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 C wrote 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 C wrote 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 C wrote 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 C wrote 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 C wrote 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 C posted 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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Cameron C wrote a review of on May 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

To say I love these pants is an understatement. I freaking love these pants. They are so comfortable, soft, and durable. The fabric is nice and light for cold to warm temperatures. The pants are roomy, but not baggy.

At first, the fabric seemed soft and thin. I had my doubts about the Falketind's durability. About a week after I purchased them I tripped while running in the dark. I had road rash on my hands and knee but my pants have no damage.

The drawcord ankle helps keep the pants out of the way when I'm climbing or bike riding.

I am 6'1" 175 lbs. I wear 33x32 pants. I have the large and it's a little big in the waist. I have the velcro waist adjustments cinched all the way down and it fits just fine. My next pair will be the Ionic Blue in a Medium.

I rarely buy multiples of the same item, but I'm getting more Falketinds!

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Cameron C posted an article on April 8, 2014

Low-Impact Camping Principles

There are a plethora of reasons to explore the great outdoors, so just choose a reason and get out there—but please don’t leave any evidence that you were there. Over time, even small impacts can add up to a great deal of damage to the natural environment. Leave No Trace has identified seven principles for minimizing your impact on the wilderness: Plan Ahead and Prepare Every Boy Scout is supposed to be prepared. This motto means more than just having the right gear. Personally, I like to study maps. Finding a good topo map of the area is a key ingredient to [...]

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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 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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