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Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Towel ranges from $12.95 to $34.95
Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Towel ranges from $12.95 to $34.95

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Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Towel

$12.95 - $34.95;

It’s a towel. No, it’s a sarong. No, it’s a blanket. Actually, it’s all three. But here’s another question: Is it necessary, especially if you’ll be staying in hotels, where towels are plentiful? The manufacturer makes its case by pointing out that this lightweight towel is quick-drying, so you can wear it as a swimsuit cover at the poolside bar, and it takes up little space in a bag. Oh, and this: “Thanks to high-tech silver treatment, this towel discourages the bacteria that cause odors.”


“Welcome to the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.”

Outside magazine’s Erin Berger profiles Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist who has identified the quietest spot in the U.S. – along the Hoh River in the heart of Olympic National Park, Wash. Bonus: You can even hear a minute-long audio recording of this quiet spot.


“Trail-Running Fashion Trends We Hate to Love”

Trail Runner magazine pokes some fun at oh-so-hip ultrarunners:

1. Trucker hats

2. Wayfarers and other non-running sunglasses

3. Neck gaiters

4. Plaid shirts

5. Beards

6. Cameras

7. Wearing any combination of compression socks and hydrapacks for a run that lasts one hour or less

8. Dressing a little too much like your favorite pro (Example: Anton Krupicka wannabes sans shirts and with skimpy shorts)

Compiled by Sam McManis/