So why should a cyclist own a travel towel like this Sea to Summit Pocket one? Tourists who prefer campsites and hostels to B&Bs and hotels will want a towel, as will those commuters with access to a shower at work. Travel towels are much more portable.
The Pocket Towel is available in two sizes: small, which measures 40cm x 80cm and weighs 50g (or 68g with its protective carry case); and large, at 60cm x 120cm and 122g (without case). I tried the diminutive small, which really is pocket sized. It's an excellent option for those with an eye on shaving grammes off pack weight. Both sizes are made from a soft-to-the-touch microfibre fabric, reputed to be able to absorb up to three times its own weight in water, as well as drying quickly.
In use, the small size is just about big enough to effectively dry a person and their hair. It absorbed water without getting too soggy and quickly dried when hung out in a breeze. Within an hour it was almost dry. The small size is not really generous enough to protect your modesty - obviously depending on how big your modesty is. For situations where coverage is required, the large would be the better choice.
Bike campers might want to consider reserving this travel towel for non-winter use, or choosing the large instead. The drying capacity of the small towel is pretty much maxed out by a single shower, and your skin can get chilly from any remaining moisture if conditions are cold. For summer use and commuting, it's spot on. It's also machine washable.
Super lightweight, compact and remarkably effective. Incredibly good value too
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sea To Summit Pocket Towel
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"For lightweight travellers, cycle commuters or anywhere that space is at a premium and dryness appreciated"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made from fine woven microfibre
Absorbs up to 3 times its own weight in water
Comes in small protective zip-up storage pouch.
2 sizes- small (40cm x 80cm) , large (60cm x 120cm)
Simple, but well executed. Supple and soft fabric.
Excellent capacity for absorbing moisture and dries really quickly afterwards.
Nothing really to go wrong.
With the pouch it's good, without it's super light.
Really good value for a product that will get a lot of use.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed excellently all round.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Size, weight, packsize, softness of fabric, absorbency, speed of drying, I even liked the colour.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely. And for friends too.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes. Without hesitation.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
There's no reason not to pack one of these, and every reason to do so.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.