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Steve Tam

Steve Tam

North America

Steve Tam's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Running

Steve Tam's Bio

Daddy, Husband, Product Designer, Snapshooter.

Gave up a 12 year career in Physical Therapy to become an Industrial Designer. My family, friends, and the outdoors hold a special place in my heart. Attempting to fill my days with love, laughter, and a healthy dose of mountains.

Love to chase singletrack, ski where there are no lift lines, hike with the family, and swim in water that may or may not induce shrinkage.

Instagram: @ridetrails

www.stephentam.com

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

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

I've been using this shirt for mountain biking and love it. No seam chaffing with a pack and the material is light and durable. I've also used it for hiking and some running and it manages moisture well and keeps you cool. The colors are great (I've got the blue) and happy that it's not plastered in logos.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

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

I've been using this shirt for mountain biking and love it. No seam chaffing with a pack and the material is light and durable. I had a good get off in the trees and thought this shirt would be torn to shreds but it held up just fine....and I'm happy that I did because I love to wear it. I've also used it for hiking and some running and it manages moisture well and keeps you cool. The colors are great (I've got the blue) and happy that it's not plastered in logos. Keep up the good work Dynafit!

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the forerunner shirts (both short sleeve and the older long sleeve without a zip neck) for mountain biking for quite sometime now. I have to say they work better than a lot of cycling specific mountain bike shirts. They stay nice and cool and wick the sweat away. I'm a super heavy sweater and these shirts get the moisture wicking job done. No issues with seams rubbing under a loaded hydration pack or camera pack. As Joe mentioned, they are lightweight so they most likely would tear easily if you augered on your bike. Velcro also likes to eat these shirts so keep that in mind around your gloves or in the laundry. Regardless, I'll keep using them. Bonus is that I don't have to look like a "Bro" with huge logos plastered all over. Slim fit so check sizing.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on April 4, 2016

Tour to the Moon in the Cosmos
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Boots are one of the hardest items to fit. I have severe navicular drop and a wide foot (2E width in Brooks Shoes for reference if that helps) and a low volume ankle (no cankles here) . I'€™ve been touring in a set of Scarpa Maestrale RS the past two years and have a love hate relationship with them. One day they feel great, the next it feels like I need the shell punched, and the following day will bring a different issue. When you're out touring and skiing the last thing you want to think about is how your gear is failing you.

At first sight the Scott Cosmos II boot did not evoke any daydreaming images of slashing pow or climbing high into the mountains. That changed when I slid my feet into the 103.5 wide last. While the toe box was a bit larger than needed, the rest of the fit around the heel, and mid foot was almost spot on. Once putting in my footbeds and getting the liners fitted, the boots fit great.

Skiing in the boots has been a joy the past few months. The boot feels softer than the 125 flex rating it dons but it only bothers me on hard surfaces if the terrain requires you to be super aggressive.

The buckles are easy to adjust and operate smoothly and have a neat wire that keeps the buckle in check if you climb with them open. No issues with the tech fittings either. The only gripe I have is the tiny walk/ski lever. It is difficult to feel if you have thick gloves on and sometime it gets hung up on my pants if I’m not careful to pull the cuff down back over the lever.

After skiing this boot it has me quite curious about the Scott Super Guides

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 175 lbs

Over the years I've used many different cycling specific rain/bad weather jackets from Castelli, Pearl Izumi, Gore Bike, and so forth. The Showers Pass Refuge destroys them all. First off the fit is true to size. If you're looking for Euro fit size down, otherwise check the measurement chart and order to your size. The fit is perfect for me (wide shoulders) and is not baggy and loose. The Refuge also sheds water like a duck. I've been out riding during storms where it rained 2-3 inches and it kept me warm and dry from the rain (some sweat...I'm a heavy sweater...and it has nice zippered front vents covered in mesh). The drop tail is a nice touch and can be snapped up when you don't want to use it. If you want a jacket that can take a weather beating check out the Showers Pass Refuge Jacket.

The video shows the type of wet 2-3 hour rides I've been using the jacket in.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on February 17, 2016

Impressive Little Table
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have to admit when looking at the photo of the Swix table it didn't give the sense of a super stable workspace. When I got it and used it I was quite surprised at how solid it truly is. My garage is a small and cramped and there is no space for a workbench let alone a car....so the Swix table turned out to be a great option since it folds down when not in use. I've also used it as a work bench when wrenching on the bikes too. Works great with Swix vises (I purchased this table as a set with vises and a handful of tuning equipment).

