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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

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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 June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

XTR stuff is obviously great. Whether you prefer it over the SRAM offerings is purely personal preference really, I've had both recently and couldn't even say which one I prefer so I just go for whatever I can find the best deal on. I've had this derailleur for a few months now and it has performed flawlessly. My only beef, and the on area where I think SRAM is the clear winner, is in how you disengage the derailleur to remove your rear wheel. On SRAM there's a handy lock button, so you just extend it full and lock it in that position and it stays out of your way. Instead of that option, Shimano just let's you flip a lever to disengage the clutch so that there' s no resistance. This means you still have to flip the derailleur while pulling the wheel out (I know, life is SO HARD), but more importantly it means you have to remember to re-engage your clutch once your bike is back together. I always forget until I'm part way into my next ride and wonder what all the noise is about.

That's a pretty minor, possibly even stupid, complaint so I still give it 5 stars. If you're shopping for this stuff you're probably making lots of decisions about where to splurge for XTR and where to save some pennies (lots of pennies) and go XT. Both are great really... I've always done as much XTR as the pocketbook allows to save weight, but I've also always been happy with both groups.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great balance of price and performance. I love all the shimano XT stuff I have used. Almost a nice as XTR, but much more affordable. Obviously if you're going for the all-out build of a lifetime you have to send it and go XTR for that extra bling. XT though is light enough for just about anything, and lasts seemingly forever. While XTR is nice, but not necessary, I do think you get a lot of benefit shelling out for the XT instead of the lower end shimano stuff. A little more money up front, but less broken bits means more fun and less repair bills throughout the summer.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these I9 wheels. After some bad experiences with carbon I just couldn't handle another heartbreak of cracking a rim and waiting on warranty. Don't get me wrong, carbon wheels are incredible, but for those of us who can't afford carbon rims AND a backup wheelset it can result in too much off-bike warranty time. Enter I9s... I had always heard that they were as good as it gets for aluminum wheels so I ordered some up last summer hoping to get more reliability and comparable feel to my previous carbon wheels.

They aren't quite as light, but these things definitely feel just as good on the trail. Very stiff and very responsive. The hubs might be a love/hate thing, they are loud as sh*t. I don't really love the noise, but we have crowded trails here so it actually is nice to let people know where I am. They also have absurdly instant engagement which is a noticeable advantage on technical climbs.

I since sold the bike from last season that had these, but ordered a new set to put on my new bike this summer because I liked them so much.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Great comfortable shirt to do it all. Normal looking enough to wear around town, but enough performance to keep it on for short runs and workouts too which is convenient. Also makes for a super comfy under-shirt as long as you're wearing an opaque dress shirt since it has some logos on it. Nothing fancy really, but I appreciate that they make a simple shirt like this and keep the price reasonable to match.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After trying and being disappointed by other tires, I keep coming back to the minion DHF for front wheel traction and dependability. It's confidence inspiring, weight is within reason, and doesn't feel horribly slow for how knobby it is. I also personally think the 2.5 width is just about as perfect as it gets for all around aggressive trail riding. Definitely will be overkill for some I suppose so luckily they offer a 2.3 option for folks with other priorities.

I pair it with either a DHR, High Roller II, or Ardent rear depending on mood/conditions. All of those work great for their intended uses. DHR being super aggressive riding where maximum brake traction is needed, HR II for all around riding with solid compromise of traction and rolling resistance, and the ardent for maximum speed as long as you can sacrifice some traction and durability.

All of my opinions are formed entirely around my experience riding in Utah and the surrounding rockies, so dry and rocky terrain. Mud, loam, and roots are not common here. The few times I've had these tires on such terrain though.. I found them to be incredible in loam/soft dirt, ok in mud not perfect, and mediocre on wet/slippy roots. Then again, are any tires great in mud and slippy roots? Maybe... I have no idea.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Stoic had an identical looking merino boxer in the past that I loved. I got a bunch of them and they were my go-to favorites for years. The one downside is that this material definitely wears out and starts to spring holes after lots of wears and washes. Well worth the trade off for the incredible comfort though in my opinion I still get a solid year+ of regular use out of each pair.

