Tam McTavish

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Reviewer of the Month: September 2015

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joined Jun 17, 2013

Full Name: Tam McTavish
mountaineer
Occupation: Sales Staff
Website: https://instagram.com/tammctavish/
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Affiliations: Valhalla Pure Outfitters Canmore

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DMM Wallnut

Great multi-purpose passive pro. The DMM Wallnut is a superb nut for nearly all types of climbing. I've used these in gneiss, granite, and limestone.
photo: DMM Wallnut
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Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine

Hyper specific shoe for fast scrambles and technical running. Overall these are a pretty hyper specific shoe. If you're looking for a lightweight…
photo: Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine
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Arc'teryx Procline Comp Jacket

While marketed as an improvement on the Alpha Comp, this rip-off of Black Diamond's Dawn Patrol LT Hybrid takes inspiration from the original…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Procline Comp Jacket
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DMM Dragon Cam

I've used Dragons for the past three years and love them. I've climbed with them on granite, limestone, quartzite and sandstone. I've done cragging…
photo: DMM Dragon Cam
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Arc'teryx Cierzo 18

Excellent compact day pack. It's ideal as a summit pack, for travel, or just smaller day hikes. The Cierzo is a truly excellent pack with a…
photo: Arc'teryx Cierzo 18
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Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody

Overall this is a decent jacket, but it's not as warm as some other jackets out there. The Ultralight is a sized down alternative to the classic…
photo: Patagonia Men's Ultralight Down Hoody
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Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set

Amazing fit, so many features, and it is variable allowing a lot of flexibility. You'll forget you're wearing it. I definitely don't run much…
photo: Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set
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Hestra Heli 3-Finger Glove

My favourite gloves for a variety of activities. I've had these gloves for a year and they are the best.  I should point out that I am a guy…
photo: Hestra Men's Heli 3-Finger Glove
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Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

A great evolution on the airbag concept with terrific selection of features. So I got to take this pack out for a spin the other day on a Ski…
photo: Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack
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Rab Flashpoint Jacket

Uber light rain shell that packs away to nothing with surprising performance. I love this jacket. I've used it for mostly backpacking trips,…
photo: Rab Men's Flashpoint Jacket
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Fjallraven Keb Gaiter Trousers

An incredibly durable pant that converts to shorts, and has adjustable DWR thanks to the wax coating. Ideal for scrambles and bushwalking. The…
photo: Fjallraven Men's Keb Gaiter Trousers
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Arc'teryx Epsilon LT Hoody

A very well made piece that never seems ideal for any one task. A good lightweight top layer for cold weather alpine and rock climbing. For…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Epsilon LT Hoody
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Petzl Sum'Tec

Awesome multi purpose ice axe/tool hybrid. Climbs ice better than expected, and performs great as a ice tool. A perfect choice for the scrambler…
photo: Petzl Sum'Tec
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Arc'teryx Aperture Chalk Bag

Best. Idea. Ever. This simple chalk bag is terrific for those who are tired of chalk always spreading over everything. One quick twist in the…
photo: Arc'teryx Aperture Chalk Bag
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Arc'teryx I340a Harness

A very lightweight harness that is useful for a broad range of activities. I've had a I 340a harness for two years now. It's been my go-to for…
photo: Arc'teryx I340a Harness
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Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire

A terrific durable all purpose watch for whatever activity you happen to be into. I used a AMBIT 3 PEAK SAPPHIRE HR for this review. So I used…
photo: Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire
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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry

Solid build, but the waterproofing is a gimick. Overall I think this is a decent day pack for scrambles and hiking. I tested this out.  The…
photo: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry
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GSI Outdoors Crossover Kitchen Kit

A great compact little kit for weekends or multi-day trips. It has a few useless pieces but overall a good product, and great for long backpacking…
photo: GSI Outdoors Crossover Kitchen Kit
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GSI Outdoors Compact Scraper

This makes cleaning dishes a breeze. My compact scrapper came in the Crossover Kitchen, and it's easily the handiest thing I've had in the backcountry.
photo: GSI Outdoors Compact Scraper
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GSI Outdoors Fairshare Mug

Solid bowl, good for storing leftovers. The Fairshare is a cool bit of mess kit. I find it's not all that handy for most of my two-person trips…
photo: GSI Outdoors Fairshare Mug
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The North Face Assault 2

Super lightweight tent that is very liveable, and weighs under 1.5 kgs without the optional vestibule. It's definitely an alpine tent, but still…
photo: The North Face Assault 2
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MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P

Lightweight tent that is awesome for all your backpacking needs. The Hubba Hubba NX is one of the best backpacking two-person tents on the market.
photo: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P
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Petzl Summit 2

