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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 February 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These bibs are gorgeous and feel amazing, they were simply too long inseam-wise for my liking.

The straps are laser cut and lay well, the chamois A+.

Inseam length is 9" from the edge of the chamois to the bottom of hem. 12" from center chamois seam to hem. On my 5'6" (29" inseam) self, they came to just above my knee.

Like most Giordana kit, this runs small. The large fit well.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While GU may not be the original purveyor of Stroopwafel, they sure do a great job with their flavor variety. The Campfire S'more flavor was my latest try out, and they are delicious as well as perfectly portable for all the activities. I find that GU's stroopwafel don't crumble nearly as much as other brands do, staying in fine form through rides, runs, and roadtrips.
I recommend these for anyone looking for a real-er energy food option.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Perhaps its my upbringing in northern climates, my time spent living among the Sugar Maple in pine cabins, time spent making pancakes in the backcountry...whatever the reason may be: I. Love. Maple Syrup! Finally, my favorite condiment/beverage/topping is available in ultra-convenient packaging and sizing for on-the-go use.

UnTapped nails the quantity of this Grade A Maple Syrup, making it perfect for your pack or pocket for longer efforts. The top tab can be a bit tough to tear off, but once you have accessed the sweet delights of this Vermont staple, YUM.
I find these to help me push through longer rides, and maintain energy a lot more predictably than some more space-age gel options out there. Plus, they work great in a pinch for mornings of French Toast breakfast when you've otherwise run out of Maple Syrup.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Friends, my quest has finally ended: Giordana has made *the* bib knicker for all of my too-cold-for-shorts, too-warm-and-sunny-for-tight needs.

The Giordana Fusion Knicker fits well. At 5'6" 145lbs, size 28 jean, the large fit me well with a bit of room in the calf/knee area (my one gripe with the cut). As with most Giordana apparel, I would recommend sizing up from your usual (I am pretty reliably a medium in most things--a medium or large in Castelli, medium Pearl Izumi, Twin Six, for comparison).

The bib straps lay flat and layer well above a base layer and below jersey. I've tested these out so far in 40-55 degree temps and been quite comfortable.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Castelli continues to amaze me with their A+ apparel. The Core Mesh Base Layer is no exception and has become my go-to on warm riding days.

Unlike some other Castelli items, the sizing here is true--at 5'6" 145lbs, the medium fit well. The sleeveless design makes it easy to layer and the cut at the waist lays well under jerseys and bibs.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 27, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used these a few times so far, to recover faster from days skiing and riding.

The fit is true for me--as general size medium (28" jean, size 6-8 , 145lbs 5'6"). They do feel immediately more snug than your average legging--as they should--and I find that my legs are fresher after wearing, particularly with back to back days of hard efforts.

My one critique is the waist band: for my body, I find it doesn't come up quite high enough to stay flat/is perhaps too thick a fabric there to lay well. It tends to fold over when I bend down, which while minor is a bit cumbersome.
I recommend these to anyone looking for an entry to compression wear. The dotted logo is subtle and makes it easy to pass these off as leggings for every day wear.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

I've driven across country too many times to count and while my brave little toaster (Honda Element) is spacious, there are times when it's been a bit tight. The Thule Force was the perfect upgrade to give us a little extra space in the car, without impacting gas mileage or creating too much of a to-do.
The box mounts SO QUICKLY! Even the first time, from boxed up to on the car was less than 15 minutes. The clamps are easy to adjust to get the box in the position that works for you. My car's roof is relatively narrow, so I have it centered.

I really love that this box opens on both sides--I often travel solo, and being able to access the box from the driver's side is really convenient. The Force is the perfect addition to your car, for those extra bags on a weekend trip to moving across country. I have the medium length, and it's been a great amount of added storage.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SLab Sense Ultra 5 is a great little vest to stow everything you need for a half day's journey. The pockets are secure and fit loads of snacks and extras, without weighing you down. Salomon's soft flasks are fantastic, and easily slot into the front pockets even when full. The pack does not bounce around at all and remains comfortable even several hours in. I've so far taken this on runs up to 15 miles, and been really pleased.
I'm 5'6" 145, 34D and have the size small, fits well over a baselayer and shell.

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