Cooling towels

Recently while walking around TK-Maxx looking at the various sports paraphernalia, I came across a few towels which were called cooling towels. These are supposed to cool you down while you exercise, wicking away moisture from the body and using evaporation to dissipate heat faster than what the body is capable of doing. Hence I decided to do a little research on this over the internet. And I decided to buy two different versions of cooling towels to try and to compare. Both bought from Chill-Its Evaporative Cooling towel, Blue £13.24

The Ergodyne Chill-Its was one which looked very interesting, as it is made of polyvinyl acetate (PVA) and hence feels very different from cloth towels. It measures 33 x 75 cm in size, and will absorb a good amount of water.

Ergodyne Chill-Its cooling towel

The first thought was that it felt cold right out of the packaging, even before I had run water over it – hence it felt very promising. It is supposed to work for hours once you have run water over it for about a minute and squeezed the excess water out. It does feel a little stiff but I expect that with constant use it will start to feel much softer and more comfortable to use.

Made of Polyvinyl acetate which is efficient in absorbing water

The two sides of the towel have different textures to them, as you can see in the photo below.

Different textures to both sides of the towel

Now I decided to check the temperature of the Ergodyne Chill-Its towel using the infra-red thermometer I bought for checking the temperature of wine bottles (since it should be accurate for the temperature range of the towels). Interestingly out of the box, the Ergodyne Chill-Its already measured a cool 19.6 degrees Celsius (room temperature was 21.5 degrees Celsius).

19.6 degree Celsius before adding water

After running water through it and squeezing out the excess water, the Ergodyne towel registered a temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius, which is much cooler than our body temperature, and hence should work well to cool the body down. I did try using it after exercise and it did indeed make me feel cooler fairly quickly – so I am pretty happy with it.

18.3 degrees Celsius after it has had water run through it

What I like about Ergodyne Chill-Its?

  1. It works very well to cool you down.
  2. It has efficient water-absorbing ability, and hence can hold enough water to continue to cool for a few hours.

What could be improved?

  1. It does feel fairly stiff right out of the box, and will take a while to start to feel soft and comfortable to use.
  2. When it dries up, the cloth starts to feel hard again which can alert you to the fact it needs to be reactivated with water, but also means that it is less comfortable to use when it does happen. This is a characteristic of the cloth that you just have to be aware of – not sure if they can improve this.

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