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lilgodwin
01-01-2017, 11:37
I was reading an article about living out of a backpack while traveling and the tips it supplied. One regarded a quick dry towel, so I started looking them up just now. I have a towel on my gear list but nothing specific yet. This seemed like a good placed to start. A quick search yielded this result:

https://www.wildhornoutfitters.com/products/microlite-micro-fiber-camping-travel-towels?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=7593579075&gclid=Cj0KEQiA7qLDBRD9xJ7PscDCu5IBEiQAqo3BxM9hFbqj 8Qaz79a0NCu2kKNHvksNbS2rZXy7b7PjpacaAv8m8P8HAQ

Possible good option? I would likely only take 1, but possibly 2 of the 3 that come with. Not sure about the material... What's typically suggested when it comes to towels? Size, space, weight, absorbing ability and quick drying material.

Thanks!

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rhjanes
01-01-2017, 11:50
I got these...
CLICK THIS (http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/towel.shtml)

soumodeler
01-01-2017, 11:52
I like the Lightload towels: http://zpacks.com/accessories/towel.shtml

I have several other brands and they all seem to work about the same.

Check Amazon Deal of the Day, I just saw that set listed on there. They run deals on pack towels fairly frequently of that brand and Fox something.

HooKooDooKu
01-01-2017, 12:01
I like Cascade Designs Pack Towels.
I also like the mesh bags they come in... I usually find ways to repurpose them.

Maui Rhino
01-01-2017, 15:51
I use a ShamWow, or a cheap quick-dry chamois cloth from the auto department of your favorite discount store. Works great and very affordable.

Engine
01-01-2017, 16:24
I use a ShamWow, or a cheap quick-dry chamois cloth from the auto department of your favorite discount store. Works great and very affordable.

+1 We cut one in half and it's enough to dry the tent, cook pot, etc.

Franco
01-01-2017, 17:42
I use a version of a kitchen cloth called Super Chux.
I am pretty sure that it absorbs and dries faster than many if not all those chamois and similar.
(because of the perforations)
They last a few trips , more if some care is used.
37737

G-FOURce
01-01-2017, 17:53
Those MicroLite towels by the OP seem a little heavy. I use the Lightloads as well. I found a store in NC that has them for $2 for a pair.

Dogwood
01-01-2017, 23:24
http://www.seatosummit.com/product/?item=DryLite+Towel+%26trade%3B+&o1=0&o2=0&o3=271-37

At a .65 oz wt penalty these are more absorbent and much more durable lasting for 1000's and 1000's of trail miles and multiple thru-hikes than the ZP Lightload "towels" Both are basically face or hand cloth size at about 12" X 24." I kid you not I had one the same one I used every day for AT, PCT, and CDT thru-hikes I used as a ditty cloth/pot cloth/bath hand towel washing/tightly ringing it out 1000's of times. I'm on my third only after burning a large hole in that first one and giving away a second.

AfterParty
01-02-2017, 00:02
I just got a pet chamy from sierra trading post for cheap

PennyPincher
01-02-2017, 01:08
I got these...
CLICK THIS (http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/towel.shtml)


cheaper on Amazon if you have Prime.

G-FOURce
01-02-2017, 01:25
http://www.seatosummit.com/product/?item=DryLite+Towel+%26trade%3B+&o1=0&o2=0&o3=271-37

At a .65 oz wt penalty these are more absorbent and much more durable lasting for 1000's and 1000's of trail miles and multiple thru-hikes than the ZP Lightload "towels" Both are basically face or hand cloth size at about 12" X 24." I kid you not I had one the same one I used every day for AT, PCT, and CDT thru-hikes I used as a ditty cloth/pot cloth/bath hand towel washing/tightly ringing it out 1000's of times. I'm on my third only after burning a large hole in that first one and giving away a second.

Ha! I burned a hole in my REI mini towel (https://www.rei.com/product/836298/rei-mini-multitowel) but its still in the lid pocket of my pack! Classic.

johnspenn
01-02-2017, 10:29
Another source for LightLoad towels and other lightweight gear:
http://www.litesmith.com/lightload-towels/

Dogwood
01-02-2017, 10:51
Another source for LightLoad towels and other lightweight gear:
http://www.litesmith.com/lightload-towels/


These are offered at outfitters along the AT for somewhere between $1-$2. Hot Springs, maybe Neel Gap, Gatlinburg, REI's Hanover...

rocketsocks
01-03-2017, 04:58
I don't know why, but my brain read the thread title as
"quick dry trowel" which I thought nifty...and kinda strange. :D

rhjanes
01-03-2017, 10:50
I don't know why, but my brain read the thread title as
"quick dry trowel" which I thought nifty...and kinda strange. :DWell, Yeah! See, you dig a hole with the trowel. Which gets moist dirt stuck to the trowel. You then urinate on the trowel to remove the dirt. So you NEED the trowel to be quick-dry! If you are not doing it that way, you are doing it WRONG! :rolleyes:

Smithereens
01-04-2017, 04:50
Am I the only one who is using the microfiber towels from the automotive department of Wal Mart? I have two that are about half the size of a regular bath towel and a few in smaller sizes. IIRC the big ones were two in a pack for something like $5.... Had the for a couple of years now and they are holding up fine.

Ercoupe
01-04-2017, 07:36
I like the dollar store microfiber orange washcloth size. Hang it from my shoulder straps, drys fast, works great for whipping down condensation.

poolskaterx
01-08-2017, 22:46
I use the rei microfiber "small" sized towel.

rocketsocks
01-09-2017, 03:17
I use the rei microfiber "small" sized towel.thats what I use, that and a "sham wow" They work pretty good too.