Price: $11.95-$41.95 depending on size
Size: 10”x14” (Face), 16.5”x36” (Hand), 25”x54” (Body), 36”x59” (Beach)
Material: 85% Polyester, 15% Nylon
Available: Online and retail
How Obtained: Company Sample
RBR Advertiser: No
The Towel That Goes From Day Ride To Bikepacking
Minimizing the weight and amount of gear you take on a ride can be a challenge. With PackTowl®’s Personal towel, you get lightweight, packability, and versatility. They are available in four sizes and are perfect for bikepacking, camping, hiking, or even a single day of riding.
The company sent me two of the four sizes to test: face and body. I used the face towel on long gravel rides or hot days mountain biking. The hang loop snapped to my hydration pack, making it convenient to grab quickly and wipe the sweat off my face. The microfiber material is soft against the skin, making it gentle enough to use on my face.
The towel is highly absorbent, with the company claiming the fabric soaks up four times its weight in water. The company also states it dries nearly 70% faster than comparable cotton towels. I noticed when I used the Packtowl; it dried extremely fast.
A Polygiene odor control helps keep the towel fresh, and a zippered storage pouch provides an easy way to pack the towel when traveling. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, you’ll be sure to find one to match your bike.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.
These kinds of towels are typically quite light. So I’m wondering about the claim that it absorbs 4x its weight in water. Water is heavy. Does absorbing 4x its weight make it useful on a long ride with lots of sweating?
Sheri Rosenbaum says
Chuck, when I used the small towel on my mountain bike rides, I’d wipe the sweat off my face and arms when we stopped numerous times during the ride. The rides would last typically 3 hours and the towel would be dry by the time I stopped again and need to use it..
Ah. I was thinking more of bike camping.