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#66435 - 05/23/06 07:12 PM Microfiber towel
Malpaso Offline
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Registered: 09/12/05
Posts: 817
Loc: MA
Just ran across this after hearing about them in a lecture. Anyone have any first hand results? Microfiber towel
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#66436 - 05/23/06 07:48 PM Re: Microfiber towel
Leigh_Ratcliffe Offline

Registered: 03/31/06
Posts: 1355
Loc: United Kingdom.
I have the one made by Lifeventure. They work, dry out very quickly. The only thing you have to remember is that you have to blot the water off you rather than rub as with a conventional towel. Takes a little bit longer.
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#66437 - 05/23/06 08:23 PM Re: Microfiber towel
paramedicpete Offline

Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
These (other brands) have been common amongst competitive swimmers and divers for many years and have come into use in the home, camping and travel markets. My kids are swimmers and have used them at meets. I have used them while traveling/camping and find they work well. As with any towel, you must hang them up or attach them to the outside of your pack to allow them to dry.


#66438 - 05/23/06 08:44 PM Re: Microfiber towel
aardvark Offline

Registered: 03/11/06
Posts: 109
Loc: So. California
I have one for traveling that i got at REI. It works great, you can wring it out and then it dries in a couple hours. It's also more compact than a cotton terry towel of the same size

#66439 - 05/23/06 11:40 PM Microfiber or Viscose
Frankie Offline
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Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 734
Loc: Montréal, Québec, Canada
I have a "sub-question". Do you think it's better a viscose based towel such as Packtowl® or a microfiber based towel?

Thank you

#66440 - 05/24/06 03:32 AM Re: Microfiber or Viscose
David Offline

Registered: 10/09/02
Posts: 245
Loc: Tennessee (middle)
I have a couple of the viscose towels (that actually came from Brigade); I've since found the same thing at a garage sale for a buck a piece, & got several more. They were being sold as ersatz chamois to wash/wax cars.

I've recently helped a friend build a BOB, & I have one in my BOB. Having gone through my kit with a critical eye, I decided to test it, & have used it as a bath towel for a couple of days. It dries better than a full-sized bath sheet, & is about the size of a large hand towel. I'm thinking of cutting it in half; I think it would still work just fine (& might still be overkill for a kit).

I'm glad I tested it; I really like it.

I'm not a fan of microfiber; the smaller pieces I've used (mostly for cleaning eyeglasses) were unsatisfactory to me.


#66441 - 05/24/06 12:34 PM Re: Microfiber or Viscose
Malpaso Offline
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Registered: 09/12/05
Posts: 817
Loc: MA
Just read a couple of reviews on the viscose towels. The reports say that they don't hold up, and will tear if rubbed against a day old beard, or caught on a fingernail. Also, you can't wash them out as hand washing will separate the threads, and machine washing will utterly destroy them. Has this beent he case in your use of them?
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#66442 - 05/24/06 04:51 PM Re: Microfiber or Viscose
NAro Offline

Registered: 03/15/01
Posts: 487
If any of you are Sam's Club Members, take a look at the Microfiber Shop Towels - 25 pack. I've used both the BQM Microfiber towel, and various sports/camp towels. The whole sack of Sam's towels cost less than one of the others. And work just as well. They're about the size of a dishtowel.

#66443 - 05/24/06 07:41 PM Re: Microfiber towel
frenchy Offline

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
I have a few various microfibre towels (like some of those listed on this web page ) but have only used one up to now.
No tried to wash it in my washing machine...

I also put a few Compact towels in every EDC kit, car kit, hiking backpack, bike kit etc I have.
+ I gave a few to some friends.
Just as a small light, like a Photon, is just too small not to have along, such a tiny emergency towel should go in every EDC pack or purse...

#66444 - 05/24/06 08:41 PM Re: Microfiber towel
Malpaso Offline
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Loc: MA
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