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MSR Packtowl Personal Towels - 2008 BCS
MSR made the Packtowl Personal Towels with a soft, quick-drying fabric and an antimicrobial treatment, so you won't have to carry a soggy, musty rag on your camping trip. The bath, body, hand, and face-size towels fold up and fit your pocket. The Packtowl's serged edges won't fray, and a snap loop makes this towel easy to hang-dry. Choose the bath size for long trips, and the smaller sizes for short trips to the pool.
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February 16, 2012
These towels are great. They are fairly absorbent, soft to the touch, pack small, and are light weight. Having said that, I will say that other reviewers exaggerate how quickly they dry, and how absorbent they are. After reading other reviews, I half way expected the small towel to be able to dry an elephant and be ready for round two after 5 minutes. I got the L and it didn't wrap entirely around my waist (32" waist), which is fine. After a shower, the L dried my body fine, but was damp by the end. It dried quicker than a normal towel, but not unbelievably so. Bottom line; they work well for my purposes. I wanted a towel that did the trick, was light weight, and packed small for backpacking trips. I'm happy.
August 14, 2009
I bought this towel the other day and used it after a regular shower at the house. Im a big guy so I have plenty to dry and i was shocked at how well this thing soaks up water and even better how quick it dries. I have the medium size and it works great
Please tell me the redeeming features of this towel. Going on
Please tell me the redeeming features of this towel. Going on a backpacking trip.
July 15, 2011
Mike is right, but add to that- it's lighter than a regular towel, and it's better than drip-drying or using your shirt.
By: Phil Maher
July 17, 2011
Kendra, the main benefits are it is not bulky and thus does not take up much pack room and the best advantage is it dries very quickly.
By: Gone Fishing
July 16, 2011
Pack towel in stuff bag - M
By: Erik Blow
May 31, 2011
Medium pack towel in stuff bag compared to nalgene
June 20, 2009
This was a great towel to dry off with at our camping site and then leave on the chairs overnight to dry out. The morning we were leaving camp, it had rained all night making for a wet mess with breaking the tent down. So we used the towels to dry off the tent before packing it away. It was a great tool to have. We also used to to dry off some other items such as the cooler. I don't know how handy it would be for a wash cloth, I think it'd feel funny and wash cloths are so small it might be just as easy to use a regular wash cloth.
Finally, we used these towels at a water park and they were awesome!! It was so wonderful not having to carry around heavy wet towels all day, these were so light and absorbent and folded up into a tiny little pouch. I will always use these towels for the beach and water park as well as camping.
Hey guys to get straight to the point im extremely confused with
Hey guys to get straight to the point im extremely confused with all the options, im most likely going to get a medium size for general use and for use as a towel... Which is the more durable material out of the msr towells and the S2S drylite towel, they seem to be the better option, i want a lightweight tough absorbent quick drying towel, cheers !
By: Matt Mackenzie
July 6, 2011
I have the MSR towel, and I feel it's pretty durable. The thing that's great too is it gets softer the more you wash it.
By: Ryan Roeber
July 8, 2011
January 3, 2010
I use this towel a lot and it works great. It is super lightweight and takes up like 0 space in a pack. I am 6'4' 185 and large gets me dry. After you dry off hang it on your pack and it is dry within 1/2 an hour. It can get caught on thick beard hairs though so be careful when drying your face.
Soft and Just Big Enough
February 10, 2009
this towel was just big enough to do the trick. perfect for trips where you want to save some room in the pack. the clipable loop was also super easy to clip onto anything. better than a loop which requires a biner.
it also dried really really fast!
i wonder how soft it is? anybody can give some light,thanks in
i wonder how soft it is? anybody can give some light,thanks in advance
November 20, 2008
It's really soft. After a few washings, its great.
By: Ryan Roeber
June 6, 2011
It is soft but feels a bit synthetic chamois-like when brand new. It does get softer the more you wash it.
July 31, 2009
super nice and soft. it also got softer the more i washed it. it's nice.
