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Matthew Ault

Matthew Ault

Colorado Springs

Matthew Ault's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Matthew Ault's Bio

Love the outdoors. Back country is my country, Backcountry is my supply house.


Climbing, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, diving, exploring. All my favs.


I live in CO and in WA. Love them both, I am very blessed to have these homes for my hobbies.

I have a beautiful wife and 3 kids that either are learning or take part in my love for the above.


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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on October 24, 2015

Portable,  lite,  small and useful.
5 5

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

September was a rough outdoors month for me. I had incredible stomach cramps and ... I will leave out the rest. I tested positive for Giardia. 5 weeks of a horrible lifestyle. This is that parasite you can achieve from nasty water. I thought, maybe it is time to upgrade my water purification system.

Now, I am not an ultra-light packer, but I do appreciate the "little things" when it comes to heading out into the back country. So I downgraded in size and complexity and got the Sawyer MINI.

My wife and I put it to the test on a hike, here are my PROs/CONs

PRO-
-SMALL, lite-weight. (the 16oz bag and filter/straw could be in your pocket and you would hardly notice)
-COLD WEATHER- Leave your gloves on, dip the bag in a water source, connect filter and straw, drink or squeeze... DONE.
-PERFECT FOR- 1 to 2 people when hiking along water, or hitting water source milestones. No need to carry water with you... It is too easy... just dip and squeeze.
-CONNECTION- Fits Platypus, Sawyer, and other hydration bags.
-PRICE- It cost me under 30 bucks. AWESOME.

CON-
-KEEP FROM FREEZING... Although not difficult if kept close to your body, you want to keep this from freezing. If you wake up on a freezing morning and you didn't clear the filter, you won't have instant gratification. You will need to thaw with water source or heat.
-HEAVY WATER USE- This is for the back country hikes, trailblazers and simple portable use. I wouldn't recommend it for the in-camp scenario if you are needing to produce gallons upon gallons for thirsty crews.
-TEMP- its only temporary. 100k gallons... now, I don't know anyone that will burn through that before they lose, break, or become unsure of the use level... but who really counts that type of gallon use either. You will probably buy a new one every couple years and not worry about it. They are not expensive.

Pictures show its portable uses. We didn't need to purify snow melt. Did it anyway. I am overly sensitive after the Giardia ordeal.

Thanks! Enjoy it if you got it!

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on May 22, 2015

Immmmpressed
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been trying on Down Jackets left and right trying to find the "Just Right" on :
Size/Fit (I am 5/10 Athletic build @ 180lbs)
Low weight down
Correct Fill
Pockets/placement of pockets
Style...

This the first and only to have hit a 5 out of 5 in all those categories.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on May 20, 2015

Exactly.. what can one say... Jetboil.
5 5

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

I put off buying one of these for a long while.. YEARS

I have been between Gas Canister and Fuel bottle cooking systems. I love them both. But when it comes to the having the Cat's meow, this is it.

The amount of room I have saved in my bag without sacrificing any luxury of a cooking platform is what speaks the most. It has everything I need if I am packing "just add water" types of food.
That isn't the limit of the Jetboil, but anything further for use just requires creativity and use of your surroundings for cooking something like a fresh caught fish.

Quality- The quality of the Jetboil and the little additives they put with the Flash are just awesome. Set the thing up and all you do is turn a slight valve and press a button. Almost too easy.

The last few times I have used it, the water was ready to rock (very easy to see with the color changing logo to tell you when) before I was ready to even pour the hot water in my meal. It is fast, which conserves fuel, time and frustration. If there was 6th start I would add it.


Love my Jetboil.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on May 19, 2015

My favorite non-gortex shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

Meets the standards of the XA 3PRO 3D GTX but a little cheaper.
I am on my second pair. (initial pairs have been GTX version) The first pair lasted longer than expected as they had plenty of miles on them.

Please understand after 4 years experience with XA PRO 3D's they do require a slight break in. They may seem stiff out of the box, but give them about 5 miles of trail time. After that, they are golden.

They have been to the oceans of guam, to the mud and cold streams of Colorado/Washington. They truly are the best trail shoe.

I wear 10.5 is some shoes, many I wear size 11. In all Salomon 3D chassis, I wear 10.5. So... true to size I suppose?


PS. When I say "put them through the wringer"... I mean it. I have beat the daylight/nightlights out of these things.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Waterbeading beast.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

First, most importantly, notice the 3 Layer Gortex. I could end my review right there, but I will go on if someone is trying to make decision between this and the Patagonia in-house water repelling version.

I owned the light weight version of this made by Patagonia with "NoH2O" I got wet. I read reviews, most were happy, but some had my experience. I was wet on the horizontals after an hour hiking in the rain. This was not from sweating on the inside. As I said the Horizontals were wet. SO I took it back to Patagonia and upgraded. They were great to work with.

