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not only a great shemagh, but a piece of art
on November 30, 2011
Was new to shemaghs.
I wanted to get the same one our troops use in the Middle East, but seems like they use whatever they can get. I would have liked to get one that was made in the Middle East, but my search for such a one came up empty.
So I looked around here in the U.S.
There only seems to be so many brands...was hard to tell which one to buy.
So, I found this one on amazon by Rothco. Reviews seemed good.
Very well made (mine says made in india) with the contrasting color woven into the fabric, not just printed on it - making it a piece of art (in some ways...).
After machine washing on gentle cycle, and then drying on very low heat setting in my dryer, it measures 42" by 42". Being cotton, it is nice and soft.
Having never had a shemagh before, this one seems thin to me (not necessarily in a bad way), even though it is listed as the heavyweight version. Given that, I personally would not be interested in the light weight version that rothco makes unless I was somewhere very, very hot.
Overall, a very useful item and a great buy if you pay around 10 or less for it.
Will buy this brand and model # again.
Make sure it is the Rotcho model # 8537 - as I found multiple shemaghs online mislabeled as the 8537, or using pictures of the 8537, but actually being from another manufacturer.
On the down side, I ordered foliage but received olive drab with a tag on it that said olive drab, but in a bag that had a foliage bar code label on it. So, someone looked at the bar code, saw foliage, and away it went on its way to to me. I contacted amazon and they immediately made good by kicking back a small refund, so I kept the olive drab. The olive drab is very nice if you want that color.
update: I was able to find this in foliage. Just wanted to say that the foliage is beautifully done and the colors are nice. Having now bought 2 of these, I can say that the quality is high and buying the Rothco 8537 is an easy decision to make.
update: I bought this in blue as a gift for a woman I know. Just wanted to say that the blue is beautifully done and the colors are nice. Having now bought 3 of these, I can say that the quality is high and buying the Rothco 8537 is an easy decision to make.