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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_



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Steve Tamwrote a review of on April 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The new A2 is a fantastic progression from the A1. For me it fit better (I have a roundish profile head) and the vents are much nicer. It fits better with my Oakley sunglasses and the added protection from the MIPS helps keep you safe. The rear dial allows easy on the fly adjustments. The large visor keeps the sun out of your eyes and the aluminum visor bolts are such a nice touch to finish off this stellar looking helmet. Well done TLD!

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

4 5

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

Typical top notch quality you'd expect from Arc'teryx but in a casual winter jacket. Easily fends off cold, rain, and snow but in a less technical package. The hand warmer pockets are amazingly soft that it feels like they lined them with the pelts of baby unicorns. The only thing that had me scratching my head was the hood...I thought the hood design would have gotten the trickle down effect from their technical jackets but it looks a bit awkward and bunches up on the sides.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

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

Purchased these boots for one of my daughters and she likes them. Compared to the Rossignol girls boots they have a softer flex which is nice for the petite littles. Sizing seems to be slightly larger than the Rossi sizes. No complaints of pinching, pain, or discomfort from my daughter.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

5 5

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

I was looking for a good midlayer that was thin, warm, and easy to layer under a ski jacket. This Smartwool jacket fit the criteria and have kept my daughters warm down to negative single digit temps. There are no complaints from the kids about movement being restricted while playing or skiing.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

4 5

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

These are a great value if you're looking for some snow pant bibs for your daughter. I got a set of these for both of my girls to play in the snow with. The high bibs prevent snow from going down their backs. Insulation seems a bit light and one of my daughter's was cold in the single digit F temps. We have used them for skiing as well and they get the job done on non stormy days. The face fabric feels lightweight so if you're looking for a durable ski pant that can take abuse look elsewhere.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 6, 2016

Workhorse
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's been a good early season in the snow and I've used my Kamber several times now. Over the past few years I've used Black Diamond packs and last year the Patagonia Snow Drifter. I have to say that thus far the Kamber is the most comfortable pack I've worn ski touring. It hugs your back and adjustments are easy to make while climbing and loaded up. It can carry all my essential gear and if I pack it just right I can even fit my full frame camera in (on the descents only, I carry it on my chest while climbing). The helmet sling works great and you can carry the helmet on top of the bag or on the back. I've already got a cut in the helmet sling material but it still works great and has not gotten any larger in size. My favorite features, of this pack, are the hidden hydration tube sleeve in the right shoulder strap and the massive/easy to access hip pockets. I drink a ton of water and appreciate the separate hydration compartment and routing into the shoulder strap. The hip pockets, on the waist strap, are flat out fantastic. I put my skin track snacks in there and they are easy to reach and open with gloves on. Tool organization is easy and I like that there is enough room that skins can fit in there too.

One suggestion would be to make the top zipper pull/zipper of the tool pocket a different color that stands out, so in case of an emergency you or someone else can look at your pack and know exactly where your avy tools are.

Needless to say I sold off all my other packs and am looking at the adding the next size up to carry all my camera gear.

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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 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 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 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 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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