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Hannah Dhonau

Park City, UT

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.

Hannah Dhonau's Passions

  • Running,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Biking,
  • Yoga,
  • Paddling,
  • Skiing.
Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

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

I have too many socks. I have too many wool socks at that. And yet, I keep getting more on the quest for warm toes to keep pedaling through colder weather.

The Giordana Merino Socks are quickly climbing to the top of the power rankings in my sock drawer. They are super comfortable, stay in place well, and wick moisture well to keep your mind on the road and not cold toes.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

The Fusion Bib Tights are my go to base mile tight--when the effort will be steady and not too sporty overall. They are thicker in material than the FR-C Pro Bib Tight, and slightly less compressive in fit.

Giordana nails the fit and chamois in these tights--they are comfortable to wear over long miles and the bib straps stay in place and don't get stretched out over time. The chamois is top notch and moves with your body rather than getting bunched up (proper fit is key for this though! I sized to a medium for the best fit for me).

If you're looking for an all-arounder bib tight, this is a great option!

for size reference, I am 5'6" 145lbs, wear a 29" jean. I wear a medium in bibs from Giordana, Assos, Machines for freedom. A large in jerseys and jackets.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

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

As someone who decidedly does not *love* winter, the Giordana winter gear is getting me excited to brave the elements and ride outside as long as possible.
The FR-C Pro Lyte Jacket has been the perfect addition to my winter kit arsenal: I love it paired with their ceramic baselayer for temps around the 40s (I tend to run warm). With a thicker baselayer, and on rolling terrain, could do well to colder temps, too.

My favorite part about this jacket is the breathable, jersey-knit, back panel. Most of my rides here in Utah are up a canyon, and back down. Being able to dump heat on the way up keeps me cool and comfortable, wicking sweat so I'm not too cold on the way down. I also love the zip pocket--keeping my wallet (okay, it's a binder clip) close at hand but separate from the pockets I go in and out of during the ride. A small detail that's worth noting: the *real* size zipper pull on the front! So many jackets have these teeny tiny zipper pulls that are near impossible to use with gloves on. Giordana was so intentional with making this a cold weather piece--even with thick gloves, I can easily vent that zipper as needed.

The fit is true for Giordana--I went with a large to have room for a long sleeve baselayer. I am 5'6" 145lbs, wear a 29" jean size, and wear a medium bib for Giordana, Assos, Machines for Freedom, and Castelli. I wear a large jersey for Giordana, Castelli, and Assos (medium for the rest).

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

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

Despite growing up in the Upper Midwest, and living for my whole darn life in places with school district "cold days," I do not *love* winter. I tolerate it. I would surely be more content with warmer rides, but alack, there is something about emerging from winter, feeling like a day above 50 degrees makes you invincible. But I digress.

Giordana's FR-C Pro Bib Tight makes me excited to get out on the colder days, knowing that I will stay warm and comfortable to get in those winter base miles. The strap design for the FR-C makes it both incredibly comfortable and durable--no pinching at the waist of the bib, the straps stay in place well. Giordana's chamois is top notch--I barely notice it on the bike and yet it keeps me comfortable in the saddle no matter how long the ride.

I really appreciate the fit of the FR-C Bib Tight, too. The tights are perfectly compressive, yet move so well with your body (something I've found other tights lack at).

For sizing reference: I am 5'6" 145lbs, wear a medium in Giordana, Machines for Freedom, and Assos bibs (and a 29" jean). And a large in jerseys and jackets.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

5 5

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

The Giordana Ceramic Long Sleeve Baselayer has been the perfect addition to my winter kit selection, allowing me to ride comfortably regardless of temperature. The fabric is *so soft* and wicks incredibly well. I live in the mountains and most of my rides are long climbs followed by long descents--this baselayer keeps me comfortable for both temperature ranges without getting too chilled on the way back down.

I like the long sleeve version for 45 degrees and colder, but opt for the short sleeve on warmer rides. I've been pleasantly surprised at the versatility of temperature ranges for this baselayer--not limited to only super cold days.

Sizing wise, I wear a medium in this baselayer. I'm 5'6" 145lbs, 29" waist. I wear a medium in Giordana bibs, Machines for Freedom, Assos bibs. A large in Giordana tops (I size up to better fit my chest).

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

5 5

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

The Giordana Ceramic Long Sleeve Baselayer has been the perfect addition to my winter kit selection, allowing me to ride comfortably regardless of temperature. The fabric is *so soft* and wicks incredibly well. I live in the mountains and most of my rides are long climbs followed by long descents--this baselayer keeps me comfortable for both temperature ranges without getting too chilled on the way back down.

I like the long sleeve version for 45 degrees and colder, but opt for the short sleeve on warmer rides. I've been pleasantly surprised at the versatility of temperature ranges for this baselayer--not limited to only super cold days.

Sizing wise, I wear a medium in this baselayer. I'm 5'6" 145lbs, 29" waist. I wear a medium in Giordana bibs, Machines for Freedom, Assos bibs. A large in Giordana tops (I size up to better fit my chest).

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on September 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm something of an Osprey evangelist, having used their packs while working as a guide for the last ten years. The Ariel Pro 65 is the latest addition to my knapsack quiver and I have been delighted with it!

In addition to what other reviews have mentioned, I really like that the pack can be customized based on the length/type of trip. The side pockets can be removed for faster and lighter trips, or used in place for extra snack storage. The removable pack brain, too, is a great feature, to have a little less going on for shorter or lighter-packing trips.

As always, I *love* the fit and suspension of Osprey. This pack has an adjustable back panel with velcro, so you can fine tune the torso length as you needed. The one thing I feel like this pack is missing is a front mesh pocket for extraneous items. For me, I love the ease of stuffing a spare layer in the outside for easier access than having it inside the pack.
Overall, very excited to keep using this on more adventures!

