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.

Lara LaBar

Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on July 9, 2014

Suchiva,

The comfort of this parka will depend largely on what you plan to use it for, and how sensitive you are to cold. For most people, 625-fill power down is probably going to feel uncomfortably warm at 10 degrees Celcius (50 F) unless you're standing completely still for hours at a time-- and even then, it might still be a bit much.

As far as sizing goes, I've personally found Canada Goose to run a bit small, so it might be best to give the XL a shot first.

Feel free to call if you have any other questions! I can be reached at 800.409.4502, ext 4456.

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on July 7, 2014

Hey Steve,

There's no accounting for personal comfort levels, but without a pretty heavy baselayer, I'd be nervous about this piece in 5-10 degree weather (assuming we're talking Farenheit, anyway.) This jacket is only very lightly insulated-- the new Fortius 2.0 fabric is laminated to a 160 gm weight fleece, but it's definitely still a softshell, so you'd likely need additional warmth from other layers for serious below-freezing temps.

Please give me a shout if you have any other questions! 800.409.4502. ext 4456.

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on June 27, 2014

Hi Ronni,

This item is actually more of a windbreaker. Definitely washable, but it will not be waterproof, and no more water-resistant than any other untreated polyester fabric. I'd be happy to show you some great options if you're looking for a raincoat, though-- feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email!

800.409.4502 ext 4456
llabar@backcountry.com

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on June 19, 2014

Ryan,

Yup! Most 1 inch cam straps are going to be made from virtually the same polypropylene. The only difference between an NRS 9 footer and the Thule is that the Thule straps come with a little rubber bumper to put over the buckle. (I've been using cam straps on my vehicle for years without the bumpers to no ill effect.)

Feel free to give me a shout if you have any other questions! 800.409.4502, ext 4456.

Best,
Lara

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on June 11, 2014

Mitchell,

The nylon face fabric does not have any waterproofing, so it may get superficially wet (like any pad) but the down is enclosed inside the airtight mattress chamber, so there's no risk of it getting wet unless you were to blow moisture into the mat, which is why the mat comes with the pump.

Hope this information helps! Feel free to give me a call if you have any other questions or want help setting up an order. I can be reached at 800.409.4502 ext 4456 or llabar@backcountry.com!

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on June 4, 2014

Hi Buffy,

The GTX Mantras are going to be a bit heavier, clocking in at 1 lb 13 oz, versus 1 lb 6 oz for the Rift.

I've found the sizing on Vasque's hiking shoes to be fairly consistent-- I was the same size in the Rift as in the Mantras, which are my primary hiking shoes-- but your mileage may vary.

Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions-- I can be reached at 800.409.4502 ext 4456, or llabar@backcountry.com.

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