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Vinny Mauro

Vinny Mauro

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Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah

Vinny Mauro's Passions

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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 March 28, 2017

5 5

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

After using the fancier Arundel carbon side loader cages for a while I am totally sold on side-loading, but for my new bike I figured I'd try to pinch some pennies and get this thing instead for a fraction of the price.

At first glance putting the bottle in, it honestly didn't look like it had the same quality of fit/grip on my bottle as the Arundel did. However... after a handful of test rides I have had zero issues with the bottle moving around and it is equally easy to load and unload.

The Arundel is still a super nice piece for sure, and adds some nice blind to your bike, but this Lezyne is an awesome alternative if you've tapped yourself out on the rest of your build.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 28, 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

Nothing fancy here... just a soft comfy t-shirt. Enough poly in it to function as a bike jersey, but enough cotton to feel nice on your skin and look normal off the bike. The pocket in the back makes it a bit bike-specific I suppose, but I don't really notice it's there and plan on wearing this a lot casually as well since it's so comfy. Fit is pretty generous. I am always between L and XL, I got the XL and it is pretty roomy. Going to keep it because I suspect after a few washes it will be perfect.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 28, 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: 34

These shorts are a great compromise between burly/durable and light/comfy. The material is thick enough that it should withstand some wipe-outs, and does a solid job repelling water, but they are just light enough that I'm comfortable using them for all my XC riding. I might be more nervous about them being too thick for hot summer days, but the massive vents on either side make me confident I'll be happy all season.

My only complaint would be having just the zipper pocket on one side. I often bring my ID/credit card with me as well as my phone, so having a zipper on both sides is nice. I like the fit and style of them though so I'm going to make it work and just throw those in with my phone in the same pocket.

Sizing seems spot on to me. I'm always a 34 pant, got the 34s and they fit perfect. They stay up without tightening the velcro at all, but to actually lock them in well enough for riding I did tighten the velcro straps down about half way.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 28, 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

Need a shirt that you can ride and sweat in comfortably, but don't want to look like a motocross racer? This is perfect. Super light and breathable, but looks like a plain old shirt from afar. Fit is more like normal shirts than jerseys, definitely runs bigger than most jerseys I've had. However, the back does NOT have the longer drop that most jerseys have so you'll want to get it big enough so that it doesn't ride up in the back. I always wear XL jerseys, so I got this in an XL. The overall fit is more baggy than my jerseys, but not excessively baggy and it is long enough to keep me covered when I assume the position.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 28, 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

I like my gloves thin and simple... these fit the bill, and have a nice clean look as well. Fit is great/true to size. Haven't used enough to know the longevity, but they seem on par with any other glove I've had recently.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The HRII is a proven tire, great for a variety of riding/terrain. This is just an insanely big beefy version of the normal HRII, which is rad. I'm not into the super big bouncy plus tires that are more akin to fat-biking. These are big enough to get the perks of plus, but small enough to run at normal pressures and ride hard.

I used this in the back with a minion DHF in the front, but for a slightly faster rolling setup you could use this HRII front and back for sure. Obviously the Rekon would be the real choice if rolling resistance is your primary concern, but personally I think the traction and confidence you get from going with these is WELL worth the trade off.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was skeptical about this thing, expecting to have the experience some have mentioned having to pump it up a bunch of times. However, I just used it to set up brand new tires front and back and got both tires seated and inflated to ~25psi in one shot!! With valve core in. So I'm really stoked on it. Even if it takes a few tries though, if you don't need an air compressor for anything else this is a great alternative that's cheaper, quieter, and more portable. The biggest draw to me was the ability to set up tires in the woods in camping trips, without burning through C02s. Given how well it worked though I'll probably use it at home more as well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much a stem can do right or wrong really... but this one looks great, comes in all the sizes you would want/need, and is a reasonable weight while still being confidence-inspiring-ly burly. It also has 6 degrees of rise, which I love because that means I can use less spacers. If you're trying to get as slammed as possible, they make a new "R" version of this stem with zero rise.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great helmet, although not really as winter specific as the "S" nomenclature might suggest. I have the normal cipher for mountain biking and love it. I needed a helmet for snowmobiling so this was an obvious choice. Still has the same venting as the summer helmet which seems odd to me, but that means you could easily use this helmet for all seasons which is very cool. I beat my helmets up plenty that I like to have separate ones anyway, but definitely a nice added bonus if you don't need two for summer/winter but might want to dabble into both seasons. The face mask guard thingy in this is really awesome, and a great feature for snowmobiling to keep the wind off your face.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x32

I am always on the hunt for good casual pants, and these are really impressive. As you'd expect from Under Armour the material is very nice, enough stretch and perform acne to be cool and comfortable, but they still hang and look like a normal khaki pant. And the fit of this tapered version is awesome. Room enough to fit your skier/biker/whatever guy quads, but slim enough to look sharp. I picked up a few colors once I tried them on, I would definitely suggest checking them out obviously the fit is a matter of personal preference but you just might have yourself a new go-to pant as well.

Fit was spot on for my usual waist and inseam.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

These are perfect for a low key, no frills spring glove. Just cozy enough inside that you can survive a little bit of a chill, but thin and light enough that you can use them through closing day. Would definitely recommend. Fit was true to size I'm pretty much always a Large glove and these were great in Large.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After years of being a carbon snob and riding many of the well known carbon wheels, I decided to switch back to aluminum after a few too many cracks and other issues. The weight, efficiency, and tracking of carbon wheels still has my heart, but I couldn't stand the time off my bike waiting for warranty replacements to show up. One good way around this is to have an inexpensive backup wheelset, but I had always heard people rave about I9 wheels so I decided to go another route and try out a high-end aluminum wheel for once.

