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Escape the City with a Towel

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!’

Check out National Geographic’s Urban Escapesuggestions. http://on.natgeo.com/1lsNQXO

Please contact Urban Esapes if you are an outdoorsy person living in the New york city area

-Maia J.
Maia Josebachvili
Founder and Guide
Urban Escapes
212.609.2547

Check out www.urbanexcapenyc.com

Lightload Towels Bug Repeller Video Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this demo of the lightload Towels as a bug repeller.

Lightload Towels Wickable Fabric Video Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this demo of the lightload Towels Wickable fabric.

Lightload Towels Superabsorbency Video Demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmteFWTVYU

Lightload Towels  are the only towels that are survival towels.  View this you tube video demo of the lightload Towels superabsorbency.

Pocket Sized Beach Towels are Great Holiday Gifts Demonstration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB-iPiqGQ0c

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.”

They are

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.

Days Of Bulky Towels Are Over Demonstration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB-iPiqGQ0c

Days of Bulky Towels are over.Please click on above link to see the demonstration.

 Lightload Towels(www.ultralighttowels.com) the premier outdoor towels are featured in this video by Swamp City Productions  in their TV show “What the Stuff Outdoors. “

Bicycle Touring Pro.Com Blog Posts Lightload Product Review

http://wwwbicycletouringpro.com/blog

 

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.

Product Features

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:

Towel

Washcloth

Pot Holder

Seat or Pack Padding

Water or Coffee Filter

Neck or Headband

Fire Starter

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.

Who’s Behind BicycleTouringPro.com?

My name is Darren Alff and welcome to my website.

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.

If you’re looking for a way to work less and play more, this is for you. Welcome to the wonderful world of bicycle travel!

Toronados Ultralight Backpacking Gear Review of Lightload Towels

Toronados ultralight backpacking site did a review of the lightload Towels. ” I
got
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!
Toronados
“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.”

Please visit
htp://litetornado.blogspot.com/2009/05/gear-review-lightload-towels.html

Survival Travel And Light Load Towels

disaster supply
disaster supply
compact and portable lightload Towels
compact and portable lightload Towels
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.
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Light Weight Towels: A Must Have In A Backpacking Checklist

using to clean dishes
using to clean dishes

Light Weight Towels:
A Must Have In A Backpacking Checklist
If you are going for a backpacking tour, the first thing you need to consider is that the luggage to be carried should be light. At the same time, you should not be compromising on the essential things that you need to carry. As you will have a single pack on your back, you will want to carry as many things as possible in the limited amount of space available. So, while preparing your backpacking checklist, make sure that you choose the items that are lightweight but serve the same purpose as their heavier counterparts.
While packing your backpack, you will find that one of the items that consumes a lot of space is a towel. However, you can easily avoid carrying bulky towels by switching to LightLoad ones. Whether it is a beach towel or a hand towel, there are lightload towels available that are extremely small in size and can be converted into full size towels when they have to be used. These towels are not only light in weight but also save a lot of space in your suitcase, RV or backpack. You can keep them in your pockets and still have space for your money and keys.
This feature makes them an essential travel accessory for outdoor camping. These towels can also be used as wind scarves, fire starters, bug repellants, insulators, sun blocks, masks and strainers. To deal with emergency situations, people can also include them in their toilet kits, first aid kits, cars, boats, hunting gear, camping equipment or hiking gear. Since you will not need to buy a separate first aid cloth, wind scarf or fire starter when you use a LightLoad Towels, you also end up saving a lot of money, space and weight.
LightLoad Towels are an indispensable part of a backpacking checklist because of their numerous advantages. Some of the major advantages that these towels have over regular cotton towels are:
LightLoad Towels are more absorbent when compared to cotton towels.
• These are the only full size beach towels that can fit easily into a person’s pocket.
• These towels can be used to serve more purposes than a traditional cotton towel.
• They are very easy to store and consume lesser space than cotton towels.
• They can sometimes be bigger than cotton towels.
Because these towels are extremely cost effective and cheap, they can easily be used and thrown away if you do not want to carry the extra burden of a towel once it has been soiled. If you do not want to waste them, you can wash them and reuse them for a number of times. At the end of the trip, you can discard them off so that you do not need to carry back the burden.
You also do not need to worry about drying LightLoad Towels because after washing, they dry up very easily and quickly. It is a product which is biodegradable and does break down in the environment rapidly. The towel can also be burned or composted in a compost heap thus you do not need to worry about any after effects, once it is thrown off. All these reasons make light load towels one of the most favorable options that need to be ticked off as you prepare your backpacking checklist.
for more info please contact www.ultralighttowels.com