A common (polyester/nylon) travel towel will cost you around AUD $20-40 - because they're small and the material is inexpensive.
A Layday™ travel towel will cost you around AUD $60-$100 - because they're larger, the yarn is natural and the fabric is comfortable.
There's no doubt that synthetic yarns have their place in the fabric world (think outerwear, thermal linings etc). But in the category that is drying fabrics - Layday believe’s a towel should be both packable AND comfortable.
Microfibre travel towels are produced using synthetic yarn, most of the time Polyester and Nylon. Although these towels travel light and feel soft, the reality of a plastic fabric is that it works by simply 'holding' water between the fibres - so zero moisture retention within the fibre itself.
You know the feeling of a towel not really drying your skin, even when it 'looks' super absorbent? Check the care label next time and no doubt it'll be made using a synthetic yarn.
Travelling around using the conventional travel towel you'd find at the local adventure store makes sense - but in our opinion, that wet rubber feel slightly misses the mark.
A different weave - Laydays Eighty Twenty, cotton bamboo travel towels.
Laydays Eighty Twenty yarn blend has been introduced after sampling, field testing and travelling with many different towel fabrics.
As a comparison, the common Turkish towel comes in at around the 160gsm - and similar to the synthetic fabric mentioned above the lower price is justified.
Eighty Twenty is spun with 80% cotton and 20% Bamboo (rayon) cellulose. This gives our towels a natural combination of softness, high absorption and total packability.