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Approval: OR- DTO Ultra-Fast Dry Towel- Nancy Griffith

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  • Michael
    Nancy, Nice quick review with no edits. Please upload to the following folder. Don t forget to delete your test HTML. http://tinyurl.com/4b4relv Thank you
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 22, 2011
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      Nice quick review with no edits. Please upload to the following folder. Don't forget to delete your test HTML.


      Thank you for your contribution.


      --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, Nancy Griffith <bkpkrgirl@...> wrote:
      > Hi OR editors!
      > I've posted an OR for one of my favorite Discovery Trekking Outfitters
      > products. 
      > Thanks for reviewing it.  Here's the link and text.
      > Nancy
      > http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/OWNER%20REVIEWS/OR-%20DTO%20Ultra%20Fast-Dry%20Towel-%20Nancy%20Griffith/
      > http://tinyurl.com/2b6db2z
      > OR
      > January 09, 2011
      > 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.
      > <<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 =
      > "http://www.discoverytrekking.com">>
      > 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.
      > Backpacking:
      > 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
      > conditions
      > 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
      > use.
      > 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.
      > SUMMARY
      > 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.
      > Versatile
      > Quick-drying
      > Light weight
      > Nothing
      > Nancy Griffith
      > This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
      > Copyright 2011.  All rights reserved.
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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