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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

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Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah

Vinny Mauro's Passions

Hiking & Camping
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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 December 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Most jackets like these seem to have normal nylon liners. This one stood out because the thick fleece/sherpa style lining is super soft and cozy. That, combined with being waterproof and well insulated make this thing a sweet all around winter coat. I suppose you could ski in it if you really wanted, but it looks good so I'll just be keeping it clean and using it as my work and around town jacket.

At 6' 200lbs I can wear Large or XL, but the XL give some some extra room for layers.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L/XL

Don't let the tops or bottoms of your pants slow you down. These rain chaps are perfect for putting pants only where you need them.

In all seriousness though... this is a very handy emergency item to bring on long hikes/backpacking trips. Super easy to get on and off and provides plenty of coverage to keep your legs dry while hiking. Best of all, since the bottoms are wide open they are not nearly as hot and sweaty as full rain pants.

Also very fun to bust out at parties, but do so at your own risk.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love my light gloves for touring and sunny days, and my mittens for frigid days on the lifts. But for those days when it's super cold, but I still want/need some dexterity, these gloves are perfect. Mittens can't be beat for warmth, but if you need to remove them in order to get something from your pack, adjust your bindings, etc. then it kind of defeats the purpose. That's why a love like this is a great addition to the arsenal. Very happy with them so far as far as fit and finish goes as well, but haven't had them long enough to comment on longevity.

Fit is pretty normal, as you'd expect from Dakine who has made solid gloves for years. I'm a Large like 90% of the time for gloves and Large is great.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a pretty special jacket, so I think a lot of the bad reviews have to do with the expectations of the jacket. This thing is absurdly breathable, which means it's great for some things and bad for others. For wearing alone as your outer layer walking around town mid-winter... bad, it's going to let the air in and not keep you very warm at all. But for wearing while hiking, skiing, running, etc. in cold weather where you need some warmth, but would rapidly over heat in a traditional insulated jacket... it is incredible.

To be clear, I still use this as my go-to around town jacket for fall and spring, but mid-winter you need to either add a shell over it or grab a normal puffy.

The primary reason I bought this though, and the purpose it serves that makes it worth every penny to me, is for ski touring in the winter. Every other insulated jacket I ever owned I had to remove and put in my back at some point on my ski tour because even on the coldest days they would make me sweat. This jacket breathes so well that I can keep it on and fully zipped on most tours without getting excessively sweaty. Not only does that mean less over-heating on the hike, but I stay dry so I don't get as cold at the top of the hike either. Then I throw my shell on for the ski down, and with a shell over it this jacket is plenty warm.

If you are just looking for a more casual jacket to wear around all winter, Patagonia has better offerings like the hi-loft down hoody (which is what I grab when it gets too cold for the nano-air).

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I've always had ski jackets that are great in the snow, and puffy coats that are great in the cold... but nothing respectable looking to wear in to the office that's both warm and water/snow proof. This jacket is perfect for that, it looks nice and clean so I can wear it with pretty much any level of outfit, it's warm enough to wear on the coldest winter days with some layers under it, and it's super waterproof. I walked a mile the other night to dinner and it was 32 F and pouring rain and this thing was incredible. I know that's not super cold, but it's pretty much the worst case scenario for a puffy coat since it was rain instead of snow so my puffy would have been soaked.

Fit is true to size, I'm always between Large and XL and I went XL so I could wear some layers underneath.

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Vinny Mauroposted a video about on November 21, 2017

These zip-off base-layers provide freedom you never knew existed. My favorite is using these for fishing, because I don't have to take my waders and boots off to shed a layer once it warms up. So perfect when it's freezing in the morning, then gets nice out. Looking forward to using them ski touring this winter as well for similar situations. Don't take my word for it though, check out this video and decide for yourself. It might not be for everybody, but when you need them they are awesome.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Wool and silk are a serious combo for next level comfort. This shirt is very thing and light, ridiculously soft and cozy, and a good warmth for all around use indoors (doesn't get too hot, despite the merino, thanks to being fairly thin). The wood buttons are a cool unique touch as well to give it a special look. Overall, very impressed with the quality of this for the price.

Fit is definitely slim, I am 6' 200 lbs and wear either Large or XL depending on the fit, and XL is perfect for me. Marking it as "true to size" since I'd say it is true to size, assuming it is considered a slim/athletic fit.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 21, 2017

5 5

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

Markers have become my new go-to for bindings. I've had Jesters on my park and pow skis for years now, with no problems at all. So when a lady friend asked me what bindings she should get it was a no brainer I got her these. The Griffon/Jester are great bindings, I would strongly recommend buying whichever one suits your preferred DIN setting. As these were a gift I have limited experience riding Griffons, mostly just Jesters, but I've handled/mounted plenty of these to know they've got all the same good bits that make the Jesters great, in a package better suited for lighter skiers.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 16, 2017

5 5

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

I was looking for a mitten to keep my hands warm and cozy on resort pow days, but didn't want something massive and bulbous that looked goofy and made my hands useless. These seem to fit the bill, haven't tested them riding yet, but they feel plenty thick to keep me warm all season here in Utah. You might need something heavier if you ride somewhere that gets super cold. what I liked is that they aren't crazy bulky and they have the individual finger slots, which really helps dexterity without giving up the mitten warmth.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket is awesome because the price for the materials you got (800 fill down, lightweight shell material) it is a steal. And they didn't skimp on pockets either. Has great hand pockets, mesh pockets inside to stash things , and a sneaky somewhat hidden chest pocket. It also has elastic cuffs around your wrists to keep the warm air in. This is incredible for additional warmth, but can be uncomfortable with certain watch/shirt combos underneath at times. Hasn't been a deal breaker for me, the warmth you get from them is noticeable so that is worth it to me.

