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Old 04-24-17, 06:57 PM
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Towel recommendations

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I'm looking for recommendations on a good towel choice to get dry from a quick shower before work when riding in. I'm finding a proper bath towel, even a small one is a bit too bulky to commute with and unfortunately I can't leave it behind at work due to lack of facilities.

I have seen the thinner and lighter microfiber towels available. Do they actually work to get you dry?

Or can anyone lead me in the right direction for a better alternative please.
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Packtowl makes microfiber towels expressly for back packers and the like. They are lighter and work well, but you'll still have to figure out how to dry them between uses.

What I don't get, is that there's access for showers, but no place to leave stuff. But that's your lookout.
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I use a hand towel for drying after a shower. Plenty absorbant and doesn't take up much space. I have five of them and wash them on the weekend. For touring, I use a microfiber towel, and don't like it as much, but it does take up even less space and weighs less.
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I use a microfiber towel in my gym bag. They are not as good as a regular terry towel, but they will get you dry. You can't rub yourself with them as they don't slide well, you have to pat yourself down.
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I'd probably use baby wipes if this were a problem for me, but I'm a pretty slow rider so it's not.

"Here, suck this," said Roosta, offering Zaphod his towel.
Zaphod stared at him as if he expected a cuckoo to leap out of his forehead on a small spring.
"It's soaked in nutrients," explained Roosta.
"What are you, a messy eater or something?" said Zaphod.
"The yellow stripes are high in protein, the green ones have vitamin B and C complexes, the little pink flowers contain wheatgerm extract."
Zaphod took it and looked at it in amazement.
"What are the brown stains?" he asked.
"Bar-B-Q sauce," said Roosta. "For when I get sick of wheatgerm."
Zaphod sniffed it doubtfully. Even more doubtfully, he sucked a corner. He spat it out again.
"Ugh," he stated.
"Yes," said Roosta, "when I've had to suck that end I usually have to suck the other end a bit too."
"Why," asked Zaphod suspiciously, "what's in that?"
"Anti-depressants," said Roosta.
"I've gone right off this towel, you know," said Zaphod, handing it back.
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Swimmer's towel,

otherwise known as a synthetic car chamois. I use one for touring and canoe trips.
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Packtowel or MultiTowel, both available from REI.
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Originally Posted by RunForTheHills View Post
I use a microfiber towel in my gym bag. They are not as good as a regular terry towel, but they will get you dry. You can't rub yourself with them as they don't slide well, you have to pat yourself down.
+1 on this. for example https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MGH1CG6, stays in my bag or even rolled up in a sandwich bag in my jersey.
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Originally Posted by RunForTheHills View Post
I use a microfiber towel in my gym bag. They are not as good as a regular terry towel, but they will get you dry. You can't rub yourself with them as they don't slide well, you have to pat yourself down.
That's exactly my experience as well. On the plus side, it dries pretty well. And of course it's small.

I remember a guy at work once who who showered and always dried off with paper towels from the hand dispenser. He'd get a whole pile of them ready before his shower.

I've also heard that you can drip/air-dry surprisingly quickly. For instance if (at home) you hand-squeegee yourself, and then use a rag to wipe down your whole shower (a) you'll prevent hard-water buildup, and (b) by the time you're done you're pretty close to dry. Obviously it's not worth the effort to clean your work's shower for them...
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packtowel or multitowel, both available from rei.
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The REI towel my kids have I think the Multitowel, is kind of a synthetic chamois. You can get dry with it, wring it out and it's already 95% dry, it'll air dry quickly after that.
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Microfiber towels always smell gross pretty quick because they are synthetic.

A 100% cotton Turkish towel, or peshtemal, is lightweight, dries fast, is full-size and nice against the skin to wipe yourself down. Bonus? They are about $5-15 on Amazon and are also great for traveling particularly island vacations.
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I've tried many. You'd be hard pressed to find a better towel than this:

https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-X202.../dp/B0009IQZH0

Far far better than any 'camp' specific towel I've owned.

