Lara LaBar

Lara LaBar

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, UT // New River Gorge, WV

Lara LaBar's Passions

Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Paddling
Yoga
Hiking & Camping

Lara LaBar's Bio

Lapsed whitewater river guide/errant kayaker with a passion for the outdoors and a degree in Anthropology.

Having retired from twice-yearly cross-country moves from Utah to rural West Virginia in pursuit of whitewater and snow, I've settled in SLC on a somewhat more permanent basis and couldn't be happier to be at Backcountry.

If you've got questions (or just want to nerd out) about the following topics, I'd love to chat with you:
Whitewater
Why inflatables get a bad rap
Kayaking
Rafting
Hiking/Camping/Backpacking
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Hot Yoga
Utah
Vegetarian cooking
How to live in a van down by the river

Have some gear questions, or just want to pick my brain? Here's how to reach me:

801-736-6399
Monday-Friday (usually) 9am-5pm Mountain Time
or email me at llabar@backcountry.com

Lara LaBar

Lara LaBarwrote a review of on June 16, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: 9

Like everyone else devoted to the Cascadia 10s, I went through them fast. Excitedly bought a pair of the 11s and found myself with a different shoe entirely.

Two biggest differences-- a whole bunch of reinforcements have been added, which I'm sure helps with durability, but makes it a very different shoe. The 10s weren't ultralight by any means, but these are definitely heavier and don't breathe as well.

Second difference, and the dealbreaker for me, is that the last on the 11s has been narrowed significantly. They feel narrower than all the Adidas shoes I've ever tried on, which is my personal benchmark for what a narrow running shoe feels like-- too narrow for my slightly-more-than medium width feet. Your mileage may vary-- I did read a magazine review that said it was only problematic for people with "fat feet." (Hmph.) Had to return. Bummed. The hunt continues.

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Lara LaBarwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Probably just a quality control issue, but the draping in the front on the pair I tried created a pretty egregious cameltoe situation. Odd. Otherwise they seemed pretty nice-- good length, nice pocket in the back of the waistband, etc.

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Lara LaBarwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: M

They might have the most generous waistband on a Medium maybe in all of history, but they feel pretty nice, and I don't think I'm going to size down. I hate shorts with liners and don't even notice these ones are there. The little ventilation panels on the side are a nice touch. Great length-- short without being cheeky. If you tend to be between sizes, size down.

Update: Waistband shrunk a bit after putting them through the dryer, so that helps.

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Lara LaBarwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: M

As good as everyone says. Especially if you've got a long torso. Drop hem in the back is flattering without being outrageously long, fit is trim without being skin tight. Glorious. Immediately bought two more.

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Lara LaBarwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: M

So I have a pair of Onzie's Studio Shorts from last year and I adore them. I got these hoping that they'd be similar, but no such luck. Slightly thinner material, shorter length... no good for running, too low-rise for yoga-- maybe good for the beach? Shame, because the pattern's adorable. I'm a hippy, long-torso'ed hourglass girl though, so your mileage may vary if you're shaped differently.

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Lara LaBarwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I'm pretty translucent, so even if I'm slathering myself in sunscreen every forty-five minutes, hiking in tank tops or short sleeve shirts usually leaves me with sunburns and ugly tan lines.

I LOVE this top. I wore it six days in a row last summer on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and it was barely starting to smell by the end of the trip, and I was blissfully unburnt.

Some other reviewers have mentioned-- this top and the fabric definitely shine in arid climates-- it may feel a bit sticky in humid regions. Love it for desert use. The cowl hood with back vents deserves awards.

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Lara LaBarwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like Erin mentioned, it's not 100% foolproof-- it's fine if you get it threaded on perfectly. I didn't, and lost 4 L overnight. Definitely a one time mistake! Chalk it up to user error, I guess.

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Lara LaBarwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using these for packing water in on multiday desert trips and have been thrilled with the quality so far-- no leakage or puncturing whatsoever.

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