Best in class ice axe for all around mountaineering use. Pick up a Quark Trigger Rest to make the perfect all round axe. The Summit 2 took the…
photo: Petzl Summit 2
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Wild Country Helium Friends

These lightweight improvements on the original design for spring loaded camming devices are great for trad, alpine, and beyond. I began my trad…
photo: Wild Country Helium Friends
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Arc'teryx Psiphon SL Pullover

I got this as a replacement for the Squamish. It's a decent jacket, but a little awkward. Fit Disclaimer: I'm 5'10" 155 lbs and very lean. I…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Psiphon SL Pullover
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Rab Neo Guide Pants

These are hands down the best hard shells available for all day use. I have hiked, climbed, and ski tour in these, and normally I can't wear…
photo: Rab Men's Neo Guide Pants
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Rab Neo Guide Jacket

Super breathable jacket that is a perfect fit for nearly ever activity. It's better than most of my softshells, but is waterproof, has more…
photo: Rab Men's Neo Guide Jacket
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Merrell Capra Mid Sport GTX

Strong marketing, and really solid look doesn't save this boot from failing to live up to its intended purpose. Footwear disclaimer: My foot…
photo: Merrell Men's Capra Mid Sport GTX
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DMM Revolver Screwgate

Great little pulley biner combo. The revolver is a great piece of kit for top roping and glacier travel. It cuts down on rope drag, and it is…
photo: DMM Revolver Screwgate
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MSR SuperFly

Decent all round stove. The Superfly is a simple stove that works well for moderate use. Cooking on it is better than the Pocket or Micro Rockets…
photo: MSR SuperFly
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Mammut Ambient Light Dry Bag

Dry bag that transforms into lantern. This translucent dry bag is pretty simple, except for a small sleeve in its base. This sleeve allows you…
photo: Mammut Ambient Light Dry Bag
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Jetboil Flash Java Kit

A great simple lightweight cooking system. The Jetboils are amazing stoves. All the pieces (stove, stand, fuel canister) fit inside the pot.
photo: Jetboil Flash Java Kit
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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib

The only large style soft shell bibs, these are a great for all aerobic winter activities. The Dawn Patrol bibs are a really great option for…
photo: Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib
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Mammut Trion Guide 45+7

Great all round alpine pack with large front pocket great for easy access gear like layers or ski touring safety equipment. The Trion Guide…
photo: Mammut Trion Guide 45+7
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Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody

Great all round soft shell for touring, mountaineering, and climbing. I used this jacket as my primary do-it-all layer for all of 2013/2014.
photo: Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody
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Petzl Tikka R+

Great headlamp that excels in technical use. The reactive lighting is extremely helpful at conserving maximum battery for navigation even after…
photo: Petzl Tikka R+
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Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody

The single best all round piece I have ever purchased. It comes with me everywhere I go. I have had this piece for a year now and it comes with…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Squamish Hoody
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Petzl Lynx

Great crampon for ice and mixed climbing. The Lynx is a pretty classic technical crampon. It fits most boots very well, and cinches in well.
photo: Petzl Lynx
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Backpacker's Pantry Huevos Rancheros

Freeze dried vomit. I tried this out when I camping recently. So glad I had a little extra food hanging around after trying to eat this. It…
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Huevos Rancheros
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Black Diamond Stance Belay Parka

Really excellent belaying parka. Warm, comfortable, packs down small, and doesn't weigh much at all. Great for very cold belaying at the crag…
photo: Black Diamond Men's Stance Belay Parka
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Outdoor Research Chaos Jacket

A decent synthetic belay jacket. After freezing my ass off belaying in a blustery -20° day I decided enough was enough and I would stop wasting…
photo: Outdoor Research Men's Chaos Jacket
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Arc'teryx Gamma Rock Pant

The Gamma SL Rock pant is the perfect pant for any rock adventures. Climbing it allows fluid movement, and doesn't compromise on bagginess.
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Gamma Rock Pant
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Petzl Sirocco

The lightweight, and seemingly styrofoam structure of this helmet make it intimidating, but after hard use it has turned out to be an excellent…
photo: Petzl Sirocco
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DMM Cirque

Excellent mountaineering axe for more technical use. This is a excellent lightweight mountaineering axe. It is very useful in all situations.
photo: DMM Cirque
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Grivel X Monster

I've used these axes in mixed conditions and on ice and found they perform very differently. On ice they are the perfect level of aggressive…
photo: Grivel X Monster
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MEC Synergy LT Jacket

Excellent reasonably priced jacket. Most Gore-tex Pro jackets out there are all pretty similar. This one falls into the category of lightweight…
photo: MEC Synergy LT Jacket
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Black Diamond Speed 30

Great pack for everything from day hiking to alpine climbing. (This was written for the old model which recently was updated. In the new pack…
photo: Black Diamond Speed 30