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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 April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

It's awesome to see such a nice technical board short from a smaller brand. I like rocking cool and unique brands like Roark whenever I can, but when it comes to board shorts I'm a real sucker for the super nice stretchy technical materials found in the bigger brands.

As a result, I was very pumped when I discovered these so I picked up a pair. I was not remotely disappointed when I tried them on, fit is great and true to size and they feel great. No actual experience as far as durability goes yet, but the fit and finish is on par with any high end board short so I don't anticipate any issues.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 12.0

I usually go for the more basic flip flops, but I decided to give these a try and am looking forward to a summer of comfort. They are still nice and simple looking, but have a super comfortable mid sole and decent traction on the outsole to make them quite a bit more comfortable and functional than plain old foam flip flops.

I'd say they run pretty small though. I wear a size 10.5/11 sneaker. Got these in size 11.0 first and my heel was hanging off the back, stepped up to the 12.0 and they are perfect. Can't really comment on the durability of these, but I've had several Reef sandals over the years that have all lasted for multiple summers so I have no doubt this will be up to the task.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Just ordered my second pair, this is my favorite boxer brief by far. I am not a fan of the typical super tight boxer brief style that rides up super easy (for me at least). These have long enough legs and a loose enough fit that they do not ride up and you can't tell they're there. On top of that, the material is super soft and definitely stink-resistant thanks to the merino wool. You pay a premium for the merino, but in my opinion it is well worth it for the all-day comfort you get.

The fit is pretty spot on with the size chart, but probably on the big side. I'm a 34 waist and the Large fits great, but if you were a 33 waist or smaller I would definitely go with Medium. Large should accommodate a 36 waist no problem.

Get these! They are expensive so it's a bit of a commitment, but I definitely do not regret taking the plunge and look forward to adding a pair to my collection here and there as my wallet allows.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 3, 2015

5 5

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

I just picked these up today. Can't comment on longevity or long-distance comfort, but I was so impressed by initial comfort and looks I wanted to put up a quick review. So far, these are an ideal light weight summer shoe. Super squishy midsole, yet a firm enough outsole to make them feel supported like a proper sneaker. The uppers are clean and simple, and the colorful laces add a little accent that makes them interesting and cool looking (subjective of course). I wouldn't grab these to run, trek, or dress up in, but for casual use around town, short hikes, camping, or to a casual workplace these are perfect.

Sizing is pretty true to size, I'm generally a 10.5 or 11.0 and the 11.0 is perfect. I could definitely pull off the 10.5 with no socks. I'm told these shoes actually work great with no socks, but personally that's never been my thing. I do believe it, considering Reef's expertise is in sockless footwear.

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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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