Kula Cloth Review | Average Hiker
The Kula Cloth Review is Easy
This Kula Cloth review is going to be an easy review. Other than a bandanna they don't have a lot of competition, and there is a LOT to like about this new piece of gear.
I wanted to provide an initial review since it is a new piece of gear I will be using on my Arizona Trail Hike this year. It seems like a good idea for women, introduced by a former long distance hiker, and I always try to support the hiking community and entrepreneurs.
At the end of this review I've added my post hiking thoughts. The Kula Cloth now goes with me on all of my hikes, and I just ordered two more. It really is a critical part of my kit now.
Below is the owner's description of the cloth.
“A Kula Cloth™ is the first of its kind – an intentionally (and obsessively) designed reusable antimicrobial pee cloth!” And there ya go. Guys may have no interest in reading further, but fellow female outdoor enthusiasts, it's a pretty cool idea.
Why the Kula Cloth?
“Your weird cloth arrived in the mail.”
This was the text I received while I was out of town traveling. Over morning coffee, I was asked why I needed the cloth. I could see eyes cloud over as I explained it's purpose. On the other hand, once I explained it to my female outdoor friends, I watched as slow “ah ha” grins spread across their faces.
On the Arizona Trail I'll be in the desert. There are very few options for cleaning up after I pee. Leaves are sparse, and the thought of cacti makes me shudder.
There is of course the typical bandanna. I've never really liked using this little piece of bacteria breeding cotton and then hanging it off my backpack. It has always seemed a little less than hygienic. So when the Kula cloth popped up on one of my many internet feeds, it caught my eye.
- Size – 6 x 6
- Weight – .5 oz
- Fabric – advanced silver-infused, antimicrobial fabric
- Materials – eco-friendly non-toxic materials (Bamboo Viscose, Cotton, Organic Cotton, Polyester)
- Other Features – “Clean side” with waterproof lining so moisture does not soak through.
Kula Cloth Materials
The materials are what makes the Kula cloth unique. The small piece of cloth uses “advanced, silver-infused/antimicrobial super-absorbent textiles.” It kind of looks like a small oven mitt, but much thinner. It has a super absorbent dimpled cloth on one side, and a layer of water proof material separating this side from the smooth nylon handling side.
This keeps your hands clean, which is not always the case with the cotton bandanna.
There is a sturdy snap to fold over and close the little cloth, and a small strap for hanging it off the pack. There are a multitude of cool colors and designs, and even an “Artist Series,” some of which appear to be sold out right now.
I chose the black cloth since my pack is green and black, and it “matched.” I liked that it kind of “blended in” with the other gear.
Kula Cloth Summary
The Kula Cloth could be a game changer for me. It is a much cleaner concept than the bandanna, easy to wash, and fairly inconspicuous on the pack. I like it! More to come on my new piece of gear from my upcoming hike on the Arizona Trail.
Post Hike Thoughts
Before the Corona Virus ended my Arizona Trail hike, I used the Kula Cloth for two weeks. What I suspected was made firm. This is definitely a replacement for my bandanna. I really liked using it for a couple of reasons.
The cloth dried fast and had almost no odor. It was very absorbent, and felt much cleaner than my bandanna. Because of this I also felt cleaner. I let it hang on my backpack while I hiked during the day.
I would rinse the Kula Cloth whenever I had an opportunity, sometimes two or more times daily. It dried very quickly once I hung it on the pack. At night I would take it off the pack and seal it in a small Ziploc bag. The next morning it would get clipped back on my backpack – so easy!
The Kula Cloth was so easy, and it definitely felt cleaner than using a bandanna for me. Going forward, this will definitely be a piece of critical gear on all of my hikes. I'm even purchasing a couple of back ups!
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