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Matt Hazelgren

Matt Hazelgren

, Employee

Salt Lake City

Matt Hazelgren's Passions

Climbing
Hiking & Camping

Matt Hazelgren's Bio

I love podcasts and picking up new sports/hobbies.

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Matt Hazelgren

Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

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

Tested these out on a few sport routes. It's neither the lightest nor the burliest draw out there, but finds a happy medium. Clips easily, has a strong dogbone, and doesn't break the bank while still offering the assurance you want when taking a big whip. A great draw for any sport climber.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This blanket is silky smooth and offers fantastic warmth. It might feel cold for the first three seconds its touching your skin on a cold night, but after that its fantastic insulating bliss. Stuffs down small and light with easy. An amazing car camping piece. Heck, I used it as a comforter on my be when my heater went out for a bit.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

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

My girlfriend hates backpacks as a rule, but I got this for her regardless and she absolutely loves it. Its super stylish and durable. You can just feel the quality as soon as you touch the material. On top of that, it can integrate with DB luggage so you don't even have to carry it in the airport.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

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

Feedback to share for a friend: Obviously this is a lightweight, low profile harness, but one of the cool features I didn't expect to be so great was the rubber-wrapped gear loops. The make it super easy to clip draws and gear onto your harness as efficiently as possible. It's also really comfortable.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

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

I used this tent for a night in Moab Utah in the spring just to test it out. Obviously those conditions don't need a burly four season tent, so I was most impressed by its ease to set up and how cool it looks. Lots of zippable windows made it easy to get airflow in the tent. The moon was full and quite bright, so I actually zipped those up overnight and to my surprise, didn't have any condensation or stuffiness on the inside overnight.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: 30

Fantastic breathability, stretch, and durability make this an amazing pant for the active outdoor enthusiast. I took them out climbing and was impressed at how freely I was able to move. The waist band was extremely comfortable. Only one warning: If you have thunder thighs and a thin waist, this is not the pant for you. The legs were very tight around my thighs. This happens to me with all pants, however, so if its not a common issue for you, the shorts will be great. I just have the most annoying waist to thigh ratio ever. Even with the overly snug fit, the still climbed great.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

Fantastic breathability, stretch, and durability make this an amazing short. The waist band was extremely comfortable. Only one warning: If you have thunder thighs and a thin waist, this is not the short for you. The legs were very tight around my thighs, even though I sized one inch up at the waist. This happens to me with all shorts, however, so if its not a common issue for you, the shorts will be great. I just have the most annoying waist to thigh ratio ever.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I think this is the most comfortable hoodie I've ever worn--and I try a lot of them at Backcountry. Loose fit around the waist. Only complaint is that heavier items like a phone tend to fall out of the front pocket when sitting in a car.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

Fit and Color Advice
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I haven't taken these out mountaineering or anything, just snagged them from our gear closet to get an idea for the fit. First, these are the most comfortable soft shell pants I've ever worn. They adjust at both the ankle and waist for a comfortable fit to keep snow, etc out and they breathe super well.

Our product photos for this item don't do the pant justice. Here's what you should expect your but to look like in these pants. Additionally, the olive color doesn't exactly match the product photo on the site.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

4 5

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

I wore through several sleet, snow, and rain storms in SLC. It held up quite well. I stayed dry and protected despite high winds. Granted I was only walking a block or two at a time, but was still very glad the jacket held up. Maybe the most stylish rain jacket we have on the site in my opinion. My one complaint is that there are no hand pockets.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

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

I'm new to skiing and tested these out from Backcountry's gear closet. Only writing a review for the overacheivers out there who think they need to get a a high value aggressive boot right off the bat. If you're already good at skiing, please stop reading. When I say I'm new to skiing, I mean that I used these my first time skiing ever. I spent about 20 minutes on the bunny hill in these things with some Fishcher Ranger 120 Alpine Ski boots (also much more than needed or advisable for most new skiers). Moved to blue runs immediately after that and was able to link turns quickly, so if you're decently athletic, maybe go for these so you don't have to upgrade during your second season. Most people would recommend getting a ski that is more forgiving to start out with, however.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

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

I'm new to skiing and tested these out from Backcountry's gear closet. Only writing a review for the overacheivers out there who think they need to get a a high value aggressive boot right off the bat. If you're already good at skiing, please stop reading. When I say I'm new to skiing, I mean that I used these my first time skiing ever. Don't be concerned if they feel like a vice grip around your foot at first, that's intentional. You won't notice it on the slopes. I spent about 20 minutes on the bunny hill in these things with some Chetler 110 skis and some cheap poles. Moved to blue runs immediately after that and was able to link turns quickly, so if you're decently athletic, maybe go for these so you don't have to upgrade during your second season. A lower flex rating will be easier to start off with though, as it allows for greater forgiveness when linking turns.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on April 1, 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

Used these on several multi-pitch ice climbs. They kept me dry, and were plenty warm with a fleece lined softshell underneath them in temperatures in the teens at night. Great for unrestricted movement while climbing.

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Matt Hazelgrenwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

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

Lightweight and convenient. This thing is great to throw in your pack for some quick tea at the summit or as your main cooking feature on a backpacking trip. Boils water in 100 seconds! Crazy. Be sure to get 4-season fuel if you're using it in the winter, though.

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