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 September 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

The RVCA weekend chino pants have been a staple for us long time RVCA fans for years. However, the past 5 years or so they've felt quite dated up against all of the more comfy stretchy options out there. I was pumped that they started making this stretchy version. They're a great go-to pant that you can wear for a wide variety of things.

The fit I would barely consider slim by today's standards. It's slim enough to look sharp and not like dickies, but they are by no means an actual slim fit like that hugs your legs.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sometimes I feel like I blinked and the price of platform pedals quadrupled for no reason... What used to just be a cheap option for those not serious enough to ride clipless has now become its own market of super fancy, marked up products. But like all bike stuff... with account-gouging markups comes super rad new toys. I chose these pedals because they were relatively reasonably priced, but seemed to keep up with the other high end flats as far as weight, design, materials, etc.

They are pretty awesome. Great shape that actually makes sense to maximize coverage on your foot, and loads of grip. Can't comment on longevity yet, but they seem well built.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 14, 2016

5 5

For the last few years I've been nurturing my beloved Crowbars from Oakley. They are great goggles, and I still plan to use them sometimes, but after so many panicky powder mornings of frantically swapping between lenses I decided it was time to step into the future.

The magnetic lens contraption on these M2 goggles is incredible. So easy to swap lenses, not only quickly but without getting any fingerprints on your lens! That was they key feature that sold me on these, but it doesn't hurt that they also look really cool as well and have really sweet lens options.

I can't comment on longevity yet since I just got these for the upcoming season. Fingers crossed they will last me a while, because based on my living room tests I am loving them. My other qualm was the fairly steep price, but since they come with two nice lenses it's not so bad. Back in the day the second lens was always some cheap throwaway persimmon garbage, so it's cool to see that they now give you two super nice useful lenses (especially when swapping lenses is the most clutch feature of the goggle).

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

This "slim" version is a great update to these quality work pants. I've always loved to purpose built, long lasting work pants MK makes. However, like most people these days I have shifted towards the slimmer fitting pants. By no means am I talking skin tight, rock and roll style. Just not quite parachute sized.

This slim fit is perfect, not as excessively baggy as the original version, but still plenty of room to move and actually work in them. Don't let the slim fit scare you away from these, if you like a loose fitting (but modern looking) work pant you will love these.

In fact, if you are looking for a truly slim pant I would recommend something else. The other pant I've tried from Mountain Khakis is their "Camber Commuter" pant, which is actually quite slim and better if you want a proper slim fit.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 7, 2016

5 5

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

I got this jacket a few months ago. I loved how it felt, but wasn't too stoked since it was too hot to really need it. Now that the air is getting cooler, this thing is perfect! Not cold enough yet for the puffy coat to come out, this thin/light jacket is perfect to throw over whatever I'm wearing to work in the morning to keep me comfy. Super comfy, and for a "casual" jacket it's pretty sharp looking. I wear it with running shorts or khakis.

I'm always stuck between L and XL. I went XL and am glad I did cause it has plenty of room to go over long sleeve shirts.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 5, 2016

5 5

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

I would agree with all the other reviews. These are a super cool and unique pant, but might not be what you picture based on the images. Despite the stretchy drawstring waist band (which is rad, no belt needed) the pant itself is a non-stretch cotton material more like a typical khaki pant and not the leisurely, soft and stretch pant you might expect based on the waistband. They're also definitely a slim cut. I would say if you're a skinny/slim guy then the size chart might work for you, but if you're anywhere near the next size up or generally have trouble fitting into the slimmer pants, size up for sure.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs

I bought these for my girlfriend for an everyday/all-around type deal. She uses them mostly for sporty endeavors, but they look good enough for casual use as well for sure.

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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 exactly how it looks in the images, so if you like what you see 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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