All we really wanted was a damn good towel. On one side we found fat, fluffy cotton towels that were way too big to travel with and filled with sand at the beach. On the flip we found microfiber sport towels that were remarkably compact, but managed to hold odors in a way unbecoming of an object of any size. As is often the case we thought: there has got to be a better way.
As much as we love high tech fabrics, here at Outlier we start our searches in the history books. We found a surprising answer in the form of linen. Linen has the remarkable ability to absorb moisture while remaining dry to the touch. It is also one of nature’s strongest fibers; it gets softer and softer over time and when treated properly can be handed down through generations. We zeroed in on a box weave structure that maximizes the surface area of all the beautiful linen fibers while providing a subtle massaging handfeel. All this results in a towel that is bigger yet lighter, while absorbing moisture better and drying faster than cotton.
One of our favorite aspects of linen is how well it performs at the beach. It tosses off sand so you stay clean, and because it’s lighter and more compact it unfolds into a bigger beach blanket than you’d expect. Truth is, it makes for a better towel in a whole lot of places. It’s lightweight and quick drying enough to hike with (especially the medium size), and it feels so good on the skin that you’ll probably want to use it after your shower just about every day. Available in Medium, Large and X-Large sizes.
Lightweight towels are must for any kind of bike-camping and/or #corndogging…looks like the medium will even fit in a jersey pocket!
I love pictures of folding bicycle tires!
Not sure who designed them, but I’m pretty stoked on the Uncommon Adventure branding. Anybody have any background on these designs? I’m pretty sure I saw some Chris McNally work on the Blackburn site, but am not sure if he did the Uncommon Adventure stuff. Hopefully we’ll see some patches or t-shirts from this stuff.
Between this and the stuff Brian Vernor was doing for them, I’d say that Blackburn is doing it right.