I was looking for something lightweight and fast-drying to use on my travels this summer. I chose this towel because I am not fond of how the looped microfiber towels like Aquis feel on my skin, and I thought Packtowl's products were overpriced. Made from a chamois-type material that is soft to touch (and stays that way), the Rick Steves towel did great as I hopped from hostels to campgrounds to friends' houses to hotel rooms.
I found this towel big enough to comfortably dry me head to toe and still absorbent enough after that to towel-dry my shoulder-length hair, before becoming too damp to use. It would be more luxurious if the cloth were about 1/3 more absorbent than it is, but for the purpose (a small and lightweight towel), it's very good. The towel dries very fast in the sun and quickly enough indoors (never had it take longer than 2 hours).
This towel comes in a mesh bag with zippered pockets on either side and a snap-loop strap -- I kept my travel-size shampoo, liquid soap, etc. zipped in one side, the towel in the other. That meant I never got into the shower to find that I'd left a necessity back in my room/tent/car. And the snap-loop was very handy for showers that had no shelves.
I've laundered this towel several times now and have not seen any color bleed problems with it. Now that I'm off the road for a little while, I'll be using it at the gym instead! Great value for a towel that should last a long time.