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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 Maurowrote a review of on January 30, 2015

5 5

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

I just posted a similar review on the Beacon Bib pant from Dakine, I got this jacket and those bibs together for my outerwear kit this season.

I was skeptical of Dakine outerwear, just because they have been known for their bags for so long and are fairly new to the outerwear game. I decided to roll the dice and give them a shot since I really liked their combination of super high quality materials and more "cool" styling than most of the competition. Most outerwear of this quality is either super tight fitting or super crazy bright colors/prints. This jacket is a nice loose/long fit, but without the skittle colors. I got the green, which goes great with the black Beacon bibs.

Performance and quality are what you expect from a goretex, great. Combined with the right layers underneath this has kept me comfortable in all sorts of winter weather.

My bottom line, don't count this jacket out just because you are skeptical of the brand's recent entry to the market. This is a serious contender in this price range, and if you dig the style you wont be disappointed.

I'm 6' 185lbs and the XL is a nice baggy fit.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 30, 2015

5 5

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

I've known and trusted Dakine backpacks for years now, but like most people I was pretty skeptical when I saw they were getting into such high end outerwear. After much deliberation though, I decided to give them a shot. The reason being is that they are one of the few companies offering quality goretex materials with a true "snowboard/park" fit. Not a gigantic thug fit, but a little more room to move than most of the technical outerwear out there.

So I gave them a try this season (these bibs and the Airstream jacket) and have been so stoked. The fit is perfect, I'm 6' 195lbs and the XLs are great. I could definitely pull of a large for a more trim look. The thing I really like is that they actually have pretty solid features as well. The pocket layout on the chest of the bib is great, the zips down the sides to open up the bibs are great, the vents are in a great location and zip from both sides which is awesome. Overall, you can tell they put some though into the the design.

The quality is great, but that was actually the least of my worries. Too soon I suppose for a true long term durability test, but so far so good.

If you're in the market for a quality bib to ski or board in, these are a serious contender. Don't let the fact that Dakine is relatively new to outerwear scare you off, they did not mess around. I am pumped to finally have one outerwear kit that performs well enough for touring and powder days, yet looks good enough for park days.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 19, 2015

5 5

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

I love this jacket to wear around town in the winter. It has a nice tailored cut and looks great with anything from a t-shirt to a dress shirt and tie underneath. The thing that really sets this jacket apart from the vast array of casual jackets, is the combination of sharp looks and super high quality 800 fill down. Since NAU used this super high quality down the jacket is very light and not too puffy, yet is still incredibly warm. And when you're traveling, the 800 fill down also comes in handy as it makes the jacket pack down much smaller than comparable jackets that use 500-600 fill down or synthetic insulation.

Fit is very true to size (but tailored/slim). I'm 6' 190 lbs and a large fits perfect and trim with room for a long sleeve shirt underneath. I actually just ordered myself a second one of these in XL, to use when I want more room to layer and/or don't need a nice trim fit.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of my favorite park skis I've had in a while. Skis great out of the park, and can handle any feature your park crew can come up with. Great mix between being a fun playful ski, yet still burly enough for big jumps and heavier guys. Combine that with a 185cm length option and this is a big park guy's dream come true. I also have a smaller buddy who rocks the 178s though, and he loves them as well.

There's a lot of good options out there for park skis nowadays, this is definitely one of them. The Chronic is true to Line's description, so if it sounds like what you are after then pull the trigger and enjoy!

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a recover wood case on my iPhone 5, and did not hesitate to order one the day I got my iPhone 6. I love them because they are fairly slim, but offer just enough protection to save your skin a lot of the time. There's enough of a lip on the front to keep your screen from rubbing on whatever surface you leave it on, rubber on all 4 corners to shield them from impact, and the wood on the back is soft enough to absorb a lot of impacts and protect the rear of your phone. With my last one I subjected it to a few very rough mountain bike crashes while in my shorts pocket. Direct hits to rocks left the wood case with some pretty serious dents/divots, but the phone was completely unscathed. Wasn't too excited to blemish the beautiful wood finish... but well worth it to save the phone.

Not only am I confident my phone is safe enough in this case, but it also gives your phone a very cool unique look with the plethora of different options Recover offers. I got this particular "mulitwood" one this time, but I've seen a lot of them in person and they are all pretty sweet.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 5, 2014

5 5

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

I was pleasantly surprised at the material this shirt is made of. It's got a pretty heavy duty technical feel to it that is very comfortable, yet is not super heavy still plenty light to wear inside and look like a normal casual shirt. The fit is true to size, very similar to button downs from folks like The North Face and Patagonia.

