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I've been searching for one of these for a while and when I finally found a good one here I bought two, the other for a dear friend of mine. Now while Amazon took their sweet time in dispatching the order, this review isn't about that, and when it finally did arrive I immediately put it to work. Here at home, this towel is a godsend, especially during these unbearable summer months. But where this towel truly shines is when I arrive at work. I ride my bike every day to work and while the trip is only about 2 miles, under this Puerto Rico sun at 2pm, needless to say I arrive very sweaty. All one has to do is snap the towel again, cover up and in less than 5 minutes, I'm completely comfortable again and have forgotten all about the ride and how sweaty I was. I knew this towel would be great, but confirming it is so sweet. One of the best purchases I've ever made!
Update: My wife and I took another trip to Disney a couple of years after I originally purchased these. They work just as good now as they did back then. I saw so many people who were using cooling towels that looked identical to these. The trick is to keep them wet and to take them off and shake a bit to cool them back off when the body heats them up to much. I've even learned that wrapping them around the wrist helps a lot since there is so much blood flow there. Initial Review: I must say, that I was actually shocked at how well these work. I've been skeptical up until now. I saw these on sale and said, Ah, what the heck, I'll give them a try! I had something like this in mind for our upcoming trip to Disney World which I know is going to be super hot. I purchased one for myself, my wife and my daughter. I jog in the afternoons and figured that would be the perfect test. As long as you do what the instructions say and soak the towel with water, wring out the excess and then snap...it works. Doesn't stay cold forever, so you will eventually have to repeat the process. They are plenty long so you can actually wrap it around your neck if needed. So, in my personal opinion....it's worth the price.
This cooling towel does a nice job cooling - though it does not maintain its moisture for long, but there is a real problem with its color. When I put it in the ice chest on the cart, it leaks the color of the towel. I have been using it for quite a while, so it is not a matter of being new and new colors sometimes leak. This is sustained. When you wet it and squeeze, the color is in the water released. When it is in the ice chest, everything turns colors, making the water bottles less desirable. It does its job, but buyer beware of this problem.
I was just using the hand towels provided by my gym, and wetting a section in the middle in the water fountain to drape around my neck. I thought this product would stay cooler longer. It doesn't. I still had to wet it 2 or 3 times to get through a one-hour workout. Considering that, it's not worth taking it to the gym, when they already have towels there that do the same thing. It's really not any lighter or smaller than the gym towels, either.
I live in a desert where the temperatures exceed 100 degrees f. I bought this towel for some relief from the heat and am delighted with it. The cooling effect lasts for about 1/2 hour and when I stretch it out I get even more cooling. Great product. I highly recommend it and have been touting it to my friends.