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Approval: OR- DTO Ultralite Mini 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/4ef4jm2 Thank you for
    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 another OR for my favorite Discovery Trekking Outfitters mini
      > towel. 
      > Thanks in advance for the edits.  Here's the link and text.
      > Nancy
      > http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/OWNER%20REVIEWS/OR-DTO%20Ultralite%20Mini%20Towel-%20Nancy%20Griffith/
      > http://tinyurl.com/2fbnk9f
      > 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 = "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 =
      > "http://www.discovertrekking.com">>
      > 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.
      > 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
      > 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
      > cloth:
      > 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.
      > SUMMARY
      > The Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultralite Mini towel is a multi-use piece of
      > fabric that I use as a quick-drying bandana.
      > GREAT
      > Versatile
      > Quick-drying
      > NOT AS GREAT
      > Not as light weight as a cotton bandana
      > Not as compact as a cotton bandana
      > Nancy Griffith
      > This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
      > Copyright 2011.  All rights reserved.
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