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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

Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 17, 2016

Great Light for the Kids Too
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely love this headlamp for myself but also for the kids. Basic light functions that work well and are easy for the little ones to operate. Easy to adjust and the light stays put. I looked at some other inexpensive lights at Costco for the kids but went with the Petzl instead due to the sleek and simple design (the others were quite bulky and heavy).

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 5, 2016

Packs a Punch
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall a very comfortable glove for skiing in. The wrist is a tad tight and I have a difficult time putting on and taking the glove off. I wear a size large and tried an XL to see if the wrist opening would be larger but they were too huge in the fingers. In the snow, I was surprised at how warm these gloves were. They worked well for skiing but for me, they were too warm while climbing in the skin track. The soft fuzzy snot wipe on the thumbs cracked and threw up black flakes everywhere and are pretty much gone (see photo).

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 5, 2016

Tough Stuff
5 5

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

Hands down one of my favorite gloves of all time. Mine are wearing thin in a few areas but I wear them when I ski tour. They have saved my hands countless times and they keep on going. Would highly recommend these gloves if you're looking for a solid work glove with some insulation.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 5, 2016

Light, Strong, and Downright Good Lookin
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Race Face Turbine Stem is a stellar option for a stem. It's sleek, strong (no twisting when cranking on the bars out of the saddle), and downright good looking! I've been a Thomson stem user for over a decade but they did not offer the size I needed so I went with the Race Face. Very happy with this stem.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've used these a handful of times and so far they are outstanding. I have a wide foot (size 9 2E in Brooks for reference) and have severe navicular drop and generally have a difficult time finding shoes/boots that fit without pain. I purchased a size 9 (42). I was surprised when I tried these boots on because they fit and felt good. It's been hot and dry in my neck of the woods so I have yet to test out the gore tex. Overall construction is solid and the lace system is quick and easy. Traction is great when hiking. There is even a tab sewn into the lace retention strap that makes it easy to secure...nice touch La Sportiva!

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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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