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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

, Employee

Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah

Vinny Mauro's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Surfing

Vinny Mauro's Bio

I work in merchandising here at Backcountry.com. If you have any questions about any of the gear I have reviewed please post them up and I will do my best to respond quickly!

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this jersey! the longer sleeves are actually quite nice if it's a little cold out or I want some extra sun protection. The material is crazy soft and comfortable, almost cotton-like, but performs great once you get sweaty. Fit is pretty true to the rest of Patagonia, I'm 6' 190lbs and Large is great.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are awesome if you want a super light, stretchy, comfy bike short. I deduct one star because the lack of pockets limits the types of days/rides I bring these on... but I do a lot of quick rides during/after work and for quick rides where I have no need for pockets I love how light and simple these are. If you ride with a pack normally then you could use these for any ride, but I try to avoid packs so pockets are pretty important to me on longer rides where I need to bring phone and snack.

To clarify, these shorts have one pocket that fits a phone perfectly well. Just not much room for anything else.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.0

Been on a quest to find a running shoe that is actually comfortable running 2-4 miles at a time, while also looking good enough to wear around town so that when I travel I only need one pair of sneakers. These definitely look great and I'm happy with them for the casual portion. For running, they are passable, but not great hence only 4 stars. The cushion is pretty good, and they are light enough, but the uppers are so flimsy that I would definitely never run on a trail in them. Even navigating turns in the sidewalk are a bit annoying. Kinda a huge let down considering these are marketed as trail shoes, and the soles have some great traction that is difficult to utilize with the weak uppers... I'm still happy with the purchase because of what I wanted to do with these, but if you want a true trail running shoe definitely look elsewhere. If you want a good looking, comfy sneaker that can handle some amounts of running, these are awesome.

They do also fit a little snug/narrow. True to size overall I'd say, but if you are between sizes go bigger for sure.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Somehow I continue to lose these things, which is absurd... but 5 stars for being an affordable replacement item. If any of my friends are reading this who borrowed my last 10 cassette tools, can you please bring them back after you buy your own? Thanks.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty obscure tool... but if you need it you need it. For me this was the last remaining tool I needed to be able to build my bikes without a trip to the bike shop. Technically there's a nicer version of this tool that has a guide to keep the star nut straight... but I have used this style tool many times and it always levels it out in the end anyway so I don't really see the point in the other tool. If you find yourself assembling new bikes, or at least new forks, 1 or more times a year then I would say this is a great addition to your work bench.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 28, 2019

4 5

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

I used the Tepui Kukenam 3p lat summer. For me, going to a roof top tent from a normal tent was such a game changer. They're fun, but more importantly they provide a better nights sleep which means more energy for fun stuff during the day. The debate between a soft tent like the Kukenam vs. a hard tent like this Hybox will have a lot to do with your personal preference and lifestyle. For me, all of my camping trips are for mountain biking and I almost always need to drive from campsite to trailhead every day. So ease of deployment/packing was the priority that motivated the switch to the Hybox.

I just got it and have not used it yet, but playing with it in my driveway I can confirm that my dreams of quick set up and take down are looking realistic. It's super fast and easy with this thing. The biggest sacrifice, in exchange, is going to be head room. The fold out style tent is super tall and a short person could even stand up in there. At 6' tall I can barely sit up in this Hybox. That said, I never spent any significant time sitting or standing up in my last tent so I do not think this will be problematic for me.

As for the cost/value, I was very happy with the investment last summer in the Kukenam and anticipate being just as happy with this one (will come back to comment further if that changes). These things seems astronomically expensive compared to tents, but also dirt cheap compared to campers... at the end of the day it's just a matter of what's important to you and what you have the budget for. For me, a roof top tent combined with an awning (also from Tepui) and a good table/stove/cooler setup provides pretty much all the luxuries of a small trailer/camper, but at a fraction of the cost and with more flexibility.

The one star I'm removing is because they use the same foam mattress as my Kukenam which is ok, but not great. In this day and age there is plenty of memory foam floating around, I have a hard time understanding why they can't source a slightly thicker and softer mattress. I sleep on it as it is anyway and still sleep great, but if you or your partner require a plush sleeping surface you'll want to add a layer of foam yourself. Not a huge deal, and once you do you'll have an incredibly luxurious nest, but a slight nuisance.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x32

These things are great new(ish) spin on a classic. Been around a few years I think I was just slow to pick them up, but these are made of a softer, lighter, stretchy fabric that makes them much more wearable than the old school carhartt overalls. Sure you sacrifice some durability, but this things are still burlier than your average pant and are so comfortable. I got them primarily for the comfort and the awesome function of the pockets for holding tools and supplies. Fun bonus, they're also just a great pant for messin around and I'll probably just keep them on most days after my chores. Because they stretch Carhartt was able to give them a slightly more flattering cut without sacrificing any mobility, so they look decent. Still plenty of room to move though, safe to say function is remains the primary objective.

