Tanya V.

Tanya V.

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Tanya V.

Tanya V. wrote a review of on January 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using my L eucalyptus towel for over a year now and love it. It tags along at the lake, camping, backpacking, kayaking...basically anywhere I could possibly use a towel. It works great and dries rather quickly. Bear in mind, I'm in Montana and don't have high humidity problems. I also have super-thick hair down to mid-back and love the super-absorbency of this towel. It's like a squeegee for my hair. Most of the excess water (dripping wet) on the towel comes from my hair. I tend to wash up at night, hang the towel on the line, then use a corner in the AM to wash my face/clean up in the morning. When we head out on the trail, I leave the towel in my pack with the wet portion hanging out to air dry while hiking. Usually less than 30min and that sopping wet corner is dry.

My hair has since outgrown the L towel, so I will be buying an XL one and taking that on the trail.

I also have one that we use on the dogs when we take them to the lake. Does a great job getting them dry before loading them in the car.

As a girl with all this hair, the TekTowel is my towel of choice. When I had short hair, the DryLite was perfectly fine for all my needs. Now, it's a frustrating undertaking.

Even if you aren't an outdoorsy person, but need a good hair-drying towel you can't go wrong with this one.

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Tanya V.

Tanya V. wrote a review of on January 15, 2012

5 5

I own several winter hats. The longer my hair gets, the more I hate them. I have very thick hair, and when I grow it out, it makes the hats fit very snug....which ends up giving me a horrible headache. Last year, someone bought me a Columbia beanie, which I loved, but I can't wear my hair up with it or it won't cover my ears, and if it's not below 20-degrees F, I get too hot.

Along comes the Coal Cameron. I ordered it because I liked the shape. I figured I could safely twist my hair up into a bun and still look stylin' -- the wool blend should keep me warm. Oh, I was not prepared for the feel of this thing gracing my head!! First of all, it's a delicate knit, and very light weight. Secondly, it stretches very well. It does not squeeze my head --irregardless of how my hair is styled, it lays well--and does not give me a headache.

I wear it every day, and love how comfortable it is. The true test came this weekend when I was hiking in Glacier National Park. It kept me warm without my head sweating a lot. I had all 2ft of my hair piled on top of my head, and the hat still pulled down over my ears just fine--when the gale-force winds kicked up, I started wishing it was lined....but I just put the hood of my jacket over my head and all was right with the world again. I think making this hat any thicker would have made it too hot under my hood. It would also affect its fabulousness.

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Tanya V.

Tanya V. wrote a review of on September 12, 2010

Fabulous Pack
5 5

I love this pack. It fits like a glove...even for those of us who are not the typical hourglass shape. I thought I could wear an Aether just fine since I don't have much for hips, but I was wrong. The shape of the women's waist belt is much better. The shoulder harness is a fabulous fit--esp for those of us who are top heavy. I am 5'9, wear size 14 long pant, and needed the medium pack with the large waist belt. I loaded this pack up with 50lbs and it was very easy and comfortable to wear. The lid buckle and waist buckle are the same size--back up is so nice when you are in the back country. I love how the frame flexes with me. The loops on the zipper pulls make them easy to use with gloves on or limited finger dexterity. I have found it easy to unzip the lid and stuff my hat, shades, or gloves in the top then access them again later without taking the pack off.I have tried packs with the waist belt pockets and find them hard for me to access easily. What I have done is run a small organizer pack on the wide strap for the belt. I've attached my bear spray holster the same way.

Edit: I upgraded to this pack from the Kelty Redwing 2500w. The Kelty raincover that I bought for the redwing fits over the Ariel 65 just fine.

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