Fit is great. I'm marking it as true to size, but if anything it's generous. I wear a Large and I'm a Large for TNF and Patagonia jackets as well, so pretty standard fit for the jacket style.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 30, 2017

5 5

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

Haven't tried this on the hill yet, but very excited about how good this thing feels. It's a bit heavier than my other midweight baselayers, so I'm thinking it will be perfect for chilly resort days or super chilly backcountry days. The strategically placed mesh stuff under your arms seems like it should be really helpful to keep from overheating, which should make it much more versatile.

Fit is definitely snug/athletic. At 6' 200lbs I went with an XL because I don't like a super snug fit. XL is nice, and still snug enough to function well as a baselayer.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Always been a huge fan of corduroys, the most easily forgotten of the men's pants categories. Every time I remember they exist and get a new pair, I realize they're actually the most comfortable pants in the world. And it's nice to have something unique to stand out from the chinos and jeans everyone rocks.

These particular cords have a nice modern fit, slim without being thigh-huggers. And generous amounts of stretch makes for all-day wear-ability.

Fit is true to size.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In fact, I'm not sure I'd recommend ever surfing in these. They would be quite uncomfortable in the water. That said, they are insanely comfortable on dry land. Soft, stretchy, and quite handsome. I would not recommend these for surfing, but I would strongly recommend them for casual dry-land use. I wear mine to the office and the bar and am very pleased. Fit is "modern" I would say, a little tailored feeling, but not slim.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are damn near the perfect casual pant. Good looking slim fit, but not crazy tight. Material is substantial enough to feel good/durable, but light enough to wear year round.

My only qualm is/was that I initially ordered my usual size, 34x32 which fits me 99% of the time, and I had to return them for a 35 waist. As long as your ego can handle bumping up a waist size, I'm pretty confident you'll love these for your new go-to pant. And for what it's worth, I work here at Backcountry and myself and 5 other guys all bought these pants, 4/5 had to go up a waist size. If you have skinny legs I think your normal waist size will be fine.

Been wearing them a couple months now for everything from working at the office to working in the driveway and so far so great.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this belt because it's stretchy and the buckle thing is super simple. On and off super easy, no fussing with adjustment every time. Can't imagine going back to non-stretchy belts... no thank you. Had one of these in brown for the last few years, was excited to see there's a new black version this year.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

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

I am one of Paul's co-workers he mentions in his review who saw his Ullr suit and had to get one. Onesies have always seemed cool/funny/interesting to me, but this is the first one that was actually so rad I wanted to own it. It's crazy comfortable, the shell material is relatively soft and supple for a waterproof shell, not too crunch or stiff which I think is what sold me on it. This is my first Helly Hansen outerwear so I'll follow up with an actual review once the snow flies.

Fit is very true to size for outerwear I would say. At 6' 195lbs I was stuck between Large or XL, as always. I opted for the XL so that I can bulk up the layers and wear it on super cold days. If you are any shorter than 6' though I think the crotch of the XL would be a bit too low and make it hard to move around.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

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

These are some of the most impressive stretchy khakis I've found, super stretchy and comfy, and looks great.

Sizing is true to size, I'm always a 34 and 34 fit great. The fit itself is a great moderate-slim. Very slim and sharp looking, but not rockstar skin tight.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I love this jacket for touring because the material is super light, but it's not overly stripped down. My previous touring jacket was pretty nice, but it was so "light weight" that it had like 1 pocket and zero other features. Even for touring I still consider pockets fairly important, even if it's just to organize all my junk while I get from my house to the car at the crack of dawn, so I'm glad FlyLow didn't skimp on the compartments on this one. I suppose the other trade-off is that more features means more expensive, but for the high-end neoshell material (which if you haven't tried it, is incredible) this jacket is still a great price. Haven't used it long enough to really comment on longevity, but the stitching and such looks good and I haven't had issues with any other flylow gear.

Fit is pretty spot on I'd say. At 6' 200lbs the Large fits great, room for a midlayer, but definitely not much extra room.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Just picked these up for this season, so a bit early to write a real review. Based on trying them on though, super pumped on them to replace my tired old touring pants. They feel super light and are cut perfect so they don't feel like they'll inhibit my movement at all, which is mostly all I care about for a touring pant. They also have very clever huge vents on the outside of your thighs, so if it isn't snowing you can get them wide open and unload some serious heat. This is great, cause we all know regular inside vents don't do much to cool you off while hiking, and add friction/discomfort at times due to the stiff zippers right where your knee bends.

Kudos to Flylow for the well thought out vent strategy. Pumped to get these into some snow!
I'm 6'1, 200lbs, 34 waist and the Large fits perfect. I'd say it's a very true to size fit for a ski pant.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on September 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this bottle! As I've loved very Mizu bottle I've got recently. This one holds a lot of water which is great when you can spare the room to carry it around. The string that attaches the lid to the bottle is sweet, more simple and cool looking that the typical rubber/plastic connector thing and also seems more durable so far. They also managed to make this lid so that it opens and closes fully in like 1/4 turn and still makes a very solid seal. This makes getting at your water super easy. Maybe I'm really lazy, but I like that. And the cherry on top is that they offer a bunch of sweet colors/textures. I got the hammered paint one which has the old school thermos type look. Their matte rubberized finishes are also super nice though.

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