The quality of this Jacket is top tier. You will be happy with the waterproofing BUT you may question the climbing aspect. The hood is perfect for the helmet, but the pocket location needs to be higher up. Right below the sternum to allow a harness.

I am an athletic build and my body stats listed above. I fit Medium perfect. I can get a decent down jacket underneath if need by. (not a huge fluffy Northface) but a decent fill without looking like a soviet toddler swaddled in immobile layers.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Single, best piece of Gear
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is by far my most favorite piece of gear as the value is unmatched. The 3 layer Gortex and the Cordura made these things bullet/waterproof. Or at least I think it would hold up to waterbullets- ? : /.

Anyway, these things are exactly what you are looking for. They fit great, don't sag, they have the toughest strap I have seen to competitors, and they fit all my Salomons beautifully. (I have various XA 3D pros and the 3D comet boots. (Again... you just cant beat Gortex). The gaiters have a hook at the base to attach to the lowest part on your laces to prevent riding up and reduce snags.

My experience- Multiple hikes through mud, snow, slush, and deep puddles. My last trip found me in a situation that if I didn't bring them, I would have been in quite a bit of trouble. I leaped across this ICE COLD creek from solid sand to what I thought was going to be solid sand on the other side. Turns out it was deep soft mud. I quickly found myself high stepping trying to get out before I sank beyond the rim of the gaiters. This stuff was serious perma-frost type mud. I got out after looking very strange and panicked. I thought I was going to be soaked... thought there is no way that water didn't infiltrate my gaiters and boots.

GORTEX O.R. Gaiters combined with GORTEX Salomon boots = Dry comfortable lower extremities.

If you are looking for the serious gaiters.. Stop here. They cannot get any better.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on December 16, 2014

Easy on, Easy off. While on, tough.
5 5

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

I tossed these on my pack while hiking in pretty good weather. As I got up the mountain, I crossed some over flows of the creek over the trail. I tip-toed around it as I did not want to take my pack off. This event happened 3 to 4 times. Heavy flow would over flow on the flat spots, then freeze creating large ice fields to cross. All was fine and when careful no need for these and they stayed on the pack.... until

On the night before descending, snow hit hard. I left early hoping to get down before what was, clear and visible trail turned to a snow covered blind navigation. Well, time flew by and before I knew it I was 2 miles down trail where I discovered the first ice patches under the snow without warning. The very first step I took unknowingly on the ice I was down. Without even having to remove my gloves, I could throw these on the Salomons.

I kept them on the rest of the trail only knowing when I hit ice due to texture, no slip. They seem to mesh really well with the Salomons as they are even those depicted in the main ad photo.

What size? I wear 10.5 in Salomon, 11 in most shoes. I purchased the size large. They fit perfectly snug, no sag.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on December 15, 2014

4 5

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

So far, comfortable... as good as climbing shoes get. I have NOT had the slick rubber problems like other have had so far. I will continue to eval them as I go!

NOTE: I have only been indoors with them.

Size? they are climbing shoes... you have to feel it out.
I wear 10.5 to 11s in most shoes... these I Am running 9.5 and cramming.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on December 15, 2014

4 5

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

I have initially tried the harness out this weekend at an indoors rock wall place in Colorado Springs. Although I was wearing a size medium and I need to step up to a large, (one inch off) the harness seemed very comfortable while ascending and descending .

If the size medium ran tight and was comfortable, I am excited to climb in my size large.

For sizing purposes, I wear size 32 jeans in Levi.
The mammut harness's seem to put just barely into the large category.

REMEMBER the harness waist sits higher than your pant waist. This is just to give you an idea of size and where I am coming form with it.

4 Stars for being SUPER lite and comfortable. Probably will be bumped to 5 once I get familiar with the L size.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on December 15, 2014

3D Chassis fit like a charm.
5 5

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

My everyday shoe for hiking, trail running, and casual wear are the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra's. For that review see: ( http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-xa-pro-3d-ultra-cs-wp-trail-running-shoe-mens?contentIdSocial=review-atg339751 )
If you love those shoes, these are the fit up for you to go right to the harsh trails in the backcountry that require a bit more stability.

They also really fit well with crampons as I learned. LOVE THESE BOOTS. Both the shoes and comet boots with the 3D chassis have treated my feet well, never letting them see a blister or even a harsh rub.

Most shoes I wear 11, in Salomon I wear 10.5. and they fit like a dream. They break in well from 10.5 to 11 and hold solid from that point on (I believe)

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Matthew Aultposted an image about on December 15, 2014

Full load

I packed this bag to the max. Solo trip behind Cheyenne Mountain with expected adverse conditions. (which I met!) this bag held up to zipper cramming, knee compressing, and last minute shove-ins of varies hard cornered objects. Held up great with access all over.


