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Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonau

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

Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

These bibs are gorgeous and feel amazing, they were simply too long inseam-wise for my liking.

The straps are laser cut and lay well, the chamois A+.

Inseam length is 9" from the edge of the chamois to the bottom of hem. 12" from center chamois seam to hem. On my 5'6" (29" inseam) self, they came to just above my knee.

Like most Giordana kit, this runs small. The large fit well.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

Small Dude, Big Difference
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The ODT Adapt is the perfect little shindig to keep using your favorite headphones. I've had the same set of earbuds for a *long* time, while I was curious about bluetooth earbud options, none of them provided the same level of ambient noise I wanted to be aware of my surroundings on the trails.

The ODT Adapt paired easily with my phone, and allowed me to keep using my earbuds without the annoyance of the cord when I want to take photos.
I have found that it works best when on the same side of my body as my phone (ie, both in my back jersey pockets while riding), and have had trouble if one is on the front.
It charges quickly, weighs nothing, and makes getting photos and videos of the journey that much easier.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Packtowl is to quick dry towels what Kleenex is to facial tissues for a reason: it's the best of the best.
Packtowl's have been my go-to for a long while, from camping (glamping, let's be real) to the gym to beach days. I tend to be on the move pretty often, so having compact objects is key to being able to fit everything in my car easily.
I have the "body" sized towel, great for gym and hot springs hikes, and the hand towel, which is my usual for glamping clean up needs.

The towels are very durable, dry so so quickly and somehow avoid the funk of some synthetic fabrics.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While GU may not be the original purveyor of Stroopwafel, they sure do a great job with their flavor variety. The Campfire S'more flavor was my latest try out, and they are delicious as well as perfectly portable for all the activities. I find that GU's stroopwafel don't crumble nearly as much as other brands do, staying in fine form through rides, runs, and roadtrips.
I recommend these for anyone looking for a real-er energy food option.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Perhaps its my upbringing in northern climates, my time spent living among the Sugar Maple in pine cabins, time spent making pancakes in the backcountry...whatever the reason may be: I. Love. Maple Syrup! Finally, my favorite condiment/beverage/topping is available in ultra-convenient packaging and sizing for on-the-go use.

UnTapped nails the quantity of this Grade A Maple Syrup, making it perfect for your pack or pocket for longer efforts. The top tab can be a bit tough to tear off, but once you have accessed the sweet delights of this Vermont staple, YUM.
I find these to help me push through longer rides, and maintain energy a lot more predictably than some more space-age gel options out there. Plus, they work great in a pinch for mornings of French Toast breakfast when you've otherwise run out of Maple Syrup.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Friends, my quest has finally ended: Giordana has made *the* bib knicker for all of my too-cold-for-shorts, too-warm-and-sunny-for-tight needs.

The Giordana Fusion Knicker fits well. At 5'6" 145lbs, size 28 jean, the large fit me well with a bit of room in the calf/knee area (my one gripe with the cut). As with most Giordana apparel, I would recommend sizing up from your usual (I am pretty reliably a medium in most things--a medium or large in Castelli, medium Pearl Izumi, Twin Six, for comparison).

The bib straps lay flat and layer well above a base layer and below jersey. I've tested these out so far in 40-55 degree temps and been quite comfortable.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Castelli continues to amaze me with their A+ apparel. The Core Mesh Base Layer is no exception and has become my go-to on warm riding days.

Unlike some other Castelli items, the sizing here is true--at 5'6" 145lbs, the medium fit well. The sleeveless design makes it easy to layer and the cut at the waist lays well under jerseys and bibs.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 27, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've used these a few times so far, to recover faster from days skiing and riding.

The fit is true for me--as general size medium (28" jean, size 6-8 , 145lbs 5'6"). They do feel immediately more snug than your average legging--as they should--and I find that my legs are fresher after wearing, particularly with back to back days of hard efforts.

My one critique is the waist band: for my body, I find it doesn't come up quite high enough to stay flat/is perhaps too thick a fabric there to lay well. It tends to fold over when I bend down, which while minor is a bit cumbersome.
I recommend these to anyone looking for an entry to compression wear. The dotted logo is subtle and makes it easy to pass these off as leggings for every day wear.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Dipsea are a fantastic pair of sunnies for all your adventures: road-tripping, mountain-hiking, dog-walking, coffee-sipping. They fit well, never falling off my average-ish width face even with some serious leaping over downed trees and such while running,. I love that the Dipsea is polarized, in a pretty stylish frame.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

The Ibex Woolies 1 is the perfect weight for *most* days playing outside, or playing inside for that matter. This is my go-to baselayer for skiing, hiking, cold-day running, nordic skiing...you get the idea. I've had the same one for the past 4 years, and while the 100% DEET used in the Arctic summers has caused some damage, it has been easy to mend and keep on wearing.
The fit is true to size and is cut close to the body.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Armada really nailed the design and construction of their new Victa series. The 97 Ti, with its added Titanal laminate, is a bit heavier and less chattery than their skis have been in the past. The 97mm waist is perfect for just about everything the mountain has in store, carving well on hardpack days and floating well on powder days.
The shape of the ski allows it to turn well, navigating tight trees and open runs with ease. It cuts through the chundery snow of late day skiing well, allowing you to ski with greater confidence.
I would recommend this ski as a great all mountain option for the intermediate--advanced skier.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a season on some lesser bindings, I upgraded to the Look Pivot 12 and will never look back.
These bindings feel super secure and release only when you need, never when you don't. I am an intermediate skier, and find these to be plenty tough for where and how I ski. I've had them out on 5 days so far, and looking forward to many many more.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 12, 2018

5 5

I've driven across country too many times to count and while my brave little toaster (Honda Element) is spacious, there are times when it's been a bit tight. The Thule Force was the perfect upgrade to give us a little extra space in the car, without impacting gas mileage or creating too much of a to-do.
The box mounts SO QUICKLY! Even the first time, from boxed up to on the car was less than 15 minutes. The clamps are easy to adjust to get the box in the position that works for you. My car's roof is relatively narrow, so I have it centered.

