“ Karrimor / travel, camping, hiking towel. „
We are regular campers, in fact I am writing this review from a site down in Cornwall, hastily reviewing all the products that we are using whilst on our trip. We brought this one with us, as it is always tricky to dry big towels on a campsite, particularly with our usual weather being perhaps a little worse than in more warmer destinations. It is small, compact, easy to transport and does a good job, that is all you can ask from this little product.
I am unaware as to whether this is available in any different sizes, but mine is about 1m by something slightly larger. This means that it is quite a small towel actually, but this has to be what you are looking for when camping. Something which is compact, small and easy to carry is always a bonus in this surrounding.
The best part about it is the absorbent aspect of the towel. It claims, on the packaging, that it is 10x more absorbent, and this is believable when you use it. It also dries extremely quickly. We have ours out on our makeshift washing line and it does dry in just an hour or two. Perfect.
It can be bought for £8.99 from Amazon, thats where we got ours from.
Good little camping product that ticks all the boxes.
I am not a camper! I do it when and if I really have too. My better other half and my children adore the great outdoors so I have a small amount of camping experience due to being dragged along normally just for an odd weekend thank goodness however I do take part as an adult volunteer for our girl guides club and this summer we went camping in wales it was my first camp trip without my family and for a whole week.
My husband bought me a few camping goodies to see me through my trip one of the best items i received was this cute karrimor towel.
The Karrimor soft fibre towel was purchased from Sports direct for £8.99. You can buy the towel online from Amazon and Field & track for around the same price.
Colour choice in Sports direct was baby pink (the one I have) and dark blue.
The packaging is nice and simple a zipped bag made from plastic with a carrying handle at the top.
Karrimor soft fibre towel is lightweight and compact. Its not like a fluffy big bath towel. Its baby pink in colour, rectangle shaped with the words Karrimor written on it.
I am not sure if these come in different sizes or not but mine measures 100 cm width and 130 cm long nearly as big as a beach towel.
It is so compact that it hardly takes up any room in my back pack.
What makes this towel different is the way it can hold and absorb moisture , it claims to take up to ten times as much moisture as any other towel and holds it in the towel fibres.
I like the fact the towel can be washed and tumble tried up to fifty times before its absorbency weakens.
I only took this one towel camping for the whole week and it lasted and stayed fresh during that time. I took a few showers , used it for washing everyday and night even wiping sweat now and again from my brow. The towel did not smell or go stale in my bag.
I really recommend this product, be ideal for taking to the gym too.
It might sound daft that a towel would get anything other than five stars because all they do is dry you, but trust me, you can get rubbish towels. You know - the ones that are really un-absorbent, get wet through before you're dry, smell fusty, and dry crispy (everyone has one but we never throw them away!?). Of course, the best towels at home are soft, fluffy and absorbent.
But what if you're on the go? You can hardly take a bale of fluffy towels out with you. And that's where microfibre technology comes in! Microfibre towels are so thin, yet so absorbent - great for travel. This Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel is a microfibre rectangle of about 100cm x 130cm and it comes in a range of colours (not just the pink in the photo!). I would not recommend getting a white one, though - they never seem to come clean! They come in a zipper pouch which is made out of the same material as many camping equipment pieces now - basically it stops a rip from laddering (it's probably a bit more useful on a tent cover!) unlike a sleeping bag, say, it is relatively easy to get the used towel back in the bag, meaning no wet towel pressed against your stuff.
Apparently the towel is anti microbial, which means that it doesn't get fusty and mouldy smelling even when it's been in the bottom of your bag, damp, for a few days. It's a great plus, not something that I'd necessarily buy a towel for but now I've used one with the anti microbial I'd certainly go for one again.
Overall then I would definitely go for the Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel for use at the gym, on holidays where space for a full towel is limited, or for cycling to work. It would also be great on camping holidays, fishing trips or even to keep in the car if you have kids - great for a wash!
You can pick up the Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel in outdoor specialist shops, sports shops and online including Amazon.co.uk. The price varies between £5 and £8 so I would recommend shopping around. It would make a great gift for someone outdoorsy, too.
Five out of five - this wipes the floor with other towels ;)
Although I wouldn't say I were a 'keen' or regular camper I do sometimes spend nights in my tent, whether it be due to a walking trip or for something to do over the weekend. When I were a Boy Scout we were always instructed to bring a tea-towel with us for drying up the pots! I always found that by the end of the week the weather never was quite good enough to leave us with a dry tea-towel come the end of the week. This was the reason I bought the Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel shortly after leaving the Boy Scouts. I am now wishing I had owned one of these many years ago.
The Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel is a hugely absorbent towel which can prove useful to travellers and hikers. The material is so absorbent that it can hold up to seven times its own weight in moisture. Referring back to my last paragraph, the other key point to make is that it dries in no time at all either. I paid around £6 for mine online around 3 years ago and they are available in either pink or a navy blue. Each one comes in its own carry case which is waterproof and therefore useful for storing a wet towel in if you don't have time to dry it out (I don't recommend this, though, as it can become smelly in your bag). The size of the towel also means you won't need to sacrifice much space in order to pack it in your bag. The towel is quick thin, but this doesn't detract from the quality. Two sizes are available - Large and Small. The larger towel is 130cm x 100cm and the the small measures 80cm x 64cm. I have the small towel and find it adequate for my needs, but the larger size would be more useful in hindsight.
Overall I am more than happy to use the Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel on my expeditions, whether it be to dry my hands or face after a morning wash, or to dry the pots off, it is a useful product that won't take up too much valuable space in your rucksack. The amazingly absorbent Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel recieves 5 stars for cost, effectiveness and the fact it comes with a carrying case, all for around £6!
Due to the ghastly cost of petrol nowadays I cycle to and from work each day. This has it's benefits as I'm getting in a nice bit of exercise every day and I'm saving a packet on petrol! Unfortunately if the wind and rain go against me I can arrive at work a bit wetter than when I left! My girlfriend bought me a small microfibre towel to dry myself with when I got to work, and because she is just hilarious, she bought me a small pink number from Karrimor.
The towel itself costs about a tenner from Amazon, and about twenty from the manufacturers website. 10 pounds may seem exorbitant for a towel but believe me it is worth it. My particular model is 100cm x 130cm and is plenty big enough to dry my hair and face in the mornings when I get in out of the rain. The towel itself also comes in a handy zip pocket which allows you to keep it separate from the rest of your belongings. This is a useful addition as it's no fun to put a wet towel in beside your gym gear or on top of your diary or magazines. The packet is made from that gridded "rip-stop" fabric that every camping provider uses nowadays. Honestly I can't see the point of a ripstop towel packet, though I guess it's better to have it than not! The quality of the towel seems quite nice, about the level of any other microfibre towel I've ever bought. For anyone who hasn't used one of these before, it's not like a standard towel, it's closer to a chamois cloth that you would have to clean your car with. It's a funny feeling using it but it soaks up a Bounty level of water without much fuss.
According to the manufacturer this towel has "antimicrobial" properties. Now this is a bit of a sticking point with me. Considering I have to wash my hands about 100 times a day to keep contamination down I find it very hard to believe that this towel is "anti-microbial". All that being said, it doesn't smell and I've left it for a few days in my bag by accident. I wouldn't buy it for this feature but it does help I guess.
Reviewing a towel isn't exactly easy. It dries my face and hair and takes up very little space in my bag. The whole thing weighs nearly nothing and I don't even notice it in my bag. What can I say? It doesn't put a foot wrong, 5 stars.
Just don't get it in pink, I still haven't lived it down in work.
Review of the Karrimor Soft Fibre Towel
This is a towel designed for camping and travel use. It is supplied in a tough rip-stop fabric
zipped carry case and comes in two colours, blue and pink and three sizes, small, large and extra large.
It is made from a micro-fibre type fabric which is light and very absorbent. The towel can absorb up to 7 times its own weight in moisture and dries quickly, making it ideal for people who require a lightweight and easily packable towel for their travels.
The Karrimor Soft fibre towel is also designed to be anti-bacterial. The anti-bacterial treatment increases hygiene as it inhibits the formation of bacteria and fungi even when damp. The manufacturer claims that this anti-bacterial property will last for 50 machine washes, making smelly, mouldy towels lurking in the bottom of your backpack a thing of the past.
Just how exact the longevity of the anti-bacterial quality is I cannot really say as my Karrimor towels have not yet been washed 50 times yet!
There are many of these thin, microfibre travel towels on the market, some are better than others and although the Karrimor version is not the most expensive, I consider it to be one of the best.
We purchased two of these towels last year in the large size. I had owned a small lightweight camping towel of a different brand, previously and found it to be very useful, which was what prompted me to buy the Karrimor version. Having used these type of towels before, I expected an good level of drying.
The Karrimor version actually exceeded my expectations as the towels really are super absorbent and they dry out very quickly after use. I even find them efficient at drying my long hair, normally a bit of an ordeal in a camping environment!
