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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 February 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After years of being a carbon snob and riding many of the well known carbon wheels, I decided to switch back to aluminum after a few too many cracks and other issues. The weight, efficiency, and tracking of carbon wheels still has my heart, but I couldn't stand the time off my bike waiting for warranty replacements to show up. One good way around this is to have an inexpensive backup wheelset, but I had always heard people rave about I9 wheels so I decided to go another route and try out a high-end aluminum wheel for once.

I have a few hundred miles on mine now, and I have been loving them. They really do rival carbon for ride quality, but at a much lower price point and with less fear of breaking down.

And the real cherry on top is the I9 hubs... the noise may be a love/hate thing I could see why you would find it annoying, but the instant engagement is incredible.

I would recommend these wheels to anyone, as long as the specs/intended use fit the bill of course. I still have love for carbon, but I don't think I'll go as far out of my way to get it anymore.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The inferno de-fogging device in these goggles is insane. The battery is a bit cumbersome so I take it off on clear days and I just have the regular super-rad Lineminer gogs. But on stormy days when fog might be an issue, it's pretty worth having the dorky looking battery pack mounted up. I, like most people I'm sure, get incredibly annoyed by having snow and water on my lenses obstructing my vision. A blast or two from the heating device in these goggles, and bam your snowy lenses are crystal clear.

Couple that with the incredible prizm lens and these goggles are pretty amazing. They aren't cheap, but considering the amount of extra technology in these they're actually pretty reasonable I think.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 3, 2017

5 5

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

These are definitely not the same loose fit as the old school Gramicci pants like the other review mentions. Personally, I always loved the style of Gramiccis, but prefer a more slim/tailored look to my pants, so I was stoked when I realized they made these. Same great quality and feel as the originals, but a more modern look for us youngsters I suppose.

Would highly recommend if you like slim fits. If not, like the other reviewer, I would definitely steer clear and look for the "Original G" pant, which is their old school version with a loose fit.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you go camping without a pillow you're completely nuts. Don't trick yourself into thinking a wadded up fleece jacket is a decent substitute for a proper pillow. It's not. Luckily they make these, so you don't have to choose between packing light and actually having a good nights sleep. In case you can't tell, I would highly recommend this product or something similar. For car camping I still always bring a normal pillow, but for backpacking when that's just totally absurd, this thing is awesome.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

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

Gave these as a gift to my girlfriend. She loves them, they look cute and they keep her feet dry and warm when it's snowing. Not tall enough for trudging through deep snow, but they seem great as an all-around winter boot. Fit seems true to size, they fit her great in her normal size.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

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

First, based on the images this looks like a pretty substantial puffy. If you check the specs though, note that at 11oz this is definitely a light weight down jacket, best for mild weather or for using as a layer under a shell. That said, I bought it to use as a layer under my ski shell and so I love how light it is. It's thin and light enough that it doesn't feel bulky under my ski jacket, yet has enough to keep me warm. I wear a baselayer, this jacket, and a non-insulated shell and that keeps me comfy in pretty much any temps. If it get's insanely cold, like sub zero, I would definitely need to add something or switch to a beefier jacket.

I've also used it as an outer layer to keep me warm when traveling, and the super light weight and insanely compressible down makes it perfect for that. Packs down real small, and if you pull it out and toss it over a long-sleeve shirt/flannel it's very warm.

I would highly recommend if you're after a light weight down jacket. Fit is true to size, but if you aren't familiar with North Face "true to size" for them is a touch big. I'm 6' 195lbs and wear Large or XL depending on the brand, Large fits me perfect.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 23, 2017

5 5

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

I'm a skier who likes to snowboard to mix it up, and I finally decided this season I would take the plunge and invest in a nice board instead of just taking random loaners that were never the exact size or shape I wanted. After much nerding out on the internet, I settled on this as one of the most promising do-it-all boards with a slight bias to powder. Sure enough the day after I got it turned out to be an epic powder day, so I got to put it to the test on crazy deep light pow and then some pretty chopped up chunder. It was awesome in both. It's stiffer and more response than most boards I've ridden, making it feel very stable. The shape is about as floaty as you could hope for while still having the ability to jib and ride switch in deep snow as well, and it has way more pop than the last board I rode which was full reverse camber.

