Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $5
Kick Ass Towels!!!
- Light weight
- Small pack in
- Don't count on getting them back that small once you open em
Really cool little towels. I bought a two pack on Amazon for under $5. The have the texture of a cross between a shamwow and a guitar rag. They come with a little list of what all you can do with them. Kinda like a multi use bandana you can dry up with. You can wash them too for when they get funky. I will keep a few on hand at all times. Two in the pack, two in the truck. I love these little things.
Price Paid: $6.95
Lightload Towels www.ultralighttowels.com is a one of kind towel. Looking at the package you wonder how can this be a towel because it is so small and compact but once you open it the lightload expands to a 12 by 24 towel. It's a little rough at first opening but getting wet softens it up.
I have used it to start fires, clean pots, dry myself, generate insulation, treat cuts, treat blisters, and clean lenses. It is an all and one survival tool. Its great for high altitudes and winter weather because of it's insulation and breathability and it's good in a pinch in spring summer and fall weather. The packaging is waterproof so you'll always have a clean
dry towel in the outdoors.
One drawback is it doesn't last forever. However it is biodegradable and the manufacturer pointed out that in the package it will last 2000 miles or more in your backpack(forever). Out of the package it can last two to three months or as the manufacturer says "about as long as a good pair of boots on an Appalachian Trail thru hike".
The key to preserving it is to dry it when not in use. if you always wear it around your sweaty neck while hiking then it will quickly degrade so save a bandanna for that. The price is right at $2 a piece and they also have a beach towel that fits in your pocket.
Other towels like the MSR towels do not burn as firestarters are more bulky and less versatile. The feel of the microfiber texture is not good on the skin and they are not great for drying.
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The Lightload Towels are the lightest towel around. Super absorbent (up to 10 times it's weight), fast drying, biodegradable, reusable, 100% viscose material. Also useful as firestarter, first aid supplement, water prefilter, patch, head band and more. Machine washable. Waterproof packaging ensures a dry towel when you need it. About the size of a wooden nickel this towel expands to an ample 12"x24" and weighs only .6 oz.
This pack contains three handy .5-ounce towels that have many uses. Super absorbent and made of vicose, the reusable towels expand to 12 by 24 inches each.
Lightload towels weigh a mere 1/2 oz. and are incredibly versatile. They are made of 100% viscose. They are super absorbent, quick drying and have multiple uses such as, towels, washcloth, pot holder, pack padding, water or coffee strainer, neck or headband, fire starter, first aid supplement, condensation cleaner and many more. They are reusable, machine washable and biodegradable. 12 in. x 24 in. 1/2 oz. each. 3 per pack and each towel is packed in water resistant packaging.1/2 oz.Multi use towelBiodegradableReusableQuick dryingSuper absorbentExpands to 12 in. x 24 in.Water resistant packaging100% viscoseMachine washable