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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.

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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

Cameron C

Cameron Cwrote a review of on January 24, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs

The Bronsons are very comfortable. The fabric is soft and has some stretch. The cut is in between slim and relaxed. Overall they are a great pair of pants.

I bought the Pewter color and it is more green than grey. They are true to size.

Bottom line: you'll love them.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on January 22, 2016

4 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I picked myself up a pair of these for Christmas. I didn't really know what to expect but I thought I'd give them a try.

They are a pair of lightweight pants that are great for lounging around or going to the beach. The fabric is very comfortable. They are great if you work from home and want to wear something other than you pjs to give yourself a little bit more of a dignified feel.

I'm a 33 waist and ordered the M. The pants barely go over my glutes when I put them on, but they fit comfortably.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on January 19, 2016

5 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 43

Hands down these are the schnazziest shoes I own. I always get compliments on them. The leather is nice and soft. They are not comfortable enough for running but comfortable enough to be worn and walked in a for a while.

I usually wear a size 9.5 and my 43s in this shoe fit great.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on January 14, 2016

4 5

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

I was looking for a waterproof boot with a little insulation that I can wear snowshoeing, shoveling snow and go out on the town in a wintery night. After searching a lot of options, I decided this was the best for me because it has a medium amount of insulation and it's not a tall boot.

I wear gaiters for snowshoeing so I don't get snow down my boots.

So far, these boots have worked out great. They are not bulky but still warm enough for the cold winter we are having in Utah. They fit true to size. I wear a 9.5 in just about everything and I bought a 9.5 in these boots and they fit great.

I do have two complaints and they are the reason I'm awarding these 4 starts. 1) the spandex stretch on the boot's ankle is not waterproof. Any water that high will get inside your boot. 2) I have put some minor scuffs on the toe of the boot from walking through ice-crusted snow. I realize I was tromping through shards of ice but the leather toe doesn't handle it as well as a rubber toe. It's a handsome boot but not as durable as other models.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on November 9, 2015

4 5

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

I wanted a messenger bag to help me stay organized. 20 L is a very roomy size for most of my needs but the price was great so I pulled the trigger.

The laptop sleeve is very large. It will easily hold any laptop. The velcro is a nice feature for quick, on the go closures. It's great quality and I have no doubt the bag will last many years. I got the Carbon color and it looks really sharp in real life!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on November 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: Large

I bought these for my wife because her fingerless gloves were not warm enough for her fall riding. She usually fits in a medium women's glove but I had to get her the Large sized to fit her hands. Once the size was right, she really liked them!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a box of these for a mountain bike trip in the Pacific Northwest. My wife questioned my decision at first saying stating she wanted a different kind of granola bar. Then she tried the ProBar Meal Bar and she was sold. She constantly asks me which flavors we have in stock when our supply is low.

These bars do feel more heartier than others on the market and they taste better, too.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on October 26, 2015

4 5

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

The North Face has changed the design this year. If you're expecting the old model, this will surprise you. Keep an eye on these details.

#1 - no duffel carry straps
The old model had one set of backpack straps and one set of duffel carry straps. This new model has only backpack straps. The new model has a handle on the side. I thought I would miss the duffel straps, but I haven't. **UPDATE** Still don't miss the duffel straps. The side handle works great.

#2 - new shoe pocket
The new model has the normal duffel opening and space. This new design also has a new pocket on the top end of the pack. Volume for this separate space varies with size, but I was able to put a pair of shoes in the Medium sized duffel.

#3 storage strap?
The old model came with a storage/display tote. This new model has a strap for compressing the bag, which is more useful after the bag has been used.

The bag is nice and I do enjoy having the M, L, and XL in my quiver of packs but I do have some gripes. The bag has way too much PVC in the material. Yeah, it feels durable but it's not very pliable and it's awkward to store when not in use.

Also, a lot of people think this bag is waterproof because of the material. It's not waterproof or 'nearly waterproof'. None of the seams are taped which means it has hundreds, if not thousands, of holes in it for water to enter. Also, the huge zippers on the top of the pack are not waterproof, allowing for hundreds of more gaps where water can enter. Bottom line, the bag is not waterproof.

I do prefer the Patagonia Black Hole over the Base Camp because the material is more pliable. In Spring 2016, the new Black Hole will be able to be stored in it's own pocket, allowing for much easier storage when not in use.

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on October 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs

I bought these for my wife because she has never had proper mountain bike shoes before. To say she loves them is an understatement.

In the past, women's outdoor gear has been smaller and pink colored versions of men's gear. "Shrink it and pink it" the designers would say. Luckily that trend has been disappearing quickly. In Spring 2015 Five Ten changed their women's shoes from smaller versions of men's shoes to a shoe design that is based on a woman's foot. It has a narrower heel and a wider forefoot than previous women's shoes Five Ten has produced.

Pick yourself up a sweet pair of these Freeriders and ride your hearts out, ladies!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

4 5

I was looking for a good handle bar mount but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I read reviews that GoPro's mount broke easily. I don't like spending money on equipment that easily breaks, so I chose this K-Edge Go-Big Handlebar mount.

Overall, the mount is simple, light and durable. There's just one design flaw, though: you have to tighten the screws from below the mount. It would be an easier mount to use and it would be more versatile if the screws tightened from the top of the mount.

Other than that, it's a great mount!

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on September 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I could switch out a lot of components on my bike without much second-thought, but not my Reverb Stealth. I'd put up a good fight to keep it on my bike.

I was surprised how much of noticeable weight was added to my aluminum frame Bronson. Honestly, I could offset the weight by losing a few pounds myself.

I'm addicted to the added benefit and you will be too! I put the 30.9mm diameter, 380mm length, 125mm travel, right on my Santa Cruz Bronson

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Cameron Cwrote a review of on August 31, 2015

Schnazzy
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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