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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

so a while back i got a supertowel (otherwise known as a microfibre towel of the 'avdenture towel' brand) (i'm getting what i need piece by piece, leaving this august for a backpacking trip). i had a bit of a weekendish trip up to prince george (12ish hours north of vancouver, bc) to visit some friends and have since returned, now in the laundry-washing stage (i hate that stage). anyway, i was about to plump my supertowel in the washing machine, when something occured to me....can i also plump it in the dryer? going through some websites, i heard that i have to air dry it (since it's supertowel and thus very microfibre-y) - going through other websites, they didn't seem to care. anyone stick one of these in the dryer before? anything happen? i know it's supposed to be quick drying, but if in a hostel and waiting for it to air dry would still take a while, wouldn't it..??

2. Posted by spamhead (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hey I have the same one but havent used it yet.. I dont think you can put them in the dryer tho as they are very thin and could become a chunk of plastic! I plan to just wring myne out when Im done ( I believe that once they are wrung out drynes is fast and painless) Have fun

3. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

i like the "fast and painless" part...yeah, i think i may end up squeezing the life out of it, too. it works pretty good, though! feels really weird on the skin, too. thanks, spamhead! happy toweling.

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

I used one for the past three years. IT starts to smell after a week of use, but then its dead easy to wash. Usually the problem is the morning shower before you leave, it goes into your bag wet. It makes it through the day of travel ok, even in hot humid places, but is best to give it a rinse that night.

Mines been in a dryer plenty of time and still going strong. A good buy in my book

5. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

thanks outcast! i wasn't thinking about the smelly part.. i think i'll give it a whirl after i use it for a while. see how it does.

6. Posted by sandra_gal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I have a microfibre towel and a cotton terry cloth Towelini and I honestly prefer the cotton one better. Mind you, if you've seen the Towelini you know that it's not just a regular towel, but it's organic cotton and it is a travel towel / sarong in one, so it's more convenient than a regular towel.

I've seen some other travel towels at Eagle Creek / and I have one that is similar, but they are quite small and you can't tie them like a sarong. But they do dry a bit faster, but organic cotton dries pretty fast too.

that's my opinion

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7. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

i haven't heard of the towelini brand before! most likely i'll use the one i bought (well, mostly since i already bought it), but i'm glad you shared! it's good to know for future, who knows what'll happen, right? thanks sandra!!

8. Posted by Oliver08 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

I recently used a Microfibre (Kathmandu) towel during a month long trip in Vietnam. Just like outcast I found it to start smelling very quickly. It took more than a "rinse" to even slightly remedy this problem. I'm not sure what causes it but it was definitely more apparent than what would have been the case for a cotton towel.

Has anyone used a sarong for this purpose? How well does that work? I can't imagine it being that absorbent.


9. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

I use microfibre towels, and I put them through the dryer - they come out fine. I didnt find smell to be a problem with mine, I never packed it when it was wet, and after each use I'd air dry it. They certainly save packing space thats for sure!!

10. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

lucky i have allergies. maybe i won't notice the smell, if it gets one :P but in all seriousness, thanks for your input. i've heard of a few people using sarongs - i was curious about that, too.