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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.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like Nalgene bottles and with a Goat it is even better. Nice durable bottle, easy to clean, wide mouth for filling and drinking, and pretty colors available. What is there not to love? Overall this is a great buy if you are looking for nice and simple water bottle.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I purchased this helmet as a Father's Day gift and ultimately ended up returning simply because he was not in need of a new helmet quite yet. This style has a great design. Overall really breathable, light weight, and easily adjustable. The only complaints I have involve the size and durability of the visor/brim. It is nice that this style offers a brim since many do not, however it is very thin and easy to bend. I would worry that with time it may crack when taking on and off. It could be more sturdy than I gave it credit for, however that was my initial impression. I also found the brim a little short (depth wise) for my liking. It will offer some shade, but I am not sure it would ultimately offer enough. Overall this is great helmet for the price and a nice design. If the brim is not a huge concern for you this one would be a good option to consider.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I purchased this helmet as a Father's Day gift and ultimately ended up returning only because he was not in need of a new helmet quite yet. This style has a great design. Overall really breathable, sturdy visor, great color, light weight, and easily adjustable. I will certainly keep this style in mind for the future.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

4 5

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

I only have initial impressions to offer since this is a very recent purchase, but this is a pretty cool little computer. I ultimately selected this style by CatEye because it offers all of the functions I am looking for. The screen is small, yet easy to read and the functions are simple to cycle through. Mounting took a little while, however once installed it seems to be working well. Only time will tell, however I think this will be perfect for what I need on my road bike and is a huge upgrade from the older wired version.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

4 5

I am not sure where they go, but it seems like tire levers always disappear when you need them. I purchased these a spares for a bike pack since they are small, light weight, and a good deal. It never hurts to have a few spares around your home, pack, or seat bag for when you have a tube or tire issue. I have not had to use these yet (knock on wood), however they should do the trick!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

5 5

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

Small enough to be tossed in a gear bag, durable enough to hold up to regular use, and decent pressure when pumping up your tires. The main draw for this pump was the Anyvalve feature. While most of our bikes are Presta, we do have a few Schrader in the mix and it is always a pain to carry around the screw in attachment to make that change. This pump solves that problem and makes pumping tires in a mixed bike group a breeze. For the price it is a great pump.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

5 5

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

I purchased this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend and he loves it. Unfortunately he has not had a chance to test this out yet due to the snow on the mountain, but should be able to soon. This being said, I only have fit and initial impressions to offer as feedback. Overall he raves about the fit and look. The large ran true to size, really light weight, tons of ventilation for those hot summer days, and while a little bit more in price the MIPS feature is great. He isn't always good about replacing his helmets when needed so I thought this feature is perfect for providing me with peace of mind. The Matte Vermilion ended up being my color choice since orange is his favorite color. It will also offer high visibility as he tends to ride after work throughout the summer. Overall I think this will be a great addition to him biking gear.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on March 15, 2017

4 5

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

This Thule rack is great. Large enough to carry that third bike if needed. It has a sleek design, easy to put on/take off bikes, folds fairly compact for storage, light weight, simple to install on car, should be durable to withstand many years of use, and will universally fit the cars we need. Overall this rack is perfect!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

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

I purchased this bag as a gift specifically for Mountain Biking, but I am sure he will use this for so many other activities too. Well designed bag with pockets for storage (and organization), a great fit, and nice looking design. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and I know it will work well for many years to come.

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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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