Basking Shark tours 2017

Towels

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From big beach towels to microfibre mini towels, get dry and wrap yourself up in the pick of our favourite towels


1. Outdoor Swimming Society Hammam Towel

£12.95 or £15 with drybag*

Dimensions: 180x100cm
outdoorswimmingsociety.com

Bringing the traditional cloth of Turkish Hammams to outdoor swimming, this Hammam towel is durable, soft, light and quick drying. It also works as a summer throw, sarong or picnic blanket – great for outdoor swimming adventures.

*See our bags review for details of matching drybag.


2. Discovery Trekking Ultra-Fast dry Towel

$34.95

Dimensions: 86x147cm
discoverytrekking.com

This is the bling of compact (very) quick dry towels, with a really different feel to the micro fibre alternatives. The fabric includes SPF sun protection and contains silver, which inhibits the growth of odour causing bacteria. The material is also thin and lightweight and can double up as a throw, so great for a variety of outdoor swimming adventures.


3. Lomo Microfibre Towel

£8.99

Dimensions: 80x160cm
ewetsuits.com

Wrapped in its own ventilated drawstring bag with an elastic tidy strap attached to the towel itself, this lightweight towel is a good size so it both wraps around you and can pack down in your kit bag.

Oss Hammam Alpkit Towels

Jonathan wears Outdoor Swimming Society Hammam towel (top) and Alpkit towel (bottom)

4. Alpkit GNPDGT Beach Towel

£15 
Dimensions: 150cm x 77cm
alpkit.com

Go Nice Places and Do Good Things (GNPDGT) is the creed of Alpkit and that strong expression of intent is emblazoned on this cosy red beach towel. It’s 100% cotton and lovely for drying off after an open water swimming adventure.


5. Head Microfibre Sports Towel

£18.99
Dimensions: 150x75cm
head.com

Super absorbent, quick drying, 100% polyester and lightweight (110g), this towel is great for the beach or poolside and packs down nicely in your kit bag, avoiding the extra weight of a post-swim soggy cotton towel.


6. Head Swim Towel

£16 
Dimensions: 43x32cm 
head.com

Quick drying and super absorbent, this is the post-swim quick rub down choice, and great if space is your key concern. Not big enough to wrap around you, but great to take with you on the off-chance of an impromptu swim.


Born To Swim Towel

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€19.99 

borntoswim.eu 

Dimensions: 70 x 140cm 

In our May issue we tested our choice of towels, but this one didn’t arrive at our office in time to make the review. But the motto on the towel sums us up so well that we just had to share it with you.

It is a light microfibre, good quality towel, great for packing away in your rucksack whether swimming outdoors or at the pool. Towel size is 70 x 140cm – big enough to wrap yourself up in!

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