Before beginning, I’d like to apologize for this review being -ages- late. Thanks to me moving away for a job just prior to recieving these towels, I wasn’t able to give them a try until recently.
Most fisherman like to keep a towel nearby when out on the water. They prove useful for anything from wiping away sweat to safely handling a fish prior to release. However, there is usually a minor inconvenience when dealing with towels: They’re rather bulky.
It appears that Lightload Towels has solved that issue. They make a towel that comes packed and stored about the size of a half-dollar. Upon recieving these towels my first impression was just how small it was. I was skeptical to see exactly how big the towel was once unfolded. I have visions of it unfolding and being about 4 inches across.
Boy was I wrong.
Once I added a bit of water, the towel unfolded to become deceptively large. A full 12×12 towel was now sitting in front of me.
Personally, I really like to have a towel around when I’m in the kayak. It makes handling fish quite a bit easier. So I took it with me on an afternoon mullet snatching trip.
It worked like a charm. No rips. No slipping. Just exactly what I’d expect out of a towel, but MUCH easier to store on the kayak. The towels are very absorbent and by the end of the fishing trip, the little towel reeked of mullet slime. Just as advertised, I was able to throw it into the wash and it came out good as new.
The biggest thing these towels have going for them is their size. They would be perfect to bring on a hike or jog since they literally fit inside your pocket. The 12×12 towel is just the right size for anything you might need to do with a similar sized towel. The towels are tough, but not -that- tough. I’m very rough on my gear and knowing that, I decided to give the towels a little strength test.
|Yes, that’s my finger going through the towel|
They proved to be pretty durable, but it didn’t take too much effort to rip it. I wouldn’t suggest trying to rub paint off of your car with one, but for what they’re designed to do, they’re plenty strong.
They do exactly what a towel is supposed to do: Absorb liquid and dry things off. They work perfectly for this and being washable means that they can be used again and again.
– Very light
– Fold up to be very small
– Extremely absorbent
– Cheap ($2.75 for two of them)
– Not quite as durable as your every day towel
The Amazing Five Star Rating System:
***** = Five Stars (The be all-end all greatest thing that I cannot go without. Best thing next to sliced bread and pockets on jeans. I simply must have it with me)
**** = Four Stars (An absolutely great product. Something that does its job and serves its purpose in my arsenal of gear. Almost always carry it with me)
*** = Three Stars (An average product. Something that I can function in life without. It has its usefulness at times, but is often unneeded or is of relatively poor design)
** = Two Stars (A poor product. Something that either makes my life more difficult, gets in my way, or succeeds in giving me ulcers. Likes to break and finds itself gathering dust on my shelf)
* = One Star (A terrible product. Something that serves no purpose and doesn’t even do what it’s supposed to do. Often too large to be flushed down the toilet and renders itself a waste of time, space, and money)
Lightload Towels: ***** – Five Stars
These towels are -perfect- for someone who wants to carry a towel with them, but doesn’t want the hassle of carrying around a normal sized one. They fit great into a hunting backpack, tackle box, and even your pocket. The fact that they’re washable makes them even better and allows me to just about always have a fresh clean one with me on the kayak. Even though they aren’t as durable as a normal towel, it would take quite a bit of abuse before one became thoroughly destroyed. And after all that, they’re remarkably cheap to replace. The Lightload Towel is definitely something I’ll carry with me from now on when I enter the field.