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Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonau

Park City, UT

Hannah Dhonau's Passions

Road Biking
Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Hannah Dhonau's Bio

I can often be found on the trail, with a snack in my pocket and a song in my head.

I've spent six years as an expeditionary backpacking leader, leading trips across North America, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. My days in civilization are punctuated with long rides, runs, and summit-top dance parties.

Feel free to give me a shout for recommendations on gear or tunes! hdhonau@backcountry.com

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on December 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A perfect solution for hydration on extended runs. The 250ml size fits well into the chest pockets of my running vest and avoid the slosh effect all too common to bigger vessels.

The neck of the flask is relatively small, so can be cumbersome to refill mid-race if you're in the thick of things. Overall though, a really slick piece of kit to keep your mind on the trail, not your bottles.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on December 5, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing these gloves for the last month or so, in temps around the 35-50* range. My range are short, so the fit is not great--too much extra fabric at the ends of the fingers, while fitting well across the palm. The snot wipe though, that soft bit of fabric along the thumb, prime! Cold and flu season hit Utah with a vengeance, and that little patch of fabric has been holding strong.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Sorpasso 2 Tight has become an even more versatile tight than I had hoped for. The tight is a great option for rides between about 50* and 30*, any colder than that and you'll be rather chilled!

I tested these out for the first time on a 45*, pretty windy, day here in Utah. Whether on the way up a climb or cruising down the rail trail for the last miles home in the dark (wooops), the Sorpasso 2 tight somehow had me at the right temperature. It felt a bit like the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants thing--except instead of fitting 4 bodies, these tights fit every temperature (within reason).

The stretch of the tight is pretty perfect: allowing for a great range of motion without getting sloppy. The one weird thing: the red fleece on the interior gives an odd sheen to the fabric when stretched. I really appreciate the thinner fabric used in at the back of the waistband--heat vents well, and it makes for a nice silhouette.

I like to pair these tights with the Trasparente Jersey, for those 40*ish days of fall and spring.

Sizing is true for Castelli--may need to size up. I usually wear a medium in most brands' bibs and tights (29

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

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

Skratch nailed it with their new Anytime Energy Bars. I've tried both the Miso Ginger and the Chocolate Chip/Almond, both are magnificent.

I really love the texture of the bars--not too sticky as to get caught on gloves, and with a good amount of moisture. The flavors are wonderful--the Miso Ginger has this great bit of spice to it, while the Chocolate Almond is perfectly sweet. I'll be stashing these in any and all pockets all winter, from skiing to riding, to commuting.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

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

Skratch nailed it with their new Anytime Energy Bars. I've tried both the Miso Ginger and the Chocolate Chip/Almond, both are magnificent.

I really love the texture of the bars--not too sticky as to get caught on gloves, and with a good amount of moisture. The flavors are wonderful--the Miso Ginger has this great bit of spice to it, while the Chocolate Almond is perfectly sweet. I'll be stashing these in any and all pockets all winter, from skiing to riding, to commuting.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I reckon we all drink more water with a bladder than a water bottle--the straw is right there when you have a spare moment while hiking or riding. I am a HUGE fan of the Platypus Big Zip! The over-sized zipper closure makes it super easy to refill as you go, so you can stay hydrated while on the trail. The straw is easy to pop on and off, so you can keep the hose in place when you refill the bladder. Overall, this is an awesome and durable bladder I'd recommend to anyone!

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am *very* impressed with the Trasparente 2 from Castelli. I've long struggled with layering for riding in Utah's fall as my rides often are climbing up a canyon then descending. The Trasparente has been the perfect jersey to keep me comfortable in that ever-tricky temperature range of late fall.

The windstopper panels on the jersey keep the fit lovely with a nice silhouette. The sleeves, cut for a forward riding position, avoid the all-too-common bunching of fabric at the shoulders of other jerseys. The 3 pockets in back are deep enough to hold all those snacks for winter base miles, while being easy to reach into while riding.

The windstopper fabric makes it warmer and sturdier than other jerseys--more of a hybrid between jersey and jacket like Castelli's Gabba, but thinner. This jersey is perfect for 40-55* or so. Castelli ranks it up to 65*, but I think it would be too warm for me at that temperature.

I'm 5'6" 140# and prefer the race fit of the medium. I would recommend going up a size if you prefer a club or looser fit

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I move a lot...both in terms of trail runs, bike rides, mountain romps, as well as having 4 addresses in the last 10 months. The Trigger Point STK Foam Roller has been the answer to all my sore and tired body's needs.

