Frog Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel Review

Today I'm reviewing the Frog Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel which I purchased from Walmart for about $13. I bought this towel because I wanted a small towel I could use while trail running instead of always grabbing the dish towel off the oven.

This is the first cooling towel I've used and I was curious if this would actually provide any more cooling than a regular towel.

The towel measures approximately 12x25 inches (an odd size) and is coated in some type of chemical for shipping. The towel was moist to the touch right out of the bag from whatever this preservative is.

They tell you to wash the towel in warm water before using it for the first time to remove this chemical. I've found that the smell doesn't come off entirely from washing in warm water. It's a good idea to run it through the laundry to completely remove the chemical smell.

The best way to describe this towel is as a synthetic chamois. The coolings properties occur because of the towels ability to hold water without dripping, thus maximizing the amount of water able to slowly evaporate.

The towel does in fact stay much cooler than a regular towel, without getting you wet. Even with a large amount of water the towel only feels moist, not drippy like a regular towel.

I'd recommend this towel to anyone who runs or partakes in activities where you are likely to sweat heavily such as the gym.

The main benefit of this towel is the ability to hold a large amount of water or sweat and use that water for evaporative cooling. Even if the towel didn't provide this cooling property I'd still use it for running and the gym because of its absorbency.

The image to left are the instructions.

The instructions tell you to store this towel wet. I'd never store anything wet because of mold and mildew. The instructions say that the towel isn't affected by mold or mildew but I'm not going to try it.

I'll have to see how this towel fairs drying completely out and rewetting when I'm ready to use it. Hopefully there's no problem with it cracking or loosing its water absorbency. I don't think there will be.


  • Highly Absorbent
  • Evaporative cooling effect is much greater than a regular towel


  • Odd chemical smell out of the box
  • Irregular size (I'm thinking of cutting mine in half)
  • Tends to get moldy if left wet
Frog Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel
May 20th, 2013
8/10 stars
This towel is great for the amount of water it can hold. My test showed that 3/4 cups of water can be absorbed into the towel before it starts to drip. I'd certainly recommend this towel for exercising. It also does a pretty good job of making you feel cool.


John wrote:

I threw mine away. There's another problem with this towel. If it dries you can't fold it or do anything else until it's wet again.

Daisy wrote:

I used Lysol mold and mildew remover with bleach, "my bathroom cleaner" , sprayed areas with mildew and they were gone in Seconds! Its a white bottle with a purple label I bought from walmart

Ken wrote:

Hi Kim. I ran mine through the wash with detergent and half a cup of bleach. It took care of the mildew. Now I let the towel air dry after use and haven't had any mold since. I hope that helps.

Kim wrote:

We have purchased two of these and really enjoyed using them unfortunately they have gotten moldy! Please tell me there is a solution! We want to continue to use them but not with mold on them! Please Help!!!!!

Ken wrote:

I've noticed some mildew on mine as well. The company doesn't mention this as a concern but it definitely occurs. Mold loves water and this towel holds quite a bit of water. I'm thinking of washing mine with detergent and bleach to see if that takes care of the mildew. I'm not sure how bleach will effect the towel in the long run but it has to be better than using a moldy towel.

Pat Hamolton wrote:

I used my towel when mowing, it got dirty so I laid it on the washer until I could wash it. It was partially dry and stiff when I went to clean it. Well it had mildewed, looks totally gross now. Hope to find something that will remove it! Really like the way it cools me but don't know if I can use it with the mildew on it.

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