Hot weather can really take it out of you. Say you’ve planned a hike, or some sort of physical activity on your travels, but the oppressive heat has you reconsidering for an afternoon in the hammock instead of the great outdoors. Sometimes, you need to give in. Other times, you need a cooling towel.
Yes, that’s what I said. A cooling towel. Coolcore’s Chill Sport Cooling Towel, to be exact.
Cooling towels are more than merely a wet towel that you have tucked away in the cooler in your car. Many of them use chemicals, which isn’t really the direction you want to choose if you’re particular about what you put on your body, as well as the fact that those handy chemicals wash out over time.
The Coolcore Chill Sport Cooling Towel is 100-percent polyester, and made with a mechanically engineered (and chemical-free) cooling technology that lets the material cool to a 30 percent lower temperature than your body surface temperature.
Just wet the 15-inch by 36-inch towel, wring it, and snap it—then place it around your neck. I used this while hiking in Jordan’s Dana Biosphere Reserve, the country’s largest nature reserve, which was hot like an oven in May.
The instructions seem too good to be true, but while hiking through Wadi Ghwayr (which has a small stream running through it, at times), I dipped the towel in the water, and followed the instructions. It was more than wishful thinking—the towel was actually cooler once I finished. Just to be sure, I checked with all my hiking buddies, and they agreed. Through wicking, moisture circulation, and regulated evaporation, the towel kept me as cool as possible during the day-long hike.
It accompanies me all the time now, when I’m out on a sunny trail or traveling in a hot climate. The fact that it packs small, I can reuse it, and there’s nothing much to it for the towel to work, it’s an incredibly simple way to keep me cool.
Coolcore also has a few apparel items, as well, from shorts to tights to tanks to tees. The next time my travels take me to a place where the temperature kicks well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I may be kitted out in an entire cooling outfit.
The Coolcore Chill Sport Cooling Towel comes in a rainbow of colors: black, black quartz, brush ocean, day glo, digi splash blue, diva blue, electric blue lemonade, fuscia, geo camo, gestured floral, lime green, Mandarin red, orange, pixel ocean red, and raspberry. It lists for $14.99 on the Coolcore site, and is also available at Amazon.