Rated 4 out of 5 by HikerBikerSkier A quick-drying travel towel?
We bought two of these towels, one for each of us. We were looking for compact, absorbent, quick-drying alternatives to cumbersome, hard-to-dry beach towels for an upcoming trip through the Greek islands. We will be moving from hotel to hotel every other day or so and will need to dry beach towels and swim wear quickly, pack up and travel light. To gauge the drying time for these towels, we ran them through the washing machine (as recommended before use), and air-dried them in front of the wood stove, aided by a small fan. They took 4 hours to dry. I did not conduct a side-by-side comparison with a conventional towel, so I don't know if these towels dried faster than conventional towels.They do pack up very compactly, and we are looking forward to using them on our trip this summer.
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SwimmerinRealClothes Very Practical. Excellent purchase.
I read all the reviews before purchasing. There were some complaints about bleeding. I purchased two towels, one in berry and one in blue. I washed them prior to use and there was little if any dye in the wash water. I was a little thrown by the terry material but it absorbs water as soon as touches the skin. It took about 15 minute to air dry after use. I swim frequently and these towels work and travel well. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars was because I wish the XL towel were a little wider. I plan to purchase more in the future.
March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WearLLBeanAboveAll Soft and light!
I purchased this towel as sort of a gift to myself; anything to help keep me on track to getting to the gym without any excuses; I take water aerobics twice a week.
It is large, light, very soft, super absorbent, and dries really quickly, especially if hung near a heat vent in the bathroom. It also happens to be my favorite color - but I'd love it even if it weren't. I liked it so much I got one for my daughter. I will be getting one in each size, for each of us, for our summer camping trips as well.
February 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLBeanPurchase Dries Well
It is soft and picks up the moisture well. Also dries quickly after use. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars as it is not as compact as the microfiber backpacking towel Bean used to carry that I was trying to replace.
January 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by displacedAlaskan Not what I hoped for.
It is my fault for not looking closer at the picture but this is micro terry and not the microfiber towel I was hoping for. It is more like the ones you get for cleaning and isn't as compact as I hoped it could be. I was looking to get a "pretty" one to use like my husband's microfiber towel he uses. His are tactical ones and come in olive green and tan only. This type while pretty in color does not dry the body as quickly or dry after using very quickly. If you want pretty get this. If you want a functional quick drying and very compact storing and don't care what it looks like, search for the tactical microfiber towels.
I'll keep this for a backup to use in our storm shelter but it won't be an everyday camping, hiking, workout towel like I hoped it would.
January 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by MizRainbow Bleeds Color
I wanted to make sure the berry towel didn't bleed color onto other items in the laundry, and it's highly inconvenient to have to watch so carefully when it can damage so many other items in the wash. I soaked it and of course the water was full of dye. I soaked it again, and there was no less dye in the second soaking. The label warns about this, but I didn't dream it would be so full of residual dye. Normally polyester and nylon don't give these problems. I'm very disappointed that LLBean and Sea & Summit would put their good name on this product.
November 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kenita Soft and absorbent
I bought this towel for an 11 month missions trip and I think it will be perfect. Loved the price!
October 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Puffan Work great
I bought two towels for my two granddaughters--medium 20" x 40". They have swim lessons almost every week, and I knew these sucked up water well. I have one about this size myself which really helps get my hair dry when getting out of the pool. This size was fine for a 3- and 6-yr-old. I'm considering getting a larger size for myself.
September 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by STXTX It doesn't dry fast at all!
I haven't compared this to a regular cotton towel, but I was expecting some amazingly fast drying time. I had washed this in the washing machine and then hung it to dry, expecting it to be done quickly. Instead, it took about 6 hours to dry completely - not what I was expecting. The corners are also curled up and the towel isn't exactly rectangular anymore - more like odd-shaped oblong.
August 15, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Emily16 Not the quality of the previously available Aquis
This towel will do as an extra, but will not be appreciated like the many Aquis brand towels we purchased from L.L.Bean in the past. Would love to have more of the Aquis towels, which are substantial in weight, have well made square corners and well finished edges Hope L.L.Bean will begin to offer the Aquis towels again. This Sea to Summit Tek Towel is flimsy and has 3 rounded corners and one square corner. The rounded corners curl inward as if elasticized. I won't be purchasing any more of these, and considered sending this one back to L.L.Bean, but will keep it as a spare when we are traveling in our RV. I do not recommend this product.
July 31, 2013