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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza

Gearhead

Anywhere and everywhere in Utah.

Matthew Pizza's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Biking

Matthew Pizza's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.


Born and raised in Utah I have spent ample time outdoors ever since I was a little guy. My outdoor passions are fly fishing, skiing, and backpacking but I am becoming more acquainted with climbing and cycling (road and mountain), and kayaking.


My name is Matt Pizza and I know my shit. If you have a passion for the outdoors like I do stay tuned for thoughtful and informative expert gear knowledge and reviews, epic pictures and stories of my adventures, and don't forget deals and discounts!


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800.409.4502 ext. 4438 or
mpizza@backcountry.com.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs

This coozie idea is genius. First off the coozie itself is high quality and does a great job at keeping my oat sodas nice and cold. It is also very durable... although I have only used it once, I really think this thing is going to last for quite a long time. The strap and articulation that goes with it are fantastic. You can really maneuver around about your craft quite a bit and not have to worry about spilling your barley pop.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

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

These saddle is actually really killer... especially for how inexpensive it is. I picked this up to put on my bike that I have inside on a trainer. The previous one (I think from the 70's) was killing me. This seat is really comfy and seems like it's going to stand the test of time.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These candles work great for patching small core shots in your base material on your skis or board. Simply clean the affected area, clear out debris, melt some of the candle in there, let it sit, scrape and buff and then you should be good to hit the slopes. I will say that I've found if you do this inside the house in your basement or in the garage with some type of space heater on, this works much better. When done at cold temps the P- tex doesn't seem to bond as well leaving it with a tendency to crack and fall out rendering your repair useless.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This trainer block holds my bike tire just fine. It is very stable and secure. Fits my 700x25 tire just fine. It could accommodate a little bit wider tire, maybe up to 32mm or so. Wouldn't recommend for mtn bike tires.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a lot to say here... this backing does exactly what it is supposed to, attaches your fly line to your reel. I find 100 yards of 20lb test works well in most trout applications when using rods size 4-6 or so, might need to bump up to 200 yards for 7 and up - just depending on the reel and line that you are using.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

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

This chuck worked out great on my Alloy Drive floor pump. The red is for high pressure pumps (generally road bikes) and the orange is for high volume (generally mountain bike) pumps. Innovative design allows you to use the chuck with a Presta or Schrader valves easily.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up to go under me and my new Tech Mag 5. Really accomplishes two things. Keeps your floor safe from your trainer as well as your sweat. I have my setup on carpet and although I think this would fit a little better on concrete or hardwood it actually lays really flat underneath the bike. If you do have your trainer set up on a hard surface, this will help dampen the noise a little bit as well.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever nymph fish you have to get some tippet rings! These make it so easy to switch out nymph rigs when you are out on the water. You can tie up multiple rigs when you are at home and have time and then utilize the tippet rings to switch your tackle in and out while you're on the water and don't want to spend all that time tying knots.

The aluminum ring and carabiner are a great feature that allow you to hook this thing just about anywhere.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 21, 2017

3 5

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

I really liked this pack initially, and thought that it was going to be exactly what I was looking for, in the end though, it fell a little short.

Lets start with the pros. Outer material seems to be fairly rugged and durable. Great laptop storage and accessibility, somehow managed to fit my ancient Dell in there just fine. You can get at it from the top or the side which is a huge bonus. As is the fleece lined tablet compartment. The front organizer pocket is easy to access and well laid out. The PowerHouse cord organizer is a nice bonus also.

The pocket that the cord organizer lives in at the bottom of the pack really cuts into the total storage space of the main compartment and creates a very narrow awkward space at the bottom that really serves no purpose. You can't get anything in there except maybe a wadded up t shirt. Another feature I initially thought was great were the document pockets in the main compartment. They are pretty tight, wouldn't recommend trying to shove loose papers in there, but if you keep your business papers in folders or something, you should be good to go.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Keeping your bike clean will for sure make it perform better. These brushes really go a long way in getting your whip clean, there is a brush here to clean every part of your bike. All you need is some Simply Green, water, and a cold oat soda and you're good to go. These are durable, easy to clean, and best of all effective.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The chain is definitely the dirties, grimiest part of my bike. Fill this bad boy up with some chain cleaner, clamp it on and start crankin! Does an excellent job of cleaning not only the chain but the cassette and the chainring as well. Something to note... you will get a lot of nasty liquid coming out the bottom of this thing as you run your chain through, make sure nothing of importance awaits below.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great little offering from Yeti. Freezes quickly and stays frozen for a surprisingly long time. No condensation when it does finally thaw out which is huge in my opinion. Streamlined shape makes sure there is plenty of room for your 6 pack.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on February 6, 2017

5 5

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

If you hunt or fish on the regs, this just may be a must have. My rod is always sliding down the side of my truck making an awful screeching noise and then slamming to the ground where it gets trampled by man and K9 alike. This rod holder is super low profile and can hold 5 rods or two shotguns. Great staying power too, left this on the bumper a time or two and haven't lost er yet.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on February 6, 2017

5 5

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

This is a great little cooler, very versatile. I always throw my 2lb Yeti ice block in here. Fits great with a 6 pack. I also use it as a lunch box of sorts. Holds the Yeti 2 pounder as well as one 4, one 2, and one 1 Lifefactory cups. I personally went with the Hemp option. Looks great and seems to be quite durable.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on February 6, 2017

5 5

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

I got this for my mom for Christmas. She loves it. She isn't great with technology but the Alta is simple and fairly easy to use. Tons of functionality in this little guy. This small package packs a big punch. You can control most of the functionality and settings from your smart phone which is a bonus. Great for anyone looking to effectively track your fitness. A good tool for someone just getting into the game or the seasoned vet.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

You really can't go wrong with any of the Give-n-go underpants. I usually wear the regular boxers for everyday use and have recently moved to this shorter boxer brief style for more active days. These fit great under a bike chamois and are killer for working out/doing yoga. My only gripe here and why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is no fly. Not a big deal but not super convenient.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 26, 2016

5 5

I picked this up to rub on my hands during river trips when your hands get thrashed after rowing and paddling all day. Crimp oil smells good, feels good, and seems to provide a decent amount of comfort and relief when you're roughed up and in pain.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great platform pedals for the MTB. Nice big platform and generous traction pins ensure that your foot isn't going to slide off these bad boys. The Chester uses a nylon composite instead of aluminum which is what makes them cheaper than some of the other pedals out there on the market. Best thing about these is that they come in a bunch of different colors. No problem matching these up to your bike. Look good, feel good, ride good.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 26, 2016

4 5

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

This 12 din binding from Look is a great entry level binding or binding for smaller riders. The SPX is a pre courser to the very popular Look Pivot bindings. You don't get the swiveling heel piece that comes on the Look series but all the quality, durability, and dependability is still present. You can use these with alpine or WTR soles making it incredibly versatile.

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