The small size of this foam roller makes it easy to toss in a bag for a race weekend, or squeeze into the last teeny tiny bit of space in your jam-packed Honda for one more trip across the country. It is smooth-rolling when in use, and manages to stay pretty clean and lint-free.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up before a recent trip to Moab to test my mettle on the Whole Enchilada trail, 22+ miles of downhill, slick-rocky wonder.

The POC kneepads are incredibly comfortable, allowing me to focus on the trail and not the pads. I found them light, breathable, more so than I had even hoped through the ride's 80* day. They didn't slip down or sag once, remained in exactly the same spot.

I am a pretty true lady medium, and took a medium in these pads, the smalls almost fit, but were a bit snug round my calf.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

5 5

I've been a Mission loyalist for the past several years, relying on these bubs for everything from road to light trail to closed-toed-shoe camp games.

The upper is flexible and light, dries out quickly. I really love the wider toe-box, too, allowing my feet to stretch out and remain comfortable.

These are fantastic as a light hiking shoe, too, plenty sturdy for even some rough trails .

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Sense Pro 2 by Salomon is quickly becoming my favorite shoe.

It is relatively minimalist, less cushioning and bulk than others. It is also more flexible than the Speedcross, for example. The tread gives me grip on everything from slick rock in Utah to the forest trails of the Northwoods. I've found these most comfortable on middle distance runs--I've gone as long as about 8 miles comfortably.

They are light, durable, and dry out really quick thanks to the mesh upper.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 15, 2017

Yip Yip! Long Live the Hightower!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm relatively new to the world of full suspension bikes, and the Hightower in a 27.5+ was the plushest ride yet. A weekend's worth of riding in Moab put this bike (and rider!) to the test.

The 27.5+ platform (stock spec with a 2.8" tire) allowed me to roll over e-v-e-r-y-thing. The jeep road sections of Moab's Whole Enchilada trail have a lot of off-size rock and sand. The plus size tires gave me valuabe traction on the sandy sections, and just cruised over the loose rock climbs. The VPP suspension allowed for minimal loss of power on those short and punchy climbs throughout.

I was really impressed with the handling of the Hightower. It felt incredibly responsive and snappy, a crucial help on the twitchy and technical portions of the Porcupine Rim Trail, where there are rocks and drops a plenty, coupled with tight turns to avoid, oh, the edge of the cliff.

The Eagle X01 Group is a dream, shifting flawlessly over any terrain, through days of riding in sandy, windy weather. The stock RockShox Reverb Stealth post is incredible, as always, and was quick to pop lock and drop, getting the post in the right position very quickly.

This is a great bike for those looking for a workhorse trail bike, which can handle anything you throw at it.

At 5'6", I went with the small, though also feel comfortable on the medium frame.

Feel free to contact me for more information on the bike, or burrito locations within the greater Intermountain region.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So. I had been riding in a pair of $10 sunglasses, stubbornly touting that "They're **fine**!" they were not fine.

Enter, the Oakley Radar EV Pitch Prizm. I get it now! The hype! I rode in these for the first time over the weekend, in varied conditions around Utah. They are *so* clear and increase contrast well. I was especially impressed at their not fogging up, even as the temps increased as I climbed up Guardsman's Pass.

They fit well on me--I reckon someone with a considerably smaller face than I would feel they were oversized. I'm really looking forward to using these more!

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In my opinion, a good (great) baselayer shouldn't be noticed. It should do its job--insulate, wick sweat, without a lot of pomp and circumstance.

The Giro Chrono does this exceptionally well. It lays flat and stretches well, keeping a smooth silhouette beneath jersey and bibs. It insulates well, surprisingly so over this weekend's 60* rides. I've been really impressed with it so far!

Sizing wise: I took a small/medium and it fits well. I'm 5'6", 145#, 32D.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on September 20, 2017

Grins Abound!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm in love with this bike!

From the first day riding it, around some local xc trails in Park City, to a 7-mile hillclimb, to down hill laps of lift-access terrain, the 5010 has been my ride or die!

Riding over some tight singletrack, the 5010 was nimble and responsive. The geometry feels comfortable without being sloppy; the headtube angle keeps the front wheel under control on descents without feeling unwieldy on climbs.

I really tested the climbing and descending potential of the 5010 with the 7-mile, 2700' elevation gain, costume-clad, mtb race/party that is the Park City Tour de Suds. Over the miles of uphill, the VPP suspension kept my pedaling efficient--as efficient as it could be in a clown costume. Once we crested the top of Empire Pass, the 5010 proved a riot of a downhill machine, swooshing down some of the Deer Valley downhill tracks.

The 5010 is the perfect bike for the terrain I like to ride, while allowing me to ride with greater confidence and at greater speeds than I would on a lesser steed.

If you have any questions about the 5010 or trails in Park City, feel free to give me a shout! hdhonau@backcountry.com

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