ultra light towels

Discussion in 'Other Gear' started by pippic, Sep 1, 2020.

  1. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    Has anyone got any recommendations.
    It's only a weekend thru-hike but we're planning some wild swimming, so I definitely need a towel.
    Is there anything lightweight that actually dries you??
    Thanks for any help in advance xxx
  2. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    Having tried a few I think the most effective travel towels are Paramo. Not the lightest (about 200g) but they work really well. A small one is big enough for a wild swim. It will dry fast on the outside of your pack. And it doubles up as a pillow when wrapped around some spare clothes.
  3. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    THANK YOU!! xxx
  4. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I only swim when it's warm (e.g. Pyrenean lakes) to wash the salt off & get by with a couple of Tesco All Purpose kitchen cloths ~15g, £1 for 3. Another person's, I'll not name, camp towel is her Buff.....now that's minimalist.
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  5. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    :wideyed::wideyed::wideyed: wow - respect!
  6. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Exel microfibre cloths are what I use. Not for swimming, but usually carry a couple on longer trips where I have to wash and they are the best I've used for drying the tent

    One wrung out and one dry usually dries me quite well...a lot better than most of the microfibre towels and cloths that seem to be virtually waterproof when dry.
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  7. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    If you don't care about modesty, a large Paramo towel cut in two will do two people just fine. (Or I suppose you can take turns sharing one.)
  8. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I mostly just take 2 J cloths.

    If anticipating a lot of swimming and sun, I take an old very light very thin cotton sarong .
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  9. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    Thank you everyone, perhaps I don't need as much as I thought! xx
  10. Daymoth

    Daymoth Section Hiker

    I use the decathlon microfibre ones ( they have different sizes) but I have no clue what the weights are.
  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I don't take a towel at all.
    You drip dry you know...
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  12. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    For me it's a multi use item: wiping condensation off the fly, mopping up the odd spillage, quick 'sponge' down of the important bits & a towel.
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  13. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I sometimes use my buff for those thing come to think of it...
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  14. simplerandomwalk

    simplerandomwalk Backpacker

    Sea to Summit ultralight towels for the lightest ones I know of - absorbent enough for me that I can get by!
  15. Patrick

    Patrick Trail Blazer

    The key with the microfibre ones is that once they've absorbed as much as they can, they easily wring out to a state where they will again absorb plenty of water. Hence I find even a very small towel is fine after a swim or a shower - it just needs to be wrung out multiple times. I get a pack of four for a pound from Tesco. They're about the size of a large handkerchief and one works just fine.
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  16. Franky

    Franky Trail Blazer

    :laugh::pompus:;):rolleyes:Am with Mole and Ed
    Absolutely not essential to carry a towel
    Have not carried a towel in 4 decades of travel wether 3 days or 3 months
    Weighs too much
    Ages to dry
    Takes up space
    I cut open a very old silk sleeping bag liner to a size to cover essentials..like a Sarong that wraps around if walking around in public or no privacy
    One micro cloth to absorb the initial stuff then the ‘silk piece’ absorbs the remainder
    Chuck on your clothes quick
    You’ll dry off fast;):rolleyes:
    Easy, innit:laugh:
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  17. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

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  18. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    okay I'm thinking happy compromise with a small microfibre cloth - small towel and I can use it to wipe off my tent... thank you everyone xxxx
  19. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker


    If you want something larger but still very light, compressed towels Are okay but have a short life. You have to pat yourself dry rather than rub vigorously as you might with a proper towel or microfibres cloth. But you can get bigger at little weight, for short term use.

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