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Maro LaBlance

Maro LaBlance

Vendor Rep

Colorado

Maro LaBlance's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Yoga
Biking

Maro LaBlance's Bio

Michigan raised, Colorado based for the last 13 years. I moved here to ski for a season, and...well, you've heard that story 100 times. Love playing outside and at least dabble in most outdoor sports. I'm blessed to get to work in the outdoor/ski industry, for the French based brands Eider and Millet. All personal reviews I post are based on my own experiences with the products.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on October 23, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

> Style: This kit looked sophisticated and fit well, top to bottom. The jacket's five exterior pockets and two interior (including an oversized goggle pocket) provided ample space for water, snacks, trail maps and other ski day necessities. While the hood did not fit over my helmet, it easily snapped off. The pants received multiple compliments on the lift and in the base area.

> Comfort: The jacket fit comfortably, offering up plenty of room to reach for my next turn. The thumbholes built in the sleeve fit great, and the adjustable two-button snapped cuffs rested over my gloves with no noticeable bulkiness. With the pants' covered zipped closure, I felt confident storing my wallet in the pocket. The legs include built-in gaiters that stayed in place over my boots.

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/592694/on-snow-opinion--eider-men-s-red-square-jacket---manhattan-pant

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on October 23, 2015

Selected by editors at Ski Magazine
5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

Girls, meet your new favorite sweatshirt— for skiing, chilling at home, running errands, etc. The Wangs (those French have such a good sense of humor) is made with Polartec’s new Power Wool: Next-to-skin merino is bonded with a layer of synthetic insulation, offering the comfort
of merino but with a durability that’s usually lacking. The flattering Aoraki pants are lightly insulated and have articulated knees for comfort.

http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/2016s-best-ski-jackets-and-pants?i=55607916&s=12

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on October 23, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Similar to the Eider Aoraki Jacket we reviewed, the women’s Red Square Jacket is an eye-catcher, with heathered fabric that lends a totally distinct look. As part of the crossover collection designed for performance, comfort and style, this versatile insulated jacket is substantial in weight for those storm skiing days on mountain or blizzard bar hopping nights. When the skies clear, it’s got two way, mesh-backed vents to cool things down. The jacket fits true to size, and while we love that the collar and hood are lined with Highloft fleece, the material is not quite as luxe as it looks. In addition to rose wine, this style is also available in white and dark night. Eider’s proprietary Defender technology makes garments 100 percent waterproof, 100 percent windproof and 100 percent breathable.

FAVORITE FEATURES: The overall design of the Red Square Jacket, from the Defender Weave texture and two slightly off-center square snaps to the stretch fabric, ergonomic elbows and thumb hole cuffs, is the perfect representation of a “crossover” garment we’d wear anywhere. We appreciate that the hood and powder skirt are both optional, and when the hood is on, it snaps neatly into the collar instead of flapping in the wind. Plenty of pocket storage let’s you bring your whole day and night’s worth of necessities out with you, and the Aquaguard zippers that aren’t covered under flaps are a really cool modern-looking metallic gold with big teeth.

http://www.onthesnow.com/gear/a/2515/2015-ski-jacket-buyers--guide/eider/red-square-jacket-ii-w

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on October 23, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

Favorite Features: The Spencer GTX C-Knit Pant is built rough, in case you tumble. Kevlar ankle cuffs and a 3-layer GORE-TEX membrane are just a few of the many features that make this a backcountry go-to. The stretch bib, which zips out, is a nice touch and works well with the comfortable suspenders. We love the extra-long leg vents, which allow for unparalleled breathability during long marches to the top. Other highlights include leg gaiters, adjustable waistband and connection loops for a powder skirt.
http://www.onthesnow.com/gear/a/6687/2015-2016-men-s-pants-buyers--guide/eider/spencer-gtx-c-knit-pant

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on October 23, 2015

Review from Ski Magazine
5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

Editor's choice: Ski Magazine
"The Annecy, France–based company with
a penchant for stylish, high-tech designs thinks skiers should be comfortable—and look good at the same time. The shell, rocking Gore-Tex’s new C-Knit backer technology, has a removable stretch powder skirt, an internal media pocket in addition to four large external pockets, and underarm vents. The pants boast a removable stretch bib and suspenders."

http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/2016s-best-ski-jackets-and-pants?i=55607917&s=6

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on October 23, 2015

EIDER Spencer Jacket Selected by Ski Mag
5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

Editor's choice: Ski Magazine
"The Annecy, France–based company with
a penchant for stylish, high-tech designs thinks skiers should be comfortable—and look good at the same time. The shell, rocking Gore-Tex’s new C-Knit backer technology, has a removable stretch powder skirt, an internal media pocket in addition to four large external pockets, and underarm vents. The pants boast a removable stretch bib and suspenders."

http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/2016s-best-ski-jackets-and-pants?i=55607917&s=6

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on June 10, 2015

Langtang Review - Outside Magazine
5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

To create the perfect spring layer, Millet incorporated 700-fill down panels (using 90% duck feathers instead of pricier goose) on the front, back, and collar and paired them with lightweight nylon-stretch fabric on the arms, shoulders, and hood. The whole package is windproof, water-repellent, and surprisingly slim fitting for a puffy.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on June 10, 2015

