Lightload Towels are the only towels that are survival towels. View this demo of the lightload Towels Beach Towels.
This morning I received a set of three Lightload Towels. The manufacturer claims that these towels are the lightest( 5 oz. or 140 gr.) and most versatile towels around. Even better, they say these are not just towels but can be considered as a multi-pupose survival tool. The towels are made of 100% viscose, quick drying and wickable.
For a travelling cyclists one of the rewards after a long , and hot adusty day on the road is a (hot) shower. To dry yourself you’ll need a towel. A towel that is as lightweight as possible but on the other side can absorb plenty of water. Can the Lightload towel stand ” The Cycling Around the World Test” ?
Lightload towel in use
My initial reaction after unpacking, what initially looked like a set of three pill boxes, was: “Are these towels, where are my towels?” It took me a little while to figure out that dipping in water softens the towels up and gets the wrinkles out. The “pill box” quickly then transforms into a 30 x 60 cm towel that absorbs a lot of water. The towels dry quicky and feel soft on your skin. According to the FAQ pages on the Lightload Towels website, they last for about two months.
But are these towels useful for cyclists travelling and trekking around the world? Well, on a very long trip I would typically use a more durable towel. But as an extra “emergency supply” these towels could be useful. The manufacturer claims that the Lightloads can also be used as “pot holder, seat or pack padding, water of coffee filter, First Aid supplement or even as fire starter”.
I wouldn’t use it as a serious water filter but for the rest it’s probably ok. And of course you could use it as a pot holder or pack padding, but anything soft can do such a job. I also tried my luck to use it as a fire starter. I was not too impressed. Ok, I was able to set in on fire but it petered out after a few minutes. I’ve had better results with dry paper and a few drops of (car)gas from my camping stove to get a fire going.
So what’s the verdict?
Good for use as an extra disposable towel (very lightweight and very compact) on bike and camping trips. The Lightload towels seem less suitable for the alternatives mentioned on the pack.
Lightload Towels(www.ultralighttowels.com) are the only towels that are pocket sized beach towels. They make great holiday gifts. For a demo of our great product please click on the above link. The video was produced swamp City Productions for their TV show segment “What the Stuff Outdoor Adventure.”
1. easy to mail
2. Easy to store
3. Very useful
4. Many Uses
5. No shelf life so can be used any time.
6. More aborbent than cotton
7. Dries quicker than cotton.
8. much easier to manage when wet than cotton.
Bicycle Touring Pro.com posted a lightload Towels product review in writing and with a you tube video. Bicycle Touring Pro is dedicated to the traveling cyclist. Lightload Towels is the premier travel towel for bikers, hikers, travelers and other outdoor minded people.
It’s a neat site with a lot of information on products and services.
The product reviewer, Darren Alf liked the lightload Towels but doubted the durability of the product for more than a week on the road. We say that even though they dont last forever with the proper care people have used them for months. Proper care is handwashing or delicate machine washing and keeping them dry when possible.
The below lines were copied directly from the site.
I was recently sent a 3-Pack of Lightload Towels and asked to review the product here on the site.
To find out what I think of Lightload Towels and how I would use them on my own travels, you can watch the video above or read the quick summary below.
Each towel comes in a small, waterproof, compressed disc that is about the size of three or four poker chips stacked on top of one another.
When unfolded, each towel measures 12 inches wide and 24 inches long (30cm x 60cm).
Each towel weighs only half an ounce.
The product can be used as a:
Seat or Pack Padding
Water or Coffee Filter
Neck or Headband
First Aid Supplement
Or just anything else you can think of.
In addition to all this, they are also soft, hygenic, super-absorbent, and wickable (meaning they draw moisture away from your skin, which helps to keep you warm in cold climates).
They are machine washable and dry super fast – just like a good camp towel should.
They are not biodegradable.
What I Think
The product is much more durable than I initially thought. I don’t think it would last as long as other, larger camp towels, but it certainly won’t fall apart after a single use.
Having the option to use the towel for a variety of different tasks is appealing. To have a towel that could be used to clean dishes, wash my bike, or start a fire is nice.
The price can’t be beat! Each towel costs about $2.00 USD. (The 3-pack is only $5.95)
If you are serious about traveling ultralight, this is one product you should certainly look into.
How I Would Use These Towels
If I were to use Lightload Towels in the future I would:
Use them on bike tours and camping trips that are one week in length or less.
Bring them along as a multi-purpose camp towel on my longer bicycle touring/travel adventures in addition to my regular camp shower towel, so that I can use the towel to clean my dishes, wash my bike, etc.
For more information on Lightload Towels, please visit: www.ultralighttowels.com
What about you? Have you ever used a Lightload Towel yourself? If so, how exactly did you use them and what did you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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Here you will find information on my own bicycle travels; thoughts and ideas on the future of bicycle touring; products and services I recommend for life on the road; and a ton of information on how you can plan, prepare for, and execute your very own bicycle touring adventures.
This site is not intended to be a rehashing of traditional bicycle touring information. Instead, it features what I consider to be a modern, lifestyle-driven, and technologically advanced twist on the way bike touring was done in the past.
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Toronados ultralight backpacking site did a review of the lightload Towels. ” I
to test it out on a recent backpacking trip in Ojai, California where I put it through the not-so-tough paces of drying off my wet pot after cooking a meal and mopping up some spilled water on my groundcloth.
After arriving home, I threw the lightload towel in the washing machine and dryer with my other gear. I found the result was a much softer version of the towel…and we’re talking feathery soft. There is minimal fraying, but nothing that would affect performance. It also results in a slightly larger size — 12.5 in by 22 in,” says Toronado.
Toronados ultralight backpacking site
is an extension of Tornado’s Ultralight Backpacking, a website dedicated to ultralight backpacking: the pursuit of great outdoor adventures with minimal weight on your back. Here you will find trail recipes, homemade gear info, gear reviews, cool new products, and inspiring outdoor musings. Enjoy!
“philosophy is to go backpacking as light as possible without eliminating important items like a toothbrush or a first aid kit. I aim toward minimalism to lighten my pack, eliminating unnecessary items and keeping everything as simple as possible. I prefer low-tech bare essentials so that my gear is able to handle the abuse of the outdoors without constant coddling or repair.
I don’t necessarily chase after the most recent breakthrough in ultralight gear or fabrics, but rather wait for ideas to prove themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have my pack under 5 pounds, but I don’t want to break the bank, and I want my gear to be reliable.”