User Review: Lightload Towels
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.