I disagree with CPF Carrot. I don't wear synthetic base layers because of the stink factor, but I won't hesitate to use a synthetic towel - it's totally different. My wet synthetic towel smells no worse than the cotton washcloth I use in the shower. They both ride home with me in a plastic bag.
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Originally Posted by cpf_carrot View Post
Microfiber towels always smell gross pretty quick because they are synthetic
This is true, same as synthetic t-shirts.

Does anybody have recommendations for this? I've considered after my daily dry giving the towel a thorough rinse&wring in the sink, it should dry completely by the next morning.
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Oh, you guys are using the same one multiple days?

Both my wet wash cloth and towel go in the hamper when I get home and I throw fresh ones in my bag for the next day. Perhaps that's why I haven't experienced any smells.
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I don't understand the microfiber fans. In my experience, micro fiber doesn't absorb water, but instead just rubs it around. I think a synthetic chamois makes much more sense.
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I don't understand the microfiber fans. In my experience, micro fiber doesn't absorb water, but instead just rubs it around. I think a synthetic chamois makes much more sense.
That was my main complaint with camp towels. They acted more like squeegees than towels.

The towel I use now (linked above) is super absorbent. It's nappy as opposed to smooth.

After I dry off, I place it on the floor and stand on it while I get dressed. Then I use it to dry in-between my toes before put socks/shoes on. It's awesome. That was a major complaint about towels I was using before - semi-wet toes in my shoes day in and day out tended to cause problems with athletes foot.

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That was my main complaint with camp towels. They acted more like squeegees than towels.

The towel I use now (linked above) is super absorbent. It's nappy as opposed to smooth.

After I dry off, I place it on the floor and stand on it while I get dressed. Then I use it to dry in-between my toes before put socks/shoes on. It's awesome. That was a major complaint about towels I was using before - semi-wet toes in my shoes day in and day out tended to cause problems with athletes foot.
Interesting. It is kind of curious what I think I "need" these days as opposed to what I got by with in the past. I was a canoe guide for five summers in Minnesota and Canada. The only "towel" I ever used was a bandanna. I was VERY deliberate about my feet, as they were wet every day all on several trips of 20 days up to 35 days. I always dried them well at the end of every day, put desenex powder on my feet and between my toes and then dry socks. Never had trench foot. These days, canoeing, bike touring or backpacking I bring a chamois instead of a bandanna.
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Hi folks,
I'm looking for recommendations on a good towel choice to get dry from a quick shower before work when riding in. I'm finding a proper bath towel, even a small one is a bit too bulky to commute with and unfortunately I can't leave it behind at work due to lack of facilities.

I have seen the thinner and lighter microfiber towels available. Do they actually work to get you dry?

Or can anyone lead me in the right direction for a better alternative please.


plus one for Packtowel ( have another brand as well but packtowel dries better) might be the bamboo They take a little extra drying off with the washcloth but they work well and are much much smaller for packing in the pannier if need be.
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I have a couple of Aquis long hair towels my ex bought from Bed Bath and Beyond. They're microfiber, but feel like cotton. As someone mentioned, they don't slide along your skin, so you pat dry. They are amazingly absorbent, but dry quickly. I hang mine off the back of my chair for about an hour and it's dry enough to pack for the ride home and wash before next use. I've taken it camping and had no problems using it for a week, as long as you let it fully dry after use.
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Microfiber towels work fine if you wash them without using fabric softener.
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I don't understand the microfiber fans. In my experience, micro fiber doesn't absorb water, but instead just rubs it around.
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I don't understand the microfiber fans. In my experience, micro fiber doesn't absorb water, but instead just rubs it around.
Huh? I accidentally dropped a microfiber towel in the shower and it soaked up water so fast I almost couldn't use it to dry myself. What kind of towel are you using? Plus, why are you quoting a previous poster without attribution?

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I don't understand the microfiber fans. In my experience, micro fiber doesn't absorb water, but instead just rubs it around.
There are good quality and poor quality microfiber towels, you just have to get a good one. I have one that I've been using when touring/camping/traveling for the last 5 years or so and it works great and air-dries quickly too.
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I don't understand the microfiber fans. In my experience, micro fiber doesn't absorb water, but instead just rubs it around.
You can make that work. Keep rubbing until the layer of water is thin enough to evaporate quickly. It's a different approach than using something that is intended to absorb all the water. Once you know to do it differently, it should be easy.
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