By: Matt Hart
February 11, 2009
MSR Packtowel - various sizes
August 17, 2010
The extra large was more than adequate for each of my family after swimming. The towels are soft (more so than I expected). They seem a bit like a chamois. Seem to hold lots of water and dry faster than a regular towel. We were backpacking and did have to pack some up damp, though, that didn't dry overnight. The only down-side and reason for taking off one star, was that the loop for hanging is pretty fragile. We pulled the entire snap off the fabric completely, with the first use of one of the towels. They are marked 'pull this side' so it seems this is a common problem. If you pull the wrong side the entire snap and loop comes off the fabric permanently. The snap and loop part seems cheaply done and not at all sturdy. Otherwise a good purchase.
For backpacking the large would probably be fine as a personal towel. We used two mediums for dishes. The small is the size of a washcloth but came in handy for us also.
Never thought I'd be so happy about a towel
April 2, 2008
This towel is awesome for traveling, I used it on a river trip, and it was nice not only for getting dry, but also for cleaning the sand off my feet before changing into shoes for the cooler nights. Has a great chamois feel to it, and is just a handy little item, well worth the price.
June 3, 2008
This towel is compact, soft, super absorbent, and fast drying even in humid weather. It was a perfect choice for my trip to Costa Rica.
is this towel have a shamy like feel?
is this towel have a shamy like feel?
March 10, 2008
It does have the shammy feel at first but after you get it wet a couple of times it is really nice
By: Matt Miller
August 14, 2009
Granted the feel is different but you will appreciate the results.
October 8, 2008
Buy these towels!
June 18, 2009
Family of five and we camp frequently (car and backcountry)...towels were the bane of our camping experience...everthing smelled sour after a few days because we never had time to dry them thoroughly. These towels are AWESOME! Very absorbent, even the large sizes fold up VERY small and they dry quickly with no odor. One of our best camping buys ever! Highly recommended!!
January 12, 2009
I'm cheap...its a little spendy but a great towel for travel, backpacking, etc.
November 2, 2011
I had higher expectations for this pack towel. We used these towels to dry off tent equipment before stowing everything away. I wasn't able to ring out more than a couple drops of liquid. This towel stayed damp for the duration of the trip... It would dry over night, but when stored in my pack it was always damp. Not to mention, it was difficult folding this towel back into the little mesh sack in which in came
Sweet little towel
August 6, 2011
I've seen Packtowels dry faster than this lil guy. I've seen them ring out better. Rarely have I seen one soak up so much and be ready for more. I use it to dry off after dips; full body and shorts and after 3 minutes I am dry. It's tough and well constructed, super light and easy to attach to your bag inside or out.
This towel is a good idea.
The perfect go to towel
August 1, 2011
Whether you need to wipe the sweat from your brow during a hot days hike, clean out that cooking pot from your backcountry lunch, or wipe off the excess water off your camelback bladder before shoving it back in your pack, this little baby can handle it and more. This is a must have item that stores easily in your cargo pocket. Let the strap hang out and pull when needed!
July 21, 2011
its a towel. it functions as such. attached stuff sack is nice. it absorbs more than you would think. i like the loop...allows you to hang it to dry without worrying about it blowing away or having to weigh it down. i havent had it for a long time, so i can not attest to its durability, but i like MSR and i dont think i will have any problems. i got this one in medium. i also use the MSR ultralite in medium and the nano in medium. I like the ultralite the best b/c the sack is attached and it seems to absorb more by weight than the nano or personal packtowls.
Just what I needed
June 22, 2011
I took this on a 2-week camping and hiking trip, and it did just the trick! It's so small you can throw it in your pack and forget about it until you need it. Then it dries quick and packs back down to next-to-nothing size.
Out of this world towel!
June 6, 2011
It's always important to carry a towel (If you don't believe me check the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!) With this baby, you've got all your bases covered, super soft, super absorbent, and very compact! The pouch is fantastic for keeping the towel from getting frayed from being in your pack. The large size is great for most people, because you can use it around camp, or for yourself.
