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Matt Hazelgren

Salt Lake City

Matt Hazelgren's Bio

I love podcasts and picking up new sports/hobbies.

Matt Hazelgren's Passions

  • Climbing,
  • Hiking & Camping.

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Matt Hazelgren

Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on December 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs

Imagine the most slippery black ice you've ever encounter. Put these things on, and you could run ladder drills on them no problem. It's incredibly. Definitely more of a winter road or packed snow trail shoe. They're waterproof, but since they are low tops and you'd get snow in your shoes immediately in anything deeper than 3 inches.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on December 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Absolutely love this thing. It may be the most comfortable pullover ever imagined. I primarily use it when car camping or lazily watching TV, but I've taken it sailing and climbing a few times as well. Its all the warmth you need in the fall, and is a good mid layer in the winter.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on December 10, 2019

5 5

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

This is just a really solid day pack. It's light, compresses down easily for storage, and is durable for pretty much any day activity--except maybe caving. The 20L volume is enough space for 2 water bottles, 2 jackets, a camera, and a lunch. Honestly unless you're a bunch of heavy items, this is all you need on a day hike.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on December 10, 2019

5 5

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

Small, lightweight, and convenient, this things isn't much bigger than a few credit cards stacked together. More than fully charges an iPhone 10 . It also holds its own charge for a surprisingly long time. Huge fan and trust it to come through when I need it completely.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on December 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this to trail run downhill in rocky terrain at night. Lit up the trail with ease and stayed in place on my forehead. I've never had to use it for more than 3-4 hours at a time, but for those purposes the battery has held up really well. It's also just comfortable. Best headlamp on the market in my opinion.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

So far I've only worn this casually. I don't typically expect casual style compliments from an OR jacket, but actually got some wearing this. It looks surprisingly better when you're wearing it than it does on our product image.

It's also notably warmer than I expected. I've worn it around town in 20 degree weather and was comfortable walking in those temperatures.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Tested this thing out for the first time last week while backpacking in some decent snowfall. Definitely to warm to wear while active in 15 degree weather, but its packs light and small into the left hand pocket, so is perfect to throw on when you stop for a snack or to pitch/break camp. You can feel a marked difference in warmth the second you put it on. Its going to be in my pack for every winter trip I take this year.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

Immediately comfortable
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I used these on a steep, boulder-strewn approach, climbed 2000 feet of low class 5 slab, traversed a rocky ridge between summits, and then ran 3.5 miles downhill in these things all within 12 hours of removing the tags. Couldn't be happier with a shoe's performance right out of the box. They grip well and are incredibly comfortable for the abuse I gave them. Would recommend to anyone for just about anything outside.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

Never Leave Without It
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket among my favorite pieces of gear we sell. I like it so much I snag one for my friends to use all the time. I don't always end up using on my trips, but at 5.8 ounces, it's always in my pack. Its saved me from thunderstorm in the desert, sleet and snow in the mountains, and gusty winds at the top of peaks. Its such a good piece of gear that I grab an extra for my friends in case they don't have one.

Probably because I only use it in inclement weather, I don't have a picture of me wearing it, but here's one of a buddy who used the men's version for some wind protection recently.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Of the many waterproof and windproof shell's I've tried, this is the most breathable. If you need protection from the elements, but plan to sweat while you're exploring, this thing is the way to go.

I don't tend to wear out gear as quickly as a lot of people do, but to me the durability has proved sufficient for climbing and backpacking in adverse conditions. The hood is also really easy to adjust to either your head or a helmet, and moves well with you when you turn your head.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Honestly this is one of the most comfortable packs I've worn. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of the other Osprey suspension systems, but it works really well--especially when you're either carrying a bunch of heavy equipment.

Designed to carry heavier loads close to your body, this pack is perfect for when temps drop and you need to bring a bit more gear along with you. The back panel isn't as breathable as some of Osprey's higher-end packs, but that's perfect for cold weather. Honestly I've used it in April in the desert and been totally packing around in 80 degree temps, so just because its not AS breathable doesn't mean you're going to roast with it on.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this on my commute to work and as a travel carry-on. At 34 Liters, you can haul books, water, a change of clothes, and all your electronics with ease. If you don't need all that stuff everyday (me frequently), the side compression effectively decreases that pack profile and bulkiness.

