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.