Through the chopped up snow, the extra bit of stiffness compared to the other board I've ridden was a HUGE help. It is by no means what I would call "stiff", but it has enough backbone to power through chunder.

I would definitely recommend trying this board if it suits your riding style, I'd say it fully lives up to both Jones' description and all the info I found reading online reviews.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 23, 2017

5 5

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

I've only ridden these one day now, but loved them on day one which is pretty impressive to me. They feel super light, stiff and responsive enough to drive my Jones Mountain Twin around, but soft enough to goof around and be comfortable. I did a short side-country hike as well, the light weight and grippy vibram soles make them great for hiking for sure.

What I really love, and why I chose these, is the ability to adjust both the shell and liner independently on the fly with the BOA. You can tighten the dials through your pants easily enough, so while strapped in and riding you can tighten up your boot AND liner as needed, which I think is a huge improvement over having to just tighten the piss out of my ankle strap to hold my ankle down.

Super stoked on these for a do-everything boot. Can't comment on how well these will hold their fit or flex yet. Their marketing claims it does a good job at that, but even if they break in like normal boots I'll still be stoked.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 17, 2017

5 5

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

I took a chance on these pants having never heard of the brand, but seen them around the internet. Their marketing had claims of burly toughness, yet comfort and softness as well. I must say, it's actually quite true and I love mine. They are pretty thick compared to most of my denim pants, but very soft and supple as well. Maybe not a first pick for a denim purist, but I think it's a huge improvement over traditional jeans. Comfy and durable for sure.

Like Paul's review mentions, the fit is definitely more of a common man's slim. They are nice and modern looking for sure, but they are nowhere near being skinny jeans at all. My girflriend constantly yells at me for having too many pants, but I might donate a few pairs so I can justify getting another color of these.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

My mom mentioned she wanted a "warm quilted jacket" for christmas. I was fairly sure she meant a down parka like this, and for once in my life I was right. She was PUMPED. The fit is great, slim yet enough room to keep warm. Nice and long as well, everyone's body is different of course, but for her it comes down right between mid-thigh and top of knee.The fake fur is removable which was a selling point to me, but she loves it and kept it on. It has a nice cozy fleece lining as well to add to the comfort.

If you're looking for a warm winter coat and like the looks of this one I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 3, 2017

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 gifted these to my dad for general winter use, shoveling and whatnot. He is very happy and says they have done a great job keeping his hands warm.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

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

I gave these to my girlfriend as a gift and she is loving them. She reports they are comfy and the vision is great with the prizm lens.

They look great too, she's relatively small so they are definitely pushing the limits of being too big for her, but they work. Great thing is they fit me too, so I can steal them when she isn't riding :)

I'm assuming quality will be great considering I still use my Oakley Crowbars that are going on 5 seasons old and going strong.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like Rich I also use these for traction on pow surfers/no-boards. They work great for no-boarding, sheds snow super well, solid traction, and just enough ramping on the sides to lock you in.

I'm sure these would also be great if you were looking to do some serious one-footed endeavors on a snowboard. Seems like serious overkill for getting on and off the chairlift, but hey it's your snowboard do what you like. I can say these definitely work as advertised.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 2, 2017

5 5

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

Fortunately I haven't had to use this pack for its ultimate purpose yet, will continue to work to keep that the case. However, no matter how safe you are in the backcountry it's still nice to have the additional insurance of an airbag. It is by no means an excuse to slack on your backcountry safety, but does provide some additional peace of mind on those days where you do need o take some calculated risks to move around.

I chose this pack because I fell in love with the battery operated airbags as soon as they were released. Seems like a no brainer to me... less fuss than with the canisters, you can deploy all the time to get comfortable with it and ensure it's working properly, and if you travel to ski you can fly with it without the expense of buying a canister at your destination. If I already owned a canister style airbag I'm not sure the advantages would have persuaded me to pay to make teh change, but since I was purchasing my first airbag ever for this season the battery operated style was my preference for sure.

