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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, Photo Nerd.

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: @stevetam_



Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

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

Purchased these for my daughter as she has been wearing TNF pants the past couple of seasons. She started outgrowing her current pair and I ordered the next size up but they were so huge she could almost fit in one leg alone. Length was okay but they were quite wide. Outside of fit they were really nice pants. My kids have been wearing TNF gear for years now but this season the sizing seems off.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

5 5

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

Purchased this for my youngest daughter and while the quality is outstanding the fit was off. Everything fit well on my daughter except the body tapers out like a bell. It was so wide, for my daughter, that I could stick a handful of her stuffies in there to fill up the space. My older daughter wears the big girl version of this jacket and it's been an amazing jacket. Bummed that this one didn't fit the little one and ended up returning it.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

Sweet!
5 5

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

My youngest daughter is in that sizing gray area of transitioning from toddler sizes to young girl sizes. We tried out several jackets including the Patagonia Snow Pile and some of the TNF jackets. The cut of the Helly Hansen jacket was spot on. There is still room for her to wear layers underneath but not be super tight and the sleeve length is long enough to prevent riding up when she's reaching for that snowball. Maiden voyage we spent over eight hours outside in a storm (broken up with lunch and other breaks) and she was still dry, warm, and kicking and screaming when I told her we had to go inside. Highly recommended. The button/pocket on the front is not really a pocket. It just there for style.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I purchased this jacket for my daughter and the colors of the jacket were outstanding. Quality is good and the cut is not super wide which fit my daughter perfect. Unfortunately the sleeves were too short for her (she has long arms) so we ended up returning it. If you're looking for an insulated jacket for your daughter take a look at this Helly Hansen jacket. We would have gladly kept if had it fit.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

2 5

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

I wanted to get a boot dryer for traveling. After having a great experience with a DryGuy dry DX at home, I opted to try their portable option. When I plugged in the dryers the fans took a while to get up to speed. The fan volume is very low so it won't disturb you but it moved very little air. If you're only drying one set of boots and have a decent amount of time between uses then these will work but if you're traveling with kids and need to dry multiple boots in the same time period you'll want to look elsewhere.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up one of these last year and it's been a great dryer. Works great on boots and soaking wet kids gloves. It's quiet when operating and has an integrated timer so you can set it and forget it. Nice touch having the option to dry with or without heat too. Not the most portable but I have taken it when driving to different locations but it mainly stays at home. Would not recommend flying with it.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

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

Excellent build quality and finish. This helmet has all the bells and whistles of an adult helmet but made to fit your child's head. The vents can be opened and closed, the rear dial fit adjuster cradles their cranium, and the liner is super soft to keep them warm on the coldest days. If you're looking for a helmet for junior, take a good look at the Giro Nine Mips.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

4 5

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

There's a whole lot to love on this helmet for girls. Nice little brim, color options, and a fuzzy liner all make this a great helmet option. Of the two that my daughter tried on the ear flaps would not sit flat against her head. They looked like air intake on fighter jets ready to direct cold air and snow right into her ears. I imagine over time the material would soften and then conform but when it's cold outside it may not be an option to wait for them fit.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

4 5

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

This helmet has outstanding build quality and the MIPS is a nice touch too. There is no rear dial fit adjuster on this helmet. Instead is has a elastic band that holds the helmet snug. If the helmet fits your child its a great option but it was too loose on my daughter's head. The addition of some form of fit adjustment would compliment this helmet.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've packed this bag full of camera gear and worn it all day on hikes and absolutely am astounded at how comfortable it is. Storage is outstanding and there are many pockets to hold all your gear. I love the separate zippered area for the hydration reservoir. It is easy to remove, refill, and replace. The side pockets have great access points so you can easily reach a water bottle while wearing the pack. The AG system is super comfy and works to keep the load off. Personally I would love it if Osprey made this bag out of outdry or another waterproof material...then I'd give it five more stars. Well done Osprey, well done.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

Great for the Littles
5 5

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

My younger daughter has been wearing this pack for hiking over the summer. She has not complained once that it hurts or is uncomfortable. She carries her water, snacks, and extra layers and has plenty of room for other things if need be. It would great if the hip belt had little zippered pouches for easy to reach snacks. She likes the loops in the ends of the shoulder straps and puts her fingers through when she hikes. Top notch construction and outstanding Osprey quality.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

Take it Anywhere
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Bay + kayak is a pretty nifty kayak. If you're crunched for storage space, the Oru is easy to store. It didn't take long to figure out how to unpack and pack the kayak and before too long you'll be fast at it. The kayak has plastic bolt hardware and some of them were broken when I got it. They're easy to fix but I'll probably replace with metal bolts when I run out of spare plastic pieces. If you want to travel with the kayak it's a lot easier than trying to haul your touring kayak through the airport. I've also hiked into to remote areas with the backpack (not included) which is a pretty neat option. The Bay+ is stable and I've taken it into some rough waters. On flat water it's fairly quick but after a few hours the seat isn't the most comfortable (but still manageable). Here's a pic while paddling the Bay + in Iceland earlier this year.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Deuter Attack 20 can carry a ton of gear. I'm an xc rider but wanted a little bit larger pack since I carry camera gear every now and again. The Deuter is by no means a light weight pack. It's burly and will take a beating. I removed the shield foam in the pack and it lightened it up quite a bit. The bag alone is still fairly heavy but it makes up for that in comfort. The padded shoulder straps are soft and supportive and the waist strap is well thought out and easy to adjust. The back ventilation is decent but I get hot easily so it may not be a problem for you. Regardless I don't feel like my back is soaking wet. Organization inside the pack is nice and there are several little zippered pockets and other pouches that hold your gear. Another nice touch is a zippered cell phone pocket that you can easily reach while the pack is on (it's on the right side of the pack). If you're looking for a pack that can carry a ton of gear, be comfortable, and look good while doing it, look no further.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There's no glorious way to carry a Oru kayak but this bag makes it much easier. I have a bay + and it fits in nicely. There is not much room for anything else inside the main kayak compartment. There are three mesh pocket on the back lower exterior of the pack to house your paddle and (as Emily wrote) a water bottle. I strapped my pfd around the paddle and stuffed some small items like a trash bag jacket in the pockets where the paddle blade was housed. While you'll look like Sponge Bob wearing this thing, it will allow you to access some remote areas to paddle.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on September 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this reservoir in my Deuter bike pack and like it much better than the Camelbak reservoir. It's easy to clean and fill. It also does not make your water taste like plastic. The valve cover is a nice idea and at first I was going to take it off since it's a little tricky to put back on while riding. It took a few tries until I got the hang of it and now I leave it on because it keeps the dirt off in the dry summer conditions. I would recommend getting a slightly longer string because it can get hung up on your fingers/glove when putting it back on while riding.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 30, 2016

Organization Dream Come True
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the 32L compression sacks for traveling and have to say they have really helped keep my gear organized when traveling. I use two of the 32L to organize my outwear and regular clothes which helps me quickly identify where items are. I always hated digging for that illusive piece of clothing while rummaging through a gear bag because you end up unfolding everything in the process. Compression is easy and I found that if you leave the zipper open just a tad it simplifies the removal of air when packing. When done compressing and tightening the straps, I close the zipper all the way (it's a little tricky but not difficult). I let my wife use them on a recent trip and she was happy at how easily we could organize the kids clothing and ours. The 32L fit right into my Patagonia duffel too.

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