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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

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 Cwrote a review of on August 31, 2015

4 5

Osprey just updated their classic Flapjack for fall 2015. I was looking to update from my old Dakine cause it was finally coming to the end of its life and the Osprey has a lot of great features for a commuter/school/urban backpack. It's been a popular choice for backcountry.com employees for a few years and the new upgrades are worth mentioning.

First of all, the new pack is the best looking Flapjack ever. The design is clean and aesthetically pleasing. The new edition only has one buckle, instead of the two, which makes it easier to open and close. The flap is trimmed with the same 900D fabric the pack is made of, which makes for a very sleek finish.

The pockets on the new edition are simpler and more user friendly than the old version. There are two zippered pockets located in front of the large cargo pocket. One is smaller and has organizational pockets for pens/pencils and other items for school (I don't use them). The other pocket is larger and I have yet to use it because I forget it's there.

The laptop sleeve is plenty padded and fits both my work and personal laptops (not at the same time). The tablet sleeve is also padded and is plenty big for my full size tablet.

The water bottle holder on the side is very clever. The holder is gusseted and an elastic holds the gusset closed when not in use. This keeps the pack streamline when the water bottle holder isn't in use. When you put a water bottle in it, the gusset expands the pocket and fits snug around your water bottle. Whether it's holding a bottle or not, the pocket is the right size. I have yet to use the zippered side pocket.

My only gripe and the reason it's 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the pocket on the flap. The zipper is located directly beneath the padded grab handle. It's very difficult to retrieve items from the pocket because the handle is in the way. If the pocket and handle were offset it would be easier to get items in and out of the pocket.

Overall the pack is very comfortable and well built. You'll love the pack and its versatility!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on August 11, 2015

5 5

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

I started researching Pearl izumi shoes when a neighbor and ultramarathon runner told me to consider a pair of Pearl's for my next shoe. I was secretly hoping he would recommend a pair of Hoka's because I think they really are a fun experience.

I've been using Merrell zero drops for the last year, year and a half. They were great for a while but started to make my feet hurt. I started looking for something with a little more cushion and drop (but not 12mm worth of drop). I tried on a few pairs of shoes and really like the unusual experience of the Hoka's but decided on the Pearl's mainly because of my neighbor's recommendation but also because they were the middle ground between Hoka's and my old Merrells.

I have become a fan of these shoes. I really like the Dynamic Offset and it works really well for running and everyday use. The shoes are very comfortable and I highly recommend them!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on August 11, 2015

5 5

I'm lucky enough to have a wife that really likes to mountain bike. I upgraded my wife's pedals to a nice pair of platform pedals, which have worked out really well for riding. The problem is that my wife kept scraping her shins on the platform pedal pins. I bought her a pair of these shin guards cause she needed something simple to protect her shins.

These shin guards work great for non-aggressive riders who just need something simple. It's saved my wife's shins. They're not hot on a summer day but they do keep your shins warm when the temperatures drop.

The added bonus to the shin guards is they seem to keep mosquitoes off of your shins/calves. After riding a camping for a couple of days, all of my wife's mosquito bites were located above where the shin guards had been.

Bottom line: She can't ride without them!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on August 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking to replace my old SkullCandy Hesh headphones. The Hesh (the original Hesh, not Hesh 2.0) were great for 2-3 hours of use, but then they would become annoying to wear. I was looking for a comfortable and quality replacement.

I really wanted the Aviators because of the soft leather, quality and comfort. But they were too expensive.

I considered the Hesh 2.0 but they only have the Mic, not the Mic3 of the Aviator.

I took Goldilocks' advice and went with the happy medium - the Navigator.

I was a little worried how the ear pads would feel after being worn for a while because they look different than other over the ear designs. The ear piece (ear muff? I'm not sure what it's called) is filled with memory foam. Once you put the headphones on, they conform to your ear. The soft leather feels smooth and has zero irritation.

