Cameron C

Cameron C

Gearhead

Snowbasin, Pineview Reservoir, Shredder Lake, Zion N P, Moab, Bearclaw Poppy, Yosemite N P, Alta, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lake Powell, Banff

Cameron C's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Cameron C's Bio

If you think I'm that ruggedly beautiful woman pictured on the chat screen, think again. I have a face for radio and a voice for online chat.

I was born and raised in Utah but I've also lived in Germany, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California.

In the summer I like to road bike, waterski, trail run, hike, canyoneer and climb. In the winter I can be found skiing, snowshoeing or indoor rock climbing.

FOLLOW ME AND I'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON SOME GREAT DEALS. I'LL ALSO POST SOME GREAT REVIEWS AND PICTURES OF SKIING, CLIMBING AND HIKING GEAR. SEND ANY OF YOUR GEAR QUESTIONS TO: CCOSTLEY@BACKCOUNTRY.COM.

I work Tuesday - Friday 7:00-3:00 Mountain Time.

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." -John Muir

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Cameron C

Cameron Cwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

4 5

I don't normally geek out on technology. I have basic apps for my smartphone and I am usually late to upgrade my technology. But I just couldn't wait for this watch to be delivered.

I was researching activity trackers this spring. A friend of mine let me use his Vivosmart HR for a ski tour in the spring and thought it was interesting. So I looked around at what was on the market. Garmin had info on this watch on their website and I decided it had everything I wanted in one unit.

Here's the thing, I really like the watch. I didn't think I would because I haven't worn a watch for years because my phone became my watch. I like how easy it is to use the watch and how comfortable it is to wear.

If you're looking for a do-it-all watch with GPS at a great price, this is it!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

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

My parents recently moved from Utah to North Carolina. My dad loves to fly fish and was looking for a reel to use in the freshwater rivers and on the coast . He decided this was his best option. So far, he's loving the reel! For the price, this reel can't be beat, so pick one up today!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

4 5

I had pretty high expectations of this bottle when I purchased it. It's a pretty popular brand and I see them in the office and on the trail. So I pulled the trigger on this bottle to see what all of the hype was about.

This bottle will keep your drinks cold, or hot, whichever you want. I also really like the width of the bottle. It fits in most of the cupholders I've tried just fine.

My only gripe is the lid. Sure, the handle on the lid is comfortable to carry but I have tightened the lid a considerable amount and was confident it would seal in the water. But when the water was tipped on its side, water would slowly leak out. When it's closed super tightly it does seal in the water, you just have to crank down the lid.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the Air Core for a few years. I've never had any problems with leaking or anything. It's very comfortable, not as comfortable as the Q-Core series but still very comfortable.

The insulated Air Core kept my 30 degree bag warm in a snow storm. It's a great pad to sleep on and I highly recommend it!

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Cameron C

Cameron Cwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've owned the previous two versions of the Spot headlamp. I prefer the look of the old model, but I do like the new one but this has more lumens (200 vs. 130) which is nice for night hikes. I also like that both the spot beam and the diffused light can be turned on at the same time, allowing for a lot of light if you need it.

Get this if you like seeing things in the dark!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on May 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bottle works and looks great. My favorite feature is how easy it is to drink out of the flip-up straw. Some bottles require you to chomp down on the end of the straw. This bottle does not. A good amount of water flows through the straw with little effort.

Sometimes the bottle is a little difficult to carry when full of water and you're trying to run one finger through the handle.

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Cameron C

Cameron Cwrote a review of on May 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 33 x 34

I purchased my first Stretch Zions last year. This year I'm buying more! The fit is even more dialed this year and the colors are better, too!

A also like the Bion pants when I need to look more dressed up.

These run true to size. I'm a 33 x 34. I would also pick up some Zioneers if they make them in a 34 length in the future.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on May 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I live in Utah, the 2nd driest state in the US. I never thought I'd buy hiking shoes with Gore-tex in them because most of the time I hike in hot, dry weather. I bought these shoes to take on a recent trip to Europe. My wife and I have both lived in Europe so we knew we would probably encounter cold, rainy conditions on our two week trip. I bought these to keep my feet dry as we ran around Central Europe.

I chose these shoes because of Vasque's quality and durability. I also prefer hiking shoes over hiking boots.

Overall, these shoes are great. I've used them a lot more in Utah than I thought I would.

I normally wear a 9.5 but I had to go to a size 10 in these.

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Cameron C

Cameron Cwrote a review of on May 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

Last month I was hiking to a waterfall near Gimmelwald, Switzerland. An old Swiss lady was sitting on a bench near the trail and invited my wife and me to sit on the bench for a quick break. We accepted the offer.

The Swiss lady and I conversed for a few minutes in German. I told her we were hiking to the waterfall. She looked at us sideways and informed us there would still be snow on the trail (I bought the Vasque Breeze 2.0 low GTX just for hiking in the snow but I wasn't wearing them!!) I told her we would be fine. She scrutinized our footwear, gave her approval, and off we went.

The Swiss lady was correct on two counts: There was snow on the trail close to the waterfall. And our footwear performed well.

These are my go-to shoes, though. They fit well and just keep getting better looking with time. I highly recommend them!

I'm usually a 9.5 in shoes. I went with the 9.5 in these and they were snug at first but they do stretch a little for a more customized fit!

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