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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah

Vincent's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Mountain Biking

Vincent's Bio

I am a Group/Corporate Sales Rep here at Backcountry! If you are interested in any large/bulk/custom orders, or just have specific questions about any of the gear I have reviewed, please feel free to contact me directly. My email is vmauro@backcountry.com.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on April 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Personally I generally prefer to carry more full sized tools with me since I have plenty of space in my pack. However, if you are looking for a super compact multi-tool that has everything you need out on the trail this is a great option. If you're hoping to keep your baggage light, you are in the right place. In my opinion you definitely sacrifice a lot of usability getting so many tools in such a small package... but the idea is that you will rarely use this and just keep it in your saddle bag, jersey, hat, shoe, etc. in case of emergency repairs so usability is not really a big issue. The price is surprisingly reasonable as well consider the Park Tool name, so I'm happy with my purchase overall. The tire lever is thin and not the most confidence inspiring so I personally carry another additional lever, but the incorporated spoke wrench is quite clever.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on April 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great bag for mountain biking. I like my bag to be nice and small, but some are just too small and are a huge pain if you ever need to throw in anything beyond your basic tools and maybe a bar shaped piece of food. The Raptor 6 is pretty small and simple overall, but does have enough extra room if you want to indulge yourself in some other luxuries such as a full sized sandwich, long sleeve shirt, etc.

Quality is great of course, I've never been let down by Osprey in that department. My oldest Osprey is an Atmos 50 from 2006 which is still going strong. And it has some nice little touches like the super clever helmet holding contraption, magnetic hose, removable tool bag, etc.

Oh and it's comfy too. It still gets hot and sweaty on your back while riding, but I have yet to find a bag that really solves that problem so I'll let that slide. 4/5 stars because there's nothing crazy or mind-blowing to elevate this to the elusive 5 star level, but I definitely love mine and would recommend it to anyone looking for a simple hydration pack to fit tools and a few other things.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

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

Christy J is not kidding about the fit. I'm generally a 34/35 waist, but have pretty hefty thighs and the 34 was a definite no-go for me. So if you have thunder thighs look to size up and pair with a good belt. They are a great short otherwise though, the material is super nice and also super stretchy.

For the record the waist fits fairly true to size, but due to the overall cut I am saying these run small because if you are between sizes you will definitely want the bigger size.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great compromise of weight and durability as far as I can tell. I run tubeless and carry this tube as a back up, but have used them a few times and put quite a few miles on the one I used most recently and did not have any problems. Price isn't really a big factor in the tube game, but they do also keep the price pretty low which doesn't hurt.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

johngchrist nailed it. This is the stuff you would get as a child at the space/science museum. No more tugging on your parents shirt and throwing an tantrum though, you can just buy as much of this as you want now because it's disguised as something reasonable for adults to buy. Just put on some hiking boots and a backpack and no one will bother you for eating a few of these a day.

Seriously though, if you're packing for a camping/backpacking trip this is a great way to treat yourself to something tasty. It doesn't take up much space and weighs practically nothing. Tell your friends to get some too though, or they will try to get a bite of yours.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great value bag. The key features I look for in a car camping bag are reasonable space to move around and the ability to zip open by my feet to cool off. This offers both of those, plus the zipper pocket on the front if you're into that, at a super reasonable price.

It's definitely big and heavy for backpacking purposes, I would not recommend carrying it too far. But I would highly recommend it for car camping, couch surfing, basement dwelling, etc.

I just used it camping in Colorado where it got down to the high 20s at night and I was comfortable wearing just some mid-weight base layers and socks. I'd say anything below 25* F and you'll want to bundle up or take a different bag.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't really love this one, but it's definitely decent and a great way to mix it up from the usual cardboard-egg based backpacking breakfasts. Personally I think having some extra fruit on hand to add would really bring this up a notch as I did not find a whole lot of strawberries. Only giving it 3 stars, I'd give it 4 if there was some more fruit in there to provide some flavor.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

Awesome
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Can't believe we still have a pair of these! I love mine. I would say they a primarily my ski for in bounds pow charging. Definitely super stable and fun to rip up resorts, cliffs, chopped up snow, etc. But I've also used them a bit touring and in hot spring conditions and they are awesome there as well. Obviously super heavy for ultra long tours, but on shorter tours they're worth it once you get to the top. I'm 6' 190 lbs. I have the 188 mounted about 3 cm back from true center and they are incredible. I find a lot of pow skis either feel too heavy and cumbersome or too flimsy, these are neither.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This product is a great value. The price is competitive with other options, and they very conveniently package it with a couple co2 cartridges so that you are ready to rock. It's not the cheapest option by any means, but the slightly more ergonomic and user friendly design is worth it to me. It is nice to have something more to hold on to than the super minimalist styles in my opinion, but still takes up very little space. If you haven't made the jump to a co2 inflator yet, try it out! It's amazing, and will definitely change your outlook on flat tires a little bit. From "oh my god should I just throw this bike down the cliff now" to "bahhh, this stinks but at least I have my co2 with me so I wont have to pump for 3 hours."

