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 September 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this item for use on kayaks in the Utah area. We have had the chance to take this out on a number of occasions and it has been a great purchase. Light weight, adjustable for a range of sizes, doesn't cause chafing when paddling, and isn't bulky. We are fond of the pockets this style offers as well although they have not been used for anything more than a car key so far. Should be a great addition to our water sport collection for years to come.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this leash so much I have come back for a second. The roaming feature (bungee) is so nice for hikes, runs, and walks where you don't wish to feel every tug if you have your pup tied around your waist. The one design feature I am not as fond of on this newer version is the metal hook. I find it frustrating to try to get off once home. I have chosen to simply loosen the waist belt and step out rather than fight with the sewn loop. I do preferred the clip version that was available a few years back, but I am sure it was changed for a reason. Not enough of an issue to seek a different leash, just my feedback on the feature.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We have loved this paddle so much I have come back for a second. Great for recreational paddling and very durable. We use this for our two 28 inch kayaks in the creek and harbor and have found that it is light weight, easy to use, and versatile for a variety of size people ( in 230cm). The first paddle has been used for years and it is still doing well. Simply decided to finally upgrade the older plastic paddle for the second boat to a lighter and easier to use version.

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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
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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