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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 August 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thru axle adaptor works well so you can put your thru axle equipped bike onto a trainer. I ordered the 142mm axle and it was to be missing spacers so there is a large gap between my frame and the end of axle that contacts the trainer. If you have a Cycleops trainer and have a thru axle on your bike, this will allow you to mount your bike and train indoors.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on March 14, 2018

4 5

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

Purchased this jacket for my girls and they like them a lot. It's the soft fleece lining is only in the body and while the sleeves have lining in them they are just nylon instead of the fleece. It has not rained much here this winter so I can't comment on the water resistance performance. Good jacket for cold windy days as well.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on March 14, 2018

2 5

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

Just picked up a new set of the Red, White, and Blue stickers and was disappointed at how thin/flimsy they are (the previous generation of these heritage stickers were thick). These stickers remind me of the those cheap foil stickers I got from a 10 cent dispenser at the grocery store as a kid. For $20 they should be the same quality as the stickers that come stock on your Fox Fork. You also get an entire sheet of rear shock stickers that you probably won't end up using. It would be great if they came as fork only decals.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 30, 2017

5 5

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

Yes, these are more expensive than other kids' rain boots but they'll last long enough to hand down to younger siblings (if you have them). My kids wear through rain boots (I'm not sure how) to the point where there are holes and leaks in them. These are the only rain boots that have held up. The neoprene adds some warmth on those super puddle stomping days.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 30, 2017

4 5

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

These base layers are well constructed. My daughter has a difficult time finding items that fit because she is petite but has long arms and legs. These base layers fit perfect for her and were not baggy or short in the legs. The material is thin and well suited for high intensity activities such as xc skiing, snowshoeing, and so forth. If you are looking for a warm base layer, look elsewhere. Colors are bright and my girls love them.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on December 30, 2017

4 5

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

These base layers are well constructed. My daughter has a difficult time finding items that fit because she is petite but has long arms and legs. These base layers fit perfect for her and were not baggy or short in the sleeves. The material is thin and well suited for high intensity activities such as xc skiing, snowshoeing, and so forth. If you are looking for a warm base layer, look elsewhere.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on October 5, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like this stand but there are a few things I don't like about it as well. It gets the job done holding your bike up and allows you to complete some light maintenance on your steed if need be. When my stand arrived the paint was chipping off and there was no hardware to keep the plastic sleeves on the arm. There are two end caps, on the stand legs, that fall off everytime I move the stand. I had to put some tape, on the inside of the stand, to prevent them from falling out. Nice to have if I need to hold my bike up without leaning on the something in the garage but don't think I would purchase this again.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on July 25, 2017

5 5

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

Purchased this jacket for my daughter and she loves it. It packs down pretty small and she can stash it in her pack easily. Fit is true to size. You can roll the hood up into the collar but if you don't fold it just right it can feel a little wonky (my daughter leaves the hood out). She's worn it in downpours, gusty days, and even over an insulate layer when hiking in the snow.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on July 25, 2017

5 5

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

Both my kids use this helmet. Fit is great and the bright colors help them be seen. The coverage is great as it protects more of the back of the head than a lot of other options. Would love to see the addition of MIPS in the child size.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on July 25, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, the LR rides really well on your back. On longer rides I didn't notice the weight like I have on other packs. It sits comfortably and is not restrictive.

Putting the LR reservoir into the pack is a different story. When full, the reservoir is difficult to fit into the zippered pocket...even when the pack is completely empty and the compression straps are all loose. You really have to push the reservoir down hard for it to get into the spot it needs to be. Once there is wont' move so there is one benefit to the inconvenience. The only thing worse than the super tight fitting reservoir is routing the hose through the bag. There is one loop you have to thread the hose through in the reservoir compartment. Then you have to route the hose out of the reservoir compartment into the main storage pocket. Then from there you finally externally route the hose out of the main storage pocket. The last opening is small. So small that you can barely push the mouthpiece through without wanting to rip the pack to shreds. You can disconnect the hose from the reservoir and thread it through reverse to the hydration pack but since doing that I've had issues with it coming detached from the reservoir. Either way it's more work than one should have to do to go for a ride. I've had people tell me to just leave the hose in and only remove the reservoir to refill every ride. Well that's all fine and dandy if you like nasty dirt caked lip scum mouthpiece to drink from. Personally I like to wash the mouthpiece and the hose after a ride.

There is plenty of storage room in the pack and can fit more than enough gear in the pockets. There is a main storage pocket, a intermediate pocket that houses the included tool pouch (nice touch), and a lined pocket for your phone or glasses (both will not fit at the same time). There are also two hip strap pockets that allow for quick access to items without having to take your pack off.

There are plenty of compression straps to prevent the pack from moving and they do their job. There are two straps that compress the reservoir area but I haven't had to use them because the pack stays in place. These straps have sewn in loop on the end and are pretty long but so far I have not snagged any branches with them.

You can route the hydration hose out the left side of the pack but you will lose the ability to use the magnetic retention system. The magnetic/plastic piece can be removed and there are two sections of strap (only on the right shoulder strap) that you can choose to have it on. These straps are not mirrored on the left shoulder strap so if you like to route your hydration hose down the left shoulder strap just be aware that you will not be able to use the magnetic retention device on that side.

Ventilation is better on this pack than previous LR models but it still gets quite warm.

I would love to see some side external pockets to hold items like bear spray (if you live in those areas). Overall this pack will get the job done and carry your water more comfortably. Camelbak has a good LR system here and hopefully they keep refining the design of the remainder of the pack.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on July 25, 2017

4 5

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

There's a lot to like about the Merrell Capra hiking boots...from the durable toe protection, the fantastic grippy soles, to the solid ankle protection. The neoprene around the cuff is a nice touch to soften the contact point on the little legs. Both our girls have hiked in muddy, rainy, snowy, and dry conditions without any complaints related to comfort. The ankle opening can be a little tight when putting the boots on but once on, they provide great support. The only thing that would make these boots even better is to increase the size of the pull loop on the back of the boot. I can't get my finger in there and my girls can barely get their's in either. If the loop was just slightly larger it would really help donning the boots.

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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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