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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

Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have too many socks. I have too many wool socks at that. And yet, I keep getting more on the quest for warm toes to keep pedaling through colder weather.

The Giordana Merino Socks are quickly climbing to the top of the power rankings in my sock drawer. They are super comfortable, stay in place well, and wick moisture well to keep your mind on the road and not cold toes.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Fusion Bib Tights are my go to base mile tight--when the effort will be steady and not too sporty overall. They are thicker in material than the FR-C Pro Bib Tight, and slightly less compressive in fit.

Giordana nails the fit and chamois in these tights--they are comfortable to wear over long miles and the bib straps stay in place and don't get stretched out over time. The chamois is top notch and moves with your body rather than getting bunched up (proper fit is key for this though! I sized to a medium for the best fit for me).

If you're looking for an all-arounder bib tight, this is a great option!

for size reference, I am 5'6" 145lbs, wear a 29" jean. I wear a medium in bibs from Giordana, Assos, Machines for freedom. A large in jerseys and jackets.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As someone who decidedly does not *love* winter, the Giordana winter gear is getting me excited to brave the elements and ride outside as long as possible.
The FR-C Pro Lyte Jacket has been the perfect addition to my winter kit arsenal: I love it paired with their ceramic baselayer for temps around the 40s (I tend to run warm). With a thicker baselayer, and on rolling terrain, could do well to colder temps, too.

My favorite part about this jacket is the breathable, jersey-knit, back panel. Most of my rides here in Utah are up a canyon, and back down. Being able to dump heat on the way up keeps me cool and comfortable, wicking sweat so I'm not too cold on the way down. I also love the zip pocket--keeping my wallet (okay, it's a binder clip) close at hand but separate from the pockets I go in and out of during the ride. A small detail that's worth noting: the *real* size zipper pull on the front! So many jackets have these teeny tiny zipper pulls that are near impossible to use with gloves on. Giordana was so intentional with making this a cold weather piece--even with thick gloves, I can easily vent that zipper as needed.

The fit is true for Giordana--I went with a large to have room for a long sleeve baselayer. I am 5'6" 145lbs, wear a 29" jean size, and wear a medium bib for Giordana, Assos, Machines for Freedom, and Castelli. I wear a large jersey for Giordana, Castelli, and Assos (medium for the rest).

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Despite growing up in the Upper Midwest, and living for my whole darn life in places with school district "cold days," I do not *love* winter. I tolerate it. I would surely be more content with warmer rides, but alack, there is something about emerging from winter, feeling like a day above 50 degrees makes you invincible. But I digress.

Giordana's FR-C Pro Bib Tight makes me excited to get out on the colder days, knowing that I will stay warm and comfortable to get in those winter base miles. The strap design for the FR-C makes it both incredibly comfortable and durable--no pinching at the waist of the bib, the straps stay in place well. Giordana's chamois is top notch--I barely notice it on the bike and yet it keeps me comfortable in the saddle no matter how long the ride.

I really appreciate the fit of the FR-C Bib Tight, too. The tights are perfectly compressive, yet move so well with your body (something I've found other tights lack at).

For sizing reference: I am 5'6" 145lbs, wear a medium in Giordana, Machines for Freedom, and Assos bibs (and a 29" jean). And a large in jerseys and jackets.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Giordana Ceramic Long Sleeve Baselayer has been the perfect addition to my winter kit selection, allowing me to ride comfortably regardless of temperature. The fabric is *so soft* and wicks incredibly well. I live in the mountains and most of my rides are long climbs followed by long descents--this baselayer keeps me comfortable for both temperature ranges without getting too chilled on the way back down.

I like the long sleeve version for 45 degrees and colder, but opt for the short sleeve on warmer rides. I've been pleasantly surprised at the versatility of temperature ranges for this baselayer--not limited to only super cold days.

Sizing wise, I wear a medium in this baselayer. I'm 5'6" 145lbs, 29" waist. I wear a medium in Giordana bibs, Machines for Freedom, Assos bibs. A large in Giordana tops (I size up to better fit my chest).

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Giordana Ceramic Long Sleeve Baselayer has been the perfect addition to my winter kit selection, allowing me to ride comfortably regardless of temperature. The fabric is *so soft* and wicks incredibly well. I live in the mountains and most of my rides are long climbs followed by long descents--this baselayer keeps me comfortable for both temperature ranges without getting too chilled on the way back down.

I like the long sleeve version for 45 degrees and colder, but opt for the short sleeve on warmer rides. I've been pleasantly surprised at the versatility of temperature ranges for this baselayer--not limited to only super cold days.

Sizing wise, I wear a medium in this baselayer. I'm 5'6" 145lbs, 29" waist. I wear a medium in Giordana bibs, Machines for Freedom, Assos bibs. A large in Giordana tops (I size up to better fit my chest).

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this light for the last couple weeks of early pre-work rides. I like how fast it is to mount to my bike, and swap between bikes, while being super secure across a lot of terrain. It charges quickly and simply with the included cord. So far, no issues and am really pleased with it's weight and performance.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wanted to love this shoe after reading all the reviews on it! Not being able to find a women's version in stock, I went with the smallest size in the men's offering. Sadly, it was toooo big for me in a 39. They are wicked comfortable and do run wider in the toe than the majority of shoes, making them a great option for folks who find Giro too snug.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am *stoked* about these shoes. After something of a quest, I went with the Pearl Izumi X-Project Elite shoe for my mountain bike/bikepacking racing shoe. It has great stiffness to the sole, without feeling too unnatural for hike-a-bike sections. I really like the ability to fine-tune the arch fit, too--there are included arch supports for high/average/low arches. I also love the BOA dial system, allowing me to snug up the fit as the day goes on, and also pop off real fast at the end of a long ride.

Sizing is true--I went with a 38.5. For reference: I wear a 39 in Giro and 38 in Lake.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

The Ergon SR Gel Sport Saddle is quickly climbing my power rankings for road+gravel saddles. I tried out this saddle over a few days riding in southern Utah, with lots of climbing, lots of descending and a fair bit of chip-seal pavement just to keep things interesting.
I really like the relief channel in the saddle, it felt much better to me than my current saddle without. As mentioned a lot, saddles are *very* personal, but I find this one to be worth a go!
I went with the medium/large, after feeling like the small/medium had my butt bones just a bit over the edge.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jersey rules for those just-crisp-enough riding days. Paired with a jacket, the windstopper material kept me comfortable down to 35 degrees, and without would be great to 50+ degrees or so. I was initially skeptical of the design, but I really like how well I could regulate heat without another layer on my forearms.

The fit is true for Castelli. I'm 5'6" 148lbs and wear a large in Castelli, Giordana, XL in Assos and Medium in Machines for Freedom.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So. About the straps, let's just address that off the bat, eh? I'm sure some folks like it, but oy, I am not a fan. After a couple decades of playing bikes, I have perfected the strap-scoot-through of the shirt sleeve, and feel fine about that situation. The snap thing in the front of these bibs I find a bit cumbersome and weird to put on.

Moving on, the chamois itself is *very* good. Like wear-for-many-hours-right-away comfortable. I tested these out over three days of riding in Southern Utah and was stoked about the comfort over many long miles of canyon rides. The length felt just right to me, and they wick perfectly.

Assos does run small. I wear an XL in these bib shorts, but a large in Castelli, Giordana, a medium in Machines for Freedom. I am 5'6" and 148lbs (ish).

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