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Sea to Summit DryLite Towel

584 customer reviews
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Price: $12.95 - $86.79
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  • microfiber
  • Microfiber with super soft ultra-suede finish
  • Remarkably absorbent and fast drying. Machine washable
  • NEW VERSION: feature a silver-ion antibacterial treatment. The microfibers are given a permanent coating of silver ions, which prohibit the growth of bacteria and other microbial life. The result is a towel that doesn't smell or transmit germs
  • NEW VERSION: packaged in Mesh Bag
  • XS: 12" x 24", 1.3 oz; SM: 16" x 32", 2.2 oz; MD: 20" x 40", 3.6 oz; LG: 24" x 48", 5.1 oz; XL: 30" x 60", 8.1 oz

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Product Description

The DryLite Towel is exactly what you want in a travel towel: it's soft and thirsty, but compact and quick drying. Available in five sizes from hand towel size up to a beach towel size. Ideal for backpacking, travel, boating or camping.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 2 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: DRYLITETOWEL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (584 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,404 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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410 of 418 people found the following review helpful By J. Haug on May 23, 2010
Size: SmallColor: Cobalt Blue Verified Purchase
I bought a similar towel when in Afghanistan and was shocked by how unfulfilled it left me. Yes, the cheaper army towel soaked up tons of water but it wouldn't easily ring out, resulting in an uncomfortable cold sensation akin to the feeling of wearing a cold wet cotton t-shirt around at a theme park before summer's truly kicked off lol. Chilling is not something I associate with a towel. This towel however is equally thin and lightweight, but exceeded expectations: super absorbent (shockingly so), surprisingly soft, has the attached hanging loop, it's possible to ring it out and keep using to some degree, and it dries fast. To further drive home my point, the Sea To Summit's small sized towel is a fourth the size of my similar army towel and yet the Sea To Summit does a better job drying me off. Ignoring body coverage, the small is 100% adequate with drying you after a full shower. That said I did get my wife a large because she likes the sensation of being wrapped when toweling off. One last thing worth noting- these towels build stink at about twice the rate of your traditional hotel-type towel. I assume it's because these towels have so much less cloth and therefore your body funk gets all concentrated. Bottom line: very glad I purchased this towel.
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152 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Orlando Gil on January 12, 2010
Size: LargeColor: Outback Red Verified Purchase
I ordered this item for a week hike in the mountains had absolutely no sun in the entire trip but my towel was always dry.

Excellent quality product I'm 5'10 and weight 190lb and the large size worked great.
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Spaulding Grate on June 5, 2012
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I highly recommend my DryLite towels an effective and compact portable towel that dries you adequately and dries out quickly; However, be aware it does not dry a body like a cotton bath towel.

Normal bath towels scrub and rub and buff you completely dry. They don't stick to you. You have to press them on your body. (Think: "He-heee that tickles! OK, let's put on some clothes!")

This is not the DryLite experience. At its best, in drier air, the DryLite feels like buffing yourself with super-lightweight suede leather. At its worst, in a really humid steamy shower room, it feels like a clingy micro-sued cloth that gets damp and grabs and skids over your wet skin until you peel it off. In both cases it feels like your skin air dries a moment after the towel is removed. This is highly effective but sort of unsettling until you mentally adjust to the wet-suede-rubbing feeling. (Think: "Wait was I just licked by a moist calf tongue or...? Oh hey, I'm dry!")

While I would never admit to my girlfriend that I actually like that sensation, and I'm not sure that I do, I can completely justify paying good money for an approximately 2-foot by 4-foot towel that I can dunk completely under water, wring out well, hang dry and pack in 45 minutes. I'm 6' 210 average body type, and I can wrap it around my waist and change my clothes underneath. It rolls up and packs in my small toiletry kit with razor, comb, deodorant, camp soap, band aid box, sunscreen, etc. So far, I've used it about a week on the road, and I'm going to take it wherever I go camping again or swimming even.

Five-star travel/packable effectiveness. Three-star towel feel. Useful and effective, but they still leave you wondering if you like using them or not.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Maximum Peanut on December 22, 2011
Size: LargeColor: Cobalt Blue Verified Purchase
Got this for a 28 day backpacking trip through Europe. GET THE LARGE! I have a 34" waist and I could wear it (as long as I was careful), yet it still rolled up small enough that I could stuff it in a sock.

It'll get you plenty dry. Not bone dry, but comfortably dry. I have short/medium hair and a quick rubbing helped a lot. Can't tell you how handy the snap-close loop is for hang-drying. Just don't forget it when you leave, people do this ALL. THE. TIME.

The towel dries quite quickly. I'd usually leave it out for 30 minutes while I packed and checked out of my hostel. That got it dry enough that I could put it in my bag, but I'd usually take it back out when I got to my next hostel. After a month of this it wasn't exactly "fresh" (had a hint of "person" smell to it), but it wasn't by any means unpleasant. Didn't need to wash it the whole way through, though I'm a pretty serious scrubber when I'm in the shower. My travel-mate's, for instance, takes 7-minute showers and ended up washing his after 3 weeks because it was getting a bit funky. He had a McNett MicroNet, which he was happy with, but I never used so I couldn't compare it with the DryLite.

The texture was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a "rubbery" kind of feel, like an auto/boat chamois, but it's reasonably soft and doesn't "stick" to you while you dry off, you can slide it over yourself fairly smoothly.

I don't recommend putting it in the dryer, my mom did this without my consent and the texture feels odd now (though I haven't tested to see if it still works as well).

All in all, 5 stars. I'm now a firm believer in travel towels, and proud of my little blue DryLite.
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290 of 326 people found the following review helpful By Charles Barnard on January 1, 2012
While I've not yet used this brand, I have used similar towels camping for some years now.

How to use:
1# Do not wipe surfaces which aren't smooth (like skin!) Instead, blot with the towel, which puts the largest absorbent surface directly on the water. Fabric towels work by picking up water on all those carpet-like loops, which stick out at right angles and thus have more surface are when wiped than when blotted.

2# Don't expect it to double as insulation--unless it is DRY. Even then, it isn't designed as a wrap, and will only work well to obscure vision & sun--not wind, cold or water.

3# You don't need a very large towel to dry yourself.Very few people, smoothly coated with water, will have more than 2l (1.2 gal) of water on them--prime exceptions are very long hair (you already know this if it applies.) That is assuming an equal thickness 1mm thick over all skin (fudged a bit for hair.)

To choose a towel strictly for drying, the easiest way is to weigh a towel, then dry yourself with it and weigh it again. If you do this in grams (SI) rather than English units, the difference in weight in grams is the volume in ml of water removed. In English, ounces weight aren't exactly equal to ounces volume, but close enough for this.

These towels should be able to absorb twice it's thickness in water, or a bit more than 1/2 gal = 3 1/4lbs = 2 quarts 1/4 cup/ft2 ( 2l/m2 ) so even a very small towel can dry you. Also, these wring out nearly all the water, so you can stop and wring it out if it gets full.

Even the x-small should hold nearly 3x or more the amount of water on your skin.
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