Soak it Up
May 31, 2011
MSR towels are by far the best on the market. They are soft, super absorbent and have a handy snap to hang dry on pretty much anything. the M size is perfect for me, big enough to get most of me dry, but small enough where it is not a burden to pack. The pack bag that it comes with is a nice touch, preventing it from being lost or snagged inside a pack. washing it as soon as you get it makes it super soft right off the bat. Great towel and definetley worth the money!
Very nice towel
May 28, 2011
I like this way better than the msr original pack towl fabric. The packlite is stiff, while this is much softer and does a better job soaking up water on a tent fly or floor. I have the XL which is WAY too large for backpacking, but I still take it with me every time, and will until I order a medium.
Just what I was looking for!
March 31, 2011
I wanted "the perfect towel" to go into my Emergency kit, and this was it! Thanks, Backcountry!
December 23, 2010
This towel is fantastic for backpacking or base camping. This towel is soft, small, rugged, and well designed. It performs like a shamwow and absorbs an incredible amount of water. This is great to towel off after a swim or drying pots and cook ware.
November 25, 2010
I'm typically a minimalist when it comes to camping, I never carry more than what will fit in my 40 liter pack and haven't used a tent in years. But this towel has found a permanent home in my pack. Folded up it's so small that it doesn't really take up any room or add any weight. It's really nice to be able to wash and dry my face while camping and it's nice to be able to dry off after swimming in an icy river instead of shivering on rocks waiting to dry. Great travel towel too. The only thing I don't like is that it's impossible to wipe it across wet skin. It sticks to your skin you you have to pat dry. I used this without washing probably 10 times before it started to stink.
The Triple Wide
November 9, 2010
Folds easily and holds it's shape after use. Dries very quickly so that you can put it back in your pack. It is one of the few items that never leaves my pack just in case.
Gets the job done just right.
September 20, 2010
Soft, shammy type feel but gets the job done, theres always a dry square somewhere on it. Packs up very small - even the XL.The clips nice to hang it on branches to dry as well. Dry's fast and is definitely worth the cost to eliminate a big bulky towel, or drying yourself on your shirts.
Great Towel; Wish It Was A Little Bigger
Fernando Octavio Brendinberger
March 18, 2010
Bought this two Summers ago.
Nice and soft yet durable.
I wish the XL was a little bigger, though.
January 14, 2010
this is everything you'd expect from a packtowl. it's light, super absorbent, compressible and dries exceptionally fast. my girlfriend and i share a large one on our hikes and itis the perfect size for 2.
high 'n dry
June 17, 2009
we own an airstream trailer and we travel quite a lot .......with a 6'4" 220 lb hubby.....i needed a towel that had several qualities...........it had to be big enough.....it had to dry quickly.......and it had to take up a small amount of room.........this towel fits all the criteria and it fells good to use also (per the hubby).........i'm planning on getting more for home and trailer!!!
May 29, 2009
Super soft, dries way fast, XL is big enough to wrap myself in. More than satisfied.
Gets the job done!
May 11, 2009
Soft, super-absorbent, dries quick, and is lightweight! Couldn't ask for anything more. The snap loop is pretty handy, too.
January 29, 2009
Unlike other lighweight towels, this is actually soft. Has a nice to hook it on your pack to dry or your tent as well. The loop has a button on it so you can loop it around things rather than need a biner or something of that ilk. The 'body' towel is a little smaller than I'd like though
December 4, 2008
Good stuff. Dries like it says it does. Soft like it says it is. And light to boot. I recommend getting 2: a nice big one and a smaller one to save space and grams when it counts.
Necessary addition to your gear
October 23, 2008
I used this towel backpacking through Europe and it is a necessity on camping trips. It works surprisingly well and dries extremely fast. Get a big one to dry off with and another to wash with. They are also great for washing dishes out on the trail. They dry so fast, you won't have to worry about funky smells in your pack. Great buy.
a must have
July 17, 2008
I won't hit the trails without it. Ultra soft, amazing absorbency and it packs ultra small. I keep one in my gym bag and in my car.
April 17, 2008
It seemed pricey, until I used it. This is the backpacking towel you should buy.
April 15, 2008
This towel is great for long travels. I live out of my backpack and it's great to have something that travels well and light!! I love it and I feel it was a great buy!!