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These are quite attractive towels, but are nothing more than a microfibre towel. As such they don't hold much water so their cooling effect doesn't last too long. I was looking for a replacement for a Chill-Its towel that I wore out after three years; a vastly superior product as it likely absorbs four times as much water.
The idea is cool. The towel looks good. But, on a really hot day, you end up trying to convince yourself that it's working, rather than it actually working. Also, it will leave white traces on your shirt if you have it around your neck.
I’m not really impressed. Does it cool, initially? Yes. Does it stay cool? Not so much. Bought multiples for family members, and my self. Have used them for sports, hiking, gardening, even loaned it to a certified Arborist, and have been remarkably underwhelmed. It is cool at the outset, and re-snapping it as you go along does provide “some” relief, but as a true cooling towel, it fails. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe I did it wrong, but even after keeping a wet towel in the fridge, for ~24h no less, this product did not perform as I would have expected. If you have the time, and availability, to re-wet it, on a regular basis (e.g. every 30-60 min., especially in heat and humidity), then I think it would perform “adequately” ... if not, don’t bother.
I have a cooling rag that I use myself for hot days that works great. It stays wet for hours and all you need to do is rotate it to keep it cool. I was taking my children to the state fair where it was going to be around 100 degrees so I ordered these cooling towels for them to go to the fair since it said they stayed cool for exercise etc. When it arrived, the first thing I noticed was how thin the material was. It reminded me of basketball shorts. We went to the fair and the kids rags only stayed cool for about 20-30 min at most and when I would "snap" them like the directions said, it only made it feel slightly cooler. They would be almost completely dry within the hour of wearing them. I am not sure how these would be beneficial to those exercising etc. but I wouldn't recommend them unless you only needed to stay cool for a short period of time. They don't stay wet and warm up quickly because they are so thin.
Well, it's hot and humid where I am this summer, and walking the dogs (even in the evening) is no picnic, so I thought I'd try one of these towels. I kept seeing them on TV, etc. and wondered what all the fuss was about. Got the towel, wet it as instructed, put it on the back of my neck, and it felt like a cold, clammy, heavy thing going around my neck and - because it's so long- down my front. It wasn't refreshing in the least. Maybe I'll try it again someday but it certainly wasn't what I'd expected.
This scarf is too long to just sit on your neck and too short to wrap around. It is also too thin width and thickness of material. I think a "shamy" type feeling towel that was thicker in width and either longer to wrap around or shorter so it doesn't just get the front of your shirt wet would be better. It is cold but I found a wet washcloth is more effective in cooling me off. I do not recommend. Additionally, I don't think some of the other options available would be much better if they are the same size and/or material.
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.