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on September 10, 2019

Light Weight Glamping
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently used this tent on a multi-day trip in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah. MSR tents have been my go-to for backpacking for a minute, and the updates to the Hubba Hubba are a delight.

The symmetrical pole and tent body design make set up quick--the pole being one piece means no sorting out what goes where in the midst of a hail storm during set up (for example...). The vestibule design has heaps of room for gear to make sure everything stays dry.

The Hubba Hubba has a very spacious interior with plenty of head room--very comfy for two people to lounge and set up without getting in one another's way.

My one "con" for the Hubba Hubba NX is the vent design--the rigid bar/velcro system on the rain fly is not my favorite as you cannot adjust it from inside the tent through the mesh. I also found the rain fly to not keep rain out as well expected from the top of the tent (some light and dripping onto the mesh despite all the guy lines being tied out).

Overall, this is a great three season tent for shorter backpacking trips!

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Flip 20 is a light-enough super-small and powerful cache battery to bring along. I use this primarily when bikepacking, to keep my phone charged for tunes and navigation. I'm able to charge my phone 1-2 times off the Flip, which recharges itself fairly quickly.
My one small gripe with the Flip is that its own USB power inlet feels like it may not last the long haul/does limit the positions you can charge it. Overall, pretty pleased and eager to keep using this tiny bub in remote spaces.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It seems like such a simple thing, but the glow in the dark zipper pulls make things way easier once the sun goes down. I have these pulls on my bikepacking framebag, to make getting into the crucial snack supply that much faster after dark. They are way easy to pop on and cheap to replace should a squirrel find them delicious, for example.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pot has been great so far! I’ve taken it out on a few car camping trips over the winter, where space is at a premium between bikes and skis and other activities to get involved in. The strainer top works well, and is a real upgrade to my old system of just holding the lid a bit off the pot, and hoping for the best.
It cleans easily enough, and has held up well. The space age design is certainly not for everyone, but it does save a ton of space and weight!

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I travel (too much) for work and have been using Patagonia’s Black Hole 90L Duffel. While an amazing piece of luggage, things can get lost in the vast corners of the bag. These organizers were the perfect way to Marie-Kondo my way through packing each weekend. I like the variable sizes to keep say electronics versus socks versus baselayers, depending on what’s ahead for the week. I also like that they come in multiple colors to be able to further organize and color code.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 4, 2019

4 5

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

I gave these shoes as a gift to my b-a sister in law and here’s what she had to say:

I wanted to pick up the Solution last year but the shocking pink color threw me for a loop. With this year’s update to orange, I was stoked to give them a try.
They’re easy to pop on and off between climbs. The more aggressive toe allows me to step more confidently to smaller holds on a route. They are true to size, with a close fit in mind.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this light for the last couple weeks of early pre-work rides. I like how fast it is to mount to my bike, and swap between bikes, while being super secure across a lot of terrain. It charges quickly and simply with the included cord. So far, no issues and am really pleased with it's weight and performance.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wanted to love this shoe after reading all the reviews on it! Not being able to find a women's version in stock, I went with the smallest size in the men's offering. Sadly, it was toooo big for me in a 39. They are wicked comfortable and do run wider in the toe than the majority of shoes, making them a great option for folks who find Giro too snug.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

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

I am *stoked* about these shoes. After something of a quest, I went with the Pearl Izumi X-Project Elite shoe for my mountain bike/bikepacking racing shoe. It has great stiffness to the sole, without feeling too unnatural for hike-a-bike sections. I really like the ability to fine-tune the arch fit, too--there are included arch supports for high/average/low arches. I also love the BOA dial system, allowing me to snug up the fit as the day goes on, and also pop off real fast at the end of a long ride.

Sizing is true--I went with a 38.5. For reference: I wear a 39 in Giro and 38 in Lake.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

The Ergon SR Gel Sport Saddle is quickly climbing my power rankings for road+gravel saddles. I tried out this saddle over a few days riding in southern Utah, with lots of climbing, lots of descending and a fair bit of chip-seal pavement just to keep things interesting.
I really like the relief channel in the saddle, it felt much better to me than my current saddle without. As mentioned a lot, saddles are *very* personal, but I find this one to be worth a go!
I went with the medium/large, after feeling like the small/medium had my butt bones just a bit over the edge.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

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

These socks are crazy comfortable and hold up well over time. They are true to size and provide just that hint of pizzazz we all could use at the end of a long training ride.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 148 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jersey rules for those just-crisp-enough riding days. Paired with a jacket, the windstopper material kept me comfortable down to 35 degrees, and without would be great to 50+ degrees or so. I was initially skeptical of the design, but I really like how well I could regulate heat without another layer on my forearms.

The fit is true for Castelli. I'm 5'6" 148lbs and wear a large in Castelli, Giordana, XL in Assos and Medium in Machines for Freedom.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 148 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So. About the straps, let's just address that off the bat, eh? I'm sure some folks like it, but oy, I am not a fan. After a couple decades of playing bikes, I have perfected the strap-scoot-through of the shirt sleeve, and feel fine about that situation. The snap thing in the front of these bibs I find a bit cumbersome and weird to put on.

Moving on, the chamois itself is *very* good. Like wear-for-many-hours-right-away comfortable. I tested these out over three days of riding in Southern Utah and was stoked about the comfort over many long miles of canyon rides. The length felt just right to me, and they wick perfectly.

Assos does run small. I wear an XL in these bib shorts, but a large in Castelli, Giordana, a medium in Machines for Freedom. I am 5'6" and 148lbs (ish).

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