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 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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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 29, 2016

4 5

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

Purchased this for my daughter and she loves it. Fit is true to size however the rash guard top has some flare to the hips so it's a little wider at the bottom. Other than that it has been surviving multiple swims in the pool throughout the day as well as paddling on the boards.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

Sup in a Bag
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Loving the Bic Sup Air Touring board. The ability to deflate and store the board is nice for those with limited storage space. It takes about five minutes to inflate the board with the included pump. The fin installation can be a bit finicky as you have to slide a metal piece into the fin box, line it up with the screw hole in the fin, and then thread the screw into the metal piece. It is a bit of a hassle compared to the fins on an NRS board. The valve is easy to use and have not had issues with it. The included carry bag is easy to put the board in. It has a huge U shaped zipper that allows you to place the board in easily. My wife has an NRS board and the opening on the bag is small and if you do not fold the board perfectly it can be difficult to put away.

In the water, the board is stable, easy to control and has decent glide. The bungee up front comes in handy for any gear you want to stow. The foot pad is soft and comfortable to the feet.

One thing I love is that when I am done paddling is how is it is to put away. Turn the valve to open, scare everyone around you half to death because it sounds like your car just got a flat tire, deflate the remaining air out of the board by slowly folding it, when finished folding put in your car and off you go.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

Sup-Tastic!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yeah, you could go to Costco and pick up an inexpensive SUP for your kids or you kick it up a few notches and get a NRS Jester. While I considered the less expensive option I opted for the NRS. If spend a lot of time on the water and have more than one child to pass the board down to then consider the Jester over cheaper options. I like the inflatable boards because with kids that play hard usually one of them lands on the edge or a board, runs the board into the rocks, whacks their head on a board, and so forth. The inflatable is nice since it’s a bit softer than a fiberglass SUP. Inflating the board takes little time and while my daughter cannot inflate the board all the way she gets pretty close. The valve on the NRS board is easy to use and I like it over the valve on my Bic Sup. Another benefit to the inflatable board is space at home. If you are cramped for space the board folds up and into a carrying bag (with back pack straps) and take up a lot less space than a fiberglass board.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

Sup-Tastic
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yeah, you could go to Costco and pick up an inexpensive SUP for your kids or you kick it up a few notches and get a NRS Jester. While I considered the less expensive option I opted for the NRS. If spend a lot of time on the water and have more than one child to pass the board down to then consider the Jester over cheaper options. I like the inflatable boards because with kids that play hard usually one of them lands on the edge or a board, runs the board into the rocks, whacks their head on a board, and so forth. The inflatable is nice since it’s a bit softer than a fiberglass SUP. Inflating the board takes little time and while my daughter cannot inflate the board all the way she gets pretty close. The valve on the NRS board is easy to use and I like it over the valve on my Bic Sup. Another benefit to the inflatable board is space at home. If you are cramped for space the board folds up and into a carrying bag (with back pack straps) and take up a lot less space than a fiberglass board.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

5 5

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

This paddle is the perfect size for kids. It’s lightweight and easy for the little ones to handle. Adjusting the paddle is simple with the lever lock handle. Kialoa has their adjustable handle dialed as it is easy to use and not even noticeable when using the paddle. You could spend a little less on a heavy adjustable paddle but for the weight savings and your child’s paddling enjoyment I would go with this paddle.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

Music in Your Ears
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Skullcandy Smokin'€™ Buds 2 Wireless ear buds offer Bluetooth connectivity and a 6 hour battery life. A handy in line control allows you to adjust volume, advance or go back to a song, and answer your phone. The flexible collar conforms nicely to the back of your neck and even has notches in it that allow you to adjust the length of the cord to the ear buds. Want the cords shorter and out of your way? No problem. One unique feature, of the ear buds, is the ability to remove the low profile collar if you choose to do so.

To in line control has three buttons. A +, -, and the Skullcandy logo, which doubles as the power on/off and the answer call/hangup button. To power on you hold down the button and a light on the collar turns blue. Syncing to my phone was easy. After syncing on my iphone, it showed the battery life on my screen. Sound was surprisingly good for ear buds. It was clear and the bass actually sounded like bass but they are still ear buds so don'€™t expect over the ear noise canceling quality.

Comfort was decent but so far I have yet to use them for extended periods of time. Honestly, when I’m out riding, hiking, or skiing I prefer to not listen to music. I like hearing the sounds around me, my chain shifting, tires rolling in the dirt, or bears rumbling around in the bushes. However, these will work well for the days at the gym, walking around town, or listening to a podcast when waiting for a meeting, and so forth.

So far the collar has stayed put and there is not much movement when jumping or running around. I'€™ve been playing with the cord length and found that anytime you shorten them and use the notches in the collar, the cords form little loops. They have not caused a problem snagging on anything but the could potentially interfere with helmet straps or catch on a backpack.

I did have an issue attempting to switch the earbuds from my phone to my wife's and back again. I contacted Skullcandy and they never ran into that problem and instantly sent out a new set. Top notch customer service just adds to their product and customers. No problem with the new set.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a bit skeptical on the Reactive Lighting prior to purchasing but once I used it, I don't know if I'll be able to go back. I've used a lot of different brands of headlights but always go back to Petzl. They make an outstanding product and this headlamp is over the top amazing. The strap is comfortable and while it doesn't have the standard 3AAA batteries it's easy to recharge out on the trail if you have any Goal Zero products you're already carrying for your camera or so forth.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 15, 2016

4 5

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

I've been using these a lot lately and must say they do a great job at hiking. These are a low top version of the Synthesis Mid GTX so if you're looking for a little bit of ankle protection, check the Synthesis out. 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) and they fit good but just a hair snug on the width (width on the Synthesis felt better for my foot but they are nearly identical). The gore tex works well and kept my feet dry hiking and shooting in soggy wet areas in Iceland. Traction uphill and downhill was outstanding. If you're looking for a day hiker or a shoe to kick around in the dirt take a look at Primer Low GTX.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 15, 2016

Tough Hiker
5 5

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

Since my initial review I've worn these boots through some rough conditions, in Iceland, and they are still going strong. Hiking up glacial canyons, through creeks, and shooting photos in wet areas for 12 + hours a day, as well as hiking on glaciers, these boots have proven their worth. The gore-tex keeps your feet dry and the simple lace system stayed snug and did not require much adjustment throughout the day. Uphill and downhill traction were great and hopping across creeks on wet rocks were no problem. The lace retention tabs have torn off on mine but not a big deal. The toe is separating from the front of the shoe but has not affected traction. Would recommend these boots if you're looking for a lighter option and not packing more than 20-25 pounds.

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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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