I received the following product(s) free or discounted in the hopes that I would share my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

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Are you looking for a great towel for swim and sport? Need something special yet practical for someone special? The Microfiber Swim and Sport Towel is much more than just a towel. You can tell from just a glance that it is beautifully dyed in a soothing swirl of blues that are reminiscent of ocean waves. My photos really can’t do this justice! It’s very well made with careful stitching around the edge and an even cut.

The second thing to note is how amazingly soft it is thanks to its microfiber content. It has a wonderful plush feel that you just want to wrap yourself in. The generous length means that it’s possible for many body shapes and sizes to get wrapped up. Even as a plus-size woman, I was able to be fully wrapped in the towel and I could move around freely without worrying about towel slippage. For this reason, it also makes it a really great bath towel!

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It is a towel, so I’m sure you want to know how absorbent it is, right? That microfiber wins again! It absorbed moisture right off my skin without the usual rubbing I would need to do with cotton towels. It felt amazing on the skin and it was so gentle. My skin is super-sensitive, so it was nice to have a towel that didn’t irritate my skin.

Overall an amazing towel. Now I want one in every color! I received the Tahiti Tides, but there are many more gorgeous colors to choose from including American Pride and Hawaiin Skies.

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Pros: Beautifully dyed. Deliciously soft and super absorbent. Generous size.

Cons: No complaints from me!

Overall Rating

star5

Now available in Tie-Dye Tahiti Ties Color as well as 8 other vibrant colors and over-sized, the ultra-soft Microfiber Swim and Sport Towel is great for those tropical winter vacations! ($34.99)

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So, you have a great yoga mat and a pretty new towel… now you need a way to carry it all somewhere in style. The Multi-Purpose Sling Yoga Backpack to the rescue! You’ll love it so much, you’ll want to get more for your loved ones…

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The backpack has a teardrop shape and a single strap typical of sling-type bags. There are pockets everywhere! The front flap has a small zippered pocket plus the flap itself is a pocket. Each side of the bag has a mesh pocket. One would be great for your water bottle while the other is designed to secure a rolled up yoga mat. The Multi-Purpose Sling Yoga Backpack opens along the side to reveal the generous interior space. A second zipper next to the back opens up another space that is lightly padded. I completely missed that zipper for several days, so this may be a good place hide valuable like an iPad. The strap also has a small mesh pocket and a loop where you could attach your keys. To finish it off, there is a spot to feed through a set of headphones from the main compartment.

The construction shows the same care and attention to detail as their other products. The fabric is a canvas material that will hold up very well to use. It still feels lightweight, so you won’t be weighed down by your backpack before you even fill it up.

It’s definitely a great bag. I’ve found I use it for far more than traveling with my workout gear. The pretty pattern, comfortable shape, and multitude of pockets make it great for everyday use as a daypack. I would have even loved something like this as a school bag.

My only complaint was the access to the main compartment. The buckles and snaps that keep things like your yoga mat in place cross over the opening. It could make it awkward to get to things.

Pros: Stylish designs. Lots of pockets with designated spots for yoga gear. Comfortable sling shape.

Cons: Can be awkward accessing main compartment.

Overall Rating

star4

Aurorae’s original Multi-Purpose Sling Yoga Backpack is truly great for your trip to the yoga studio, gym, school, hiking, biking, traveling, beach or just around town. This all-purpose backpack is made with a durable, heavy-duty Polyester and has a specialized yoga mat-locker system that will securely hold your yoga mat in place. All Aurorae Yoga Mats and most other yoga mats that are 5 lbs or lighter will effectively be secure even while biking to yoga class. ($35.00 to $35.99)

aurorae-logoAurorae is a family business and popular active lifestyle e-retailer founded in 2009 by yoga student and cancer survivor, Dennis Ingui. Cancer-free for more than 14 years, Ingui started practicing yoga as an outlet in his life to help build his body and develop inner peace of mind. Aurorae’s yoga mats became the top-rated yoga mats on Amazon.com after less than a year in operation.

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