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Lara LaBar

Lara LaBar

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

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Lara's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Yoga
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Kayaking

Lara's Bio

Partway through college I realized I was treating my education like a chore and needed a minute off to reevaluate. What to do instead? Move to rural Appalachia, of course!

I've split my years into distinct halves over the last few years; snow season and river season. Spent three of those working as a river guide on the New (I-IV) and Gauley (III-V) rivers in Southern West Virginia with some incredibly talented people, learned plenty about moonshine and a little about boating, too.

During the winter, I live in downtown Salt Lake City, snowboard at Brighton, and do a lot of tromping around in snowshoes. I just like being outside.

If you've got questions (or just want to nerd out) about the following topics, I'd love to chat with you:
Whitewater of any kind
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? Gimme a ring at 800-409-4502, ext 4456.

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on August 18, 2014

Hey Mathias,

Can't comment on the new clamshell zipper, but I've got the same fears. However, I can say that bigger dudes do well in the L/XL. My partner is 6'2'' 215 lbs and has been sporting a special edition version of the Green Jacket (floation rating exactly the same, of course) 100+ days a year for the past 3 years, and it's still going strong. It's definitely a rescue classic for a reason.

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Lara LaBar wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

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

Just wanted to share some sizing details from Mountainsmith's site:

For the SMALL:
Dog Girth: 20" - 30"
Dog Length(Nape of neck to base of tail): 15"
Dog Weight: 20-40 lbs

For the MEDIUM:
Dog Girth: 24" - 36"
Dog Length(Nape of neck to base of tail): 19"
Dog Weight: 40-90 lbs

For the LARGE:
Dog Girth: 32" - 44"
Dog Length(Nape of neck to base of tail): 22"
Dog Weight: 80-120 lbs

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on August 12, 2014

Fred,

The Acadia 13 seat is molded to the boat, so adjustment of the actual seat is not possible. It is possible, however, to adjust the backband of the seat by clicking the ratchets forward and back to find the position that is most comfortable for you.

Hopefully this information is helpful! Feel free to give me a call if you've got any other questions-- 800.409.4502, ext 4456!

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on August 6, 2014

Hey Dave,

The biggest difference between the two is the upper material: the Escape GTX is made from nubuck, and the Ramble GTX is made from suede.

What's the difference between the two, you ask? They're both leather, but using different sides of the hide. Nubuck is the sanded outer side of a hide, and with suede, they sand and use the inner side of a hide. Nubuck is generally a little stronger and thicker as a result, which usually makes for a slightly more expensive product.

Hopefully this information helps! Give me a shout if you've got any other questions-- 800.409.4502, ext 4456.

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on August 1, 2014

Hey Pat,

So my husband is 6'1'' and 210 lbs. He tried these on in the L and the XL, and he ended up going with the XL for a roomier fit-- he said they were pretty tight in the crotch and the rear. The XLs definitely look more like loungewear. I hope this information helps!

If you have any other questions, feel free to give me a shout-- 800.409.4502, ext 4456 or llabar@backcountry.com.

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