Lightload® Towels

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  • Super absorbent
  • Soft on your skin
  • Quick drying
  • Wicks away moisture
  • Lighter than a bandana


Lightload® Towels are ultralight, super absorbent, quick drying, and soft on your skin. They’re made of Lyocell, a material derived from plants. Lyocell absorbs up to 10 times its own weight. It’s more absorbent than cotton and dries a lot quicker. When the towel gets saturated, just wring it out and keep drying. They'll wick moisture away and dry much more quickly than a bandana. And they’ll keep you cool and dry in the heat and warm and dry in the cold.

Two sizes are available. Regular is about 12.5 x 21.5 in. (31.8 x 54.6 cm) and Small about 10.5 x 12.5 in. (26.7 x 31.8 cm). For a smaller size, just cut one down. The towels come compressed like a compact puck. Just add a little water and watch it transform. They are machine washable but we recommend hand washing these towels to keep them from pilling and fraying. With a little care they’ll last until they don’t.


Lots of Uses

  • Drying off after a swim or wash up
  • Wiping condensation off a tent/tarp prior to packing
  • Taking a hot pot off a stove
  • Washing or drying dishes
  • Headband or sun cape
  • Pre-filtering dirty water
  • First aid bandage or sling
  • Roll up wet clothing to speed drying time
  • Dust or insulating mask
  • Pee rag for ladies
  • Emergency TP
  • Firestarter





Hand or machine wash with mild soap



Material: Lyocell (rayon)

Color: Grey only (pastel colors no longer available)

Size Towel Size* (W x L) Towel Weight Package Size (Dia x H) Package Weight
Small 10.5 x 12.5 in. (26.7 x 31.8 cm) 0.3 oz (8.5 g) Ø1.82 x 0.4-0.5 in. (ø46.2 x 10.2-12.7 mm) 0.32 oz (9.1 g)
Regular 12.5 x 21.5 in. (31.8 x 54.6cm) 0.6 oz (17 g) Ø1.82 x 0.6-0.7 in. (ø46.2 x 15.2-17.8 mm) 0.62 oz (17.6 g)

 *Size is approximate; varies from towel to towel.


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  • 5
    So lite you can carry two!

    Posted by Geoff Lovett on 2nd Jan 2023

    I can't imagine a lighter towel. I didn't used to carry an extra towel for wiping off my tarp, but now there's no reason not to.

  • 5
    heavy duty

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Jul 2022

    Loved these towels. Used one to wipe off rain fly, ground sheet and tent stakes afta wet night.

  • 5
    SUPER light, absorbent, and dries so quickly!

    Posted by Unknown on 20th May 2022

    I have been using these towels ever since they came out. So light, you won't notice them in your pack, so you can bring several! I primarily use them for backpacking and bring 3 different colored ones for each trip. The colors help me distinguish the purpose: Yellow - Pee rag (washed out every night) Orange - Personal wash towel Green - For washing dishes / food-related a small clip hangs them on the outside of my pack, and they normally dry within 15 minutes.

  • 4
    Super absorbant, short lifetime

    Posted by NParker on 1st Aug 2021

    These are great, and I'll probably buy some more. After a 6-day trip with using it several times a day (and drying it on my pack), I'd say it's about 1/3 worn out. I ran it through the washer and it seemed to survive.

  • 5
    Perfect lightweight towel for the trail!

    Posted by Chris Rondeau on 10th Jun 2021

    Lightweight, pretty durable. I use this to wipe down my cook pot or condensation. Lasts for weeks or longer depending how rough you are with it. At only 0.5 oz it is a must to have on the trail.

  • 5
    I wasn’t sure if these would be any good

    Posted by pH on 24th Sep 2020

    When I first saw this I thought they might be crap. But after testing them post shower, I’m sold. They are easier to use to dry off than the microfiber towel I was using for backpacking. These wring out easy, so you dry off until the light load towel is full then squeeze that water out and keep going. I would recommend cleaning these with the soap of your choice prior to using the first time as they do have a light chemically smell that washes out easy. These will be a staple of my kit from now on.

  • 5
    a must have

    Posted by Daniel Deutsch on 28th May 2020

    I love these! I keep ordering more for future use. I have one in my backpack, a few in my car, and a few at home. Greatest idea. I also soak one I cut in half to wrap around my two Chihuahuas necks when it's warm on a hike. Genius.

  • 5
    Great ultralight towels

    Posted by on 13th Dec 2019

    These are the perfect ultralight towels for any hiking trip. I’ve used them to clean my hands/face after a long day of hiking, clean dishes, wipe down wet gear and much more. They are light and super packable.

  • 5
    super versatile and packable

    Posted by Luke on 22nd Jun 2019

    A must have in every pack, no reason not to!

  • 5

    Posted by Art on 18th Mar 2019

    Packs super small and highly absorbent. The perfect backcountry solution for drying off our dog prior to bedding down for the night. Additionally, we will be using them this summer for staying at hostels.

  • 5

    Posted by Dave on 24th Jun 2017

    I love these towels for travel and camping. They make wiping dew off of your tent really easy without hardly any weight add on. I keep one in my carryon to not waste paper towels in airports. Great incase the towels are empty also.