I have a few hundred miles on mine now, and I have been loving them. They really do rival carbon for ride quality, but at a much lower price point and with less fear of breaking down.

And the real cherry on top is the I9 hubs... the noise may be a love/hate thing I could see why you would find it annoying, but the instant engagement is incredible.

I would recommend these wheels to anyone, as long as the specs/intended use fit the bill of course. I still have love for carbon, but I don't think I'll go as far out of my way to get it anymore.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The inferno de-fogging device in these goggles is insane. The battery is a bit cumbersome so I take it off on clear days and I just have the regular super-rad Lineminer gogs. But on stormy days when fog might be an issue, it's pretty worth having the dorky looking battery pack mounted up. I, like most people I'm sure, get incredibly annoyed by having snow and water on my lenses obstructing my vision. A blast or two from the heating device in these goggles, and bam your snowy lenses are crystal clear.

Couple that with the incredible prizm lens and these goggles are pretty amazing. They aren't cheap, but considering the amount of extra technology in these they're actually pretty reasonable I think.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 3, 2017

5 5

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

These are definitely not the same loose fit as the old school Gramicci pants like the other review mentions. Personally, I always loved the style of Gramiccis, but prefer a more slim/tailored look to my pants, so I was stoked when I realized they made these. Same great quality and feel as the originals, but a more modern look for us youngsters I suppose.

Would highly recommend if you like slim fits. If not, like the other reviewer, I would definitely steer clear and look for the "Original G" pant, which is their old school version with a loose fit.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on February 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you go camping without a pillow you're completely nuts. Don't trick yourself into thinking a wadded up fleece jacket is a decent substitute for a proper pillow. It's not. Luckily they make these, so you don't have to choose between packing light and actually having a good nights sleep. In case you can't tell, I would highly recommend this product or something similar. For car camping I still always bring a normal pillow, but for backpacking when that's just totally absurd, this thing is awesome.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs

Gave these as a gift to my girlfriend. She loves them, they look cute and they keep her feet dry and warm when it's snowing. Not tall enough for trudging through deep snow, but they seem great as an all-around winter boot. Fit seems true to size, they fit her great in her normal size.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

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

First, based on the images this looks like a pretty substantial puffy. If you check the specs though, note that at 11oz this is definitely a light weight down jacket, best for mild weather or for using as a layer under a shell. That said, I bought it to use as a layer under my ski shell and so I love how light it is. It's thin and light enough that it doesn't feel bulky under my ski jacket, yet has enough to keep me warm. I wear a baselayer, this jacket, and a non-insulated shell and that keeps me comfy in pretty much any temps. If it get's insanely cold, like sub zero, I would definitely need to add something or switch to a beefier jacket.

I've also used it as an outer layer to keep me warm when traveling, and the super light weight and insanely compressible down makes it perfect for that. Packs down real small, and if you pull it out and toss it over a long-sleeve shirt/flannel it's very warm.

I would highly recommend if you're after a light weight down jacket. Fit is true to size, but if you aren't familiar with North Face "true to size" for them is a touch big. I'm 6' 195lbs and wear Large or XL depending on the brand, Large fits me perfect.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 23, 2017

5 5

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

I'm a skier who likes to snowboard to mix it up, and I finally decided this season I would take the plunge and invest in a nice board instead of just taking random loaners that were never the exact size or shape I wanted. After much nerding out on the internet, I settled on this as one of the most promising do-it-all boards with a slight bias to powder. Sure enough the day after I got it turned out to be an epic powder day, so I got to put it to the test on crazy deep light pow and then some pretty chopped up chunder. It was awesome in both. It's stiffer and more response than most boards I've ridden, making it feel very stable. The shape is about as floaty as you could hope for while still having the ability to jib and ride switch in deep snow as well, and it has way more pop than the last board I rode which was full reverse camber.

Through the chopped up snow, the extra bit of stiffness compared to the other board I've ridden was a HUGE help. It is by no means what I would call "stiff", but it has enough backbone to power through chunder.

I would definitely recommend trying this board if it suits your riding style, I'd say it fully lives up to both Jones' description and all the info I found reading online reviews.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 23, 2017

5 5

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

I've only ridden these one day now, but loved them on day one which is pretty impressive to me. They feel super light, stiff and responsive enough to drive my Jones Mountain Twin around, but soft enough to goof around and be comfortable. I did a short side-country hike as well, the light weight and grippy vibram soles make them great for hiking for sure.

What I really love, and why I chose these, is the ability to adjust both the shell and liner independently on the fly with the BOA. You can tighten the dials through your pants easily enough, so while strapped in and riding you can tighten up your boot AND liner as needed, which I think is a huge improvement over having to just tighten the piss out of my ankle strap to hold my ankle down.

Super stoked on these for a do-everything boot. Can't comment on how well these will hold their fit or flex yet. Their marketing claims it does a good job at that, but even if they break in like normal boots I'll still be stoked.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on January 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I took a chance on these pants having never heard of the brand, but seen them around the internet. Their marketing had claims of burly toughness, yet comfort and softness as well. I must say, it's actually quite true and I love mine. They are pretty thick compared to most of my denim pants, but very soft and supple as well. Maybe not a first pick for a denim purist, but I think it's a huge improvement over traditional jeans. Comfy and durable for sure.

Like Paul's review mentions, the fit is definitely more of a common man's slim. They are nice and modern looking for sure, but they are nowhere near being skinny jeans at all. My girflriend constantly yells at me for having too many pants, but I might donate a few pairs so I can justify getting another color of these.

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