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Australian Marinas Guide Reviews Lightload Towels

Australia’s  Marinas Guide details essential information, offers maps and must haves for anyone that spends time on the water. Fiona Harper a key contributer to the guide reviews the Lightload Towels  She writes”It’s an ideal size to throw into your shore kit when you jump in the dinghy.” She also mentions the great emergency uses. “it can also be used as a bandage, a wind scarf, water filter, sunscreen and a bug repellant.”

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Roy Barnes Lightload Towels Product Review

Roy Barnes writes

Invented by long trail hiker George “Wideload” Wheeler, the biodegradable Lightload Towel is great for your travel bathing needs. This Lightload Towel for travel is 3 feet by 5 feet in size and is purported to hold 9 times its weight in water. Amazingly, the Lightload Towel only weighs 5 ounces, which makes it very compact for travel!

Here’s my review on this product: When I first opened the package, the Lightload Towel was really wrapped tightly, about the size of a bagel, and had to be undone as if you would electrical tape. The feel of this product was rather coarse. The Lightload Towel not only looks like a very durable mechanics towel, but it has a rather strong scent, so get it washed with your detergent of choice to rid the factory odor, which isn’t that pleasant. Besides sanitary considerations, it is much softer feeling once out of the washer and dryer. This towel is durable enough to withstand the agitation and cleaning action of the wash machine.

This travel product is compressed so well at the factory, that it is virtually impossible to get it as tightly wrapped for ensuing attempts to make it as small as possible. So unless you are an expert folder, the size of the towel space will increase to around the area of two bagels, even though the website for this towel claims that it fits easily in one’s pocket. Unfortunately, I can’t attest to that claim after initially opening the product and then trying to make it factory-sized compact again. Now, two bagels’ size is still very compact when compared to traditional beach towels, so that’s a real positive aspect of the Lightload Towel.

What I found really incredible about this travel product is the feel on the skin after a shower. It felt really soft, and did absorb the water off of my body well! As for my wet hair, I had to rub it out more so than I would with a traditional thick cotton towel. I will still give the Lightload Towel a passing grade, as it is definitely worthy for those times when you may not have access to more traditional and bulkier bath towels, like for some travel excursions.

Product Review Matador Travel Blog 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.