Things Teri Loves: PackTowl

December 30, 2013

I’ve ridden on many of our Adventure Cycling event tours like Cycle Montana, Family Fun, Idaho, and Wine and Harvest, and I’ve done some self-contained touring and car camping. On all of these trips, I have never left home without a PackTowl. Back in the day I used the original version but now I’ve upgraded to the PackTowl Personal. The original felt like I was using a car wash chamois — very functional but not cozy and soft. The Packtowl Personal is made of a supple microfiber so it feels soft and silky against your skin. Both versions are lightweight, ultra compact and fast drying. 

Not only do I bring the PackTowl Personal everywhere, I am also an advocate for the XXLarge size (36”x59”), because it provides the most coverage. Not everyone requires this, but when I’m in a school bathroom on a tour with a bunch of other ladies, trying to blow dry my hair using a hand dryer, I prefer maximum coverage. In fact, on event tours or car camping where someone else hauls my gear, I bring two, the XXLarge and Large: one for my body and one for my hair. The PackTowl can be used as a beach towel, a table cloth, or a sari. We also carry the Medium size in our camping kitchen to use as a dishtowel. 

PackTowls mop up water very efficiently and come in a variety of sizes so that you too can find the size that is the best fit for your needs.

Photo by Patrick Finley

CYCLO NOTES is brought to you every Monday morning by Adventure Cycling's Cyclosource team — Teri, Patrick & Geoff.


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