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Gear Test: How long Do Lightload Towels Last?

change-back-and-forth.gifchange-back-and-forth.gifchange-back-and-forth.gifI say they last as long as a good pair of boots on an Appalachian Trail thru hike-two months. People claim they had them for over a year. Of course if you use them as a fire starter that would only be one use but if you used them for the sole purpose of wiping the moisture out of a tent then a lot longer. Then there are all the variables in between.


Gear Test:Lightload Towels for the Impulsive Minimalist


Recently I purchased a Lightload Towel at REI. The impulsive minimalist in me couldn’t resist the tiny package! My only hesitation came from doubts about its durability and life. Boy, have those reservations been swept aside. I’ve taken it to the beach every day since (I’m on vacation in San Diego), where I’ve laid out on it, toweled off, used it to wipe clean my gear and strung it up for shade. Sadly, my towel mistakenly made it into the washing machine this morning and now resembles a hairball my cat may have regurgitated. Oops!


The 36″x60″ towel is sufficiently large to keep sand off my body while I’m laying out, but I’d like more space for my gear or a companion. I suggest your firm offer a larger size–perhaps 72″x72″–to be used as a ground cloth. I certainly would buy one!



Erik Borman