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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 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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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A perfect follow-up to the previous model of Accent backpack. My previous Thule Accent is in amazing shape after six years, it has simply been relegated to hiking duties, while this new model is my every day bag. Spacious storage areas and very sturdy construction (as one would expect), especially the zipper pulls and the straps. A sleek, comfortable bag whether for commuting or taking into the mountains.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 24, 2019

5 5

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

The Castelli Alpha RoS Light jacket makes riding on any day a possibility. The jacket layers well over a baselayer or a jersey and gives you even more pockets-for-snacks.

I've worn the jacket in temps down to about 35, paired with a windstopper jersey, and been quite comfortable. The cuff fits well underneath gloves, helping to avoid the all-too-common discomfort of cuff/sleeve/glove. I was initially skeptical of the liner vest situation, but let me tell you: gamechanger! It makes this jacket even more versatile for temperature ranges of 32-55 degrees Fahrenheit or so.

I'm 5'6" 145lbs, and the large fit well with plenty of room to layer beneath it. A medium also fit, but less ideal for wearing a jersey underneath.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 24, 2019

5 5

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

The Castelli Climber's Jersey is a tangible upgrade from heavier jerseys on hot days and long climbs. The first thing I noticed was just how comfortable the jersey is! Though slim fitting, it lays well and at no point felt constricting. The sleeves are a longer-than-average short sleeve, coming to just above my elbow, which I really liked for coverage from the sun.
The 3/4 zip in the front allows me the jersey to vent well. The liner situation (not pictured) is a layer beneath the jersey's zip. This is apparently for "modesty." I found it nice to vent well, but wasn't too keen on another layer on the hottest days.

I'd recommend this jersey to anyone riding in hot weather or doing serious efforts on not-so-hot days. At 5'6" and 145lbs, the large fit me well--the jersey is true to size for Castelli.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 20, 2019

5 5

The CycleOps H2 Smart Trainer has been crucial for my training this winter. Between travelling a lot for work and the limited daylight, this trainer has made getting in miles way easy and, dare I say, enjoyable through the winter months.

It is easy to get set and simply compatible with my road bike. It works flawlessly with Zwift, my preferred virtual training situation, allowing me to use Training Peaks workouts or Zwift's programs. It pairs quickly and is much quieter than many trainers I've used (sorry, former housemates!).
Yes, it is expensive, but for the hours you can spend on it and make winter training waaaayy more delightful, I've found it well worth the price tag for how smooth and reliable the H2 has been.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 19, 2019

4 5

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

The Torrentshell is a great rain pant overall. I knocked it a star as they are rather heavy, between the long side zippers and pockets and such. The fit is as expected: a medium allowed room to layer without feeling too oversized.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 19, 2019

4 5

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

I really like this jacket for an emergency-ish shell, when the forecast looks good enough, or you'll be going fast enough to skip a full blown rain jacket. That being said, the lack of front pockets make it only an in-case layer for me, as I like to have pockets to warm hands/hold snacks on real rainy days. It is pretty waterproof for how light it is, and holds up well over time.
A medium for me allowed room to layer a thin synthetic puffy jacket and t-shirt beneath.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 19, 2019

5 5

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

The Icebreaker Tech Lite Short Sleeve is my closet's (well, duffel bag's) newest MVP. It is so dang comfortable and fits well, in addition to wicking moisture and keeping me comfortable after consecutive days of wear on long backpacking and road trips. I am stoked and will be adding more in different colors to my arsenal of invincible t's,.

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