Lightwave RAP-VAP Towel

Weighs 40g
Code: AW13509V
  • £24.99
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Lightwave's RAP-VAP Towels are made from high wicking Polartec fabric that sucks the water from your body and dries ultra-fast because the individual fibres won't absorb water.

Lightwave says:

Lightwave has introduced Europe to a new concept in ultralight towels for trekking, travelling and sports of all kinds – the RAP-VAP.

The RAP-VAP towel is sewn from a Polartec® polyester that is normally used as a base-layer fabric. With a fabric weight of 140 g/m², the RAP-VAP towels weigh in at a mere 40 g (Small) and 95 g (Medium).

Ultra-fast drying
The towel works by pulling moisture away from the body and then distributing it across the surface of the fabric. Since the moisture is not actually absorbed by the fibres, it evaporates more quickly, hence the fast drying time.

No bad odours
As well as being substantially lighter than conventional microfibre towels currently on the market, the fabric also has a permanent silver-based anti-microbial treatment to inhibit smells.

Rap-Vap Towel Review - Camping Life magazine ;

“When we tested this towel, our first thought was ‘water vacuum’. Even though this towel is thin, it will get you dry faster than a traditional towel. Best of all, the towel is impregnated with silver, a natural anti-microbial agent so it won't start to smell after multiple uses.” – Editor's Choice May 2008

Like most ultralight towels Lightwave's Rap-Vap towel is designed to soak up water then be wrung out to almost dry, then used again, in this way you don't need a massive towel just a small one that you use over and over again. The Rap-Vap feels very soft and it hangs loosely in the hands making it easy to use and easy to get it to absorb water from your skin.

All the packaging is 100% re-cycled.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Help and advice:
  • Moisture wicking fabric pulls water off the body
  • Ultra Fast drying times
  • Permanently inhibits smells
  • Small: 40 x 70cm, 40g
  • Medium 60 x 95cm, 95g
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
July 19, 2019 | Geoff C
By far the best travel towel I've tried

I agree with the previous reviewer - this towel works far better than the market-leading brands I've tried. I do a lot of wild swimming as I hike, so need an effective towel - a bandanna doesn't really cut it, especially if it's cold and windy. I bought the small, and it's more than sufficient to dry your whole body after a swim. Works just as well as a much larger bath towel, which is pretty amazing. The small is still big enough to stretch between your hands and dry your back, and it wrings out to near-dry. It also feels more pleasant against the skin than other microfibers I've tried. Like the first reviewer, I'd have preferred a carrying loop with a popper, though this is easy to work around. And I don't understand why the hem is so wide - this is adding a few grams for no obvious benefit. But these are niggles - heartily recommended, despite the painful price.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited
January 15, 2018 | Danny P
Amazing towel - light, quick drying and packs small

I've used various different microfibre towels over the years but the Lightwave Rap-Vap towel is the best I've one yet. It's very smooth to the touch without the unpleasant squeaky feel against your skin of some microfibre towels. It must be the use of Polartec for the fabric. This towel defies belief when it comes to drying - how can something so thin which packs so small absorb so much water?! It works brilliantly and leaves you properly dry in no time. The towel itself dries very quickly even when soaked. The only slight niggle is the hanging loop is fixed both ends and doesn't have a popper to make it easier to attach to something to dry. A pretty minor thing which doesn't detract from it's performance as a towel.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited