Rachael Van Dolah

Rachael Van Dolah

Gearhead

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.

Rachael Van Dolah

Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 12.0

I purchased this item as a gift for a family member heading out on a rafting trip to celebrate their big day. The shoes were a total hit. They were not only very comfortable for day wear, but offered the breathability, traction, and drainage they were seeking. In addition they offered extra protection on the toe for hiking and rafting where it can be too easy to stub your toes. Overall they were a great purchase. I would highly recommend these after receiving this feedback.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

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

I purchased this item as a gift for my dad who has found this to be an amazing hand towel for his golf bag. He loved the first one so much he asked for a second. The small size is great. Although not the intended use, it has been a hit!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this spray for years and I find it truly works to stop almost anything from biting you. I tend to try to put it on my shoes and clothing (certain labels may warn of possible color change on fabrics which may be true, I have not noticed) to prevent soaking my skin in deet on a regular basis. Overall a great product. A little bottle, but a little bit goes a long way.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I gave this item to my sister as a gift since she has been trying to get into lap swimming this summer. Cute design, great fit, and perfect for lap swimming. We followed the size chart and it seemed to work out well. Overall a great buy.

*** Paired with the TYR Emerald Lake Cascade Cross Bralette Bikini Top - Women's

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on July 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I gave this item to my sister as a gift since she has been trying to get into lap swimming this summer. Cute design, great fit, and perfect for lap swimming. We followed the size chart and it seemed to work out well. Overall a great buy.

*** paired with the TYR Emerald Lake Binded Hipkini Bottom - Women's

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 8, 2016

5 5

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

I purchased this boots a replacement for my boyfriend as he not only does quite a bit of hiking on trails, but he also landscapes 5 days a week (10+ hour days). This is the only boot we have found that has held up to the abuse that he and landscaping can put on the shoes. Great design, comfortable, and offers great ankle protection without getting too toasty in the summer heat. Where other shoes have failed within a month or two, these have held up for a full year of hard work and play before they finally have had enough. Would highly recommend to anyone. As long as Keen carries this shoe, this will be our go to style for years to come.

As for sizing, I know everyone tends to have a slightly different view. His foot is a bit on the wide side so we have found sizing to be spot on. If you are not a wide however, you may find this a bit more roomy than other styles.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on June 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 9.0

I purchased a pair of these sandals a few years ago and loved them so much I can back for more once I finally walked through my previous pair. Comfortable shoes, great traction for a flip flop, light weight, and all around a great purchase. I would recommend these to anyone.

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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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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

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

I gave this item as a gift and it was a total hit. Beautifully designed and well made. This was recently given so I do not have any feedback to provide at this time on break in time or durability but the previous reviews were helpful when I was searching. From what I can tell this is a wonderful seat and I know the recipient will love it for years to come.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

Love Love Love
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I purchased this jacket as I was in need of a lighter piece for spring skiing. I run quite cold so this is spring weight in my mind and it certainly fit the bill. I really have enjoyed this piece the last 4 times I have been out. Day 1 and 2 were quite chilly (low 30's with a much colder windchill) but with a few layers under I was perfectly warm. Day 3-4 were sunny and 60 and I simply wore a T-Shirt under and was comfortable. This may not be the case for everyone, but this really was a great purchase for the Utah spring when the weather seems a bit confused as to which season it really is. Features on this jacket have been great. Plenty of pockets, perfect length, and vents that are easy to open and close. All in all this one was a hit.

** Two cons:
1. The inside of my jacket (black) came with a very loud leopard print. It wasn't enough to return, but I certainly was not expecting it from the photos shown.

2. No pass pocket for scanning. Not a big deal here as our resorts have primarily switched to electronic badges, but still a pain to pull out a pass for a manual scan when needed.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

4 5

I purchased this item because I feel in love with two other Vans styles very similar to this. Ultimately I ended up returning the pair purchased simply because they were too large. I held outhope that sizing up a half size, since they were out of stock in the color I wanted in a 9.0, would work. I was wrong. Overall the construction of this shoe is very similar to the other shoes I have and I know they will hold up well. The removable insert is really nice for wearing the shoes without socks and simply takes a little soap and rinse to remove any foot smell. My existing Vans (last season) have held up well with regular use and once they are back in stock in my size I will be stocking up.

Sizing is true to standard sizing. I range typically between 9.0 and 9.5 women and I am a solid 9.0 in this brand. The first day they feel a hair snug, but after a few hours walking in them the fabric will loosen and you will have a perfect fit. If you intend to wear these with socks however you may need to size up. In my personal experience, the 9.0 is pretty snug on with socks.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I purchased this pant while looking at more of a spring weight style and ended up ultimately returning simply due to warmth, but I must say that if I was looking for a warmer pant this would have fit the bill. The construction was really nice, fabric would hold up well to abrasion, the colors were great(I purchased the green/blue color and the grey), the zip feature to other Volcom products is a plus, and the fabric was nice and stretchy. Overall the features were spot on.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

5 5

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

I purchased this item as a birthday gift and the recipient loves them. He put them on as soon as he received them and has worn them every sunny day since. A great all around sunglass for day to day use, fishing, hiking, biking, etc. He tends to take care of his belongings so I am not sure that he has tested out the durability much, but just from the look and feel they are a solid construction and should hold up for quite some time. Only time will tell.

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