I really love that this box opens on both sides--I often travel solo, and being able to access the box from the driver's side is really convenient. The Force is the perfect addition to your car, for those extra bags on a weekend trip to moving across country. I have the medium length, and it's been a great amount of added storage.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SLab Sense Ultra 5 is a great little vest to stow everything you need for a half day's journey. The pockets are secure and fit loads of snacks and extras, without weighing you down. Salomon's soft flasks are fantastic, and easily slot into the front pockets even when full. The pack does not bounce around at all and remains comfortable even several hours in. I've so far taken this on runs up to 15 miles, and been really pleased.
I'm 5'6" 145, 34D and have the size small, fits well over a baselayer and shell.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots are pretty full-on: snow gaiter, velcro strap, vibram sole. They're a great option for those pups out exploring in frigid temps. My dog has really small paws and narrow legs, so it was a tricky fit getting booties that fit both her paws and wouldn't fall off. I really like that these come in pairs, to fit her back and front paws better.

The booties do take a bit of doing to put on, as they do not open as much as the Summit Trex, for example. I think they are a bit pricey, but do seem really durable, and not showing any wear after half a winter so far.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs

I'm not easy on footwear--between desert trips, outdoor ed, and generally walking with purpose, my Birks have seen some wear. The Cork Sealer is a great addition to my shoe-care kit to keep my foot shields in fine form for many years to come. It is easy to apply and dries quickly.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Daphne is an impressively warm and well styled jacket option from Flylow.
It fits in more of a freeride style--a bit longer through the torso and looser--than the Puma Jacket, though fits shorter than the Sarah Jacket (which was way too long for my liking).
It's plenty warm, with only a base layer, down to 20* or so, haven't had the chance to try it below that temperature yet. I'm 5'6", 145#, 34D, and the medium fits with room to layer beneath (could *maybe* have run the small for a closer fit, but I like the looser fit, especially over bibs).

The pockets deserve a major shout-out: side ones to slip your hands in when it gets chilly, pass pocket on the forearm, two lower pockets, great for keys, snacks, etc, inner pocket for your phone with a headphone port, and inner one literally large enough for a calzone, if that's part of your lifestyle (live. your. truth!)

The sleeves fit well, with the super gaiter with thumb hole. I like that I can either have my gloves (with their longer gaunlet) over or under the sleeve.
The hood and neck are also superb: the neck zipper has a comfortable inner fabric, for those times you are without a Buff or neck gaiter. The hood is *almost* helmet compatible with my Smith--I think with a lower profile helmet it would fit better.

If you have Flylow pants or the Foxy Bibs, as I do, the snow skirt snaps right in, which is pretty slick if you ask me.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a super warm and comfortable ski jacket. It is on the heavier side, so I would look for a shell option for backcountry or the like.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

Small Dog Takes on Winter
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My pup is a southern gal, picked up as a rescue from Oklahoma. While she’s made huge progress in the last couple years, she is still not a fan of cold weather. And as we live in Utah, I needed a jacket for this pup so we can continue our routine of morning hikes and wanders.
The Quinzee Jacket is beautifully designed and easy to fine tune the fit for your pup. After debating sizing for my 30#, 26.5” girth dog, I went with the size small. It fits her well around the neck and length-wise, and is able to be cinched down around the middle to stay in place.
The quilting of the jacket helps it to lay flat and stay comfortable when she goes from car to trail to romping in the backyard. I really like the vest-style of the jacket, as it’s easier to get on and off than having to get her tiny legs through a shirt-style.
The reflective stripe on the back is also super helpful for when Smalls takes a wander in the dark, making her easy to spot and retrieve.
I’d recommend this jacket for any dog with a thinner coat, living in a cold climate. It is very insulated, so I usually keep it for the 35* and below days.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on December 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I wanted to l.o.v.e. this jacket. Alack! Coming from a nordic skiing background, the, shall we say, "steeze," of the alpine world is still new to me. Flylow's Sarah Jacket is really amazing, and also really long for me and how I like things to fit. I'm 5'6" have an 18" torso, and the medium came down mid-thigh in the back, and below pocket-level in the front.
I really loved the fit otherwise, and think this is a great jacket for either folks who like the longer fit, or those with longer torsos. The sleeves, with their very comfortable wrist gaiter/thumb hole situation, did not feel super long. As with other of Flylow's apparel, there were plenty of pockets for snacks.

As a note, this runs a bit large to size (width-wise), overall. I wear a large in the Foxy Bib (which I feel runs small), and could almost wear a small in the Sarah Jacket.

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