OR - REI Towel - Ray Estrella
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REI Multi Towel Lite
By Raymond Estrella
March 16, 2008
NAME: Raymond Estrella
LOCATION: Huntington Beach California USA
HEIGHT: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, and
in many of the western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round, and
average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I have made a move to
lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. I start early and hike
hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring. I usually take a
freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I
am usually with my wife Jenn or brother-in-law Dave.
Manufacturer: Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
Web site: www.rei.com
Product: Multi Towel Lite Medium
Year manufactured: 2005 and 2007
MSRP: $ 10.00 (US)
Weight listed: 2 oz (57 g)
Actual weight: 2.2 oz (62 g)
Size listed: 15.5 x 27.5 in (39 x 70 cm) Verified accurate
Color reviewed: Curry (also comes in Beige, more a khaki, which I
Made in Korea
Warranty: (from web site), "100% satisfaction guaranteed".
(Note: I recently lost my first REI towel and bought the one in the
pictures to replace it. The descriptions are of the new one, the
observations are from a few years use of the first one. Pictures are
The REI Multi Towel Lite (hereafter called the towel) is a polyester
(85%) and nylon (15%) towel aimed at backpackers, travelers and the
fitness crowd. Mine is Curry (orange colored).
It is rectangular in shape with rounded off corners as can be seen
above. The edge is serged to keep it from unraveling. The REI logo is
in the lower right corner. A hang loop is sewn to the upper left
corner. This loop closes with a tiny sliding buckle. This is new; my
first towel had a snap.
The material is extremely soft to the touch and very absorbent. It
feels like a piece of good chamois. It has an anti-bacterial
treatment to help keep it odor free.
The towel is machine washable and will become softer and more
absorbent with washing.
It comes inside a 0.8 oz (23 g) storage case that I throw away as
soon as I get it home. The case is mesh with plastic on one side
under the mesh, and has a zipper on it. It also has a hang loop as
seen in the picture here.
According to REI up to 90% of the moisture can be rung out of the
towel to speed drying time, they claim that it dries three times
faster than a cotton towel. I have never brought a cotton towel
hiking so can not verify that claim
I have used the towels in Canyonlands, Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings
Canyon, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks along with many
National Forests and Wilderness areas. It has probably been along
with me on at least 1200 miles (1900 km) of backpacking trails and
has dried me after rinsing off in countless rivers, lakes, and creeks.
It has been as high as 14497' and as low as 1000' (4418 to 305 m) in
elevation. Temperatures have ranged from a frigid 17 F to well over
100 F (-8 to 38 C). I have used it to wipe condensation from tent
walls in snow and rain storms, but most use has been on great sunny
days. It has been dried on rocks and boulders, draped over bushes and
hung from a multitude of high elevation pine trees like the one in
this picture at Crabtree Meadows in the eastern Sierra Nevada range.
I have been using the REI towels for over three years. They seem to
me to be made of identical material as a more expensive name-brand
alternative which I also own a couple sizes of. The REI version works
exactly the same, which is quite well.
They absorb water very well. I have used this little towel to dry my
hair and face many, many times. And it has dried my entire body
probably 20 to 30 times over the past few years.
On a spring hike with more creek and river crossings than I have ever
done on one trail I just left it attached to the back of my pack as I
was drying off my feet and legs every hour or so. It just kept on
sucking up water.
I have used it to wipe off the inside of my tent a few times also. A
memorable occasion of this was a surprise snow storm in the high
Sierra Nevada using a Henry Shire's Tarptent. I was forced to button
the tent up tightly as the snow kept alternating with wind driven
rain and back to snow. I did not know that a tent could get as wet
inside as mine was. I had to wring the towel out in the middle of
wiping the tent out the next morning.
The towel dries very fast, usually overnight unless the humidity is
very high due to weather or proximity to rushing water, a condition
that I am near quite often. On the times that it does not dry (or had
to use it in the morning as described above) I just clip it to my
backpack and it will be dry before I stop again for the day. Here is
a shot of the beige towel the day before I lost it. I am staring at a
beautiful class 5+/6 rapid in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park
I have found nothing to complain about my towel. It works great,
dries fast and lasts. (As long as I don't leave it on the trail.) I
look forward to using it on many trips in the future.
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- View SourceEDIT/Approval: REI Multi Towel Lite OR - Raymond Estrella
Or rather lack of edit. :^) I think this is the very first report
EVER that I found nothing to pick on. Way to go Ray!
Upload here at your leisure:
Thanks for a very easy read and a great review.
- View Source--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "pamwyant" <pamwyant@...>
> EDIT/Approval: REI Multi Towel Lite OR - Raymond Estrella
> Or rather lack of edit. :^) I think this is the very first report
> EVER that I found nothing to pick on. Way to go Ray!
Sorry it took so long to respond, I was unconscious
Whoo-hoo! No edits from my favorite task-master.
OK, for real now, thank you for looking at it. I shall upload right