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on February 17, 2016

Massive Grip
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These vises are fantastic. They fit my wide skis as well as my kids tiny skis (The photo shows my daughter's little skis). They hold your skis firmly and are solid when scraping and so forth. If you're looking for vises, check these out, you'll love them too. Match these vises with a Swix table if you don't have a workbench.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on February 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using these pants for fat biking in the snow and they have been working great. They breath well and allow for adequate movement on the bike. The suspenders keep things covered when pedaling and the vents allow you to dump heat easily. While they were not designed for riding they get the job done well. Sizing runs slim.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on February 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Patagonia Better Sweater instantly became one of my favorite pieces of clothing to wear. The fit is spot on for a size medium. Comfort is off the charts, especially the lining in the hand warmer pockets...I'm not sure what they used but it's what I imagine baby unicorns feel like. One thing I'm glad Patagonia omitted is thumb holes...so happy...thank you for leaving those off this garment.

Comparing this hoody to the Kuhl Interceptor hoody: I wear a Large in the Kuhl versus a medium in the Patagonia. The material is softer in the Patagonia. The Kuhl has thumb holes in it and they seem to stay open all the time.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

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

I didn't realize it would be difficult to find a basic ski pole for kids locally. Luckily Backcountry has your back and offers up a lot of different options. These Salomon poles fit the bill and my oldest daughter loves them. Grips are appropriate size for her hands and she flat out loves them. They even match her Rossi skis...because that kind of stuff is just and added bonus.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on January 14, 2016

Keeps the Youngsters Warm
5 5

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

If you are looking for a warm insulted jacket for skiing or snow play, take a look at this jacket. I purchased this jacket for my youngest daughter and she has not complained about being cold even down to 5 degrees. The cuffs and waist help seal out snow and the collar provides protection against the elements and cold. The insulation in the jacket is a nice touch and provides warmth in cold temps.

The surf green color shows dirt easily but so far we have been able to spot clean hot chocolate, grime from the car, and who knows what without any trouble (so far).

TNF makes great kids clothing.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on January 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Solid workhorse construction is a light package. The Patagonia Snow Drifter instantly became a favorite pack. I usually use a BD Jetforce 40L but wanted something smaller a much lighter for days when I would not need the JF or extra weight. Finding a pack that had a good compartment or tools, gear, and goggles seemed like it would be easy but it was not. Then I came across the Snow Drifter and it had basically everything I was looking for. It has a great pocket for your shovel and probe. I found that my skins fit nicely in between the slots for the shovel handle and probe. The main compartment is straightforward and carried your gear. The goggle pocket is nice to keep your lenses scratch free. While I would like to see a helmet carry on this bag, I looped my helmet strap through the top two sides of the horizontal strap and it worked perfectly (Most helmet slings are flimsy and wear out well before the rest of the bag). I also would not mind seeing little zip pouches on the hip belt but not a deal breaker by any means. The pack is light and comfortable. Would highly recommend this pack!

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on January 14, 2016

Solid Resort Jacket
4 5

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

Finally got to spend some quality resort time is the Revelstoke 2.0 jacket. It feels heavy and bulky when you pick it up but surprisingly the jacket feels light when skiing. The insulation in the jacket will keep you plenty warm and if you overheat you can open up the underarm vents to cool things off.

Fit felt true to size for me. For instance, I wear a medium ski jacket in Patagonia and also wore a medium in this jacket. I did not have any forearm constriction like the reviewer below.

While skiing in -7 degree temps, the jacket kept my warm while sitting on the lift and did not get too hot on the descents. When I did get too warm, the zippered underarm vents kept temps regulated.

There is more than enough storage in this jacket. If you carry a ton of small items while skiing, the zippered pockets will keep you organized.

The cuffs are easy to adjust and can fit gloves over or under...the choice is up to you. The cuffs are cut slightly longer on the dorsal side to provide a little extra coverage...nice touch.

If you are looking for an insulated resort jacket, check out the Revelstoke 2.0.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on January 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

The Dual Heel Lift Down jacket is a super warm down jacket. It feels a lot warmer than 700 fill power. If you run really cold then this is the down jacket for you. It feel much warmer than a Patagonia down sweater. Wore this around town with a short sleeve underneath at -11 degrees and was comfortable (your results may vary depending on how warm/cold you run). The hand pockets feel like they have warmers built in to them and will no doubt keep your paws toasty.

It is easy to stow for backcountry jaunts and layers well due to its trim cut. I would recommend sizing up one size as the arms/shoulders run on the snug euro cut side.

If you're looking for a warm down jacket take a good long look at the Millet.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 20, 2015

Better Every Year
4 5

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

Every year it seems that the TNF Toddler Mittens get better. This year the gauntlet is longer and the velcro strap does a great job at securing the glove so snow stays out . The Heatseeker insulation will keep your kids hands toasty while its chilly outside.

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