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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizza

Anywhere and everywhere in Utah.

Matthew Pizza's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
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
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Matthew Pizza

Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on January 2, 2018

5 5

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

This vest is amazingly soft inside and out. Fits great. Runs true to size. Drawcord along the bottom if you need to cinch it up a little bit for any reason. Tow nice hand pockets and a durable chest pocket. Great casual piece or insulating layer under something else.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 31, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I really liked this bag with the exception of one thing. The tubes that the retractable handle recess into soak up (for me) too much usable real estate inside the bag. I get that putting them on the inside makes the bag more streamlined for storage in overhead compartments and whatnot but it was something that I just couldn't get past.

Other than that the bag is great! Durability and organization are fantastic... just what you'd expect from Timbuk2.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Outdoor Tech absolutely kills it in the bluetooth audio game. This is no exception. Improved upon from the original version, with a more rugged and versatile design as well as better sound. For a little speaker this really packs a punch. The Buckshot will handle just about anything, snow, wind, rain, dust... whatever. You can really use it anywhere but it's original intent is where it really excels. Strap this thing on your handlebars and you're ready to roll with your tunes. Plenty loud enough for the whole crew to listen.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 31, 2017

4 5

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

This is a great little rubberized light up frisbee for the pup. Rubber makes it durable and easy to grip. Significantly smaller than a regular sized disc. I actually picked this up for my cousin who is 8 yrs old. Equally as good for a kid as a dog. Softer rubber doesn't hurt as much when it inevitably pops them in the face. It's also nice since it is smaller than your standard ultimate disc.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 31, 2017

4 5

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

These are pretty cool slippers as far as I can tell. Very stout sole on the bottom of these guys so taking them out of the house is no problem at all. Grab the paper, take out the trash, get the mail... no sweat. Seem to be warm and comfortable. You can also flit the heel down to make it a true 'slip on'.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 31, 2017

5 5

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

These are great wine glasses for when you are out and about adventuring. Quite large for a wine glass I suppose but that will make your trips to the bottle a little less frequent ;) Great glossy finish on these guys fits well in the hand and keeps the wine a pleasant temp while you sip.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I was really pleasantly surprised by these sweat pants. They are incredibly comfortable... the face fabric is extremely soft and supple against the skin. The waistband is nice and thick as are the ankle cuffs (one of my favorite features). Another great feature is the zippered hand pockets. These are just as appropriate out running errands as they are at home on the couch.

I have a 36 inch waist and the XL fits great.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Lezyne has improved upon the old chuck by leaps and bounds with this one. The previous 1/4 turn to lock feature is no more... thankfully. The new design is so much more simple and effective. Simply flip the nozzle around for schrader or presta screw on and pump up your tire.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The Challenger jacket is the perfect fishing jacket that won't break the bank. Great price point on this jacket makes it more affordable to the masses than its Pro Dry Simm's counterparts. The biggest difference being that the higher end gear is make with GoreTex and the Challenger uses Simm's proprietary waterproof/breathable membrane (Toray 2 layer).

I really like the fabric of this jacket, it is soft and supple against your skin and quiet so those spooky fish can't hear you coming. The oversize fleece lined collar is great for keeping out the elements as is the highly adjustable hood. Will fit over pretty much anything you would have on your dome while out on the river.

The Challenger is a slightly longer cut than standard . I usually wear an XL and that is what I got here and it fits great. A little on the large side but I think that is to be expected as these are probably going over top of your waders.

Something to note as that this is really more of a rain jacket than a wading jacket as there are no fly box compatible pockets like on the higher end models from Simms.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

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

Does exactly what you think it would. Plenty of room in there for my Smith IO/X goggles with special zone for my spare lenses as well. Great to help keep your goggles from getting crushed while in transit to and from the hill.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Although I haven't really been able to put these pants to the test, the first couple outings have been great. These things are quite warm and the face fabric is very soft and supple against the skin. Integrated belt allows you to adjust sizing a little bit depending on how many layers you have on underneath.

My two favorite features by far are the side zips and the two way fly. Zip to hip allows you to get in and out of the pants without taking your boots off and the two way fly allows you to take care of business when nature calls not matter what you have on - jacket, pack, harness.

I foresee these bad boys getting a lot of use in the future.

My pant size is a 36x30 and the large fits great.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These socks are great for a day on the slopes. Not super padded but they keep me warm on days that aren't insanely cold. I really like that they are thin so they don't soak up a lot of room in your ski boot. Resists odors fairly well and seem to be quite durable. I've been wearing a few pairs of these for 2-3 years now and have only had one sock blow out on me.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on November 2, 2017

5 5

Until the Tough Puff I never would have called myself a 'shacket guy'... I figured you either wear a jacket or you don't... so either did - or didn't. Then the Tough Puff came along and my world was changed. I would definitely call this closer to a shirt than a jacket. I tend to run on the warm side of things and this is great for cool mornings and warm afternoons... inside and/or out.

First off, this thing looks slick... I mean classy. Just as much at home on the hill as it is in the pub. Face fabric is durable enough to wear as an outer layer and not worry about abrasion, technical enough but with none of that techy vibe.

Works great as a layering piece when it's under a shell. I've worn it out on the river a time or two now under my waders and it has kept me warm and comfortable the whole time on the water.

Zippered chest pocket gives you a safe and secure place to store your small and important items. Two hand pockets are great to warm hands up real quick, and two big drop pockets on the inside... well... I haven't found a great use for those yet, but I have no doubt that there is one.

As far as sizing goes... a little wonky there. The Tough Puff runs a full size large.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on November 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been wearing these pants around for a week straight now and I could not be any happier. These pants look just as good as they feel. Nice slim form fitting style looks great for casual wear as well as allows for easy articulation..

I've worn these out and about all over town... I actually consider these one of the nicest pairs of pants that I own. I've also had these on under my waders and they kept me warm and comfortable while out on the river. They have an element of stretch that allows you to do just about anything that you want in them and still be comfortable... Get up in the morning and go out to fish, hike, climb and then straight to the bar! After that, home to the couch... no changing necessary. These are just as comfortable as I feel they will be durable. After a weeks worth of wear and no washing I see absolutely no signs of wear and tear.

As far as sizing goes I would say these run extremely true, maybe just a hair on the small side but I think more of that could be attributed to the slim fit the pants boast.

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