Urban Escapes is a great way to get away from the city and do outdoorsy stuff like hiking, climbing and boating. Lightload Towels is a proud sponsor. Urban Escapes Founder Maia Josebachvili says:
I brought a three-pack of lightloads with me while backpacking in the Himalayas in Nepal for a month. They were awesome! Didn’t weight a thing (which I really appreciated at 18,000 ft) and were just as effective as a regular towel. I’ll be using them again for sure!’
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Founder and Guide
WICKABLE LIGHTLOAD TOWELS CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE TRAVEL AROUND THE GLOBE Jamaica, New York (November 18, 2009)— Traveling light is a goal for many people, whether they’re going on an extended backpacking trip or a day trip to the mall. With this in mind, Lightload Towels were invented. The hallmark of Lightload Towels is their space-saving design and light weight in addition to the wickable fabric from which they are made. Packaged to fit a 2-inch diameter, the towels are small enough to fit in a pocket and still leave room for other incidentals like keys and a wallet. Lightload Towels open to a full 12” x 24” inch 30x60cm size. They weigh only ½ ounce or 17 grams each and are constructed from 100% viscose, a wickable fabric that draws excess moisture from skin. Wickable fabric is best for keeping warm in cold weather. The towels are an almost indispensable piece of gear for backpackers, campers, fishermen, hikers, bikers or anyone who travels outdoors, and now, after years of successful sales in the United States, Lightload Towels can now be purchased in Europe on amazon.de (Germany) and amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom). Less adventurous travelers will also appreciate the versatility and compact design of Lightload Towels, which can be used in hundreds of imaginative ways. They are useful as fire starters, scarves, insulation, first aid bandages and strainers. They can also be used to protect skin from wind and bugs or any time a traveler needs something to cover the ground to sit on. The towels are more absorbent than cotton, and they dry much faster. A single, machine washable towel can be used over and over again. Lightload Towels are also inexpensive at approximately $2 each. Buyers who purchase 12 towels or more can get a 50% discount using coupon code “50 per.” More information about this product can be found on the company’s website at http://www.ultralightloadtowels.com. Lightload Towels are also available in stores, online and in catalogues through retailers such as EMS, REI, Campmor and Paragon Sports They make excellent stocking stuffers for anyone who can benefit from a lightweight, compact “take-along” towel.
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.
The initial package
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”.
Add some water and seconds later your 30 x 60 cm towel is ready
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.”
Compactness For World Travel And Light Load Towels
Survival preparation is one of the most essential parts of scheduling any mission or trip. It is crucial to pre-plan for the contingencies when you may have to stay in an unfriendly terrain without anything but just some life saving gear, and in a few situations, without any safety gear or kit.
Therefore, it is essential to plan for and carry endurance and survival supplies when we set out for a trip where emergencies and contingencies might arise. One must never go out without carrying the essential survival gear to places where assistance may take a little bit of time in reaching you when something happens wrong.
Everything, which goes inside your survival equipment kit must be essential, adaptable and multipurpose. Military forces diligently plan and prepare survival kits for officers and individuals who carry out missions and require survival apparatus. One of the exclusive survival tools that some in the military use is in it’s kits are lightload towels. These lightload towels are as small as a hockey puck while they are folded. These towels measure anywhere between 12 x 36 inches and 30 x 24 inches yet weigh only half an ounce.
Lightload Towels are made out of 100% viscose. They are packed in watertight packs that help them remain dry in the wettest of situations and are so small that you can easily carry a couple in your pocket since they fold to the size of a quarter. Lightload Towels can be as inconspicuous as pocket change, but in a life and death situation, these things will be priceless as they can perform multiple functions as a life saving tool. Some of the main ways in which a light load towel can help in an emergency are:
• Harnessing Drinking Water: Lightload towels tend to soak up more water when compared to the usual cotton towel. In addition, these multiple purpose lightload towels can also assist you in harnessing rain water or even dew when you are faced with a shortage.
• Making Shelter: The first thing that you need to do in order to survive in the rough terrains is to search for or make your own shelter. Lightload towels which are extremely compact to carry around, open up into full beach size towels i.e. 36 x 60 inches. A couple of these full sized beach light load towels can provide help in making a temporary shelter during dry weather. As these towels are extremely compact, you can keep them in your survival gear kit when you fall short of space to pack extra stuff for making an emergency shelter.
• Treating Injuries: Sealed, sanitized and dry lightload towels can be used for first-aid treatment in emergencies. These towels take up very little space when compared to gauze and therefore act as multipurpose gear while traveling.
• Signaling: Unfortunately, sometimes you get trapped in a condition where you are not able to rescue yourself without external help. In such cases, you need a signaling device like a mirror or flares to get attention and help. However, if you are not carrying any signaling devices with you, then lightload towels, which can unfurl into flags can act as a signaling device that will help your rescuers in finding you. www.ultralighttowels.com