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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 April 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is great... crazy bright (if you want it to be), small and light, and reasonably priced. Love that it stays at whatever brightness you pick so that you don't have to toggle through a bunch of options every time you turn it back on.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 20, 2017

5 5

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

This line is a super valuable addition to a Barbour jacket. Makes it warm enough to wear all winter. Pretty funky to rock on its own in my opinion, but if you own a Barbour jacket this is a must-have for the cold months and it will make you love your jacket even more.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 20, 2017

5 5

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

I'm a huge fan of the frame-less style for biking. Better field of vision, and less weight to bounce around so they feel very planted on your face even in rough terrain. Lens swapping is fast and easy which is also great.

If you have a big head, definitely get this max version. Even if you have a normal head, probably still worth considering they aren't over the top huge.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

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

This is a great tent for a family or just someone who likes some extra room and doesn't care too much about size/weight. As with all Marmot tents I've encountered, it is easy to set up, has all the right features like little pockets and stuff, and seems to be great quality.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've never been into the super wide bar trend, the widest I go on my trail bike is 740-760 and I am 6' tall.

However, I got convinced to try a set of these out... I figured what the heck, they look great and I know Enve makes quality carbon, so I'll give them a go and then cut them down to maybe 760-780.

I put them on my HD bike (specialized Demo), sure enough they felt absurd. However... from the second I dropped into one of my usually DH trails I felt super comfortable and at-home with them. They were great all day, and I rode my usual trails feeling smoother than usual.

I'm not 100% sold still and there is a chance that I might trim them down a tiny bit to find a happy medium... but I would highly recommend trying these out and starting at the stock 808mm. The rise and sweep is also perfect for my liking, but that's just personal.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 10, 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

Great update for the spring/summer wardrobe. Speckles of color make it interesting looking, but still clean/simple enough to wear all over the place. Fit is the perfect amount of slim. You don't need to order a size up or anything, but it looks better than some of those more boxy fitting shirts.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

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

As others have mentioned, these definitely run small/slim. That said, it wasn't over the top slim it was exactly how I would want them to be. At 6' 195lbs I'm usually a Large or XL depending on the fit. XL for this shirt is perfect. Definitely very slim on me even in XL, so if you have any doubts at all absolutely size up.

Other than that, these are just a basic soft t-shirt. Great for wearing around casually or using as an undershirt.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

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

These are really bright for how small and cheap they are, and being USB rechargeable is great. Only drawback is that they way they're designed they are hard to mount so that they're pointing straight forward, instead they just point whatever direction your bar points (so just off to the side a little if you have bars with some sweep). Assuming you're just using these for visibility though, they are great.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 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: 11.0

These are some rad retro style sneakers. Unique look, burly tread for when you need to do some offroading, and that classic New Balance comfort.

My only gripe, which is completely based on your foot shape, is that these are a bit on the narrow side. Not crazy narrow, similar shape to most of the Nike skate shoes I would say. Fit is spot on though besides being a touch narrow.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It used to be that XT brakes were pretty much the only trustworthy brakes available. Nowadays there's actually a lot of great, reliable options. However, great to see the XTs are staying relevant as well. Same old reliability, feel, and power as always. They definitely do not have the best modulation out there, but plenty to work with once you're used to them. Like any hydraulic brake they take some maintenance to continue to work well. If you own ANY hydraulic brake I would highly recommend investing in the bleed kit and taking the time mastering the bleeding process, it's worth it.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

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

Great, basic, comfy t-shirt. Perfect under-shirt or T-shirt if you're keeping it casual. Very thin and light, perfect for summer. Fit's very true to size for a normal t-shirt. At 6' 200 lbs I got Large and it's loose enough to be comfortable by itself, but snug enough to use as an under-shirt as well.

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Vinny Maurowrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

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

No doubt these are the ultimate "treat yoself" item. Necessary? Not really. Baller upgrade to make your already incredible bike even more incredible? Yup definitely. It's pretty well known the weight can't be beat. I just recently got mine, but I decided to take the plunge because I've been impressed with how durable these have proven to be for friends despite the crazy weight. Granted this is the new G4 version, but looking forward to putting the to the test myself this season. Thus far they are noticeably fancy looking and feel super stiff.

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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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