Overall, I'm very happy with the Navigators. The Aviators are definitely better, but the Navigator comes in a close second, which is why I gave it 4/5 stars.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

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

Dynafit employees enjoy a lot of backcountry skiing throughout the winter. Nearly all of the employees in the office used a Patagonia R1 as a their insulation layer for their skinning adventures. Dynafit set out to create a jacket worthy of dethroning the R1. And that's what they've done.

The R1 is a fantastic jacket. I've never owned one but I've coveted it for years. Here are the reasons why I think the Dyanfit Traverse is better than the R1:

#1 - the fit. Patagonia's fit is a little bit more boxy than the Traverse Thermal. I'm tall and usually pretty lean and the fit of the Dyanfit is more comfortable for me.

#2 - hem and cuffs - One of my main gripes with Patagonia mid-layers is the hem and cuffs. I'm not a fan of the thin elastic. It's the reason I chose the Arcteryx Atom LT over the Patagonia Nano-Air. The Traverse Thermal has elastic on the cuffs and hem. It wicks away any moisture faster than the fleece does and it adds comfort. The sleeves on the Traverse Thermal are long. The thumbholes are accurately placed (my ape index is 0) and when the sleeve is pulled back so the cuff ends on your wrist, the extra fabric usually goes to my elbow. They don't look bad.

#3 - material - The R1 material has a lot of squares on it. The Tecnostretch fabric of the Traverse Thermal has a lot smaller squares than the R1, which allows for more breathability. The fabric on the Traverse Thermal is really stretchy for maximized comfort.

#4 - the hood - I never thought I'd say the hood of a hoodie is well-refined. But the hood on this jacket is nothing I've ever experienced before. When the hood is up, there's a light elastic that goes across my forehead. It keeps the hood in place. I can turn my head an the hood keeps attached to my head and I don't have any obstructed views. When the hood is down, the elastic keeps the hood close to my body so it doesn't flop around.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought a pair of these to try them out because these sell like hot cakes and I wanted to know what the hype was all about. I bought these for myself for my birthday along with some Arcteryx shorts.

They definitely live up to the hype. The shorts are really comfortable, well made and stretch more than I thought they would. I'm coming back for more colors cause I only wear these shorts. Also, I rarely wear my Arcteryx shorts.

I think they fit true to size. I tried on a small but it was too small.

Waist - 33" Height - 6'1" Weight - 175 lbs
Size - Medium

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on February 6, 2015

5 5

Background: I don't have an extensive mountain bike resume. I purchased my first real mountain bike a few years ago. It was a Santa Cruz Tallboy LT. I bought it cause I've been riding a road bike for a few years and the 29" wheel and big travel intrigued me. Long story short, I didn't like the bike. I sold it 6 months after I purchased it.

I was looking for a one-quiver bike that would allow me to enjoy most of my local trails. A bike that could climb well, cruise on the flats, and put a smile on my face on the descent. A bike that even a novice like me could control . A bike that could take steep, sharp hairpins. I determined the Bronson was what I was looking for.

I pulled the trigger on the Bronson and I have absolutely no regrets. I love the bike. For me, it's a dream. The big thing for me is that it 's enjoyable to ride. It has a nice Lay-Z boy geometry for easy handling. The 150mm travel is nice for rolling over just about anything in your way.

If you're looking for an all-around mountain bike that you will look forward to riding, I recommend the Bronson!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Gave this to my sister as a gift for Christmas. She likes stylish and functional pants as well as yoga. I thought this would be a great gift for her.

I was right (which doesn't always happen). She loves them! She wears them all of the time.

Get yourself some great, comfy pants!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on January 23, 2015

5 5

I purchased a Spot Headlamp for myself a couple of years ago. I love it and use it all of the time. I chose this headlamp because of the features and price. I still think it's the best bang for your buck. BD updated the headlamp and somehow made it better.

I gave the new version to my brother in law for Christmas. I was impressed with the upgrades. There are a lot of features and only one button. I highly recommend reading the instruction manual for this one. The new model is easier to use than my previous model. It also is a tad brighter.