Climbing Magazine - EDITOR'S CHOICE
5 5

The rope you bring to the sport crag depends on what phase of the redpointing process you’re in: Toproping and working a project requires a nice fat cord while send attempts are much better with a pleasantly skinny cord. Instead of lugging—and buying—two separate lines, take the Opposite TRX 9/10, which is an 80-meter cord with two different diameters. One end is 50 meters of 9mm thickness, and the other is 30 meters of 10mm thickness, so you can carry one cord for two vastly different purposes. Not only did our testers think this was a genius idea, but they loved the performance of the rope, from toproping in Rumney, New Hampshire, to taking 15-foot falls on Sonic Youth (5.13a) in Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado. Millet’s Triaxiale braided core has been proven in past years as a strong and long-lasting design, and that was no different with the Opposite. Six months and two road-tripping sendbots couldn’t get the rope to reveal any durability flaws, and it ran through a variety of belay devices (both tube style and assisted braking) smoothly. Even the changeover point where it goes from 9mm to 10mm was seamless when moving through belay devices and gear. It only comes in an 80-meter version, and at an average of 63 g/m, it weighs in at just over 11 pounds.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on June 10, 2015

UBIC review from Backpacker Mag
5 5

WHY WE LIKE IT: This burly, big-volume, well-organized pack boasts a unique system of exterior straps that lend it year-round performance – without adding a lot of weight.
VERSATILITY: A set of durable, plastic-reinforced horizontal straps and loops easily secures everything from skis, snowboards, and snowshoes to a tent or trekking poles. On an eight-day trip in Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park, one tester reports that her mid-fat powder skis were “as secure as if they were super glued on, yet removing them on the go was still a breeze.”
ACCESS: While the UBIC has a clean exterior, the stretchy, zippered front and side pockets provide easy, on-the-go access to gloves, hats, and extra layers. “The pockets are super low-profile, but held 1-liter bottles, excess clothes, and even my camp chair,” reports one tester. Plus, the extra-large, rubber-encased zipper pulls are truly glove friendly.
COMFORT: The pack easily adjusts to fit 17 to 21-inch torsos via nylon webbing on the backpanel. “Even fully loaded with 45 pounds, the pack sat on my hips without pinching or rubbing,” says one traditionally hard-to-fit tester. He credits the cushioned hipbelt and tapered shoulder straps (the top sections of which offer a broad 3 inches of coverage that distribute the weight evenly across your shoulders).
CAVEAT Testers at the higher end of the torso range felt slightly cramped, and wanted more length.

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Millet Langtang review from Backpacker

From Backpacker Magazine’s Spring 15 Gear Guide:

Packs a lot of warmth into a pint glass-size package.
WARMTH FOR WEIGHT: The Langtang kept us toasty on summer peakbagging trips (as a stand-alone) and in subfreezing, shoulder season hikes (under a shell), thanks to the 700-fill duck down in the chest and back. But the stretch-polyester sleeves mean it offers better breathability than a full down jacket during high-output activities. Pertex Quantum shell fabric covers the core and resists light precip.
DURABILITY: The two-way stretch arm fabric has great range of motion for scrambling, and it’s tougher than it looks. “The sleeves were undamaged after some of my more inelegant moves that involved jamming my arm into cracks,” says one tester after a climbing trip in Colorado.
FEATURES: The hood is the same uninsulated stretch material and provides adequate protection from wind on gusty ridgelines, but you’ll want to add a beanie in chilly conditions.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

I'm not much of a vest person, but I love this one because it's sporty and not too puffy, so I feel like it's more of a fashion piece. Meaning, I've found myself wearing it around the city, not just up in the mountains. Fit is slender and tailored. I typically wear a size 4 in US brands, but wear a 6 in this.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on June 10, 2015

Great year round piece
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

I've had this fleece for about 9 months now, and love it. It's really warm, stretchy, and fitted, so I've worn it as my main insulator under a shell on most my ski days this year. Longer cut in the back which is nice, and I also really like that the collar is big and wide, so it's more comfortable when fully zipped, and also lays nicely when unzipped. I hesitate to call it a fleece, because that fosters images of something less...cute. But this one is really feminine and figure flattering, which makes me grab it more often than the others in my closet. And because it's Polartec Powerstretch, it doesn't pill.<br ></article><br />As for sizing, it kind of depends on your preferences. I usually wear a US 4 (sometimes 6) and got this in a 6. But like I said, it's really fitted, so you could only wear a thin tight layer beneath. If you want to wear more underneath or prefer something looser, size up.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on June 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

I have this tank and especially like it for warm weather hiking because the shoulders are wide enough to provide protection against my backpack straps, yet I still get the benefits of no sleeves. The V-neck comes up a bit higher than a lot too, so if you're worried about chest sun exposure, you're covered. Literally. But the thing I love most is the fabric - so so soft on the skin, and you barely notice the flatlock seams. I also wear it for winter workouts at the gym, when I want more skin coverage and can appreciate the side rouching to mask winter's extra lbs. ;-)

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