crazy soft, like they didn't just slap a weird name on a typical cotton/poly blend. It is actually unusually soft and comfy. The fit is what you would expect from the smattering of high quality boxer briefs on the market these days. I do find their size chart to be a bit off though. The size Large technically is for a 36-38 waist. I am a 34 waist and the Large fits perfect. If you're a 32, I'd go medium... and so on. I also just noticed our current size chart only has sock sizing, I have alerted the correct folks here at Backcountry so hopefully we have new charts up soon.

You're correct to be skeptical and suspect that Stance is simply stamping their brand on some basic boxer briefs, but they really impressed me with an actual improvement over most of the boxers in my drawer. Worth a try indeed, I would strongly encourage you order a pair to start to see if they work for you.

Also note that they offer another boxer brief with a longer 6" length and a looser fitting boxer as well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

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

I've had these for about a year now and love them. I have not experienced the issue Tim H. referenced, not sure if that is a fit issue or possibly a defect? Anyway, mine fit be great. They're a bit slim, but not excessively tight. The material is soft and stretchy. I've used these for everything from the office to the climbing gym. I would highly recommend these for a go-to casual pant.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

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

I would have to agree with the incredibly passionate review below. This is a sweet hoodie. Very comfy, warm enough to keep the chills away without overheating indoors, and a nice classic look. Fit's pretty true to size, maybe even a touch snug. I'm 6' 195 lbs and the XL is perfect to rock over a t-shirt and under a jacket when needed.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

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

The grid fleece fabric on these is awesome! Super plush and comfy, but the thin parts of the grid allow it to still be quite breathable so they do not suffocate you when it warms up. When it's super warm you'll definitely want one of their lighter offerings, but for mild to cold winter weather these are awesome.

I am a 34 waist, Large fits perfect.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

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

When I tried this on around the house I thought it was so light and airy feeling, no way would it be that warm. Wore it on a hot sunny day at the resort and paid the price. As the name "thermal" suggests, this is a quality baselayer to keep you warm. Since it is still so light and airy, it also let's you breath and cool down fairly well if you start to heat up (relative to other options, but I would still recommend one of their lighter offerings for use in consistent warm temps).

I like that they use loops for your thumbs instead of holes. I never put my thumbs in them, so I don't like when my sleeves have big holes in them for no reason. The loops are small and you can't feel them, so they are out of site out of mind for those of us who don't use them.

Sizing is true to size. I'm 6' 195 lbs. I could wear a Large for a tight close to skin fit, but I prefer looser baselayers so I got the XL and am enjoying it.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

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

I got this jacket a couple months ago to use for my daily jacket this winter, and could not be happier. In the past I have had slightly lighter insulated jackets, and the bit of extra insulation on this hi-loft version make it so much better for the super cold days. It truly makes me more excited to go outdoors, which is what it's all about. And it is still just light/thin enough to wear into the office and around town without looking like a Michelin man.

At first glance it seems like a very basic, low-tech jacket. After using it a couple months you realize that that is probably because they haven't changed it for decades, because it works perfectly.

Sizing is true to size and typical of Patagonia, I am 6' 195lbs and the Large is perfect. I can wear anything from a t-shirt to a hoodie under it comfortably.

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