Pete LaBore

Pete LaBore

Park City, UT - Giddy Up!

Peter's Passions

Biking
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Peter's Bio

Enjoy rechargin my batteries doing anything outside...

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Pete LaBore wrote a question about on February 13, 2011

Training for a 50k and debating on this pack vs the hpl 020. Any recess. Prefer lightweight and less, but don't want to run out of water on summer runs. Mostly will be running in park city: mid mountain and round valley.

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Pete LaBore wrote a question about on January 11, 2011

Looking at this pack for an overnight summer trail running trip and curious how much I could fit in this bag as well as how cumbersome it would be. I'm not sure exactly what gear I'll be taking yet , but assume minimal as possible: bivy sack or small sleeping bag, few energy bars, light/packable jacket, spare socks. Also hoping to do some fly fishing on the trip, so will likely strap a 4 piece pole to the outside and have a small fly box and reel in the pack. Any thoughts on if this pack can hold?

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Pete LaBore wrote an answer about on December 13, 2010

A shell is just an outer layer without insulation that you would typically layer underneath to stay warm. Layering is typically better for active days so you can adjust when the temperature adjusts (i.e. when skiing). In this case the shell is made from Gore-Text Pro Shell, so it provides both outer protection from the elements and allows your sweat to escape well.

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Pete LaBore wrote a review of on August 6, 2010

5 5

We've had our chariot for about 4 months and have used it exclusively as a jogging stroller. Now that our little guy is a bit bigger, I wanted to give this a try. It's easy as pie to attach to the bike (any bike for that matter) and the chariot. It has extra safety connections on each attachment point. When riding with it, you can ride just like normal and I barely know it's there, even on corners. If you've got the chariot and like to bike, this is a no-brainer. Our little guy loves it.

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Pete LaBore wrote a review of on May 28, 2010

Good Enough...
4 5

I don't have much natural sunblock left on top of my head (hair), thus I always need to wear a hat out in long days in the sun. I debated between this and the OR Sombrero and went with the Marmot as the brim wasn't as huge and the price was a little nicer (full Goretex on the sombrero, so higher price makes sense). I mostly wear this hat for fly fishing.

Pros:
-The hat blocks the sun and breathes reasonably well.
-It's light weight, not heavy on the head.
-Both the head size adjustment and the chin strap (removable) work well to give you a variety of fits.
-I've had the hat in several rain storms and keeps my head day and face pretty dry
-Brim is about the right size for me, in the size S/M (I've got a small bean, 6 and 7/8).

Cons:
-In really heavy wind, it does flop around. That being said, overly stiff is annoying as well when it's not windy.
-I don't use the side magnets much to wear it Aussie style and could probably do without those as they can catch when you don't want them.

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Pete LaBore wrote a review of on March 30, 2010

5 5

I'm a creature of change in most things. After owning a pair of Salomon XA Pro GTX's and which I loved, I was in need of a new trail run shoe. I poked around on the site and tried on a variety of other brands, but ended up coming back to the Salomon's, and likely will again. Why...
-Solid feel on my foot (after playing soccer growing up, I hate loose fitting shoes)
-Great grip on the trail
-Comfy on long runs (although the XA gave me a little inner lace rub on the outside ball of my foot, these don't at all)
-The toebox is a little wider in the wings than others I tried (even the XA Pro GTX) and just fits me well. Others seem to feel it was skinny, so may have been a design change somewhere as the toe box is good for me and this is something I usually have issue with.
-Like the lacing system, especially in winter (never had a problem with it)
-I run in the rain and the winter a lot, so I'm a fan of the goretex to keep the feets dry
-Durable as hell (had my old pair for 2 plus years and the sole is just worn, but the uppers and outer look great even after some serious beatings)

Thus, for me, in this case, if it ain't broken, don't fix it...

