I do not have a picture of these towels. All the pictures on the web site of the towels are of the towels under a person lounging on the beach, and since it’s exactly four degrees Farenheit at my house, I think it’s a little unfair to ask me to post pictures of beach-lounging people on towels.
So I thought this review would be hard to do even as I agreed to do it. A review of towels. What could I say about towels? Leslie Hanes, the founder of DTO, talked me into the towel review idea by telling me about all the awards the towels have won, which piqued my interest so she sent me the towels.
I received both the Ultra Fast-Dry Towel and the Extreme Ultralight Backpacking Towel. The Ultra towel was beach-towel size and the Extreme Ultralight was square and small. I thought this must be a joke because they didn’t feel like towels. They felt like something I’d want a dress made out of. I couldn’t comprehend actually using these things as towels. I waffled about bringing them along on trips because I didn’t want to waste space on something that was pointless.
As luck would have it, though, I went on a work trip to somewhere in remote Alaska and, typically, got stuck there due to weather. I had just happened to throw in the DTO towels because I had a bunch of room in my bag, so I had something with which to dry myself after my shower that wasn’t doused completely in smelly fabric softener (I’m sensitive. Some might know this as “being picky.” I’m sure you’re shocked). So I used the towels, the Extreme Ultralight for my sopping wet hair and the larger Ultra Fast-Dry for my body.
I was pretty stunned by these towels. They sopped up all the water and dried almost instantly. I was very pleased. I’m not really one to have ever carried travel towels in the past. I always figure I’ll find something to use or just make do or air dry or just cope because when was the last time you got wet that you didn’t get dry again later? Besides, who wants to lug around wet towels? But now I feel that travel towels actually do have a place in my travel bag. The big one in particular seems very useful. It could be a beach towel, a regular towel, or a sari in a pinch (if you know how to assemble one of those; I don’t. I can’t do anything personal that involves a “configuration” and that includes clothing AND hairstyles). But the little one is super great too because it crams down to about the size of a baseball and it definitely does the drying job.
So these towels aren’t just hype. If you are a backpacker or just plain like to travel, you would do well to check them out. If I ever get a beach vacation I’m definitely bringing these. I think they might be of good use to triathletes as well though I don’t know why you couldn’t use a regular towel in that case, seeing as you don’t have to carry it afterwards. But your race bag would be lighter if you brought one of these.