Friday, January 18, 2008

A Good Product.

Well folks, it's that time of year again. Back to a fitness regime. I signed up at a local fitness club recently, really keen on getting back into an aqua fitness program, as I really came to enjoy it in the past. It's the perfect form of exercise for me and my ailing back.

While in the process of purchasing the required pool necessities: bathrobe, combination lock, mini shampoo/conditioner bottles and other fitness club regalia, I came across this product by Speedo.

It's basically a chamois and boy-o-boy does it soak up water. After my first swim class, I used the chamois to absorb the residual water from my hair and I was amazed at it's absorbent ability. It's better than a towel because you can actually wring it out and re-use it, whereas a bath towel remains wet and heavy until you throw it in the dryer.

I've also seen this chamois at MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op / and the great thing is that MEC carries these in various sizes and colours. I purchased my chamois from New Balance ( and it comes in a variety of colours: pink, yellow, white, green, purple and blue but alas, it was only available in one size: the size of a face towel (12.5" x 16.5").

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this product to those individuals that dread having to carry bulky towels to the gym and wet, heavy towels back home. And for those individuals - like myself - who do not want to pay an extra fee for towel service.

I'm giving this product 4 out of 5 based on the following: usability/functional, convenience, safety, and durability.

In terms of aesthetics I found this product lacking - which is totally okay. I don't feel that this product necessarily needs to be aesthetic. Despite the various colours avaliable - I found the appearance of this chamois reminiscent of an auto chamois and not a body towel.

Product review is based on the following criteria:
  • Usability/Functional
  • Safety/Comfort
  • Aesthetics
  • Convenience
  • Durability

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Late Bloomer.

Well, I made it to Blogland. Not sure why it took me so long to set up a blog. Laziness? No, not really. Procrastination? Maybe. Feeling overwhelmed with the complexity of setting up this site? Sure. Being a perfectionist? Hmm, probably. Unsure about what topics to focus on? Of course. I've got too many things on my mind: The environment. Sustainable living. Product design. Shoes. Purses. Clothes. Films. Art. Books. Food. Jewellery (jewellery!). The list goes on. Well folks. I'm here now and that's all that matters. Better late than never. Stay tuned...