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Green is trendy these days, so I'd strongly recommend this product. Unlike other green products though, I would strongly recommend disposing of this stuff responsibly and keeping it away from pets and children.

Seriously though, fork maintenance is important and will make you and your fork much happier, this oil is a small price to pay and will last for many rebuilds. In a world where we spend thousands to knock a few grams off our chamois I think buying this is a pretty easy decision.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Need a way to cram more air into your fork or shock? Or maybe let some out until you hit a precise amount? You are going to love this thing then. Simple, affordable, reliable, not too bulky... no brainer. Don't worry that it says fox on it, this will work great with any air suspension out there that utilizes a schrader valve, which is pretty much all of them as far as I know.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Do yourself a favor and bite the bullet now. You're going to use them eventually right? As for performance, they are metal cylinders filled with co2. They arrived full of co2 and have not exploded in my backpack yet so that's pretty much all I can ask of them. They are definitely very shiny, so if you're into that you'll be extra pleased with them.

Don't pump like a chump, show up with co2 cartridges to spare.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty straightforward product here... but if you are wondering whether or not it's worth it to service your fork, IT IS! Grab this kit and some oil and you and your fork will be glad you did. Keeping fresh seals and oil in your fork is essential for performance and longevity. Rebuilding the damper itself is quite a bit more involved, but if you aren't comfortable with that you can just do the oil and seals at home fairly easy with basic tools and skills and that will still be great for your fork! Then maybe at the end of the season either take on the damper service, or take it to your local shop, or send it off to Push.

All you need (besides tools) is this kit, fork oil (for my 2013 36 float 160 fork I needed 30ml of green 10 wt fork oil in both legs), and a couple of float fluid packs. And here are the instructions I used:

http://service.foxracingshox.com/consumers/Content/Service/Forks/36FLOAT/36FLOAT_RC2.htm

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 26, 2014

4 5

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

I got to take this beauty on a decent demo ride, and it was fun! It definitely delivered what you would expect from a high end carbon'd-out long travel AM shredder. Impressively stiff and fast climbing, confidence inspiring tracking through corners, buttery smooth through rough sections thanks to the VPP and great suspensions from Rockshox... Whether or not this is the bike for you will largely depend on your preferences and where you ride, and I only have one ride on it myself, but if you are in the market for an all mountain bike this is definitely worth a look.

And if this decked out top spec model is not in your price range, I'm confident the merits of this frame will shine in all of the builds offered.

As for sizing, I rode a large with what I believe was a 70mm stem. At 6' tall I felt pretty stretched out. Personally I prefer short stems anyway, so if buying for myself I'd go with a large with a shorter stem. For the best advice though, hit up our customer service team! We've got a bunch of serious experts here who can help you get set up with the perfect ride for you.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

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

I only have two rides on mine, but so far I am loving these wheels! Noticeable increase in acceleration and response compared to my Stan's flow ex wheels (great wheels for that price range!). Excited to put them through their paces throughout the season, but so far they have lived up to the hype. These are on of the biggest investments you can make for a mountain bike, but I ended up pulling the trigger because I have not found a single person who owns them and regrets their decision.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a pretty nice helmet. Great price relative to comparable options, good coverage for safety, not too heavy, GREAT ventilation. The only drawback to me is that I prefer to have a dial in the back that I can spin easily with one hand, the adjustment system on this is a bit trickier to do while on the trail. Once you get it dialed in though, it is very comfy and you don't know it's there.

Want a nice AM (all mountain, more protective than a classic XC helmet) style helmet without breaking into the triple digits? This is a great choice.

Sizing is pretty straight forward with only two choices, but refer to the size chart if you aren't sure.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

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

I consider myself an avid fan of minimalist bike gloves, and these are a fine specimen. The long cuff is unusual, but feels secure and is not noticeable while riding. Not much to say really.. they're light, simple, grippy where they need to be... Can't comment on durability yet with only a couple rides on them, but they seem well made so I am not worried about it.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bars are one of those things where once you go carbon you wont go back. They are light, they feel great, and mine have already made it through a full season of abuse with zero issues. They aren't dirt cheap, but relative to other components they're a fairly affordable upgrade or part to add to your custom build. I love mine and would recommend them to anyone. For lighter duty riding and those who like a more narrow bar the Haven Carbon is another really great choice, but these can be cut down as well if you prefer. I cut mine to around 730mm.

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Vinny Mauro wrote a review of on March 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Aside from having the length I need all I really look for in a stem are stiffness and, when achievable, looks. The Haven checks all the boxes. Super stiff, very clean looking, and certainly a competitive weight for you gram counters. I swapped from a 35mm Havoc to a 55mm Haven and didn't have any noticeable increase in flex. for anything short of DH/Freeride I would go with the Haven over the Havoc for the stem. I have the Havoc carbon bars and they are a great match for my AM bike.

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