I am going backpacking in January for several months and naturally face the dilemma of packing as lightly as I can. My flatmate told me to get a microfibre towel, he says they're super-absorbent, dry really quickly and are very light to carry.
Has anyone used one and are they a worthwhile purchase? They sound excellent, particularly as they are fast drying as I don't fancy lugging around wet towels! I don't want to waste money on one unless they're worth it.
While I haven't taken one travelling, my Mum goes on walking holidays and she has one and really recommends it. I borrowed it and it does dry you really quickly and the main thing is they fold up teeny-tiny. Think how bulky a normal towel is.
There are a few different types and they're not all the same, but the one my Mum had- and I'm getting one for my travels- is called the Lifeventure Trek Towel. It comes in a black bag but you could get rid of the bag for extra space saving.
Although they're supposed to dry quickly I've not tested it. However they certainly won't take as long to dry as a normal towel and for the vast amount of space it'll save you I reckon it'll be worth the money.
I have one, though must admit that I rarely use it. Most of the hostels and hotels I stay in provide towels, so the travel towel stays in my bag most the time. It does fold up very small, and is light, so no big deal in carrying it, though. And the few times I have used it, it does dry really quickly.
I have a couple of complaints with it, that may or may not affect your purchase.
1) It doesn't do a very good job of drying wet hair. I am a hirsute male, and so I need a good towel to really get dry, otherwise the hair on my chest will still have droplets of water on it, and I'll start the day with a damp shirt.
2) It is not good for the beach. Most people I know counter this by buying a sarong and using that as a beach towel to sit on.
I asked a very similar question not so long ago, and I think it was on the reccommendation of Greg that I went and bought one. It cost about £20 but should be worth it!
I tested it out and it does indeed work and dry very quickly. Although, being a girl I don't have hairs on my chest so can't comment on that!
Like Lil Liz said, they are super small to pack (about the size of a small paperback book) so I don't see the harm in carrying it around.
I'd say to get one or you will be drip drying all around the world!