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Cameron C

Cameron C

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

William's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

William'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 Monday - Thursday 12:45 - 9:15 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

Cameron C

Cameron C wrote a review of on January 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis rip. If I'm honest, they're the best skis on the market. If I could afford them, I would buy them. I've skied them a few times and I hate returning them. These skis are so aggressive and powerful. They can turn on a dime and hold an edge on very hard snow. Yet, they are forgiving. I powered through some bumps and lost my balance but I rode out of it because the ski has a fair amount of forgiveness.

If I had the money, I would buy these skis. I've had more days on groomers than in the powder these past few seasons and these would be a great ski for hardsnow and even some soft snow, too.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gloves are oh, so nice. They have a great blend of warmth, dexterity, and feel. My first time using them was during a night ski session. The temp was around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. My hands did get cold. So I started using them in the day for temps 10-35 degrees and I am really liking the gloves. They are solid, wind and waterproof, and have a high level of dexterity. I highly recommend these!

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Cameron C wrote an answer about on December 26, 2013

When you place the ski flat, does the skin cover from contact point to contact point? From my calculations, you should be okay. It looks like the skin ends in that honeycomb tail part. Which is fine because it doesn't contact the snow.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on December 7, 2013

5 5

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

I've tried a lot of fully-rockered skis over the years and haven't liked them. If you've chatted online with me about a pair, I've tried to talk you out of them and put you on something that has at least zero camber. But that was before I skied 4FRNT's Devestator. I didn't even know it was fully-rockered when I first skied it because it didn't have the characteristics of a reverse camber ski. It skis like a normal ski. It doesn't flop around. It has power. It's responsive. It floats over everything.

My perception of reverse camber was changed by 4FRNT's Reflect Tech. It's truly the best reverse camber design in the industry and if you're really interested in a reverse camber ski you need to consider one of them. But this is the ski in the lineup that is not only the funnest, but the best all-around for resort and side-country skiing.

The day I tested these out, I skied about a dozen other skis and the Devastator was the clear winner for the day.

If you're looking for one ski to do everything and spice up your experience like a hot red head on a blind date, this is the ski you want. If you have more questions, ask for me on backcountry's chat function M-Th 1:30-10:00 MST or meet me in the powder stashes of the Wasatch backcountry.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using these shoes for about a month. I've mostly used them in the gym but I have put them to the test in at the New and Red River Gorges. I have the 40.5s and for the first couple of weeks my feet hated me. Now they're fitting well. I normally wear a 9.5 in street shoes.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

Patagonia has a new designer this year and I bought this jacket because I like the new design. The new R2 has more of the R1's Polartec Power Dry high/low grid fabric than the older model which is why I chose it. It's a great tech piece I plan on using as a mid layer for backcountry skiing this winter.

I had to go with a large in this jacket (normally I go with a medium because I don't like baggy jackets). I'm 6'1" 175 lbs. The reason I went up is because the little elastic along the bottom was causing the jacket to ride up. On the large I don't have that problem. This jacket does have tumbholes but they are a little uncomfortable and I don't see myself ever using them. If the elastic on the bottom were a little more generous I would give it 5 stars.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on October 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have used the Oasis crew for a couple of years and love it as a base layer. But I would never wear it as a stand-alone shirt because it was so skin-tight, causing me to feel immodest in public.

This hooded top is nice and form-fitting but not skin tight. I wore it with 2 t-shirts underneath and it looks like a normal, thin hoodie on me. I'm 6'1" 175 and the medium fits really well.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on October 30, 2013

4 5

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

I was able to this jacket out and was pretty impressed. One of the features that really sticks out to me is this jacket has full WindStopper coverage. Most jackets with WindStopper have panels only on the chest and front of the arms. This gives the jacket more warmth on cold, blistery days where the wind would usually cut through a down jacket. It's a great outer layer in dry, cold, windy climates.

I'm 6'1" 175 lbs and the L was too large for me. The puffiness of this jacket is a medium; not annoying. The face fabric is pretty soft so you don't get the garbage bag sound you normally get with a down jacket. Overall 4 stars because I haven't spent much time with the jacket.

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Cameron C posted an image about on August 23, 2013

Ruggedly Elegant

I've used the I/O with my Variant Brim helmet for several years. I'm on my second pair of I/O goggles and they are still working great. I have two lenses so I can match the conditions on the mountain. The only reason why the goggles are a little foggy in the picture is because I had just walked into the Patroller hut when my friend snapped this pic. Minutes later we were skiing armpit-deep pow. One of the best pow days of my life.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on July 19, 2013

5 5

I lost my old headlamp and that lead me to do some research for a new one. My goal was to keep it under $30 (because it's an item I could lose easily I didn't want to spend too much money). I determined this was the best headlamp for the price for the following reasons:

Lumens: For a $30 headlamp you won't find one with more than 70 lumens. A 30+ meter beam of light is enough to keep your nerves down if you find yourself in a dark, spooky place.

Features: While there are a couple of other $30 headlamps with 70 lumens, they don't have the superior features of the Cosmo. It has a high beam, which is focused, and also a low beam, with is diffused. Both can be dimmed to the desired brightness. It has a strobe for dance dance parties in the backcountry and a red light to ensure your tent mates don't wake while you study your trail maps.

Full disclosure: I didn't keep this headlamp. I splurged an extra $10 and went with the brighter Black Diamond Spot. For the price, this headlamp can't be beat.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

5 5

This little gem is what Lewis and Clark were looking for. If Ponce de Leon had found the Helinox Chair One next to the fountain of youth, he would have been more proud he found the Helinox. Neil Armstrong expected to find the Helinox on the moon (for the sake of this story we will all agree he went to the moon).

Bottom line: this chair is amazing. At 2lbs. this chair is worth taking into the backcountry. You'll be more comfortable after a long day of hiking, fishing, or climbing. It's easily strapped to the outside of a pack if there's not enough room on the inside. For comfort, weight, and stuff size, I haven't found anything that beats this chair.

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Cameron C wrote a review of on July 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This little floaty has saved my GoPro from the depths of the murky lake several times. I love that it's bright orange because it's so easy to find. My user tip of the day is to set up your GoPro (on whichever mount you use) and see if it will float. It floats just fine with a head strap. I've attached two extenders to it and it will sink. There are a few GoPros on the bottom of lakes or oceans with this floaty on them because the floaty isn't strong enough to float more than just the camera.

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