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Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonau

Gearhead

Park City, UT

Hannah Dhonau's Passions

Running
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Yoga
Paddling
Skiing

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

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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
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 10.5

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
Fit: True to size

The Superfeet Insoles are a very important addition to my backcountry well-being. I loved my hiking boots and how they fit, but found the factory insoles to be pretty drab, causing foot pain after long hiking days.
The Superfeet Insoles were recommended by a friend, and I have been so so so thrilled with how my feet (and therefore rest of my body) has felt since. They are super easy to trim to fit and replace existing insoles. I used these in my Asolo 520 Gore-tex boots, and they've been amazing. My pack when hiking is about 60-70# (on 45-day expeditions), and my feet were never in pain! Last summer, without these insoles, I often had pain in the ball of my foot. They. Are. Amazing!
I wear a 38 EU (7.5 women's US), and went with the "D" size, to better fit the width/volume of my feet.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I lead backpacking expeditions in the summer, and there is good reason we use exclusively the MSR Whisperlite as our cook stove.

Our groups are 6-7 people. The Whisperlite is a great solution for larger group cooking, without taking up too much weight or bulk in a pack.
My main shout out on this stove is just how serviceable it is. Every single component can be taken apart, cleaned, and reassembled in order to keep the stove working well day after day, week after week. On our 45-day trips, we often clean the stoves with each resupply (about every 10 days), this keeps them in good working order. I recommend using a bandana or pot lid beneath you when cleaning the stove, in order to not lose any of the teeny tiny stove parts.

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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 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the same Talon 22 for the last 6 years. It's seen me through more addresses than fit on a rental application, and more hikes than could be counted on the whole office's fingers and toes. I love love love it!
The first thing to notice is how light it is, without sacrificing structure and utility. The hip belt has pockets (for snacks), and is easily adjustable. The two smaller inside pockets are perfect for your headlamp/keys/snacks or whatever treasures you need to keep accessible.
I really love the stretchy external pocket, a necessary stash spot for that extra layer as desert days heat up.
I'm a big fan/critic of pockets--when they're in the right place, in the right fabric, it's the bee's knees. Osprey nailed the design of every tiny detail on this pack: the stretchy side pockets are easy to slip a Nalgene into while walking, and the hydration compartment easy to adjust and keep your water bladder in place.

Truly, I cannot say enough good things about this pack! From an airplane carry-on to my roaming briefcase working Outdoor Education, the Talon 22 is just perfect.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This liner is the perfect addition of warmth without adding too much weight or bulk to your sleeping set up.

On a 45-day expedition in the Arctic, this liner crucially boosted the warmth of my going-on-10-year-old sleeping bag. My bag was still able to fit in the same size stuff sack (sea to summit's eVent), which made packing each morning easy. I also love that this liner is easy to wash, keeping my down bag in better shape for more adventures ahead.
The fabric is cut for more than enough room, and stretches nicely, so you'll never feel too constricted.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

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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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I move a lot...both in terms of trail runs, bike rides, mountain romps, as well as having 4 addresses in the last 10 months. The Trigger Point STK Foam Roller has been the answer to all my sore and tired body's needs.

The small size of this foam roller makes it easy to toss in a bag for a race weekend, or squeeze into the last teeny tiny bit of space in your jam-packed Honda for one more trip across the country. It is smooth-rolling when in use, and manages to stay pretty clean and lint-free.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

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

Gave these as a gift to my mom who had this to share:

These leggings are a really durable and beautiful fabric, run true to size. They have been perfect for morning yoga, fitness classes, and are chic enough to wear around town too. The fit is just great! I'm 5'5" 130# and the mediums were great.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been super impressed with this little bub over the last 8 months of use.

Working in Outdoor Ed, I often find myself in places without electricity, like the camp where I worked this spring in central Maine. This lantern was the perfect amount of light for our little 4-bunk cabin, with one on either side of the woodstove. The batteries last longer than you would think, and the light is bright enough to read by if you're close.
Now in the front country, the lantern has been great for weekend trips to the desert or those new-apartment-where-is-the-light-switch recon missions.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 18, 2017

3 5

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

The Pupwerks bowl is super easy to use and makes hydrating your pup on the go, or on the trail really easy. As others have mentioned, it's pretty easy to have a nalgene along with you, so now your dog has her water, too.

It is relatively small in diameter, so you're less likely to waste water and can easily pour into it. For dogs on the go, this is an easy addition to your pack.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 18, 2017

4 5

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

This leash is super light and easy to toss in a bag, pack, or back of the car for those times you pup needs to be on leash (like when someone, somewhere, down the trail has jerky and you're a vegetarian and your dog gets STOKED on the smell of meat...anyway).

Giving this 4 stars as the carabiner is a bit overkill for smaller pups--the weight of it is noticeable for my 30# doggo.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 18, 2017

4 5

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

I've only just begun to run in the Altra Timps, and I am sold.
The width and comfort of the toe-box allows my feet to move more naturally, and flex and needed to cover trail miles. The asymmetric lacing system feels really solid, without creating pressure points.

I was apprehensive about the roominess of the toebox for descending, but my fears were unwarranted: my feet stay in place and do not slide forward.

Overall, a great cushioned trail runner, for covering all the miles in all the elements.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: medium

I picked these up before a recent trip to Moab to test my mettle on the Whole Enchilada trail, 22+ miles of downhill, slick-rocky wonder.

The POC kneepads are incredibly comfortable, allowing me to focus on the trail and not the pads. I found them light, breathable, more so than I had even hoped through the ride's 80* day. They didn't slip down or sag once, remained in exactly the same spot.

I am a pretty true lady medium, and took a medium in these pads, the smalls almost fit, but were a bit snug round my calf.

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