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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!

      Thanks,

      Tim

      --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "tcoug7" <tcoug7@y...>
      wrote:
      >
      > 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
      Adirondack
      > 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
      shores
      > of Lake Erie as a flat plateau and changing to rolling hills
      further
      > away from the lake. The flat land is around 700 ft (213 m)
      elevation
      > with the hills steadily increasing to close to 2000 ft (610 m).
      > Northern Pennsylvania tends to have similar temperatures to
      Western
      > New York, although the terrain is considerably more hilly and
      steep.
      > 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
      loop
      > has both ends sewn, and there is no snap. The Atwater Carey name
      is
      > embroidered onto the hang loop. The loop measures about 2 in (5
      cm)
      > long and is ¾" (1.9 cm) wide. I was unable to locate a website
      for
      > 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
      is
      > 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
      is
      > 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
      I
      > 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
      my
      > 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
      that
      > 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
      hold
      > 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
      nylon-
      > 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
      less
      > on a nice day hanging off my pack to dry. It takes a little
      longer
      > 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,
      the
      > 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
      faded,
      > 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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