Laura Avdey

Laura Avdey

Park City, UT

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Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering

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Laura Avdey wrote an answer about on February 24, 2010

This jacket is cut pretty slim, as its meant to be a layer itself; though it makes a great jacket on its own... I can't tell you what size to get, but if you plan on layering up like that and you don't want the MontBell to become too tight, you might want to size up. Also, the MontBell Alpine Light Parka is a slightly heavier jacket and is cut fuller, but still weighs next to nothing.

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Laura Avdey wrote an answer about on February 24, 2010

Oakley has a great web site that explains this stuff, though its a little hard to find... http://www.oakley.com/pd/1650 click on the tab that says "lens tints" and then choose your color by clicking on "change lens" It'll give you a short description, all the specs and even simulates how the lenses look on the snow.

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Laura Avdey wrote an answer about on February 24, 2010

It really depends on what kind of pants you plan on wearing and where you are going. All snowshoes are going to throw snow up at the back of your legs. If you wear ski pants then no, you don't need gaiters. Most already have them built in, plus they are water resistant. If you are not wearing ski pants, they would be a good idea, especially if you plan on trekking through some deep snow or fluffy pow.

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Laura Avdey wrote a review of on February 23, 2010

4 5

Got this in a large for my 80lb Weimaraner. It fits him snug around the chest and is a little loose in the arms. I have read a few complaints that this jacket chafes around the arms, so I was happy to have the extra room there. This is a pretty lightweight jacket, but where it lacks in insulation, it makes up for as a moisture barrier. It seems very well made and I expect it to last a while. It doesn't get dirty easily, either (but dog hair does stick well to the fleece lining). Used it on a 9 mile hike this weekend and he kept warm while moving and experienced no chafing. He did seem a bit cold laying around camp at night, though. The only thing I would change is that although this is a softshell, it would be nice with a bit more insulation.

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Laura Avdey wrote a review of on February 23, 2010

5 5

Bought the Bark n Boots for a 9 mile hike this weekend in the Uintas. The 80lb weimaraner can never last more than a few minutes in the snow before his feet get too cold and then he just sits there watching us trek on... The boots fit great and I never had any problems with them falling off, but as we hiked on, they started filling up with snow. Eventually, he just stopped and sat there like before.

I bought the liners just in case. I thought they were semi-ridiculous but they actually ended up saving the day! The snow was creeping into the shoes and making his feet cold, so he would just sit there as before. I gave the socks a try and we had no problems from there on. The socks kept the snow out of the shoes and his feet dry.

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Laura Avdey wrote a review of on February 23, 2010

5 5

Took the dogs on a 9 mile hike this weekend in the Uintas. The 80lb weimaraner can never last more than a few minutes in the snow before his feet get too cold and then he just sits there watching us trek on... Besides the cold, the snow can be abrasive on his pads, causing them to bleed. I ended up getting a size medium after measuring his pads as instructed on the Ruffwear site. They were a perfect fit. I never had any problems with them coming off or being at all loose. It didn't take very long for him to get used to them, either. Tested them a few times at home before the trip, so he knew what he was getting into. He'd walk like a turtle for about a minute before he figured it out.

I also decided to pick up the liners/socks just in case. I thought they were semi-ridiculous but they actually ended up saving the day! The snow was creeping into the shoes and making his feet cold, so he would just sit there as before. I gave the socks a try and we had no problems from there on. The socks kept the snow out of the shoes and his feet dry. I imagine in the summer we will just use the shoes -sans socks.

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Laura Avdey wrote an answer about on July 2, 2009

doubtful.. we've got a boat that's 21x36" and it BARELY fits. It works for keeping the critters out in the garage, but I doubt it would hold if we tried to put it on the car, using the boat as storage for our wet gear. I'd try the NRS Deluxe Cockpit Cover in a small for a more secure fit.

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Laura Avdey wrote an answer about on July 1, 2009

you will need some sort of rack, such as the Thule aero feet and load bars. Go through the car rack configurator at the top of this page to see exactly what fits your vehicle.

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