Anyway... I was down to only a few pairs recently and was so sad that Stoic didn't have any more for me to buy. I started trying other types of boxers and couldn't find anything I liked as much. Then these popped up, which are a re-make of the old style. Fit and materials are nearly identical and they are wonderful. If you haven't tried them I obviously would recommend it. They're a little expensive, but they are so comfortable and the merino material stays fresh much longer than pure cotton or poly boxers so they're great for camping, traveling, etc. And don't let the merino fool you, they aren't crazy warm I wear them all summer and winter.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

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

In 2017 not many folks ride with these heavy, fragile things in their tires. However, pretty much everyone has one either strapped to their frame or in bag in case of emergency. My favorite part about bike tubes is that they're one of the only bike parts you can just buy whenever you want without checking your bank account first. Makes me feel like a real baller.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

As others have pointed out, what's not to love about getting a new super comfy t-shirt AND chipping in some money to the very important cause of conserving our beautiful lands? Even if you don't give a damn about nature, this is a nice tri-blend shirt for a reasonable price. And even if you don't give a damn about tri-blend shirts, the majority of your money (and BC is taking a loss on this!) is going to an organization that works to protect nature.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on June 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These things are certainly unique. At first they look mega weird, and the seam on the front felt a bit weird. But then I zipped those babies open, and it fans open into a super nice laser-cut ventilation panel. with that vent panel open they fit me perfect (fit was very snug zipped up) and the lumpy seem vanishes. Between that and the super light material these things keep you fairly cool out there. For that reason these are incredible summer riding shorts, but I would not recommend for cold weather riding.

Other great features are a super aggressive amount of sticky rubber on the inside of the waist so they never move around, and a super well placed phone pocket that holds my iphone such that I can't feel it on my pedal stroke, and it doesn't bounce around on the trail.

All in all, these shorts have a very unique and thoughtful design that I think makes them worth the price, as long as your intended use is warm weather riding.

I'm a 34 waist and the Large fits perfect with just a notch or two of tightening on the waistband (which is also nice, locks into place and no sticky velcro to pull on your jersey).

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.0

This is a great basic sneaker, the quality and comfort you'd expect from such, with just a little hint of hip-ness via a speckled sole. I was looking for just that, a simple basic sneaker that stands out just a tiny bit, so I'm very happy. Fit is true to size, with a fairly generous last so great for people with wide feet or who just like extra room. Not crazy wide, just not as narrow as some others.

oh and sidenote, they are a touch lighter gray than they looked on my computer screen. So close that it might just be my screen calibration, but know that these are most definitely a gray shoe and not a dark charcoal/faded black as my computer lead me to believe. Still happy with them once I adjusted my expectations.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just brought these shorts on a trip to Hawaii and pretty much lived in them. They're super light and comfy for hot weather, have nice pockets and a zipper back pocket so you can hold all the stuff you need on the town, and they are comfortable for long runs, hikes, etc. as well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

"Jack of all trades, master of none" really sums up these shorts. Are they the most comfortable? nope. Best performance for watersports? nope. Most fashionable? nope. But for some reason it's just great having a short that can do it all. Particularly convenient for traveling and packing light. If you're the type to cut out the mesh lining, they will also make great running and biking shorts too.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

It seems to have become a tradition to get a fresh color of this thing every season. The fit is great and it's just a nice simple shirt that looks good all over town. Whether it's fully open on the beach cruiser or tucked in at family dinner, this shirt gets the job done. I still have some from years ago that are going strong, but yet again I find myself adding to the collection this year to freshen things up.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: L

This is a sweet, clean looking flannel. The grey makes it easy to wear with just about anything, but the speckled look makes it a little cool/unique. Great go-to for around town in the winter, or chilly evenings these days when short sleeves won't cut it.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet is the perfect compromise of comfort, safety, and looks in my opinion. The comfort aspect is definitely a personal thing since we all have different shaped heads, but overall I have loved this helmet. Stays put very well with no bouncing around and no visor flopping, and feels very safe compared to my more XC style helmet I used to have. Still fine for super hot days though, not overkill.

My one complaint is that while you can adjust it one handed while riding, the dial on the back is not the easiest to use. It works just fine so I don't care, but for the premium price Troy Lee charges I would expect a more thought out design. Again, not something that would deter me from buying again just some feedback in case anyone out there cares.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

Love these shorts for hot summer days. Pretty classic fit and style of chino shorts, but with light and quick drying material that keeps you cool. They wouldn't really be my first choice for swimming, but it's nice to be able to jump in the water if you're out on a hike or something like that. Best part about these is they are not quite as light weight as some hybrid shorts, so they look a lot more like normal shorts. Almost like a "performance short" more than a hybrid, like I said I wouldn't go out of my way to swim in them, but they are perfect for wearing around town.

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