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    Anyone used a "shamwow" as a touring/camping light towel?

    I know this may sound weird but like the title says, I wonder if anyone tried using those things to dry up after a shower and if they work. When I look at the material for these and the one used in light camping towels I see some similarity and thought, maybe..?!?

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    No, but I have used Vince's Slapchop to dice up old innertubes for recycling.

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    I have had dreams of chopping him up with the slap chop, though I almost bought a shamwow the other day at the store, it was a few things down on my priorities though and I had limited funds. I would use one if they work the way the say they do.

    They are not original, over a decade ago a had a couple of similar towels that I use at the car shows to dry the truck quick and prep to wax it in the preshow set up, Even a plain chamois can hold a huge amount of water, buy the synthetics can hold more.
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    "you're gonna love my nuts"
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    The slap chop and the gratey should be in every handlebar bag.

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    I got lightweight towels in walmart that are used primarily for drying cars for 3.50
    They worked well on a trip I just got back from. Thicker that shamwow and softer too, & quick drying

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    I have tried it... they are HORRIBLE, and did I mention they are HORRIBLE?

    Honestly they are like anti-absorbent. Imagine trying to wipe a spill up with a polyester cloth... same thing. After a year I still can't believe I wasted my money on these things.

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    MEC sells nice shamwow type bath towels, in Martha Stewarteske colours. I usually seem to forget my towels.

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    I know about the MEC towels but they are quite expensive compared to a "shamwow" type thing. And since they look to be made from a material that is similar to the t.v. ad towels, I thought I could save a couple dollars and put them on other bike related accessories. To me, a 20 dollar light towel that looks like it's gonna rip apart in a week doesn't look like a good investment.

    Thanks to for info on the non-working shamwows and working cheap car towels I'll probably try those instead. A normal towel just seems so big to carry and doesn't dry fast enough after use.

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    A couple of microfiber towels would do the trick nicely. I use these to dry cars and wipe down shower walls. Of course they are not listed for drying hairy bodies.
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    Pack towel is somewhat similar some are pretty thick and long enough to reach across your back.

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    I had a microfiber towel I took touring- it dried me quickly and it was fast-drying itself, but boy did it feel icky. Kinda snagged every body hair and stuck to my skin; wouldn't slide well. I much prefer normal towels, even if they're more bulky and get moldy after a while.

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    I use microfibre cloths ... two of them sewn together to make something with a bit of length to it.

    But there is a trick to using microfibre towels. You cannot use them in the same way you would use a normal bath towel ... in other words, you cannot rub yourself dry. With microfibre towels you've got to blot yourself dry.

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    I love my micro fiber towel. I have the REI one that has some texture and like it better than the smooth ones. They are kind of expensive, but I figure that it just might last me the rest of my touring "career" if I continue to do one longish (10 days to 3 months) tour a year.

    This is the one I like.

    In my opinion a "regular towel " is a real pain on tour. When wet they are heavy like any wet towel, but they take forever to dry and they are really nasty when wet.

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    "To me, a 20 dollar light towel that looks like it's gonna rip apart in a week doesn't look like a good investment."

    Yeah, well I don't normally think of my towels as an investment. The MEC ones work, and last a long time. We had some Shamwow type ones also from the sportsman's show, must be over 20 years ago. They work fine, and we used them around the house for every splil. They last a very long time, but I haven't tried the actual Shamwow, don't know why it should be worse why sell something that costs a buck for 20 dollars and make it a rip-off. These things can move onto general retail if they play their cards right. They need to be really soaked and wrung out dry at first or they don't seem to work, but after that they work well.

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    Yes, now you can throw away that oretlib paper towel rack!

    Made in Germany!

    microfibre towels are not new and blotting is the key, like Machka pointed out..

    Don't forget your towel!!

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    one of many touring memories, my towel and still damp clothes hand washed the night before, stuck firmly under the bungees holding my tent onto the top of the rear rack, drying fully as I drove along.

    yes, had a regular thin towel, ended up getting a microfibre jobee, agree with the weird feeling when drying, but nice and light and quick to dry, so it was a compromise that I had no problem living with, blotted away happily at myself.

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    There are tons of towels exactly like the shamwow that cost $1 at most. Look around.

    To dry my body I use a large scarf I bought in Cambodia that is favored by the people there. Its cotton but very thing and airy. It doubles as a table cloth, picnic mat, scarf, sun shade (wrapped around my face like a birka) a sarong, and a bath towel.

    Sometimes buying high-end high functionally specific items just doesn't pay. Try to buy one or two items that can do 5-10 things and dont worry about them being the lightest, newest, and greatest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bktourer1 View Post
    I got lightweight towels in walmart that are used primarily for drying cars for 3.50
    They worked well on a trip I just got back from. Thicker that shamwow and softer too, & quick drying
    +1; I used to keep one in each car and one in my work locker for showers. The ones I used came in a reusable plastic tube with drain holes so you could just wring the water out, roll the towel up, put it in the tube and hang it up.

    I've even tried drying the car with them a few times

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    OMG this must show my age (or tightwaddedness...is that a word?). I've used a bandana for a towel for decades. The last one I bought was for less than $.0.75.
    I have heard pretty good things about the shamwow. I haven't heard good things about the slap/chop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    I love my micro fiber towel. I have the REI one that has some texture and like it better than the smooth ones. They are kind of expensive, but I figure that it just might last me the rest of my touring "career" if I continue to do one longish (10 days to 3 months) tour a year.

    This is the one I like.

    In my opinion a "regular towel " is a real pain on tour. When wet they are heavy like any wet towel, but they take forever to dry and they are really nasty when wet.
    Wow, this looks exactly like the microfiber cleaning/dusting clothes I got, except for the hanger and they're probably smaller. I think I paid under $10 for 8 of them. I should try how they work.
    I use MEC microfiber towels and think they work pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucille View Post
    Wow, this looks exactly like the microfiber cleaning/dusting clothes I got, except for the hanger and they're probably smaller. I think I paid under $10 for 8 of them. I should try how they work.
    They work just fine ... read Post #13 where I say, "I use microfibre cloths ... two of them sewn together to make something with a bit of length to it." When I refer to microfibre cloths, I'm referring to the cloths you fill find in the cleaning section of Walmart or similar department store or $$ store. They are inexpensive and work just fine (as long as you don't expect to be able to rub yourself dry like you would with a normal towel). A needle and thread, and you can create a towel as big as you want it. Rowan actually put me on to them.

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    I just said "shamwow" so people would refer to the type of towel, I don't think I'd buy that exact brand, just didn't really know how to call that type of material. Good to know some like them, some don't, will just have to try. I also have some of those microfiber, textured towels and I think I may like them more to dry myself than the "shamwow" type.

    Thanks you all for your insights on the subject!

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    oh, one tiny opinion I just remembered, while I have used an old old MEC microfibre thing, I have also used a regular very thin cotton one, and at least with the cotton you can "pull dry" it across yourself, which I actually find feels good on your back--the "blotting" aspect of the others jsut doesnt feel as nice for me.

    there you go, now we are getting in touch with our feelings on this topic.

    discuss

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post

    To dry my body I use a large scarf I bought in Cambodia that is favored by the people there. Its cotton but very thing and airy. It doubles as a table cloth, picnic mat, scarf, sun shade (wrapped around my face like a birka) a sarong, and a bath towel.
    You got a picture or something? Is it just thin cotton cloth?

    One thing for sure - regular bath towels don't work well for touring. I have a large microfibre towel that I probably paid too much for, but it works splendidly.

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