Sea to Summit DryLite Towel
|Price:||$12.95 - $54.69|
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Excellent quality product I'm 5'10 and weight 190lb and the large size worked great.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome towel for travel: packs small into a pack and dries quick. I've taken this on two backpacking trips, a third probably this year, wouldn't leave without it.Published 1 day ago by Jordan Randall
Great towel. Bought it for an extensive backpacking trip I was taking, and now I use it for the fitness center at work. Dries in hours.Published 2 days ago by Manley
My boyfriend and I love to go camping and this towel is perfect, it doesn't get stinky or anything it's great!
This towel is amazing no complaints and I bought it in 2013... Read more
Other than it bleeds like crazy on everything including your skin if you don't wash this before first use, this towel is awesome. It is super light and super absorbent.Published 12 days ago by aquaholic_luv
A good size for single users, very absorbent and dries incredibly quickly.
Awesome little towel! I bring it camping and it saves a ton of room and worms just as well as any other towel! The size I got will wrap around me as well.Published 23 days ago by tyler
I use it for swimming and camping. Very absorbent and dries quickly.Published 26 days ago by Barbara
Great quick-drying towel! perfect for my Europe back-packing trip, and more recent camping adventures!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer