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Rachael Van Dolah

Rachael Van Dolah

Salt Lake City, the Southern Deserts of Utah, the Wasatch Mountains, Unitas, and surrounding area.

Rachael Van Dolah's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Skiing

Rachael Van Dolah's Bio

While a native to South Carolina and drawn to the coast, warmth, and the sunshine, I have uprooted for a change of pace and have now called Salt Lake City, UT home for the past 4 years. With a variety of terrain, Utah offers endless opportunities to get out and explore. When the weather is warm, I can be found camping, hiking, running, backpacking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee all over the state. When winter is back in full swing, I tend to stay in the Salt Lake area and can be found skiing up at Snowbird or snowshoeing with the pups in Millcreek.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

Love Them!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I bought these pants for hiking in variable conditions and they are wonderful. I would agree that the sizing is off, but they work well for my build. While typically a 4 (135lbs, 5'7, and 32'' inseam), in this style I fit best in a 6.

The pants held up to the test on my trip as we encountered not only light rain, but driving rain and temperatures ranging from 80's to 50's. I have not utilize the zip off feature much at this time, but the zippers seem to zip on and off easily and the seam on the thigh for the shorts zipper does not bother me. The fabric is quick drying and slightly water resistant when in a light light rain.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I love these shoes and would recommend them to anyone. Super cute style and patten with a comfy footed. I did find the fabric on the heel a bit stiff for the first few uses, but very comfy once they have been broken in a bit.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

Such a cute style, but I ended up returning these sandals as they did not stayed on my foot when trying them on and I knew I would be doomed when walking around. These may work well for some feet, but they did not work for me as I prefer a more secure strap and fit in my sandals.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I absolutely love these sandals. They are light weight, very cushioned, easy to walk in, and to this day are my go to shoes for the summer. It has been years since I have worn Teva?s, but they have won me over again with this shoe. I went with the hippy blue print and was impressed that the fabric band has yet to become grubby and gross as it has been used in mud and around tons of dirt and sand.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

The fabric of this tank top is so soft and colors are wonderful, but I ended up returning the item as the cute styling that looks like it has been designed to have some slits making it a little different from your average racer back; in person it appears to be unfinished holes that look like they may have been cut with a straight edge/knife. I did not put its durability to the test as I returned the item before using, but I suspect that the fabric may start falling apart like tattered jeans will in these unfinished parts with the first wash.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

This tank is so awesome that I ended up getting two. The fabric is durable (has yet to pill when washed ~6 washes so far), light weight, and feels like a tissue tee. Perfect for the summer and has a nice racer back style without being overly low cut in arm and neck region.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I really like this tank as the fabric is durable (has yet to pill when washed ~6 washes so far), light weight, and feels like a tissue tee. It is perfect for the summer and has a nice racer back style without being overly low cut in arm and neck region. I have not had this issue with other RVCA tanks, but I did find that the green stained with dirt a bit more easily and the stains have yet to come out when washed. This was an error on my end as I did get a light fabric quite grubby, so I am not sure I can expect much more for the outcome.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

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

I have purchased two pairs, one for myself and one as a gift and both fit us well. These guards are light weight, but very durable and I would say they fit true according to the sizing chart. The neoprene sleeve on each pair was a tad on the tight side to start, but stretches out with use. One nice feature that sold me on this style over others was the fact that the exterior hard shell can be removed from the interior neoprene sleeve so you do not need to take off your shoes to shed the extra bulk. When you are ready for your descent and need the extra protection you can pull the hard shell out of your pack and reattach. I have yet to have any negative feedback on this item so I do not have any to share at this time, but I do have concerns about the stitching that others have mentioned in reviews below.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Although this jersey is fairly basic in design, it is great for summer biking. It is lightweight, breathable, and tailored enough in an athletic fit that it is not baggy, but it is not tight. I found the sizing chart to be pretty accurate and I fit perfectly in a Medium at 5?7 and 135 lbs.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

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

Although I have not personally used this item as I have purchased this as a gift to ensure my guys dome piece was well protected for mountain biking, I do have feedback to share. With a 23.5 inch head circumference he fit perfectly in the size range for the Large on the sizing chart and when received, the Large fit him perfectly. The helmet is lightweight, easy to get on, allows plenty of ventilation, and perfect for his needs. He did have two features that he was not sold on at first, but has come to like them. The first was the padding felt a bit too plush to start in the jawline and lower cheek regions, but seems to have packed out a bit by forming to his face with use. The second is the closure system for the helmet strap was a bit of a pain at first, but with a few rides he has gotten the hang of it. Fingers crossed he doesn't go down hard enough to truly test its durability, but it seems to be a very well designed helmet.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are perfect if you are looking for a light summer weight glove. These gloves are inexpensive, comfy, lightweight, and have a nice grip, but they do not have any padding so you may need to look elsewhere if you are in need of palm pads. I have not had a chance to test out the durability of the gloves for long, but I suspect that they will hold up well with use. Although it did not matter to me, one downside of the glove is the lighter fabrics do get dirty quickly and will not clean up very well. This was not a deal breaker for me, but may be for someone else.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

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

I gave two of these bottles as gifts and they work perfectly. They are durable, lightweight, and keep your cold beverages actually cold and the hot ones hot. I have not had the opportunity to try cleaning this bottle, but I suspect that it would be fairly easy with a scrubber. One feature that is rare on a bottle, but really nice is the removable strainer. This would be perfect if you are a big tea drinker or if you do not wish to have a mouth full of ice when trying to drink out of a bottle. Each of the bottles I purchased was black and they kept the water inside cold even when sitting in direct sunshine for hours. One downside is that the material will scuff if dropped, but I would say all around these bottle are very durable and a great buy.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

These shorts are perfect for summer biking and I do not have any complaints at this time. They are lightweight, breathable, durable, and comfortable. I am 5?7 and 135 lbs and the small fits perfectly. I would say that the sizing does run on the large side, as I started out with a medium and had to exchange for the smaller size, but the chart should get you fairly close.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think this was a wonderful investment as I absolutely love this vest and the pups do too. We have two dogs who are each 65 lbs (lab/collie and a lab/wirehair pointer) and both are strong swimmers, but I had concerns about taking them out on the lake for long swims away from shore without a pfd should they get tired. The medium vest fits each perfectly, but I would absolutely recommend getting a girth measurement to confirm the size will fit well. They are light weight, durable, not bulky, and will give them just enough float to keep their heads above water, but will not interfere with swimming, laying down, getting up, running, or playing. Both dogs appeared a bit unsure when I first put the vests on, but one minute later when they headed into the water for the day, any concern that existed vanished as they seem to have forgotten they even had the vest on.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 26, 2014

5 5

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

I bought this item as a gift for my boyfriend and he absolutely loves it. For a guy that is capable of destroying just about everything gear wise, this jacket seems to be hanging in there. The jacket is durable enough that he has yet to scuff it while ripping through he trees, yet light weight enough that it can be used in spring conditions while still being warm enough for full winter (with a base layer as this is just a shell). It offers solid ventilation for those warmer day touring/hiking (he was stoked that the vents were set a bit forward actually drawing in air while you walk), the fabric is very waterproof, and the coat offers nice additional features. I was wary of Dakine at first as I was not as familiar with the durability of their apparel products, but I am pleased with my purchase at this time.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I really loved the style of the shorts when ordering, but I found when trying them on that the style was a tad more narrow than I prefer in the thighs. With an athletic build, they did not work well for me, but I could absolutely see these as a cute style on someone with more slender figure/narrower thighs.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I found the style and material pattern of the skirt very cute, but I ended up returning this as the style was not something I think I would use all that often.

**It is a little hard to tell by the picture, but the back portion is elastic so there is some flexibility in the waist band.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I tend to be quite partial to longer shorts in this style, but I did not find this particular cut flattering on me. The product overall is great. The material is light weight and appears to be quick drying. I suspect this short would work wonderfully for some, but I ended up returning as they were not right for me.

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