I’m a sucker for gimmicks. Things like the Pocket Fisherman (used one all through Boy Scouts!), long-reach pincers, and such like are things I always love playing with and often wonder “why didn’t I think of that?” When I first saw these “pocket beach towels,” I thought of them the same way. “What a cool gimmick!”
Amazingly, though, they’re more than that. They’re actual, usable towels that can be washed and used repeatedly, not one-off, flimsy, paper-thin things meant for “emergencies.”
The towel arrives in a packet that is about the size of a hockey puck. This fits in any pocket, making it very useful. Of course, I didn’t leave it in the package for long and opened it up to see what it was like. The compact little vacuum-packed puck pulled apart (add a dribble of water to make this easier) into a big towel that was far thicker than expected. Since I don’t live where there are beaches, I found other uses for it.
Namely, it’s an exceedingly absorbent auto shammy. Ya, this probably isn’t what the manufacturer thought of when they made this towel, but even after use, a wash, and more use, this little towel is easy to roll up tightly (when dry) and keep in a nook in the car to use as a chamois for drying and touch-ups. Given that my profession is “automotive journalist” and I often need to touch up the cleanliness of test vehicles in order to take photos, this is a perfect use for me and the Lightload towel fits the role perfectly.
Even if you plan on just carrying it in your jacket or pants pocket “just in case” you end up at the beach, it’s still a great little product. Awesome idea that is far more than the gimmick I expected.
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