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    Question: What is the most absorbent fabric towel---and yet after wringing out the fastest drying??? Like a sponge.

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    Thanks for the input. I'm ordering 2 towels from Rain Leaf as above and 2 from PackTowel.

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    I have an older PackTowl. I think mine was actually made in USA but checking Amazon it appears new ones are imported. I also have a couple others of unknown brand.

    As far as I can tell (from back when I comparison shopped) they are all of similar composition/fabric so are of similar performance. Even my larger towel dries fairly easily in a light breeze or warm Sun.

    For me, the thing to do is pick a size I like (large enough to wrap around waist for ample drying and also modest clothes changing). I am not aware that they advertise thickness but weight is often given. So thicker (more absorbent) is probably heavier.
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    I ordered large sizes like 72x40 and will cut them at home for backpacking (cheaper in the long run).

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    Good comparison micro fiber versus cotton:


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    I always thought Tipi patted himself gently with red mulberry leaves, gently squeezed touch-me-knots to produce small puffs of air that helped air dry the nether regions, followed by sassafras wipes to impart a citrus-y smell and slight sheen to the skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Roper View Post
    I always thought Tipi patted himself gently with red mulberry leaves, gently squeezed touch-me-knots to produce small puffs of air that helped air dry the nether regions, followed by sassafras wipes to impart a citrus-y smell and slight sheen to the skin.
    I'm incredibly minty and usually can open the nostrils of fellow hikers---in a good way. I eat jewelweed seed pods and now need microfiber towels to treat pesky night-time pee releases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Roper View Post
    I always thought Tipi patted himself gently with red mulberry leaves, gently squeezed touch-me-knots to produce small puffs of air that helped air dry the nether regions, followed by sassafras wipes to impart a citrus-y smell and slight sheen to the skin.
    at times those are out of season / covered by yards of snow

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    That's what I'm talking about!

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    A PCT Thru hiker I was watching one year suggested "Light Load" pack towels because they are so ultra lite
    https://www.amazon.com/stores/Lightl...3-7061D4B92F6F

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    Light Load towels from Zpacks.
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    An old tech Tshirt cut up.

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    Shamwow! Made in Germany. This towel is hard to beat in the absorbency department.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/22581562731...3ABFBM0MPb67ljShamWow.PNG

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