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Old 09-17-2018, 08:37 AM   #1
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Any recommendations for compact, quick drying towels in bath or beach towel sizes?
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:17 PM   #2
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For what little it's worth, I have three different brands (Fox Outfitters, Packtowl, and Shandali) and I don't like any of them. They tend to have high friction on the skin and are a pain to dry with. I don't find them to be particularly absorbent either.

That being said, I also don't know what I'd replace them with. They are all several years old - perhaps the tech has improved since then, I don't know.
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Yep, the microfiber towels are like velcro for the skin. Lots of drag, so you need to pat dry. Works OK once you get used to it. They do dry quickly as long as you can get some air over them, with a breeze or a fan (which we use and dries a towel in about 20 minutes). Normal cotton bath towels take hours to dry, so you just put up with the downside of the microfiber ones.
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Can’t say you didn’t give them a good dry!
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If budget is no object, the Aquis Waffle Weave towels ($2 were recommended on another site, they aren’t cheap!
https://www.amazon.com/Aquis-Waffle-...%2Bx%2B39&th=1

Budget IS an object for me so I’m ordering two of these Active Roots combo packs for $18, bath towels for the Mister and me, a small towel for the dog, and one for dishes. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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There are "waffle weave microfiber" towels for car cleaning as well. I wonder is it a similar product at a fraction of the price of camping towels? I'll pay attention the next time I'm in AutoZone.
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I have seen instructions on those quick-dry camp towels to the effect that they need to be laundered several times before first use in order to prepare them for use. This could help explain the sandpaper effect. The same is true of those cheap synthetic blankets.
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I have seen instructions on those quick-dry camp towels to the effect that they need to be laundered several times before first use in order to prepare them for use. This could help explain the sandpaper effect. The same is true of those cheap synthetic blankets.

We have washed ours a lot of times, and they haven't noticeably changed in feel, absorption, or drying ability, so I don't think there is a big gain from washing the first few times. Of course ours may have been "prewashed" as some other towels and sheets are.
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If you want to stick with cotton, cruise thrift stores. Thick plush towels were not always the norm. Better still, towels thin with age. An old thin towel can still be more satisfying than microfiber, yet dry relatively quickly.
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Has any one tried bamboo towels?
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