My towels are blue and they certainly are lightweight, the size is 100 cm x 130cm and they weight virtually nothing. They fold down into the carry bag taking up very little space so are ideal for backpacking, camping and similar uses.
The texture of the material is a little strange, not like traditional terry towelling at all, more like a duster actually! The texture does seem somewhat weird at first, but once you get used to it, it is fine.
I cannot find a mention of the fibre make-up on the label of my towels, but I assume it is some type of man-made, cotton/polyester/acrylic mix material. The towels are fully machine washable, although the manufacturer recommends that fabric conditioner should not be used when laundering this product.
Mine are used in my motor-home, an environment where space is at a premium, so anything we use has to be practical and functional. The Karrimor large towel is not quite as large as my bath towels at home, but the quick drying quality makes the lack of size acceptable to me. The size is not big enough to wrap around my plump frame, so I certainly cannot say the towel would protect my modesty in a camp-site shower facility!
**Price and Availability**
I bought my Karrimor towels from a local independent camping and outdoor shop last year, and I believe I paid around £10 each for them.
These towels are widely available from online and High Street stores. A quick web search has brought up the following retailers and prices:-
http://www.completeoutdoors.co.uk £19.99 + P&P
http://www.fieldandtrek.com £5.99 +P&P
As you can see, prices do vary wildly so it is worth shopping around.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
This is a product that delivers exactly what it promises. The towels dry both you and themselves quickly and efficiently. They are ultra light in weight and so ideal for camping, beach or gym use and many other activities or for times when space is at a premium.
My towels have been washed many times, the colour has stayed true and the fabric has remained soft and flexible. Overall, I am very pleased with these towels, they are practical and do everything I need a travel towel to do.
I would recommend this product to others and award Karrimor Soft fibre Towels a 5* rating.
Thank you for reading.
Brittle1906 June 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
Quick update:- An ex soldier is spending the winter on a beach local to me to raise money for SAFFA and Help For Heros. People are invited to camp out to raise the profile, my daughter, son-in-law and two children spent a night at the beach camp (12/11/11). I loaned my daughter this camping towel for her camp out and she informed me that she used it as a shawl round her shoulder during the chilly Novemeber evening and it kept her really snug! A second use for the Karrimor camping towel!
Karrimor Ultralite Towel
With Little Miss going camping with the Brownies I didn't want her to have too much to carry and so bought one of these travel towels.
The towel is advertised as being reduced bulk for the lightweight or solo traveller and is apparently ideal for sports and holidays. The soft fibre fabric makes these towels weigh far less and take up little space compared to a standard towel, although the towel can absorb up to 7 times its own weight in moisture and dries quickly. The antibacterial treatment increases hygiene since it inhibits the formation of bacteria and fungi even when damp. This ExBac treatment lasts up to 50 washes, and since it can be washed in the washing machine, it can be kept clean. The only thing is I don't know if the Ex Bac treatment is working and so have to take the manufacturer's word for it. I do believe it has been treated but am unsure as to how long the treatment can be retained after washes and how do they know it's 50 washes? Why not 49/51?
The RRP is £19.99 and with this on half price offer at £9.99, it did seem a bit of a bargain. Available in either blue or pink, we bought the pink one.
The towel comes in a pink zipped bag with the name of the towel "Karrimor Ultralite Towel" on the top of the bag. At the very top of the bag is a carry handle which can be slipped over the wrist.
The towel itself is a size large (100 cm by 130cm) and is also available in small (64cm by 80cm). when I get it out of the bag it is a nice light pink colour (perfect for showing any dirt!) and has the karrimor logo written across the top of the towel.
The towel when opened is large enough to be a bath towel and so is certainly big enough for Little Miss to get a good dry. It is much thinner than normal towels and is very soft and light. I tend to like my towels quite hard as I think they dry you better but I have also tried this towel and it surprised me as to how well it absorbs the water and how quickly and easily I manage to get dry; Little Miss reported the same, so thumbs up on the drying side.
The towel is a very handy item if camping. It folds up small and in its little bag is very easy and light to carry about. Although it does seem as though it won't get you dry it is very effective although not as good (I don't think) as traditional towels. This however is to be expected as it is much thinner and less fluffy. Little Miss likes the act that it's pink and quite girly, and I think it must be available in other colours because obviously a pink towel doesn't suit everybody.
The price at we bought it at is quite a bargain for this good quality effective towel although we have to take the manufacturer's word for it that it is anti bacterial.
For a quality and useful camping towel I would recommend this one.
Thanks for reading.