Our tester wasn’t expecting much from this drab swatch of fabric, but the Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Fast-Dry Towel impressed him: It packs small, absorbs water well, and doesn’t stink, even when multiple rainy days keep it from drying out.
The stretchy fabric is impregnated with bacteria-inhibiting silver, so it won’t start growing mildew. “It was great for mopping up water inside the tent when I camped in the rain,” he says. “Or for drying off after an evening dip in the lake.” $20; 3 oz.; discoverytrekking.com