Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads ??? Does it work?

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  1. JackB1

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    I bought this towel from my tennis shop called "chilly pads" by Frogg Toggs.
    It is supposed to be a towel that stays cold. I tried it yesterday and I wasn't too impressed. The towel stays "cool", but not as cold as say a handtowel kept in icewater. You are supposed to wet the towel, wring it out and then it stays cool for 1-4 hours. Maybe next time I will try the towel in some cold water mixed with ice, but so far I don't get it. Also, it feels somewhat rubbery like a chamois. Not too nice to wipe your face with.

    Anyone else try these? Maybe I am doing something wrong?
     
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    I have one that I use during the summer. I had mixed results with it. I like using it, but it does have limitations as to how cold it gets. I just had to figure out how wet to get it for it to cool the best.

    I think the the first thing you are suppose to do is wash it out in hot water. Then let it dry into the hard sheet. Then when you re-wet it, it is suppose to be good to go.

    From what I understand, the evaporation of the water is what creates the cooling effect. So you have to really make sure it has the right amount of water in it so that the water is evaporating to make it have the cooling effect. If I wring it out too much, it doesn't work so well (because less evaporation). If I keep it too wet, same thing. So it took me a little bit to figure out just how wet to keep it so it cooled properly. And I found if it is laying out in the sun, seems not to work as well either.

    Keeping it in the cooler or using ice water seemed to prevent the thing from working the way it was suppose to as well. I mean it was cold from the cold water and cooler - but that isn't the way it is designed to work. A regular cotton towel in a zip lock with some water kept in the cooler actually worked better if I was doing it this way.

    Lastly, it never gets super cold. I will say it is cool. Which still feels nice when it is 100 degrees outside. But I have never had mine be that cold.

    So I use it. But it does have some limitations.
     
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    If you read the reviews on Amazon dot com, you would think this thing is the next best thing since canned beer. I think it would be good to put over your head during changeovers, but I think I still prefer a cotton hand towel in ice water for putting on my face.
     
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    Chilly pads are fantastic... for the correct application. They get "cold" through evaporation not their inherant temperature, so if you have access to ice water, they aren't going to be as cold as that. But since your skin temp is like somewhere around 95 degrees, you don't need ice water to give the impression of "cold", the pads will do a perfectly fine job.

    To be honest, I think they are too impractical to use during tennis matches, that is, to slap it on on changeovers for a minute. They are not going to make a difference that way (really nothing is, since the time is so brief). Chilly pads are best used continuously under your shirt (which won't work for an activity as strenuous as tennis. It is better for watching tennis in Indian Wells (where we bought them).

    The company does have a baseball cap made of the same material (it is currently not being manufactured as it was too pricey) but they are available from retailers who have a stock left over. Now that is something that you could wear while playing tennis.
     
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    How about cutting them into strips and use as headbands?
    Or wrapping them around your neck like a bandana?

    I agree, it's too much hassle to take them out out their container, unravel, put on your face for a second, fold back up and put away during changeovers.
     
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    synthetic chamois found in automotive parts stores are the exact same thing as the Frog Tog and usually cheaper.
     
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    They have some bandanas that act the same as Frogg toggs.

    I got one via a gift card and I never use it. It is much better if you are wearing something like that constantly. Putting it on changeovers for 30 seconds does very little.
     
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    I would not use it as a headband since it will be saturated from being loaded with water beforehand, it will have little to no sweat absorbtion. In addition your head will be hit with sunshine almost 100% from above while the strips won't since they are on the side of your head (which is the opposite of what you want). That is why I bought the baseball cap, protects your head from sunshine and the cap is in the sunshine evaporating it's water and keeping your head very, very cool.
     
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