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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 June 2, 2019

5 5

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

I gave my mom a pair of these for Mother's Day a few years ago and she loved them so much that she asked for a new pair this year. I am so glad that Teva did not change the style. They are very comfortable for around town use as well as on the water, light weight, durable, and did not require a break in window. Overall they were a hit and will be used for years to come!

*** Sizing is true to size.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Size Purchased: Balkan Blue

I purchased these as part of a wedding gift for my brother in law to be use on his honeymoon where they planned to do a lot of hiking. They have recently returned from this trip and he has reported that the shorts were a hit. Well designed, well made, very comfortable, and a perfect all around short. He will be using these all summer long!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I purchased these as part of a wedding gift for my sister and she absolutely loves them, as do I. If she wouldn't kill me for twinning with her I would have picked up a pair of my own. Cute style, comfortable material, great fit, and a perfect weight for summer. Sizing was a little tough for us as this style uses XS-XL rather than number sizes. In addition, she fell between sizes on the size chart. Given that this was the case, I ordered the Small and XS so she could try them on side by side since we didn't have time for an exchange before she departed on her honeymoon. Ultimately we ended up going with the Small (She usually wears size 2 in Prana) and they fit perfectly.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I purchased these as part of a wedding gift for my sister and she absolutely loves them, as do I. If she wouldn't kill me for twinning with her I would have picked up a pair of my own. Cute style, comfortable material, great fit, and a perfect weight for summer. Sizing was a little tough for us as this style uses XS-XL rather than number sizes. In addition, she fell between sizes on the size chart. Given that this was the case, I ordered the Small and XS so she could try them on side by side since we didn't have time for an exchange before she departed on her honeymoon. Ultimately we ended up going with the Small (She usually wears size 2 in Prana) and they fit perfectly.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Slate Green

I purchased these as part of a wedding gift for my sister and she absolutely loves them. She has confirmed these are now her go to hiking shorts. Comfortable fit, cute design, well made. Overall they were a hit!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Size Purchased: Mist

I gave this to my brother in law as a gift to be used on his honeymoon where they planned to be out in the sun all day hiking and exploring in the Azores. He has recently returned from this trip and has reported that this was a total life saver and a huge hit. Very comfortable, light weight, and a shirt that will be regularly used.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Size Purchased: Copper Ore

I gave this to my brother in law as a gift to be used on his honeymoon where they planned to be out in the sun all day hiking and exploring in the Azores. He has recently returned from this trip and has reported that this was a total life saver and a huge hit. Very comfortable, light weight, and a shirt that will be regularly used.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

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

I gave this to my sister as a gift to be used on her honeymoon where she planned to be out in the sun all day hiking and exploring in the Azores. She has recently returned from this trip and has reported that this was a total life saver and a huge hit. Very comfortable, light weight, minimized her sun burn, and is a piece she will use for years to come.

Purchased - Mystic, XS (True to Size)

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Size Purchased: Dark Copper

I was concerned about these shorts after reading the mixed reviews, but they are perfect and ended up being a total hit. The material is a really nice weight, appear to be well designed, very comfortable (according to the recipient), and available in fun colors (Dark Copper). So far they have held up well to regular use and fingers crossed they continue to work well for many uses to come.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

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

I purchased these sandals as a gift for my sister and she absolutely loves them. While I have been a Sorel fan for many years, I had never tried anything from their summer line. She has reported that they are very comfortable, cute/stylish, well designed, well manufactured, and an overall hit. The only complaint reported was an issue with rubbing the first few times they were worn. She tends to have issues with blisters when wearing new shoes so this is nothing new, but if your feet are also sensitive you may want to toss a few band aids into your purse so you are prepared should you have issues with rubbing too on your first few uses.

*** Sizing: True to Size. She typically wears an 8 and the 8 fit perfectly.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

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

I purchased these shoes as a gift for my sister and she absolutely loves them. While I have been a Toms fan for many years, I had never tried this particular style and I am happy to report they are just as wonderful as the rest. She even let me know that they were a little bit more cushioned than the traditional styles and the change of sole helped with traction. Who knows, I may be back for a pair of my own soon.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have had friends raving about this jacket for years, but was unwilling to take the plunge and purchase one for myself. I delayed for no reason as this jacket is perfect. Light weight enough for the Spring and Fall temperatures, but heavy enough that one could use with layers for those cooler winter days. This jacket is well designed, well manufactured, and backed by the Patagonia guarantee. Unfortunately I fall between sizes (Small vs Medium) and ended up sizing up. It is a little roomy for me, but should work well over time with layer. In hindsight I should have stuck with the Small.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Size Purchased: 32

I purchased these as a gift and he loves them. Very light weight, stretchy, comfortable, and quick drying. As folks mentioned in the reviews the material is quite thin, however appears to be holding up well to use so far. We found the sizing to be true to size.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 12, 2019

5 5

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

I absolutely love Smartwool socks and gifted these to a family member for his birthday to get him on the Smartwool train. As his job requires him to be in the field hiking all day, they were a hit. He has been wearing a different pair each day and loving all of them. Very comfortable, fun patterns, true to size, and durable enough for regular use. I would highly recommend.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 12, 2019

5 5

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

I absolutely love Smartwool socks and gifted these to a family member for his birthday to get him on the Smartwool train. He has been wearing a different pair each day and loving all of them. Very comfortable, fun patterns, true to size, and durable enough for regular use. I would highly recommend.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on April 12, 2019

5 5

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

I absolutely love Smartwool socks and gifted these to a family member for his birthday to get him on the Smartwool train. As his job requires him to be in the field hiking all day, they were a hit. He has been wearing a different pair each day and loving all of them. Very comfortable, fun patterns, true to size, and durable enough for regular use. I would highly recommend.

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