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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza

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Anywhere and everywhere in Utah.

Matthew Pizza's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

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.

Matthew Pizza

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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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 36x30

These are quite possibly one of the best pairs of jeans that I have ever owned. First off they look great! Very sleak design, great coloring, and classy look mean you can wear these bad boys out on the town. That being said, these are easily the stretchiest pants that I have ever had on. Movement is not hindered at all I feel like I could do anything in them without skipping a beat, despite their slim fitting look. Length is great on these, so is the waist sizing but with the high elasticity of these I think you could order one size smaller and you'd be good.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Comfortable helmet and very warm. Fits awesome with I/O series goggles... no gaper gap here! Boa system and vent system are effective and easy to use, even with your hands in your gloves. Low profile elastic goggle retainer is easy to use as well and less bulky than the rubber snap strap that a lot of other helmets have.

Highly recommend.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 26, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 36x30

If you are looking for a pair of inexpensive jeans these are a good way to go. I was initially very impressed with them. The sizing is spot on, and they look fantastic. After wearing them out a few times I realized the quality is not quite what I once thought it was.

My biggest beef is that these things are stiff. There is literally no stretch in these pants, they are cut how they're cut and they don't deviate from that. I've also been having issues with the stitching coming out as of late and I've had them less than a month.

Like I said, if you're looking for an inexpensive pair of denim, these are great. If you are looking for something a little extra, might want to stay on the hunt.

If you have any questions about these, or anything else on the site, please reach out to me directly and I'll get you taken care of.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 29, 2016

4 5

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

I generally make my own streamer leaders out of a couple different sizes of fluoro, when I saw these I decided to give them a shot. They are really pretty cool when it comes down to it. I love the 5 foot tapered leader for chucking meat. I will say that I didn't have great luck with them when I threw a sinktip on my line. Tried it both on the 8wt Redington Predator and my Redington Dually switch rod. It definitely works but it makes casting cumbersome. When I threw on a heavily weighted streamer with the sink tip it seemed to perform much better.

I've found that I can get 4 or 5 streamers on and off here before it becomes too short, beauty of it is, then you just nail knot some fluoro on there and your're back in business!

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Out of all the natural bug sprays I've used this one is definitely the best. Nothing compares to Deet of course in the way of mosquito protection, but who wants that stuff all over them. This stuff definitely doesn't last 8 hours and it doesn't deter all the airborne tiny critters but in the grand scheme of things it does a damn good job. Smells nice, doesn't leave me feeling greasy, and keeps the insects away for the most part. Looking for bug spray? Look no further.

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