Aside from that, I've been fairly pleased with the bag. The storage on this 24L model is definitely a bit funky and cramped for sure, but I knew that and decided on the smaller bag so I'm not upset. I wouldn't give them any design awards overall I find the layout quite odd and not the best, but it's functional. Avy gear pocket holds my shovel and probe with room for some extra gloves and hat, and I can get my skins in that pocket as well. Then there's a top pocket that fits goggles and snacks. The back panel where the airbag lives also has a solid amount of room so I generally stash some things in there, but full disclosure I have not talked to Pieps to confirm this is safe and will not hinder the airbag function. If you generally go out long enough to need extra clothing and other supplies in your bag I would definitely go with one of the larger options either from Pieps or Black Diamond.

If you are like me and want a (relatively) minimalist battery operated airbag, this Tour Rider 24 is really great! I have played around deploying it a few times and everything seems to work well and is intuitive enough.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 2, 2017

5 5

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

This is a sweet, heavy weight fleece. If you're looking for something different than all the usual fleeces you see out there this is a pretty great choice. Thick cozy fleece, with a nice mesh liner inside. Definitely on the warmer end as far as fleece jackets go, which is great since you can rock it throughout the winter.

The fit is fairly small, I'm 6'1 195 lbs and wear Large or XL depending on the jacket, and definitely needed XL in this.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 30, 2016

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 to wear around town when it is just too frigid for the usual mid-weight puffy coat, and have been very pleased. It fits/looks great, has plenty of pockets for all my trinkets, and is VERY cozy and warm. In the dead of winter (generally around 0-15* F around here) I will throw this over a t-shirt or long sleeve shirt and be happy.

Fit is true to size/generous enough for what it's meant for. I'm 6' 195lbs and a Large fits great with room for up to a flannel underneath.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 23, 2016

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: 10.5

These are great boots for around town. I don't need super heavy, stiff burly boots I can drop a chain saw on... I just want something comfortable to wear all day, that can keep the weather out and take some mild abuse like stubbing my toe or spilling my beer onto them.

These are pretty perfect, great all around casual boot.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 23, 2016

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: 10.5

After years of only having over the ankle hiking boots I finally got these for those lighter duty hikes where the big boots are super overkill, but sneakers lack traction. Very glad I did, these things are great! As comfortable as a normal sneaker, but significantly more traction and protection for your feet.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 16, 2016

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: XL

I wasn't really aware that Ride had high end outerwear, so my curiosity was piqued when I saw these. Waterproof shell with some stretch, in a bib that looks cool too? The knee patches are the same burly fabric as the cuffs, which is sweet for looks and durability, and the rest of the pant is a super nice shell material. Softer and less crunchy than most shells, and a bit stretchy too for insane mobility.

Size is true to size for most snowboard outerwear. At 6' 190 lbs the Large fit me, but I opted for XL for extra room to move and layer. They fit me loose/baggy, but with a nice semi-slim cut so they don't look goofy they just look sweet.

If you dig the look of these and want a high quality shell bib I would highly recommending trying these out. Can't comment on longevity yet, I've only got mine and tried them on but I was so pumped on how they're looking I couldn't resist a review.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

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

To be clear, this has a removable insulation layer like most 3-in-1s, but it is relatively thin and light. Because of that I wouldn't recommend it for bitter cold winter days. However, that's also what I love about it. It's a super burly 100% waterproof outer shell, so I treat this is a lightly insulated rain jacket. I've always had typical super light rain jackets and normal winter parkas. The light rain jackets are great, until temps get in that 30-40 degree range where the rain shell is freezing, but it's still rain and your winter parka would soak it up like a sponge.

Enter the Selja. Just enough warmth to keep you cozy in that in-between weather where you still need enough waterproofing to keep out a downpour. Recently here in Park City the temps have gone down to single digits. I love the look of this jacket and keep getting compliments, so instead of busting out my parka I just removed the liner it came with and have been layering the shell over a more puffy down coat I already owned. This combo is treating me pretty well, but ultimately I would say this jacket is perfect for the 20-40 degree days, especially those with heavy precipitation.

Fit is what I've come to expect from Haglofs... a touch European you might say. Overall it's fairly trim/tailored looking (hence the compliments), and has pretty generous length sleeves. At 6' 195 lbs I'm usually a Large, and I still wear this in a large but it's more snug than my Patagonia and North Face jackets. To maintain the same roominess I would recommend going up one size, if you want the tailored look stick with your usual size and you'll be happy like me.

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