A few weeks ago I was contacted by Smack Media to see if I would be interested in trying some free products from Perfect Fitness in return for a free product review.
I browsed the website and came across the Perfect Cooling Towel.
After a long ride, I took a little extra time in my transition before the run to get my cooling towel ready in the kitchen sink. I gave the towel a twist to remove extra water and then I rolled up my towel and put it around my neck. I tucked in the edges of the towel under my short sleeve Canari tri suit.
Although the towel was a little heavy around my neck at first, I just loved having the towel to squeeze every time I felt hot. Because I carry my Clif Hydration in my two flasks in my Nathan hydration belt, this leaves me with no extra water to cool my head and neck when I train.
On race day (like in Kona) I can use water and ice and sponges at aid stations but in training, it's a priority to me to carry sport nutrition in my flask but I often wish I had just a bottle of water to use for cooling.
The cooling towel came to the rescue!!
The towel really held a lot of water and although I only ran for 40 minutes off the bike, I had water in the towel for the entire run (and a little squeeze for post run). For athletes who race in hot conditions with limited aid stations, this towel may be beneficial as it can help keep the neck/head cool with the help of water at the aid stations. And in training, with the help of water stops, this towel may come to the rescue for athletes who just want to feel "cool" when running.
Another great thing about this towel is that it doesn't drip water so despite it holding a lot of water, you don't "feel" wet. Therefore, a great use for the cooling towel would be spectating. I know how hot it can be to stand on the sidelines for hours and hours and this cooling towel can do the trick when you just need a little water to cool down the skin but you don't want to soak yourself with water. Also great for our furry children (like Campy) who need a little cooling on the back when spectating.