Here is the load out all packed in this thing: Strap crampons, solar charger for gps, first aid kit, fuel bottle, MSR stove, -10 degree sleeping bag, large inflatable mattress, gortex bivy sack, Chaos2 tent, rain fly, tent foot print, 2 pan cooking set, 3 freeze dried meals, stoic pillow, map, nalgene bottle, shell jacket, shell pants, northface fleece upper and lower, fleece jacket, two sets of gloves, 2 pairs of wool socks, base layers (2 tops, 1 lower), sweetwater purifier, emergency foil blanket, firestick, gerber multitool, 2 liter bladder (empty while hiking), 1 beanie, 1 balaclava, 30 ft of para cord, a REI camp chair (super light/250 lb. capacity) and a few odds and ends that would fit in a zip-loc sandwich bag.

Forgot: Compass.

I brought a tank to see what I would end up not using and minus it from my list (feeling out Colorado's wild)

I sadly used everything. Probably cause it was there. This pack fit it all.
For those that are wondering, "why the bivy?" I brought it unti lI trusted how the Chaos 2 would pull off "4th season" weather. It did well. I can minus the bivy.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

Does what it says
4 5

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

Great hat, comfortable, fits snug, but agreed with others. It doesn't get the very lower portions of your ear (see photo). If you have piercings, I guess it would benefit. Fits under helmet as well. Yes there is a pocket, no I haven't found a use for it. Anyone else find a good use for it while hiking?

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on August 18, 2014

Comfortable on the trail
4 5

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

The materials seem very high quality and I love when Kelty puts the rain cover on the bottom, stock.

The part I am unsure about is the bag itself. I need some time with it to figure it out. The awesome frame is great for airflow but makes packing the back seem difficult. The curved design isn't just the frame but the bag itself. Makes some of my gear tough to fit without serious bulging. When you put your bladder in the back for your platypus or camelback, then gear, and clothes, you will find the outside pockets will best fit a map or other paper-thin items. Almost makes the pockets a novelty.

Some time and experience with the bag will probably cause me an edit. For now, first impression, it seems to be a high quality, breathable trial run for a lite weight gear setup.

UPDATE- I cant fit much in this bag, and if I cram it, the frame work that takes up all the bag room twists itself out of shape.

Also a stress point on the top of the pack to secure the top loading is poorly designed. (surprising as it is by Kelty)
The fabrics and the point of stress will not support hard packing for long. I can see it will break, tear, or rip. Already started wearing on the stitching and I have only prep packed for trial use.

Recently raised to 4 stars because of comfort the ability to breathe well.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on August 18, 2014

My go-to shoe for everything! UPDATED
5 5

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

UPDATE: 5 star- This XA 3D line treated me so good, after completely wearing down the green pair I owned, I immediately when and bought the same show (except they updated colors) I wanted green again, but ended up with a blackish style.


This shoe has held up pretty well for every condition. Most my activities include some kind of water exercise in a river or lake to cross, swim, or just cool off. These Salomon shoes seem to take it well, dry out well, and look brand new after you do it. The outside skin is tough which prevents sharp river rocks from becoming painful and once you ditch your shoe laces, you don't ever want to go back.

Only things that keep it from a five star are as follows-
-Feet seem to sweat initially getting used to the waterproof skins. Cotton socks will be soaked.
-Lace/wire tongue stash spot may need to be re-enforced with thread. I had to add stitching.
-Tread will wear quickly if running on asphalt type surfaces. (stick to the dirt/mud!)
Next pair will be the newer model once I wear these out.

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Matthew Aultwrote a review of on August 1, 2014

Impressed with materials
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

UPDATE: I took this out into the mountains of Colorado and a high wind hit in the middle of the nights. I had it pinned down good and used the guy outs to nearby trees and soil. The winds were so loud and it seemed this tent didn't budge a bit. Inside the tent was nice and calm.

The walls will tend to sag the tighter you make the fly around the tent, but the trade off is a low profile wind fighting fortress. I would buy it again for sure.

First impression was great right out of the bag. The materials are great, seams are sealed. It has everything I want in a low profile tent. The tent can take some serious winds with design riding low. (with rainfly on) The tent has all the up-to-date mods on it like the easy to tighten/adjust anchor lines and thigns all the way down to ambi enterance and airflow.

The pros are long so I will only write the cons as that is what most people are interested in-

-No footprint issued with it. (Make your own)

-There is a slight slack in the sidewalls causing the zippers to be a two handed operation most often. (a 2 thumbs down out of 10 for a scale.. not that bad of complaint)

Low profile keeps you from standing. (This however, is a pro when it comes to the wind tough weather.

Thats it! Great Tent.

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