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 August 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Seacell itself might be a gimmick, but whatever it is exactly that they make this shirt out of is so incredibly soft and comfy I don't even care if I'm being manipulated by marketing. It's super comfy, and I'll definitely be on the hunt for more of it. I've only see it from this brand so far, but hopefully there's more out there.

The shirt itself is nice, it's true to size with a touch of slim fit. Not crazy slim, but if you're always between sizes I'd go with the larger size for sure. I'm between Large and XL depending on the shirt, and XL is great with this one.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on August 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I've had Rover shoes for over a year now, finally just ordered a second pair! Super comfy, super versatile, and a nice clean look without any huge logos or weird designs.

Longevity was actually even better than I expected. My year old pair is still goin strong, but since I've used them for short hikes and camping quite a bit I want a second pair to keep clean and wear to the office.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on August 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've always had a pair of the classic carhartt work pants in the arsenal, but haven't really branched out more beyond that. I got this shirt since the cotton/poly material was intriguing (their answer to Nike Dri-Fit, which I love) and the henley looked cool. The fit is definitely a bit wider as you would expect from them, but it's not as bad as I thought. I've returned many shirts for being too wide/short, but this one slipped through and is not getting returned. Material feels great, and I think it looks pretty cool. A great way to mix it up from the boring t-shirt, while keeping it cheap and comfortable. Which brings me to my last point... can't believe how good the prices are on this stuff! I'll probably shop around for some more Carhartt clothing, your dollar goes pretty far for the quality you get.

I'd say it's literally exactly like it is shown in the images here, so if you like what you like I would recommend trying it out.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on August 19, 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: 34

I got these pants on a whim searching for an elastic waist pant to travel in. I was worried they would be too slim for my somewhat thick legs... They are definitely a slim cut, but they give you enough room in the upper half so those of us skier/biker folks can still get in them. I'd say the fit is much like the slim/tapered jogger pants you see around so much these days, but without the elastic cuff at the bottom so they look more like traditional pants.

The material is super stretchy and light, and the most unique feature is the mesh yoke above the butt. I'm skeptical it will actually be able to do much, but doesn't hurt to have some ventilation for the long car, plane, and train rides I bought these for! Zippered pockets are also a great bonus feature for traveling.

Only downside is I wish they made them in more colors, but then I'd go broke buying multiple pairs so I guess I'll just stick with the black for now and be happy.

If you like a loose/baggy fit I would definitely look elsewhere, but otherwise if you like what you see I would definitely recommend giving them a try. I'm 6' 190 lbs, a consistent 34x32 pant, and the Large fits great.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 25, 2016

5 5

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

I just got this and haven't traveled with it, but am super excited about it. For my whole life I have only had normal sized backpacks and bigger duffel bags. Bringing a bigger duffel can be a big pain, so many trips I have crammed into smaller backpacks. Traveling light is great, but forcing too much stuff into too small of a space is just annoying and you spend your whole trip wrestling with it. VERY excited about this thing, because it is just small enough to pass as a backpack, just small enough to use as a carry on, but has TONS of room. And not only does it have lots of room, but it flips out like a suit case giving you much more organization than just jamming things down into a normal backpack.

Looking for a pack to hike with? Definitely look elsewhere. But if you're looking for something to travel with and carry on your back through the airport and out to your Uber, I would definitely recommend this one.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 20, 2016

5 5

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

These things are so soft and comfy! Great for lounging around when it's hot, but also proper enough to wear out of the house no problem. I got them for an all around summer short and have been quite pleased. Personally I still switch to actual board shorts for swimming, but the light material these are made of are still very beneficial in warm weather if you don't use them for swimming.

Only minor gripe is that they definitely fit big and stretch out a little after the first use, so I would say order a size smaller and if they feel a little tight at first just tough it out, you'll end up with a perfect fit. I am ALWAYS a 34, but pretty sure a 32 would work for me on these. I've already worn the 34s a bunch though so I just use a belt rather than returning and I'm still happy.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 13, 2016

5 5

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

This thing is so sweet. I've had some more serious Garmin watches and less serious Fitbits, but this is a great compromise between the two. It is capable enough to record my mountain bike rides and other activities, but much more compact, user friendly, and wearable on a daily basis than the bigger more fully featured watches. It is just small and sleek enough that I can wear it every day as my time piece, which was important to me.

The huge thing that made purchasing this watch a no-brainer was the music functionality. That said, it's still not perfect. The music feature works exactly as described, it's easy to load up music and to play it while you're on the trail. The freedom this gives you to run, bike, etc. without a cell phone flopping around in your pocket is pretty huge. However, you have to actually download the music in order to load it up you can't just pull from your spotify/apple music playlists. This is more annoying than I expected, turns out I don't actually own much music in 2016. While I consider this a pretty big problem, it is still the only watch of its kind to allow any kind of music function at all so it gets a pass! I'm definitely looking forward to the future when I can just hit play on my streaming accounts.

Other huge advantage over the fitbit lineup is that it is waterproof, and the heart rate monitor doesn't have that obnoxious green flashing light.

