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Matt Hanan

Matt Hanan

Salt Lake City, Utah; Little Cottonwood Canyon

Matt Hanan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Skiing

Matt Hanan's Bio

Skiing, biking, hiking, backpacking, and trailrunning around Utah and the Wasatch Front.
Gearhead at Backcountry.com. Feel free to contact me with any gear related questions at mhanan@backcountry.com

Matt Hanan

Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

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

This is my go-to base layer for cold conditions. The shirt keeps me super warm while doing an excellent job of wicking away moisture and sweat. The stretch material allows for freedom of movement while I am hiking. I would suggest air drying however, as the dryer did shrink the shirt a little bit. Overall, awesome base layer.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a former competitive cyclist, maintaining my bike was critical in order to reduce the chances of a malfunction during a race. Rock n Roll lube was (and continues to be) the only lube I use on my chain. It gets my chain super clean, and I actually notice a more fluid and efficient ride as well as better shifting after applying it. Highly recommend.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this backpack throughout high school and college. Awesome pack with plenty of space for books. The laptop compartment provides all the cushioning your laptop needs. The only minor downfalls to the pack is the zippers are a little flimsy. Also, it would be nice if the elastic water bottle pockets were large enough to carry a Nalgene and/or thicker sized bottles.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I've used this shirt hiking, trail running, as well as for working out at the gym. When I do sweat, I found that this shirt doesn't really wick away sweat quickly like Columbia says it does. For a similar styled shirt that does a fantastic job at keeping you cool, dry, and happy in humid and sticky conditions, I recommend checking out the Exoficio Give n Go shirt.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

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

I went to school up in Wisconsin. Keeping the feet warm, dry, and happy was critical on those arctic walks to class. These boots are super warm and built with awesome quality. The Thermoplus insulation keeps my feet super duper warm and cozy even when I was hiking across frozen lakes, ice fishing, and tramping around in nipple deep pow pow here in Utah. Highly recommend.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used these mitts for a week long ski trip in Colorado. The thing that struck out to me the most was just how durable these gloves are. The goat leather provides great grip and protection. Super warm as well. It wasn't cold enough for me to use the heat packet pockets, but I really don't think they would be necessary unless its uber cold. These mitts are super warm as is.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 10, 2014

The Best
5 5

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

I've used these briefs hiking, traveling, skiing, and walking around town. Perfect for hot,humid conditions. Sweat dries super quickly, and they still remain odorless after days of use. I would wash these briefs by hand in rivers and in hostel sinks. Simply wring them out, and in a few hours they are dry and ready to go. Highly recommend.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 9, 2014

5 5

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

I used this boot on a week long backpacking trip in Escalante,Utah as well as on a 30 day backpacking trip in Washington's Olympic Mountains. Although on the pricy end, these boots can take a serious beating. These boots would be overkill for day hikes with a small pack. These boots thrive when you are off trail on unforgiving terrain with a heavy pack. As a warning, like most leather boots these take awhile to break in. Make sure to wear them around town and around the house before taking them out on an overnight. One thing that really helped the comfort of this boot was to throw in a custom insert.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this ax while backpacking in some slushy conditions in Olympic National Park. It saved me a couple
times when I slipped and started sliding. The ax is a bit heavy compared to other ice axes, but it gets the job done and can out up with some serious abuse.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've thrown everything in my base camp duffel from ski gear to backpacking gear. This bag is bombproof. Built for gnarly conditions, the base camp duffel has no problem taking a ride on a yak, getting rained on, or getting scraped up against rocks or abused by the bag loaders at the airport . This bag can take it all. The only duffel you will ever need.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is a reason why the Whisperlite is a favorite among backpackers. It's simple, light, and effective. I used this stove during a month long expedition in olympic National Park. If a malfunction did occur, it's simple construction and technology always made it a pretty common sense fix. Highly recommend.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

The Hubbard flannel is bomber. Built from a thicker fabric, the Hubbard is super warm and durable. Perfect for guys working in cold, harsh environments. This flannel will put up with anything. I'm 6' and a 33 inch waist and a medium was still a tad big. These flannels definitely run a bit large.

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Matt Hananwrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

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

I had the opportunity to test out the Thermoball. What stuck out the most to me is how light the jacket is while still being super warm. Unlike most down jackets, the Thermoball retains it's warmth even when wet. Another awesome feature is being able to stuff the jacket into it's own pocket. The jacket would take up barely any room in your pack. The jacket would be a perfect winter mid layer, for cold days on the trail, or cruising around the city on those chilly nights.

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