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Matt Bento

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Matt Bento grew up in North Carolina. He discovered rock climbing at the late age of 22, and in a misguided quest to make up for lost time, proceeded to drive around America in giant circles, while living in his vehicle and visiting many world class climbing destinations. 10 years, 25 jobs, and countless splitter cracks later, he’s still at it, mostly dividing his time between the Tuolumne Meadows and Bishop California. He loves fine cheeses, long runs in through the woods, and going on adventures with his friends.

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Best Nut Tools for Climbing of 2022

Best Nut Tools for Climbing of 2022

We took the best nut tools and tested them at cleaning a variety of cams and nut types in all sizes and over a broad spectrum of rock types. We compared their weight, durability, ability...
Best Running Socks of 2022

Best Running Socks of 2022

Are you seeking a running sock that will suit your needs? After perusing over 50 different models, we've chosen 11 of the best for both men and women. Testing each for at least 60 miles...
Best Climbing Chalk of 2022

Best Climbing Chalk of 2022

Looking for the right chalk for climbing? We sifted through the myriad of available chalk products and selected the best 12 for a side-by-side comparison so you'll be able to decide which...
Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Looking for a new pair of trail runners? We researched over 100 of the most popular models before purchasing 19 of the best for extensive testing. After hundreds of hours on the trails, we...
Best Climbing Cams of 2022

Best Climbing Cams of 2022

Building a rack of cams can be confusing and expensive, especially if you're just starting out. We're here to help you discern your needs and choose wisely. We've put 10 of the top models...
Best Climbing Shoes of 2022

Best Climbing Shoes of 2022

We pick the best rock climbing shoes for bouldering, sport, trad, gym, kids, and beginners. No matter your budget, we have a pick for you.
Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2022

Best Winter Down Sleeping Bags of 2022

With a plethora of sleeping bags to choose from, it can be hard to know how best to turn your hard-earned dollars into comfortable winter warmth. Fear not, we've researched over 55 of the...
Best Ultralight Tent of 2022

Best Ultralight Tent of 2022

To bring you the best ultralight tent review, we've focused on options weighing less than two pounds. Thru-hiking on the world's longest trails, running from point to point, and...
Best Flip Flops of 2022

Best Flip Flops of 2022

With an unfathomable number of flip flop brands and models on the market, the process of finding the right pair can be daunting. We did the leg work for you and put a host of highly-rated...
Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Looking for a new pad? This review examines the best 12 models on the market to help you find the right model for your needs and environment. Our expert testers carried, climbed, and...
Best Approach Shoes of 2022

Best Approach Shoes of 2022

Looking for a new pair of approach shoes? We've got you covered. We scrambled, bouldered, sport climbed, and hiked around the Eastern Sierras in 14 different pairs of sticky rubber...
Altra Superior 5
Top Pick

Altra Superior 5

A great alternative for those who love low-riding, zero drop shoes, this shoe is comfortable and supremely lightweight, and comes at a price point that is hard to beat in the trail running...
Salomon Sense Ride 4
Top Pick

Salomon Sense Ride 4

This shoe is one of our favorite choices when it comes to crossover applications, where you are just as likely to run roads or even urban pathways as gnarly trails. They are well cushioned...
Altra Lone Peak 5

Altra Lone Peak 5

Wide-footed zero-drop enthusiasts will love the latest iteration of this classic trail runner. Like their predecessors, they offer an excellent balance between protection and sensitivity.
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