If the headlamp I have ever dies or is lost, I'll be replacing it with the upgrades Spot.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on September 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is a debate in my family over which water bottles are better. And it's causing a schism. One camp believes the Camelbak Eddy bottles are the best in the world. The other believes Hydro Flask is the superior product. It is quite a frivolous debate, but at least my family is hydrated.

Personally, I prefer to drink out of a Hydro Flask capped with this flip straw lid. It is easy to drink out of and allows a lot of flow. You can get a lot of water for not much effort.

There is one downside and the reason it is 4-stars - it's not waterproof when it is closed. I have to make sure it is always upright in my pack to guarantee it won't spill. But I still really like the product and think it's a great way to chug some cold water on a hot day.

Bottom line: If you're purchasing a Hydro Flask, I recommend getting this lid with it.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on September 26, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I bought this jersey to go along with my backcountry.com bibs (http://www.backcountry.com/louis-garneau-elite-power-backcountry-mtb-team-bib-shorts-mens).

I purchased a L because the other backcountry.com jersey was too small in a medium. The Large in this jersey was way too big. I have t-shirts that are tighter than this jersey. The jersey was baggy. My arms didn't fill up the sleeves at all. If I were a body builder I would have been fine.

The quality and workmanship of the jersey is fine but I sent mine back because it didn't fit me. I'm 6'1" 180 lbs.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on July 29, 2014

Bomber Shoe
5 5

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

I bought these for summiting Mt. Whitney this summer. I usually hike in old skate shoes but I ruined my toenails last summer while wearing skate shoes on Montana's Granite Peak. I didn't want a hiking boot because I didn't like clunky boots. I picked up a pair of Wildfire's from a friend's recommendation.

I'm really glad I took this shoe on that hike. The rubber was nice and sticky on the rocks. The comfort phenomenal. The foot bed kept my heel in place. The weather was bright and warm so I'm glad this shoe didn't have any Gore-Tex.

I usually wear a 9.5. I had to go to a size 10 in mine. I weigh 175, I had a 40 lb. pack on and these shoes handled it just fine. I'm excited to try it on some canyoneering trips.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on July 21, 2014

5 5

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

This is the best tool I've purchased. It has everything I've ever needed in one sleek, compact design. Having this with me gives me the peace of mind that I can fix anything on my bike on the go.

Bottom line: I feel like MacGuyver with Duct Tape when I have this tool in tow.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on June 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A customer wrote in with this review:

This pack is the perfect size for your normal everyday 2-3 hour ride. It carries a multi-tool, tire levers, a tube, and a pump (fits my Lezyne Mini Floor Pump). I can also stuff a few granola bars and my G-Form knee pads in there. All of this fits with a full 2L of water. There's also a sunglasses pocket that can carry an extra pair of glasses, a lens wipe, and your phone. It carries well and feels like nothing on your back when ripping down your favorite singletrack.I've definitely crashed a few times through some pretty rugged terrain and this pack has faired much better than my body. I still can't find any visible damage. Quite durable material.For all day rides when I want more water, first aid, a full lunch and weather protection, or when I'm carrying real armor and/or a full face, I use the Dakine Nomad pack.I'd give this product 5 stars, except the hydration nozzle on all Dakine packs suck. They snap off too easily, and while they can be put back on relatively easily, they tend to drip afterwards. You won't really lose any water, but your thigh might be little wet by the end of the ride. I haven't figured out how to put it back on in a way where it won't leak like this.

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Cameron Cposted an image about on May 13, 2014

Snazzy Brain Bucket

I wear this helmet for 90% of my mountain biking. It's my go-to for trails and XC. It's very light and comfortable.

I've had mine for two years and have never had a problem with it. After several hours of riding the helmet never irritates or feels heavy, even in the middle of the summer on a hot trail.

Get out and feel more comfortable in the Xar! Feel free to chat or call - ext. 4490. I'd love to talk more about the Xar!

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