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REPOST - was: Revised: Atwater Carey Towel - Tim Coughlin

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  • tcoug7
    Well Roger, I did it again, I titled it wrong. The good news is I m shaking all the cobwebs out on this one, since I ve got at least two more to submit here
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 1, 2005
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      Well Roger, I did it again, I titled it wrong. The good news is I'm
      shaking all the cobwebs out on this one, since I've got at least two
      more to submit here in the near future!



      --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "tcoug7" <tcoug7@y...>
      > Hi Roger,
      > Thanks for the edit. I've reworked some parts, so take a look,
      > please.
      > The HTML version is here: http://tinyurl.com/ak4uh
      > Owner's Review:
      > Atwater Carey Camp N' Travel Towel
      > Report Date: 17 October 2005
      > Product Information
      > Name: Camp N' Travel Towel
      > Manufacturer: Atwater Carey
      > Manufacturer's Web Site: **Could NOT Locate**
      > Date of Manufacture: Received as a gift 4/2005
      > Listed Weight: NONE
      > Listed Dimensions: 20 x 27 in (51 x 69 cm)
      > Measured Dimensions: 16 x 25 in (41 x 64 cm)
      > Measured Weight: 3.0 oz (85 g)
      > Rated Capacity: 10X its weight in water
      > Cost Search on the Web: $5.00 - 19.00 (US currency)
      > Tester Biographical Information
      > Name: Tim Coughlin
      > Gender:
      > Male
      > Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)
      > Weight: 190 lb (82 kg)
      > Age: 44 years
      > Email: TCoug7<at>yahoo<dot>com
      > Region: Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania, Adirondack
      > Mountains
      > State: New York
      > Country: United States
      > Backpacking Background
      > I have been an active backpacker for 29 years, with experience
      > hiking in many parts of the continental United States and Canada.
      > Most of my time is spent in the Northeast, especially the
      > region of New York. I practice lightweight and ultralight
      > philosophies when backpacking. I'm a seasoned veteran to three-
      > season backpacking, and have been expanding my experience outdoors
      > to include winter backpacking. I am an avid four-season dayhiker.
      > Field Information
      > I received the towel as a gift in April, 2005, and have used it
      > regularly since then. For the past six months, field testing has
      > occurred in a wide variety of locations, including: a five-day
      > campout in Western New York, two three-day treks to the Allegheny
      > National Forest, a three-day trek to the Adirondacks High Peaks
      > region, and numerous nights car camping with my family. When I
      > wasn't out camping, field testing continued for the towel as I
      > brought it to the gym several times a week and used it as my pool
      > towel throughout the summer
      > The terrain locally is a mixed bag, starting out close to the
      > of Lake Erie as a flat plateau and changing to rolling hills
      > away from the lake. The flat land is around 700 ft (213 m)
      > with the hills steadily increasing to close to 2000 ft (610 m).
      > Northern Pennsylvania tends to have similar temperatures to
      > New York, although the terrain is considerably more hilly and
      > This is the home of the Allegheny Mountains, with elevations
      > typically around 2000 ft (610 m). The High Peaks region is
      > approximately 4000 ft (1200 m) on average. Daily temperatures for
      > the field tests ranged between 55 - 95 F (13 - 35 C).
      > Product Review:
      > This is a simple backpacking towel, vivid sky blue in color,
      > rectangular in shape, with a hang loop sewn in one corner. The
      > has both ends sewn, and there is no snap. The Atwater Carey name
      > embroidered onto the hang loop. The loop measures about 2 in (5
      > long and is ¾" (1.9 cm) wide. I was unable to locate a website
      > the manufacturer, and there is no material identification
      > information on the towel itself. After searching the web, I found
      > other retailers listing the towel's material as viscose rayon,
      > capable of holding ten times its weight in water.
      > I have used other synthetic backpacking towels before. There are
      > two qualities I feel separates this towel from the others I have
      > used, thus prompting me to write this review. First, it's the way
      > this towel feels. It closely resembles cotton to the touch, and
      > very soft on my skin. It is much thicker than other nylon-based
      > towels I have used in the past, and I really like it! The second
      > smell. Anyone who has ever packed a garment away partially wet
      > knows that after a time it begins to stink. I have found that
      > process is accelerated in many synthetic garments, like socks,
      > shirts, and yes - towels! I found using the Atwater Carey towel
      > that it was more resistant to odor than any other synthetic towel
      > have used. Many times, my towel spends a lot of time in the mesh
      > pocket in my backpack. When I can, I like to drape the towel on
      > pack to dry while I'm on the trail, but in order to keep it clean,
      > sometimes I must leave it in the mesh pocket. The problem is
      > often the inner layers cannot dry due to the towel's compressed
      > state. I am very impressed with this towel's resistance to
      > developing odors in this scenario.
      > The towel is rather small in size, similar to a small hand towel,
      > but is plenty big enough to meet all my personal needs. It can
      > an impressive amount of water, and does not require constant
      > wringing out as I use it. After a shower, this towel is absorbent
      > enough to thoroughly dry me, yet only feel damp from the process.
      > I haven't tried to multitask with this towel too much, other than
      > using it as a glass cleaner. It does a terrific job on my
      > sunglasses. I don't use it handling my cook pot, since it is
      > based and will melt at a low temperature.
      > Depending on sunlight, humidity and temperature, the towel dries
      > very quickly. Typically, I would say it takes about an hour or
      > on a nice day hanging off my pack to dry. It takes a little
      > in the mesh pocket, because I need to reposition the towel at
      > intervals to allow the inner layers exposure to the atmosphere to
      > dry. At night, I simply suspend it from the ceiling of my tent,
      > corner of my tarp, or the ridge line of my hammock and it's dry in
      > the morning.
      > After six months, there no tears or stains on the towel, nor are
      > there any signs of material thinning. The color is slightly
      > but no bad.
      > I am very happy with this little towel. It's inexpensive, works
      > well, and is holding up. When it's time to replace it, I'll buy
      > another one just like it.
      > Tim Coughlin
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