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Run Oregon Winter Gift Guide: PackTowl

PackTowl Luxe

I find that one of the things that keeps me on the right path physically during the winter months is being prepared.

If I don’t have my running bag packed the night before, the dark and cold of the early mornings, combined with the fogginess of my pre-coffee mind, can lead me to forget things. If I don’t prepare my lunch in advance, when midday comes around I may choose to head to the cafeteria for a some bad food choices. And nothing is worse than going down to the locker room at 1230pm to change for a run and realizing that you have no way to get dry after a shower because a towel was forgotten. I can tell you this has happened to me on a handful of occasions. The PackTowl is a perfect option to make sure that this final one doesn’t happen.

The PackTowl is a microfiber towel that may feel like a cotton towel that you use at home, but folds up infinitely smaller than those behemoths. A regular sized PackTowl folds up and takes up a fraction of the space in my bag. Despite its light weight, it claims to be able to soak up to 5x its weight in water, with the ability to wring out and dry much faster than cotton options. I can’t confirm that, but can say that these dried out really well and allowed me to leave in my locker overnight and have it be dry the next day. Couple the body size and the face towel size together for a nice holiday set.

An unforeseen positive is the loop tag. My work locker room has a couple cheap hooks nearby the showers, and my other towels have, at times fallen down onto the gross and wet floor below. This is not an issue with the PackTowl.

Though I have been using these for the gym, it will definitely function great in my camping pack next summer and in my race day bag as well.


Company: PackTowl (Facebook)
Products & Price:

Specs (from website):
  • Soft looped fabric: Ultrasoft looped terry knit microfiber fabric feels just like your fluffy cotton towels at home
  • 5x Absorbency: Absorbent fabric soaks up 5 times its weight in water, which can be wrung out easily
  • Fast-drying: Dries 30% faster than cotton
  • Fresh: Polygiene® odor control helps keep towel fresh
  • Compact: Takes up less space than similar cotton options
  • Hang loop and zippered storage pouch included for easy drying and packing
  • Machine washable
More about PackTowl:
Luxurious outdoor towels with quick-drying packable performance. The Luxe Towel boasts soft, superabsorbent terry knit looped fabric, inspiring colors and a beautiful striped pattern on one side. The Personal towel is the best-selling quick-drying microfiber towel on the market. Outdoor enthusiasts and travelers will get a feeling of home wherever adventure leads. Coming in a set of a Body-size and Face-size towel, the PackTowl towel sets make the perfect gift this year for the jetsetter, traveler, and/or outdoor adventurer.
Thank you to PackTowl for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.
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About Matt Rasmussen (1152 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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