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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 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 16, 2017

5 5

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

I gave these as a gift to my runner brother who had this to say:
Have spent two days with these both casually and on the road and may need to order a second pair as they feel fantastic and look great (collegiate white is stunning, but sure to get worn in). A few reviews have mentioned feeling a bit tight but I'm finding the fit is perfect, even with my slightly wider foot. Upper is comfortable and the sole/cushioning is supportive and grippy on the road.
Good looking shoe!

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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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