But really, there are two reasons to get this thing. Number one, the kick stand is ingenious. Imagine never having to find something to lean your pack against so the contents don't spill out. Love it. And number two, the Airspeed back panel keeps your back from getting drenched with sweat in the heat.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've lived out of several travel bags, and this is easily my favorite. The ability to clip the day pack to your front or zip it the the back of the pack makes time in the airport or train station breeze. You don't realize how nice it is until you don't have it.

Secondly, the main pack is just a really flexible design for packing your stuff. A lot of travel bags put a bunch of organizational features for what they think you should want, but they never end up fitting my exact needs. Honestly, its just nice to only have to open one zipper to get to everything when you're living out of your luggage. If you need it, just snag a couple travel cubes and this thing will let you set up your own organization system (or lack thereof) in a jiffy.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

Ultralight protection
5 5

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

Depending on the size, this thing is between 3 and 5.1 ounces. It lets you ditch stuff sacks (most of which aren't waterproof anyway) to save weight and is much more effective that a pack rain cover, which invariably lets water drip down your back. This is the best way to keep your stuff dry hands down.

Here's a pic of it in action:

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

5 5

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

Really the main distinguishing feature of this bag is the aerated ski boot pocket that protects the rest of your clothes from your wet, stinky ski boots. I've found the pocket also works well for basketball shoes and sweaty clothes that you want to keep separate from the rest of your clean stuff on the trip home.

Carry on friendly, with the boots included, this pack is just big enough for a weekend trip on its own if you're an efficient packer.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on November 3, 2019

I don't leave without it
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket among my favorite pieces of gear we sell. I use the men's version, but lend the women's version to friends all the time. I don't always end up using on my trips, but at 5.8 ounces, it's always in my pack. Its saved me from thunderstorm in the desert, sleet and snow in the mountains, and gusty winds at the top of peaks. Its such a good piece of gear that I grab an extra for my friends in case they don't have one.

Probably because I only use it in inclement weather, I don't have a picture of the women's jacket in use, but here's one of a buddy who used the men's version for some wind protection recently.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on October 30, 2019

My Go-To Pant
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 31x32

From climbing to backpacking and sometimes even trail running, I take these things everywhere. The reason I like them so much is because of their breathability. I stay pretty active on most of my trips, and these things wick sweat away like nobody's business. I've worn them as sun protection while trekking across the deserts of Southern Utah in 95 degree heat and found them to be surprisingly adept at keeping me cool and dry. Obviously it was still hot as hell, but the fact that I didn't have to take them off speaks volumes in and of itself.

While they'd never provide enough warmth for a snow-excursion at rest, as long as I'm staying moderately active I've found them to work great in cold temperatures. I used them in a moderate snow storm on the way up and down a local mountain in temps as low as 15 degrees. Their DWR finish shed snow easily and kept me dry and I found them to be surprisingly wind resistant given their insane breathability.

They also offer plenty of stretch to climb in or even wear while doing some early morning yoga outside your tent. They also pack down quite small and are very lightweight. I haven't tested the thigh pocket with anything bigger than my iPhone X, but that fits comfortably and doesn't effect the mobility of the pants at all.

My one complaint is that the waistband stretches out over time. You can get around this pretty easily with a belt, but for future version either an elastic waistband or integrated belt would be an easy improvement on these.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on October 30, 2019

Versatile Pack for Every Adventure
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second review on this pack. I tested it out for the first time last year on a quick mountaineering day trip here locally near SLC. The 22L size was plenty for all my layers, food, water, crampons, and other essentials for a full day on the mountain. Plus, I the attachment features made it easy to add trekking poles, an ice ax, and helmet to the outside.

I've since used it on plenty of hiking and climbing day-trips. It's great to throw in quickdraws or trad gear in on the way to the crag, coupled with the helmet attachment. Easy to throw a rope over top as well.

Most recently, I used it to scramble up 200 feet of low grade 5 climbing, traverse accross a ridge, and then run 3.5 miles back down. It was comfortable for the approach and didn't restrict movement while scrambling/climbing (without harness),. I was extremely surprised to find that the pack stayed stable and moved well with me on the run back down. Granted I only had a few pounds of food, water, and backup layers in the pack, while running, but it worked so well I forgot I was wearing it.

I've used it for about a year now and honestly can't come up with any real cons. The back panel heats up a bit more than some of the suspended mesh packs on the market, but the ridged foam of the Airscape back panel works pretty well to keep you cool, while also allowing the pack to sit close to your body and maintain a low profile. the hip belt straps are way too long for me, but you can always just cut them down to your size. I recommend this to everyone without hesitation.

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