I bought them in the same size I always wear, 34x32, and they fit perfectly with a t-shirt under which is how I plan to use them. If you plan on wearing any warmer layers underneath then you may want to consider sizing up in the waist.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

On my computer these looked bright white in the Sand colorway. I could've taken the hint based on the name "Sand"... but anyway, turns out they are more of an off-white/super light shade of brown. Still awesome and look good so not too mad about it. Probably for the best so they don't get dirty.

Nice basic boardshort, plus hand pockets which is a huge convenience for vacation days when you're cruising around town in them.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: EU 50

I use these pants as a work pant for various house/yard projects and they are awesome. Super burly material, lots of pockets to hold stuff while your'e running around, and the adjustable snaps on the cuff help tighten them up to keep them from dragging around. Would definitely recommend these if you're looking for a heavy duty pant for working, hiking, or just walking around town like a badass.

I'm a consistent 34 waist and the 33-34/50EU fits me snug but well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

North face has started to offer some true slim fit pants, and they are rad. I got the Motion Slim Fit pant last year, and just got a pair of this jean. They are a modern/slim fit, but not skin tight at all still plenty of room to be comfy and still friendly for those of us with thicker legs.

The Navy color is interesting, they look more like a navy pant than a blue jean. If you're looking for a traditional jean look then I guess that's a bad thing, but I like that they are different.

The fabric is a good mix of thick/burly feeling, but stretchy and comfortable. I'm always a 34 and these fit in a 34, with a little extra room to party.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I got these pants for all around casual, office, and traveling. They are a nice slim fit, super stretchy and light material, and overall very comfortable. I'd say their strongest performance is in warm weather and traveling. My biggest fear while flying is the unpredictable temperature swings that I'll be subjected to for hours, so having a super versatile weight pant like this is clutch to stay comfy for long travel days. I've worn them on flights up to 10 hours so far and am very happy with them. Almost as comfortable as wearing your comfy pants, but you also look like a decent (possibly even handsome) human being.

Only drawback is they are a bit too light to wear outside on super cold days. I'm still very happy though, these will be my go-to pant for sure for probably 10 months out of the year so I can find something else for those coldest days.

I'm always a 34 waist, got the 34 and they fit great.

Oh and one concern of mine is when I first saw these I thought there was no back pocket, which would render the pant fairly useless to me since that's where my wallet lives. There is indeed a zippered back right pocket that works perfectly for a wallet. The zipper is unobtrusive, and actually provided me some nice peace of mind knowing my wallet wasn't slipping out in taxis or whathaveyou.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 14, 2019

5 5

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

These are a rad in-between when sunglasses don't offer quite enough protection, but goggles are overkill/too hot. Same awesome lenses you know you'll get with Oakleys, in a wild unique style great for just about any adventure. Or if you're insane you could just wear this things around town. Honestly totally doable, but personally I'll be putting these on at the trailhead most days.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love light/thin gloves because for me that's really all I need 90% of the time I'm touring, and being able to wear them while gearing up in the morning is a huge plus. I've generally just used cheap liner gloves, but those soak up water and tear apart easily. These are almost as light as normal liner gloves, but just a bit burlier so they feel much more durable and they are able to shed a good bit of snowfall before getting wet.

Only complaint is that the e-tips don't really work with my iphone very well so I still need to take them off to take photos and whatnot. Not a deal breaker by any means, I would still highly recommend these, but just something that could be improved on to make them totally perfect.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 30, 2019

5 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This is an incredible hoodie, and worth every penny if it's what you're looking for. If your tired of lesser hoodies feeling cheap and fitting boxy, then this is what you are searching for. A thoughtfully slim fit, not excessively slim/tight, just cut to actually look decent. Definitely not a forgiving cut, so if you are between sizes go for the bigger one. At 6' 190 lbs I'm a Large or XL depending on the item/brand. I settled on XL for this and love it. Still loose enough to be comfy. but looks sharper than the other hoodies in my closet.

The fabric and build quality simply feels great, making the whole thing feel great to wear. And like most Reigning Champ stuff, it's such a clean timeless design. That's why I don't mind the price tag, because this is a staple that will live on for years on my closet. You could also argue why pay so much for something so simple... but once you try one on I think you'll see :) Or, if you don't see and love an inexpensive hoodie just as much, then by all means save that cash for other gear that you want/need. But this hoodie is worth a look.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

This is a great shoe, I'd say very much as you'd expect from looking at the pics. The tan parts are an even nicer quality leather/suede feel than I expected. They are very comfortable, a little more roomy than similar New Balances I've bought recently, but ultimately I'd still say true to size. But if you're on the fence, I'd try the smaller size first. I'm a 10.5 like 75% of the time, 11.0 the other 25%, and the 10.5 fits perfect for me with these.

I'm a pretty annoying shoe customer, fairly picky and return frequently if I don't like anything about them... will not be returning these :)

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