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Product Review Matador Travel Blog 10-quirkiest-travel-gear:

http://matadortravel.com/travel-blog/united-states/insolent-minx/10-quirkiest-travel-gear

Insolent Minx of Matador Travel writes

“These cool space savers have to be the smallest thing you can pack when heading to the beach. Dump a handful of these towels in your pocket, saving tons of room for everything else. These multipurpose towels are great accessories to take with you while going scuba diving, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, boating and sailing. Stick them in your glove compartment for emergency automobile maintenance needs such as cleaning up after checking your washer fluid, cleaning up engine oil spills, etc. They are also washing machine safe so you can either keep them or toss ‘em.”

Lightload towel Vs. A MSR Pack Towel of the Same Size.

I recently led a hike in the Bear Mt. area with two of my teenage nephews. We field tested a small Lightload towel against as MSR pack towel of the same size. Both towels absorb the same as we found while drying off tent flies after a rainy night. But a distinct advantage of the Lightload is that you can ring much more water out of the fabric than the MSR, therefore making it more absorbant after the initial use, which allowed it to dry much faster than the MSR.

The Lightload was used, dryed by hanging on pack, and then re-used 4 times, while at days end, and after only 1 use, the MSR was still damp and heavy. The Lightload also, obviously packs smaller. Time and again, when we needed to dry something, such as ourselves after cooling off in a stream, we reached for the Lightload. Also, the LL is a fraction of the price of the MSR. The only catagory where the MSR may be superior is durability, but we can continue extended field tests to determine the durability of the Lightload.