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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.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on March 15, 2017

5 5

I love Prana hats. The only problem is, it is hard to make a decision because I like them all. Finally made a selection and as I expected it is perfect. I have used their hats for years and they hold up well with time, can be washed when needed, adjustable, breathable (for those toasty days), and all around a good addition to any trip where you need a little shade.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on March 15, 2017

4 5

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

I purchased this item as a gift and it was a hit. Perfect for those slightly chilly days when you just want a little something, but can also be used as a medium weight layer when it is time to bundle up. This jacket has a nice soft material, well designed, and true to size. No complaints at this time!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on March 15, 2017

4 5

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

This Thule rack is great. Large enough to carry that third bike if needed. It has a sleek design, easy to put on/take off bikes, folds fairly compact for storage, light weight, simple to install on car, should be durable to withstand many years of use, and will universally fit the cars we need. Overall this rack is perfect!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

I am amazed that I had not seen these before, but they are pretty neat. I ended up grabbing a shave soap and it is so cool. They are little sheets of shaving powder/cream . Just add water and it will lather up nicely. Figured this was a good addition to a toiletry kit and certainly will not encounter issues when passing through a TSA check point.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

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

I was looking for a sleeping bag liner that could be used for warmer nights in the summer when you really want little more than a sheet for protection. This particular liner is exactly what I was looking for. I was not seeking an ultra light weight, overly compact, high tech, or anything more than a simple liner. If you are seeking any of those features, you may be best with a different style. Overall this one will be perfect for me!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

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

I purchased these tablets mainly for travel. While most countries have clean drinking water available, the water quality can be questionable in some locations. I have used these tablets while in the Backcountry and found that they are easy to use, light weight to carry, and relatively quick at treating the water you intend to drink. I also really like that this particular tablet does not cause your water to taste like pennies or a swimming pool once treated. Overall never hurts to have a few stashed in your travel kit.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

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

I really like the Ben's product and have used it for year. I had not seen these wipes before, but figured I would give these a shot. While the sprays are great for around the house, I always worry about putting a bottle of liquid in my bag while travelling for fear that it will be jostled open and my gear will reek of bug spray. These wipes offer a safe option for travel and allow you to apply the product without having to spray everything you have on down. Overall a great option and easy to tuck away in a bag or pocket.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

I purchased this item as a gift for my parents heading on a trip abroad. I was trying to think of something fun as a Valentine's gift and remembered that I purchased this exact kit a few years ago for myself. I have found it handy many times and figured this was a good route to go. It is fairly basic, but a great addition to your toiletry kit covering most items you may need from time to time and very compact.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on January 27, 2017

5 5

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

I purchased this boot as a replacement for my boyfriend when his Salomon boots blew out on day two. He had his heart set on the boots he initially picked out until he tried on these Vans boots. He has not had a single complaint and has been head over heels about them. Extremely comfortable, nice and stiff (what he wanted), and heat moldable. All in all they have been a hit and he has managed to maximize his days out on the slopes for the past month. I think he has been converted over to the Vans club.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: XS

I purchased this item as a gift and I think it will be a total hit. Cute style, fun colors, and a really nice design. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

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

I was a little stumped on what glove to get as Christmas gift so I contacted one of our Ski Experts, Ben Rabinowitz, for some guidance. He suggested this glove and he was right. This glove is amazing. Well designed, comfortable, and plenty warm for any ski day. Overall I think this gift will be a big hit! Thanks Ben!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

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

I purchased this glove to be used as a liner and it is very well made. Typically liners I have purchased in the past tend to be poorly stitched and have a less durable material then one would hope. This glove has neither of those flaws. Appears to have great stitching and a very comfortable material. Overall this will do very well for the season.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

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

My dad loves this pant so much that I am back for more (new color). Well designed and comfortable style with a nice light weight material. Great for summer or winter use and can be used day to day or simply out on an adventure. Overall a great buy and I am sure I will be back for more in the future.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

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

I gave this item as a gift and the item has not been used yet, but overall the fit is great (true to size), well designed, comfortable, and well made. He has yet to try this out on the hill, but I think this will be a great addition to his winter gear this season!

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on December 16, 2016

5 5

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

I purchased this bag as a gift specifically for Mountain Biking, but I am sure he will use this for so many other activities too. Well designed bag with pockets for storage (and organization), a great fit, and nice looking design. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and I know it will work well for many years to come.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Small

I gave this item as a gift, but I liked it so much I may need to get one for myself. The material is incredibly soft, the fit is tailored to a nice shape, the overall design is really nice, and I love the colors available. I ended up choosing the Lunar Ice Grey and I really like it. I hope it is as big of a hit with my sister. This is a soft grey color, but not masculine like some of the greys you see on the market. Overall I would highly recommend.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Large

I gave this item as a gift so I only have feedback to provide, but this has been a hit. Well made jacket, nice great on, and the colors are wonderful. Overall this jacket is a bargain at the price and should work perfectly for him for years to come.

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Rachael Van Dolahwrote a review of on November 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this bottle in the 32 oz size and loved it so much I came back for more. The 32, while great was just a tad too large for day to day carrying around. The 25 oz is perfect. The design is comfortable to carry, the spill proof lid works wonderfully, the ease of drinking from the bottle is nice, and to top it all off the lid even offers a little mouth guard if you want to keep dust, grime, and dirt off of the drinking portion of the cap. I really like these bottles and I would certainly recommend these to anyone. I am now the proud owner of 4, although this may be more than I really need.

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