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Pete LaBore wrote a review of on February 14, 2010

5 5

I've got a R1 pullover that has been my go to fleece for a while. I thought I'd try another version with the hood. This is not your typical hoody, it's definitely more of a balaclava. At first I didn't like it, but it's become my favorite for winter trail runs. I'll wear a base merino layer and the hoody and be plenty warm. On cold days, I can zip up the hoody for starters over a thin hat. As I warm up, it's easy to take the hood down adn the deep zip let me cool down even more. The thumb holes also keep the sleeves nice and snug.

I'm 5 ft 11'ish, and the medium fits me snug, snug in a good way.

Pros:
-Toasty warm
-Thumb loops
-Hood (balaclava)
-Typical Patagonia high quality
-Snug fit
-Chest pocket
-Hoody is not a typical hoody, more a performance hood that is meant to be used
-Long tail, keeps my bum warm..

Cons:
-If you're lookign for a casual hoody, this ain't it

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Pete LaBore wrote a review of on November 19, 2009

3 5

I got the white, bronze lens. I've got a tiny bean. These stay snug on my small bean, but I'd like the lens to be a little larger. I wear these mostly for trail running and wear the glasses pretty sung up against my face. Because these are smaller, the lower part of the lens is in the periphery. I've gotten used to it over time, but took some adjusting. Overall the lens is good, but I'm not an expert there. Ideally, I'd get a polarized pair, but didn't want to spend the extra stones (tend to lose glasses), so these work well. Good, not great.

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Pete LaBore wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

4 5

I was looking for a light mid-layer and was considering a Patagonia micro-puff and the Patagonia nano. I also wanted the full zip vs the nano and the micro-puff fit a bit more "bulky" than the athletic cut I wanted from a mid layer. I decided to give the Stoic a go and very happy. I've been a fan of the Goat gear and know the folks there put a lot of thought into their designs.Net-net: Love it, rec it. Will be back for more Stoic.I'm 5'10", 160 l-b's, the medium fits perfect, snug at the waist, sung collar, but not too tight, and easy to move the arms without the jacket crawling all up on me.

Pros:
-It's toasty warm, even for the low fill and small size
-The jacket is even lighter than I expected and I knew the weight from the tech specs. It's like wearing a feather, looks dope.
-Love the stitching on the coat, keeps the insulation organized after I ball it up in my pack and also looks cool.
-The waist is snug and has a micro pull in the pockets that actually works and works well (I've got several other jackets that it feels like I'm just going to break the pull).
-Doesn't look like a garbage bag (though I'd love to see a color other than black)
-Seems very durable but haven't really worn it enough yet. Will update here as the season progresses.
-Have only had it in the rain when outside walking the dogs. Dried out very quickly when I got it back home adn didn't lose heat when mildly wet.

Tweaks (wouldn't call em cons, all minor):
-I like the inner cuffs when I'm wearing it as an outer layer over a thin glove. However, when I put a shell on, the longer sleeves bulk up under my shell at my wrists and make a glove with a gusset a little harder. I'd probably prefer just the snug wrist cuff, but that's me.
-The outer pocket zips are a little small. Would like to see a bulkier zipper there. When I have a big glove on, a little tuff to grab and feel a little flimsy.
-Would love to see an extra layer of material stiched onto the topside of the zipper wind flap (patagonia always does this on their thin walled shells). Keeps the zipper from grabbing on the fabric with a one handed zip and also keeps the flap from wearing over time.
-The pictures above show a red/orange liner. The jacket is all black in and out with red zips (probably just a design vs production adjustment). Functionally, all the same, just a cosmetic difference.
-Rather than a thread through earphone cord router, would like to see the Velcro fold over (Narona sheels have these). Makes in and out a lot easier...no thread the needle.

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Pete LaBore wrote a review of on May 27, 2009

5 5

Love this jacket....This is a great lightweight soft shell. It stretches well and breathes great as well. It's got a mini zip cord to snug up the bottom and a fleece lined inner collar to minimize chafe. I also like the arm cuffs are nice and sung on the wrists and the pockets are soft lined to warm up your hands if needed. I use it for cycling on cooler, slightly damp days (repels light water well) and on cooler trail runs when I know I'll be wearing a coat the entire run.

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