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  • Towel absorbs up to 8 times its weight in water, yet wrings out almost completely dry
  • Ultrasoft synthetic fabric is very light and compact, taking up very little space in your backpack or bag
  • Quick-attach loop makes it easy to hang the towel to dry
  • The REI MultiTowel Lite comes in a carry pouch


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Best Use Camping, Backpacking
Material(s) 85% polyester/15% nylon microfiber
Quick Drying Yes
Dimensions 54 x 25 inches
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Won't Travel Without It I love this towel. Despite the unusual sizing, it still drapes around, which is a requirement for me. Besides the stated benefits in the product description, there's a few other tips I'd like to share. -Excellent pillow when camping (bundled up, not folded) -Handy pillow cover when hostelling. -Can be washed in the sink with castile soaps and the towel remains super soft and smells good -Fits in a quart-sized ziploc. Did not fit in sandwich bag for me -Nice impromtu shawl, a hair band to holds the two ends in place -Extra bedsheet - great inside my silk sheet for extra warmth Thank you REI for this wonderful product!
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Size sufficient, fast wicking The size is perfect for shower towel. It is plenty long and just wide enough to wrap around an average-sized woman's body to walk out of the shower. I am 5'8" and this worked for me. The material is soft and quickly soaks up water, then drying just as quickly. DEFINITELY pre-soak and wash well separately before using. I ordered the purple and per another user's review I began hand-washed it prior to my trip. It literally turned the water dark purple over and over again. However, after that initial washing, it has not appeared to bleed so it should not be an ongoing problem.
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product I bought this towel in-person at the store at the last minute and had some reservations because I like to read product reviews online before buying. After using the towel for a 3-day, 32-mile hike through Yellowstone and a 2-day haul up the Grand Teton, I do not regret purchasing this product at all! It is very soft, and lightweight (VERY important), and doubled perfectly as a pillowcase over some clothes in the tent. It was a good size for me, although I am on the small side. Overall, this was a great purchase and I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a lightweight towel for hiking and camping. Plus, it comes in purple!
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from still bleeds after six months This is a fine quality towel in many ways: soft, absorbent, nice size (at least for a man with a 31" waist), portable. I've used this while traveling and after swimming and scuba diving, as well as every day after showering. However, I have to wash the towel separately because the blue "Puget Sound" color continues to bleed, even after six months (!!). I never had that problem with a dark green medium-sized REI MultiTowel LIte that I bought in 2008., so perhaps they've gone with a different manufacturer. Too bad, because except for the dye bleeding this is a great towel.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for beach/pool/kids/camp While I used to use these towels for camping and mission trips, now that I am a mom of twins, I've retired every single beach towel I owned previously in favor of a set of these towels. I can carry towels for the whole family in a smaller bag than my old beach towel for one. I also send them to preschool with my kids when they have a sprinkler day since they will dry in the cubby. To top it off, they shed sand like a dream. Moms--stop lugging those heavy beach towels and get a full set of these for your family!!
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great size for longer term travel I purchased this to replace the exact same item. My old green XL towel performed perfectly and it was time to take advantage of another color available. I love the color. This DOES NOT pack down tiny, but it is definitely small enough for camping and hotel stays. I took it to Europe for a 6 week backpacking/hostel trip. I also use it when I visit friends. It is big enough to wrap around your whole body for modesty and it's big enough to lay on at the beach. Dries quickly! My first towel is 5 years old and still works like a champ.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too narrow and long! Just like the first reviewer says - fantastic material. Last year's model was perfect. This year's model is shaped more like a scarf than a bath towel. There's a reason we've had these same basic dimensions for towels for 100's of years! I can see no advantage in making this long and narrow - unless you plan to cut it up to make multiple face cloths. Except for shape, the amount of material and the material itself is fantastic. Even the colors are great. So why screw up the dimensions?
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Multi-Towel put to the Test The Multi-Towel Lite replaced a big bulky terry cloth towel that consumed a large section of my Gym Bag and was hard to stow after it got wet. The Multi-Towel Pulls the water off your skin quickly, dries very fast and weighs next to nothing even when soaked. Softens up after a couple of machine washes and seems to soak up the water faster than when new. Used Every Day at the Gym as a Pool and Shower Towel.
Date published: 2013-06-06
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What's the difference between this and the packtowel?

Asked by: anneab
There is not a huge difference between the MultiTowel Lite X Large Towel and the PackTowl Ultralite Towel in an XL size. Both towels are made from the same polyester/nylon mix. The biggest difference is weight. The PackTowl Ultralite weighs about 3 ounces less.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-04

I would like to know more about the material used in this towel. For instance, for another very similar towel, the packaging says that the product may contain certain chemicals known to cause cancer etc. Is that also true for this towel?

Asked by: ABLinDC
The disclaimer you are referring to is a California Proposition 65 warning, aka Prop 65. In creating REI branded products, we actively engage with our material suppliers and test materials on a seasonal basis for compliance with our Restricted Substances List (RSL). All fabrics used in this towel are tested for the RSL seasonally and, as of March 2017, we have not detected Prop 65 listed chemicals and therefore have not labeled this towel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-05

How do I clean the towel after using?

Asked by: peaopoid
The MultiTowel Lite should be machine-washed in warm water. Prewash separately. Do not boil, bleach or iron. Tumble dry low. The absorbency will increase after the first wash.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-05

How would this perform as a hot yoga towel (size aside)? -- Would it stay in place on top of a yoga mat or bunch up under moving feet?

Asked by: SkirtQ
​This towel absorbs 8 times its weight in water. This characteristic is a great benefit in a hot yoga class. However, we cannot determine if the towel will slip or bunch on your yoga mat. This will have to be evaluated through use.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-07

What are the dimensions of the REI Co-op MultiTowel Lite X Large Towel/Large when they're in their carry pouches?

Asked by: MileHighGear
​The carry pouch size is 8 x 9.5 x 1 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-20

Where is this towel made/manufactured?

Asked by: emv657
Items can be sourced from multiple countries and the country of origin can change. Because of this, we are only able to state the item is imported.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-14
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