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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 LaBlance

Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on May 25, 2016

Outside Magazine Gear of the Year
5 5

Outside Magazine selected Millet's Matrix MBS as Gear of the Year: With ice-axe retention you can release with the pack on, gear loops for ‘beaners and belay devices, and an integrated crampon pocket, the Matrix is purpose built for ski mountaineering. But you don’t have to rope up to appreciate how light, roomy, and useful the Matrix is. The diagonal ski-carry system – a quick buckle and cinch of a strap and you’re off – leaves the top pocket and pack body accessible with the skis in place…

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on May 25, 2016

Rockway selected in Backpacker Magazine
5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 127 lbs

From the editors at Backpacker: The Vibram IBEXT outsole is predictably sticky, but unlike a rock shoe has flat, shallow lugs. The lugs are so densely packed though, that there's a ton of surface contact. We had gecko-like grip on steep slabs, but could still tear through loose gravel and soft trail, thanks to the lugs....

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on May 16, 2016

5 5

Read the full review here: http://www.gearinstitute.com/hiking/item/millet-7-summits-sleeping-bag-review

SUMMARY:
The Millet 7 Summits unisex sleeping bag is a comfortable, warm bag with a great tapered mummy design and excellent loft, better than any others in the category. Although unisex, it fits a woman’s body extremely well and is, in fact, our overall top pick in this category – assuming one is willing to pay up. It is also a little bulkier compared to other bags in this category.

Compressibility
Given the amount of loft in the 7 Summits, this bag compresses very compactly but with slightly more effort than required for all other bags in this category. The sleeping bag also comes with an excellent compression sack.

Warmth
The 7 Summits has a 700-fill composite down structure with an excellent loft – indeed, it is loft that excels that of all other bags in this category. Despite that, it was comparable in warmth to other high-performing bags in this category. The down on the bottom is Downtek treated down which makes the down water repellent, increasing down performance. Additional features, like an extremely generous draft tube, also helped eliminate draft. Users found this bag warm in temperatures dipping into the mid to high 20s but required an extra layer of clothing when temperatures fell to the low 20s.

Features
Millet’s 7 Summits features a composite down fill and a 3D build for greater loft – which it achieves. The anti-cold flap along the zipper and shoulder collar provide extra coziness and a comfortable hood with a cinchable drawcord for adjustment. The glow in the dark zipper is an excellent feature.

The 7 Summits also features a ripstop shell and, like all other bags in the category, is water-repellent. There is a small, inside Velcro pocket which is handy for something like a music source and tissues, but too small for larger items such as a phone.

Overall Comfort
Millet’s 7 Summits is a unisex bag and therefore not specifically shaped to a woman’s body. That said, users found the relaxed mummy shape overall very cozy and warm to the mid 20s.

Durability
Millet’s 7 Summits held up to wear and tear and showed no marks of use in the testing phase. I do not foresee any durability issues with continued use.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on May 16, 2016

5 5

Read the full review here - http://www.gearinstitute.com/climbing/ropes/item/millet-silver-triaxiale

The Millet Silver Triaxiale is a lightweight 9.8mm rope for sport climbing with a Triaxiale braided core and Anti-Friction treatment. The rope is available in 60, 70, and 80 meter lengths and two colors: green and orange.

Handling

In testing, the Silver Triaxiale was one of the most popular ropes in terms of handling. The rope fed smoothly through belay devices, knotted with ease, and provided confident catches during falls. Over the life of the rope, the handling characteristics remained favorable, in part due to the rope’s great durability.

Resistance to Dirt

Millet treated the rope with their Anti-Friction technology which is intended to offer resistance to dirt and abrasion. This treatment kept the rope cleaner than many other ropes tested. The bright color of the rope did eventually fade with use, which is pretty common with well used ropes.

Durability

The rope features Millet’s Triaxiale braided core technology, which is intended to increase the longevity of the rope. In tests, the rope’s sheath held up great despite repeated abuses during desert tower climbs and on sharp limestone sport routes. Additionally, the core of the rope retained its positive feel and handling characteristics.

Features

The rope has a black middle mark that was useful when setting up rappels. However with dirt and wear, the mark faded and it quickly became one of the harder middle marks for testers to find. Handling and durability are the best features of this rope.

Weight

At 62 grams per meter, the Silver Triaxiale was lighter than many other 9.8mm ropes tested.

Versatility
The Silver Triaxiale is a versatile rope that will find favor with sport climbers looking for a durable, workhorse rope for redpoint work sessions. Meanwhile, trad climbers will appreciate the balance between lightweight and toughness found in this 9.8mm rope while being resistant to dirt and abrasion thanks to the Anti-Friction treatment.

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Maro LaBlancewrote a review of on May 16, 2016

5 5

MILLET Ubic was awarded Best in Class from the editors at www.gearinstitute.com. Read the whole review at http://www.gearinstitute.com/hiking/item/millet-ubic-60-10

Storage
The Millet UBIC 60+10 features top storm flap access and a bottom sleeping bag compartment access to the main compartment. The storm flap comes with a front zipper that unzips and extends access to the main compartment. These organizational options are great for packing, unpacking and accessing the contents.

The UBIC contains a side stretch pocket that was large enough to securely store a 1-liter water bottle, or other smaller items. Instead of having a twin stretch pocket on the other side of the pack, the UBIC also contains a zippered side pocket that will also secure a 1-liter water bottle, but also makes for another versatile pocket for additional storage for easy-to-access items when you’re on the move. I really enjoyed the organizational options these pockets provide.

The UBIC utilizes a typical internal hydration sleeve to store up to a 3-liter hydration bladder, contains one side zippered hip belt pocket and a small zippered pocket on the front of the pack that I found useful for small items that I like to access regularly.

Comfort
Hip Belt
The Millet UBIC 60+10 hip belt has a thick, comfortable padding that wrapped around my waist easily and provided for an easy fit and adjustment. The hip belt moved well with my body and continued to be comfortable even after long days in the mountains. I also liked the zippered hip belt pocket.

Back panel/Shoulder Straps
The UBIC uses a 3D mesh on the inside of the shoulder straps and part of the back panel to create comfort and airflow. This helped keep me cooler in warmer conditions and during aerobic activities. The back panel itself, allowed for good airflow and easy adjustment of torso length to allow for a good overall fit. The shoulder straps had good padding, which ended up being quite comfortable.

Stability
The UBIC 60+10 was stable and comfortable carrying loads in the 40 to 45 pound range. It did not shift, move or float on steep ascents or descents, or the occasional scramble. The UBIC still performed well when carrying loads in the 50-55 pound range, but I found that I did begin to feel the weight more in my shoulders regardless of how I adjusted the pack.

Overall Comfort
The Millet UBIC 60+10 provides good overall comfort while carrying loads up to 45 pounds in a variety of conditions, but was not as comfortable with heavier weight. The pack’s stability, padding and ease of adjustment all help increase its overall comfort.

Durability
The Millet UBIC 60+10 proved durable and tough in a variety of conditions. The zippers, pockets and fabrics all performed well and despite weeks of rugged use, the only blemishes on the pack seemed to be a few minor scratches on the fabric.

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