And the goat is a cool touch! Whether you're an employee like myself or a happy customer it is fun to rep the brand a little. It's also very subtle so you don't feel like a billboard, which is great.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

These things have been around forever for a reason. Generous fit for maximum comfort and thick winter socks. Quality materials and construction to keep you warm and dry. Not much else to ask for to stomp around in some snow.

Fit is definitely big. I'm a size 10.5-11 shoe, I got the size 10.0 Caribous and still have plenty of room for the thickest of socks. I could probably rock a 9.5, but I'd rather have them a little loose to keep the circulation in my feet for even more warmth.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to be a die-hard FKS/Pivot guy, but after some struggles with those I thought I'd branch out. I first tried some jesters a couple years ago on pow skis, and by this season I'm fully converted for park and pow. They're super reliable, reasonably light considering their DIN, and have (in my opinion) the most reliable/durable brake system of all the popular alpine bindings out there.

I think these are a no-brainer for pretty much any alpine ski. If you don't need the high din, then you can save some money and go with the griffin. If 16 wont cut it, you can step it up to the beefy jester pro. All three are great. The other high end bindings definitely still have their place, but these are my choice hands down for all around resort use.

Oh... and they made them badass looking this year with in impressively black color scheme. Nice cherry on top.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

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

I bought the regular Outhaul shoe a few weeks ago, and loved them so much I had to add this premium leather version to my collection as well. They are both super comfortable and very good looking. The leather/suede combo on the premium takes it up a notch to pass for more formal occasions. For example, I wore them yesterday to the girlfriend's family Thanksgiving dinner. Overall definitely still just a casual shoe. The funky textured foam liner Reef uses is weird at first, but VERY comfortable.

Can't really comment on longevity yet... material and finish quality looks good out of the box though.

Sizing is very true to size.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

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

This is a great step up from a classic cotton hoodie. Still has the nice simple look, but the aquaphobic fleece material is significantly better for use on the hill. The snow slips off and it dries quickly, compared to normal cotton hoodies which tend to attract snow and soak up water. And another very nice touch is the zippers on the kangaroo pocket. This keeps your stuff in, and snow out. The outside is a very slick material, but the inside is still a nice soft cozy fleece. For warm weather riding or for cruising around town I would highly recommend this hoodie.

Fit is very tall and slim, which is awesome. I'm 6' 190lbs. I got the XXL to ski in. I love it because it's long enough, but still isn't crazy wide like a lot of XXLs tend to be. Certainly a "slim" fit if you ask me. For around town, a large would be perfect.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

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

I don't like running at all to be honest, and I REALLY don't like running when it's cold out. However, I would rather run that not get any exercise during the week so I try my best to get out there after work. I finally decided it might help my motivation in the fall/winter if I actually had a nice pair of running tights... and it has definitely been working. These tights are super comfortable and provide a nice comfortable amount of support, and the perfect amount of warmth. They are just warm enough that I don't turn right around and run back inside, yet once things get going and I get warmed up I don't overheat.

Whether you're like me and need a tight to take your off-season training motivation up a notch, or you love running and want something that will enhance your running experience, I'm confident you will benefit from these tights. If not the Pro, I'm sure there is something in the CW-X lineup that will give you what you need! They seem to have something for pretty much every runner/condition possible.

Fit is pretty true to their size chart... I'm 6', 190 lbs, 32" inseam and the larges are perfect.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 21, 2014

5 5

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

If you haven't tried these pants, you really should. They're a great mix of comfort and style, and just formal enough to be worn for most occasions. They have a really nice slim cut that looks very good, but is not overly aggressive so most "average" to slim guys will be able to pull it off. Super thick legs may want to look to the 504 style... but I'd say I have moderately hefty legs and I still love these. I got my first pair two weeks ago, and just came back to order a second pair.

I'm 6' 190lbs and a consistent 34x32. The 34x32 fits me perfectly, like a glove. They're definitely fairly tight, when first putting them on I thought they were too tight and almost returned them. After settling in a bit though, they are great. Best fit I've got from a pant without going to a tailor.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this rack for a year now and love it. Everything functions as it should... nothing too ground breaking. They hold your skis and boards securely, lock easily... what you'd expect functionally. Call me shallow, but what I love about this particular rack is that they took the extra step of painting (powder coating maybe?) it black. Most roof racks are just that boring raw aluminum finish. That's fine, but all else equal I think having the black racks looks a lot better on most cars. Functional, reliable, good looking... if you need a ski rack to put on top of your car, look no further.

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Vinny Maurowrote 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 Maurowrote 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 Maurowrote 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 Maurowrote 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 Maurowrote 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 Maurowrote 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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