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--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, Nancy Griffith <bkpkrgirl@...> wrote:
> Hi OR editors!
> I've posted an OR for one of my favorite Discovery Trekking Outfitters
> Thanks for reviewing it. Here's the link and text.
> DTO ULTRA FAST-DRY TOWEL
> BY NANCY GRIFFITH
> January 09, 2011
> TESTER INFORMATION
> NAME: Nancy Griffith
> EMAIL: bkpkrgirlATyahooDOTcom
> AGE: 44
> LOCATION: Northern California, USA
> GENDER: F
> HEIGHT: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
> WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)
> My outdoor experience began in high school with involvement in a local
> canoeing/camping group called Canoe Trails. The culmination was a 10-day canoe
> voyage through the Quebec wilds. I've been backpacking since my college days in
> Pennsylvania. I have completed all of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia,
> Tennessee and North Carolina. My typical trip now is in the Sierra Nevada in
> California and is from a few days to a week long. I carry a light to mid-weight
> load, use a tent, stove and hiking poles.
> PRODUCT INFORMATION
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Ultra Fast-dry" IMAGE CAPTION = "Courtesy of
> DTO">>Manufacturer: Discovery Trekking Outfitters
> Year of Manufacture: 2009
> Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
> "http://www.discoverytrekking.com" LINK TEXT =
> MSRP: $12.95 US (see below for prices of larger sizes)
> Listed Weight: Not listed
> Measured Weight: 0.5 oz (14 g)
> Sizes Available:
> Large: 34 in x 58 in (86 cm x 147 cm): $29.95 US
> Medium: 34 in x 28 in (86 cm x 71 cm): $19.95 US
> Small: 16 in x 28 in (41 cm x 71 cm): $14.95 US
> Extra Small: 13 in x 10 in (33 cm x 25 cm): $12.95 US
> Colors Available: Black, Navy Blue, Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Purple, Red, Pink,
> Dark Green, Sage Green, Dark Brown, Camel, Lime Green, Orange, Aqua, Silver
> Grey, White
> Mine is Extra Small in Dark Green
> The Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultra Fast-Dry Towel in the extra small size
> is essentially the size of a wash cloth. It is made of the same fast drying
> 100% polyester fabric as their larger towels. It also has an anti-microbial
> technology to discourage bacteria growth. This consists of silver strands (not
> visible) in the fabric so it won't wash out over time. The website claims that
> it dries 3 times faster than cotton. The extra small size makes it useful as a
> wash cloth, face cloth, dish cloth and even as a coffee filter.
> FIELD USE
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "face cloth">>I've used this cloth on nearly every
> backpacking trip and many day hikes since I got it. In total it has probably
> been with me on 8 backpacking trips for 28 days and on countless day hikes.
> Some examples include the following trips.
> Point Reyes National Seashore, California: 3 days; 0 to 1,407 ft (429 m); 40 to
> 55 F (4 to 13 C); partly cloudy to heavy rainstorm
> Western States Trail, Sierra Nevada, California; 3 days; 1,800 to 4,365 ft (549
> to 1,330 m) elevation; 45 to 72 F (7 to 22 C); clear conditions
> Mumford Bar, Sierra Nevada, California; 2 days; 13 mi (21 km); 2,640 to 5,360 ft
> (805 to 1634 m) elevation; 53 to 90 F (12 to 32 C); clear conditions
> Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California; 3 days; 19.5 mi (31.4 km);
> 6,560 to 8,220 ft (2,000 to 2,505 m) elevation; 40 to 80 F (4 to 27 C); clear
> Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington; 10 days; 100 mi (161
> km); 2,600 to 7,200 ft (792 to 2,195 m) elevation; 32 to 62 F (0 to 17 C); clear
> to foggy to downpour conditions
> As a face cloth:
> On hot days I would carry it in a pack hip pocket or in my pants pocket. It is
> small enough to fit easily and comfortably in these spots. This way it was easy
> to access to use it as a face cloth while hiking to wipe sweat from my brow,
> face and neck. This fabric wicks water away more than absorbing it so a
> different type of action is needed when using it for drying skin. But once I
> got used to it, it worked quite well. I often dunked it in a stream to help
> keep me cool.
> As a washcloth:
> I also used it as a washcloth for on-trail baths. I really liked it for this
> since one side has a bit of a rougher texture which was good for scrubbing
> skin. It dried quickly overnight and was ready by morning for another day of
> As a dish cloth:
> At times I used it as a dish cloth to wash or dry our cookware and utensils. As
> mentioned above, when drying it requires wiping such that it can wick the water
> away rather than trying to absorb it. But it worked just fine. It did a good
> job for washing dishes as long as they weren't too dirty with food stuck on
> since it isn't really a scrubber.
> As a coffee filter:
> Lastly, I used it as a coffee filter for making cowboy coffee. For this, I
> boiled water with ground coffee in it and then strained the grounds out through
> the cloth into my drinking cup. On trips where I used it for this, I typically
> carried it in my cook set to wrap my stove and protect it from bouncing around.
> It worked well for straining coffee which even gave it a nice aroma.
> I never noticed any foul aroma develop on any of my trips. I washed the cloth
> in the machine after every trip with whatever other clothes were going in and on
> whatever setting those required. I've never paid any particular attention to
> how to wash this cloth.
> The durability of the cloth has been great. It has seen quite a bit of use and
> has been machine washed many times but is still in great shape. The fabric is
> getting somewhat worn but that has mostly just made it softer. There are no
> cuts, frayed threads or unraveling of seams. The dark spot on it (in the photo)
> seems to be a bit of tree sap that didn't come off in the wash.
> The Discovery Trekking Outfitters extra small Ultra Fast-drying towel is a
> multi-use, quick-drying piece of fabric that I find useful enough to carry with
> me on nearly every trip.
> THINGS I LIKE
> Light weight
> THINGS I DON'T LIKE
> Nancy Griffith
> This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
> Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.
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