Overall this watch has been super easy to set up and use, and the features you get for the price can't be beat. If these are the features you're looking for, I would highly recommend it.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used to think the super short service intervals on suspension was a load of garbage. Then I started actually doing them, and my god it makes your bike ride incredible! The longer you put off doing it, the more you'll kick yourself once you do and see the difference it makes. Easy to do at home if you are comfortable with that, just follow instructions and take your time.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things not only give you a phenomenal amount of energy without a crash, but they taste like delicious margaritas! (or whatever flavor you choose). The only problem is sometimes I eat too many at once and run out super fast... so try to pace yourself for the best energy delivery. Or don't.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are not only delicious they work incredibly well to get you through that slump on a long ride, run, whatever it is you do that makes you tired. I would highly recommend, already back ordering my third box. Flavors are pretty personal, I haven't come across any I didn't like yet.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x32

These were my first pair of pants from Mountain Hardwear. I picked them because they have a very nice modern, slim fit which I like. They look sharp enough to wear around town, not just out in the woods. What's really great is that they combined that fit with the quality material you would expect from a brand like Mountain Hardwear, so you've got a pant that looks great, but is also comfortbale and durable enough to wear outside hiking, camping, working, etc. If you don't like having the change pants 3 times a day and want pants that can do it all, these are definitely worth a try.

Fit was true to size for me, I'm always a 34 and 34 fit me great. I've been using them for all of the above activities for a few months now and so far durability seems great as well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on July 5, 2016

4 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

Got these shorts a couple months ago and they have definitely become a part of the regular rotation. The cut is great, a little slim and a little short, but not too much of either. The material is super stretchy and comfy, and it's a very small corduroy so it doesn't look weird.

My only complaint is that they fit a little big, and more importantly after a few uses they fit very big. If you are on the fence about size, definitely size down. I'm a pretty consistent 34 waist, and after stretching I need a belt to keep these guys up. If 33 was an option I would go for those, but don't think I'll go all the way down to a 32 I'm just going to rock the belt.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It was no secret that the Pike swiftly knocked Fox out of the top spot for 140-160mm travel forks. The Pike came out and was lighter, stiffer, smoother, and had better dampening. It seems to me like it took Fox some serious R&D to mount a comeback, but based on the 30 or so rides I have on this fork I'd say they have pulled it off finally.

The 34 chassis makes for a super light fork, but they've got it plenty stiff. In a blind test there's no way I could tell you which is stiffer this or a Pike. Whatever they've changed with the air spring has definitely made the beginning stroke much more supple as well. My 2015 (maybe 2014? had the RC2 damper) 36 Float was very rough and chattery and made for numb hands on long descents, this are is greatly improved on this fork. The RC2 damper in that 36 I had was pretty decent as well, but it was unfortunate they used the CTD damper in the 34 chassis exclusive since the CTD gave you very little control over compression dampening. This Fit4 damper has the same useful on the fly adjust-ability of CTD, but with much more actual control over the dampening.

Overall this fork is light, smooth, and easy to set up (with some basic understanding of the fundamentals of suspension tuning, not as turn-key as the previous CTD). I still dig the Pike for sure, but it's nice that there is now a comparable offering from Fox to choose from based on exactly what you need. If weight is a priority then this fork is a no-brainer over the Pike. Other than that, I'd say you really can't go wrong either way. Got to love when some healthy competition in the market makes for such sweet products!

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 14, 2016

5 5

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

This shirt has proven super useful. The material is awesome for running, biking, or any other aerobic activities when it's chilly out. Just heavy enough to keep you warm, but you don't totally roast as the sun comes up. I've used it mostly for running and mountain biking on chilly spring mornings, but I've also used it camping and as a sun shirt. Makes a great sun/water shirt thanks to the hood when you need some neck coverage.

The fit is very true to size, with a nice athletic cut. Not compression tight, but snug enough that it doesn't restrict you at all while exercising. In their many years of making gazillions of things Nike has definitely got it figured out, I would definitely recommend this for the activities described above. For strictly casual use I would probably recommend something else.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was traumatized by some bad experiences with Sram/avid brakes 5-6 years ago and didn't touch them for years. I finally made the leap back since this 4 piston design looked promising and they have been out for a couple years with solid reviews. Glad I didn't wait any longer, they are awesome. I don't plan on going back to a 2 piston brake any time soon. Compared to the 2 piston brakes I've been riding the last few years these have far more power AND modulation. I can't really comment on longevity, but I've gotten a few hundred miles of hard riding so far without having to mess with them. Even if I have to bleed them a couple times per season... that's fine my me for the extra performance, and as long as you have the Sram bleed kit it's stupid easy to do anyway.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's no mystery that Sram/Avid had some duds in their brake lineup in the lat 5-7 years and lost a lot of customers to Shimano. Myself included, many have defaulted to Shimano for their steadfast reliability and reasonable prices. These Guides were enticing enough for me to give Sram another try, and they have definitely redeemed themselves. While I still appreciate the low maintenance functionality of my XT brakes, I have put a few hundred miles on my Guide RSCs and have been very happy. I can't comment on long term reliability yet, but the extra power and control from these 4 piston calipers is HUGE. Sram has always had the actuation dialed, now that they have paired that with a super powerful 4 piston caliper I'd say these are definitely the best trail/enduro brakes I have ridden. So far I haven't even used the pad contact adjustment, but as the pads wear down I'm sure that will become useful.

At the end of the day, I would purchase these again all day.

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