Lara LaBar

Lara LaBar

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

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Lara's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing

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? Here's how to reach me:

1-800-409-4502 Ext 4456
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Mountain Time
or email me at llabar@backcountry.com

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on September 19, 2014

Megan,

It would probably be pretty tough to fit a 17 inch laptop in this particular pack, especially since it doesn't have an internal laptop sleeve-- let me know if you'd like to take a look at some packs that might suit your needs better! I can be reached at 1-800-409-4502 ext 4456, and my email is llabar@backcountry.com.

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on September 18, 2014

Hi Phoebe,

Arc'teryx owns and operates its own factory in the Vancouver, British Columbia area where many of their items are manufactured, but they also utilize production facilities in several other countries, including America, China, Vietnam, Taiwan and New Zealand. I've contacted Arcteryx to find out exactly where this piece is being made, and will post the results here shortly.

Edit: the Sidewinder SV is being manufactured in China this year.

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on September 18, 2014

Hey Chris,

In terms of warmth, they'd definitely be comfortable, but the grippy material on the palms isn't going to be very durable for non-paddling applications-- especially if you're handing crab traps.

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on September 17, 2014

Ayslinn,

This jacket will be more waterproof than the Thermoball Snow Triclimate, but the warmth rating on the Thermoball liner is exactly the same-- the biggest differences between the two jackets is that the Snow Triclimate has snowsport-specific features, like a powder skirt, handwarmer pockets, an internal goggle pocket, underarm pit zips for venting heat, etc. Hopefully this information is helpful-- give me a call at 1-800-409-4502 ext 4456 or email me at llabar@backcountry.com if you have any other questions!

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on September 16, 2014

Mitch,

I called Columbia and all they had for me was the ship weight-- including the plastic packaging and the hang tags, a size M is 11.2 oz, which makes it their lightest down jacket. This one does not pack down into its own pocket, but it is still very, very compressible. The Diamond 890 does pack down into its own pocket, however-- http://www.backcountry.com/columbia-diamond-890-turbodown-hooded-jacket-mens

Hopefully this information helps. If you have any other outerwear questions, please feel free to email me at llabar@backcountry.com or give me a call directly at 1-800-409-4502 ext 4456!

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Lara LaBar wrote an answer about on September 15, 2014

If you're not planning on buying a separate shell, the Lofoten Gore-Tex Insulated Jacket that you mentioned (http://www.backcountry.com/norrna-lofoten-gore-tex-insulated-jacket-womens) is probably going to be better bang for your buck, though not ideal for backpacking because the weight difference is significant (11.8 oz on this one vs 32 and change on the other jacket). This would be the better piece for backpacking, but the lack of waterproofing is a problem if you need it to be an all-around piece. The Gore shell with the Primaloft Sport insulation will breathe better than down would as a midlayer, especially since it's got pit zips for dumping heat.

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