Dekka Plectrum Neo
Composition: 77 % Egyptian combed cotton, 23 % polyester
Weight: 330 g/m2
Shepherd’s carry/candy cane chest belt
Neo is the enfant terrible of this testing – I have very ambiguous feelings about it. Compared to its relative Oli, Neo is beautifully soft and malleable thanks to polyester and, mainly, looser (according to some testers too loose even loosened) weave. The wonderful carrying capacity, and good tying and holding features are not necessary to be described in detail, because I would just repeat myself. The polyester combined with the weave gives the wrap not only softness, but also other, maybe not intended, attributes. On one hand, little lumps appear on the wrap – not those tiny lints and naps you can find on woolen or combed-cotton wraps, but simply lumps (as you can find on a worn T-shirt). On the other hand, I have a feeling that synthetic fibre (whether polyester or repreve, which is also polyester in fact) tend to hold smells and scents more compared to natural materials (no that the wrap stinks, but when I got it from the previous tester, I simply smelt him). Also, the question is if the loose and slightly twisty weave is not because of polyester as well – simply, if the cotton fibre slides over the polyester one and therefore the weave can loosen. I do not know, I am not a weaving expert. Nevertheless, I can see the same problem (in a bigger scale even) on my own wrap with repreve and loose weave (Tekhni Arche Storm). Loose weave, just like in case of Adel, usually equals tendency towards pulls. However, not to forget and not to hassle all the time, I need to say that Neo is beautiful – although it is a pinkie, it is somehow a ˈsportyˈ pinkie, not a delicate flower. I could just imagine having it in my stack despite its polyester-problem.
Finally, I would like to emphasize a little detail concerning Dekka wraps – their names. Each Dekka wrap has its own name – Adel, Oli, Art, Adam, Chris … Thanks to this fact, we can talk about our wraps just like we talk about our pets – I find it extremely lovely, I love these cute subtleties. Dear Dekka, keep it up, I am looking forward to Anna, Johny or Jared. And once more – thank you very much! It was a short, but yet beautiful and intensive meeting. See you in the future!