Approval: OR- DTO Ultralite Mini Towel- Nancy Griffith
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--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, Nancy Griffith <bkpkrgirl@...> wrote:
> Hi OR editors!
> I've posted another OR for my favorite Discovery Trekking Outfitters mini
> Thanks in advance for the edits. Here's the link and text.
> DTO ULTRALITE MINI 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 = "Mini Towel" 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: $14.95 US (larger Ultralite towel is $19.95 US)
> Listed Weight: 1.3 oz (37 g)
> Measured Weight: 1.4 oz (40 g)
> Sizes Available: Ultralite 34 in x 28 in (86 cm x 71 cm), Ultralite Mini 19 in x
> 19 in (48 cm x 48 cm)
> Colors Available: Mossy Green, Navy
> Mine is Size Mini in Silver Grey (color not currently available)
> The Discovery Trekking Outfitters Extreme Ultralite Backpacking Towel in the
> mini size is essentially the size of a bandana. It is made of the same fast
> drying 100% polyester fabric as their larger towel. It has an anti-microbial
> technology to discourage bacteria growth which consists of silver strands (not
> visible) in the fabric. So it won't wash out over time like a chemical
> treatment and is natural. The website claims that this fabric dries 3 times
> faster than cotton. The mini-size makes it useful as a bandana, neck warmer and
> wash cloth.
> FIELD USE
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "bandana">>I've used this cloth on several
> backpacking trips and day hikes since I got it. In total it has probably been
> with me on 6 backpacking trips for 15 days and on a handful of day hikes. The
> photo shows it on top of a typical cotton bandana for size comparison.
> 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
> Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California: 1 night; 4,500 ft (1,372 m); 40
> to 45 F (4 to 7 C); dry conditions with light wind
> 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
> Day Hiking:
> Bake Oven Trail, Sierra Nevada, California; 10 mi (16 km); 1,630 to 3,520 ft
> (497 to 1,073 m); 65 to 80 F (18 to 27 C); clear to partly cloudy conditions
> As a hair organizer and head warmer:
> I often wore the mini towel on my head to keep my hair out of my eyes especially
> in camp in the evenings when it also helped to keep my head warm. I would fold
> it in half (in a triangle), tie it behind my neck and push it over my head to
> contain all of those straggling hair strands. At times I would wear it to bed
> as a head warmer on cool but not cold nights when I just needed a little help in
> keeping warm. If I tied it right, it even would stay in place all night!
> As a neck cooler and/or warmer:
> I would dunk the mini towel in a stream and tie it around my neck to cool me
> down on hot days. On cool days I would just tie it around my neck and wear it
> like an ascot to keep my neck warm.
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "close up">>As a face cloth, wash cloth and dish
> I occasionally used it as a face cloth to wipe sweat from my brow, face and
> neck. Sometimes I used it as a wash cloth or dish cloth to clean myself or my
> dishes. However, for these uses I found it to be somewhat large to carry in my
> pocket and would tie it around a pack strap. I also found that I preferred to
> use DTO's extra small towel instead for these uses (see separate owner review).
> 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 towel.
> The durability of the mini towel has been great. It has seen quite a bit of use
> and multiple machine washings but is still in good shape. The seams are intact
> and there are no cuts or frayed threads.
> The Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultralite Mini towel is a multi-use piece of
> fabric that I use as a quick-drying bandana.
> NOT AS GREAT
> Not as light weight as a cotton bandana
> Not as compact as a cotton bandana
> Nancy Griffith
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> Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.