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Rachael Van Dolah

Rachael Van Dolah

Salt Lake City, UT and Charleston, SC

Rachael Van Dolah's Bio

While a native to South Carolina and drawn to the coast, warmth, and the sunshine, I have made a change to exploring other places and I am try out mountain life for a bit. At this time I am calling Salt Lake home and enjoying the area around. When the weather is warm, you will find me camping, hiking, biking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee and when winter is back and snow has fallen I will be skiing up at snowbird or trying my hand at some snowboarding on the bunny slope.

Rachael Van Dolah

Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this bottle in the 32 oz size and loved it so much I came back for more. The 32, while great was just a tad too large for day to day carrying around. The 25 oz is perfect. The design is comfortable to carry, the spill proof lid works wonderfully, the ease of drinking from the bottle is nice, and to top it all off the lid even offers a little mouth guard if you want to keep dust, grime, and dirt off of the drinking portion of the cap. I really like these bottles and I would certainly recommend these to anyone. I am now the proud owner of 4, although this may be more than I really need.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the lock set to pair with my AeroBlade rack system. A small part of the package, but wonderful for giving you peace of mind that someone will not run off with your gear. Well worth the money.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

I shopped around for months for the perfect rack system and I simply could not decide. After taking a look to see what each of these racks looked like in person, I made a move and went with the AeroBlade set up and the assigned Thule Rapid Traverse Foot Pack. I have been so pleased with this system. Easy to assemble, stable on the car, quiet as can be on the freeway, and very durable. These feet are a must for the set up and have worked well. Overall the set up was a pricey purchase, but well worth it. I suspect I will be able to use this set up for many years to come!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I shopped around for months for the perfect rack system and I simply could not decide. After taking a look to see what each of these racks looked like in person, I made a move and went with the AeroBlade set up. I have been so pleased with this rack. Easy to assemble, stable on the car, quiet as can be on the freeway, very durable, and looks great on the car. Overall I love it. Pricey purchase, but well worth it. I suspect I will be able to use this set up for many years to come!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this cargo box for a cross-country move in my small sedan and it was perfect for adding a little more storage. I was concerned about it surviving the trip because it was pretty flimsy feeling in material, but once mounted and filled it was surprisingly stable and did not flop around. It also survived very strong winds and very heavy rains on this lengthy drive. Overall I was quite pleased with my purchase and knowing how well it did on this drive I would recommend this to someone looking for a little more space. Do note the sizing however as it is far too small to fit skis, boards, or anything of size inside.

I should warn that the initial assembly is a bit of a pain, but the good news is you probably only have to do it once. It took two people to hold everything in place to assemble, but was easily mounted by one once done.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased this item because it was recommended to me by a friend and I think I will be very satisfied with the helmet this summer. Light weight, easy to adjust, plenty of ventilation, and a nice brim to keep the sun off a bit. I only have initial impressions as I have been slow to pull the bikes out this season, but from what I can tell at this point, the helmet will fit the bill.

*** Size appears to be true. I have a smaller head and purchased the small which fits perfectly with a few simple adjustments.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I gave this item as a gift for Mother's Day since my mom is interested in lap swimming this summer. While I have not used this exact pair purchased, I have used this style and I love them. They are very comfortable, easily adjusted, work well even with smaller faces, and stay in place when swimming. Simple design and lower in price, but I have been very happy with my TYR goggles.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave this item as a gift and it was a total hit. Beautifully designed and well made. This was recently given so I do not have any feedback to provide at this time on break in time or durability but the previous reviews were helpful when I was searching. From what I can tell this is a wonderful seat and I know the recipient will love it for years to come.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on January 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I purchased this item as a Christmas gift and the recipient seemed to really like it. I was not familiar with this brand before I purchased, but I took a chance at the advice of a bike customer service representative. Overall this item is great. Wonderful ventilation (pictures do not do it justice), a nice tailored fit (not baggy and not slim), comfortable material, and a great design.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this item last year and wasn't a fan off of the bat due to the size. I ended up returning, but came back to the same item one year later. I recently repurchase and it turned out to be a great addition to my gear. This pump was a little smaller than I was looking for, but I was very impressed by how light it was, yet powerful.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this light for the sake of being visible on my bike when riding at night and I think it does a wonderful job. Plenty of options regarding light flashing, light weight, easy to install on the bike, bright, and very reasonable price wise. I would certainly recommend this product.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Although I read the reviews that indicated that this item ran large, I personally found that the shorts ran a bit on the small side. I started with a small (based off of the sizing chart) and ended up with a medium. Overall these shorts have been great this summer. They are light weight, breathable, and very comfortable. These have also held up in a few tumbles.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a bit concerned about purchasing this product since I was not going to have a chance to test this out before a trip, but the hydration reservoir was great. Easy to fill, easy to lock in place to ensure no leaking occurred, the hose fit my pack perfectly in length, and this particular hose also comes with a lock near the bite valve that prevents any leaking in between drinks. I read in the reviews that folks have encountered a funky taste (plastic like) with bladders like this, but I gave mine one quick swish with water and didn't find any funky flavoring. I have used a variety of brands over the years and I have to say this is by far my favorite.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have purchased two pairs, one for myself and one as a gift and both fit us well. These guards are light weight, but very durable and I would say they fit true according to the sizing chart. The neoprene sleeve on each pair was a tad on the tight side to start, but stretches out with use. One nice feature that sold me on this style over others was the fact that the exterior hard shell can be removed from the interior neoprene sleeve so you do not need to take off your shoes to shed the extra bulk. When you are ready for your descent and need the extra protection you can pull the hard shell out of your pack and reattach. I have yet to have any negative feedback on this item so I do not have any to share at this time, but I do have concerns about the stitching that others have mentioned in reviews below.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Although this jersey is fairly basic in design, it is great for summer biking. It is lightweight, breathable, and tailored enough in an athletic fit that it is not baggy, but it is not tight. I found the sizing chart to be pretty accurate and I fit perfectly in a Medium at 5?7 and 135 lbs.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Although I have not personally used this item as I have purchased this as a gift to ensure my guys dome piece was well protected for mountain biking, I do have feedback to share. With a 23.5 inch head circumference he fit perfectly in the size range for the Large on the sizing chart and when received, the Large fit him perfectly. The helmet is lightweight, easy to get on, allows plenty of ventilation, and perfect for his needs. He did have two features that he was not sold on at first, but has come to like them. The first was the padding felt a bit too plush to start in the jawline and lower cheek regions, but seems to have packed out a bit by forming to his face with use. The second is the closure system for the helmet strap was a bit of a pain at first, but with a few rides he has gotten the hang of it. Fingers crossed he doesn't go down hard enough to truly test its durability, but it seems to be a very well designed helmet.

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