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Navy salad
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PostThu Sep 07, 2017 2:06 pm 
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Some people sing the praises of these things. For those who have both, are they much different from the "Viscose pack towels" that REI and many other places sell? From what I've read, they are the same thing, but like I said -- others swear by them.
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PostThu Sep 07, 2017 2:32 pm 
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I've never used a "Shamwow" brand towel.
I do own a "Water Sprite", given to me as a salesman's sample in the early 1980's - a synthetic man-made cloth designed to replace a real chamois. (Rayon/Polypropylene mix)
I do not imagine there is a lot of difference - those things have been marketed as chamois replacements in the automotive world for over three decades now.
Mine still works fine. Machine washable. (Do NOT put it into the dryer.) Absorbs something like 900% of its own weight in water. Doesn't scratch black paint. Store DAMP and rolled up in container.
Try an auto parts store. Probably less money than REI. ($12.99 at O'Reilly's)

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PostWed Sep 20, 2017 3:28 pm 
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We bought German-made Shamwows est. 10 years ago at Costco, cut them into smaller camp towels and have been using them since. They have worked well at camp, e.g., wiping condensation off the inside of a tent. We have washed them many times and they still work fine. I've never compared them to the somewhat less expensive Original German Shammy, which I have read are the same or similar, nor the REI viscose towel. ETA: Honey bought a thin MSR camp towel, which has also worked well.
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PostSun Sep 24, 2017 7:25 pm 
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I use those perforated disposable kitchen cloths.(the thicker types)
They work faster for me (no need to wet them first) are very light and cheap.
Chux Superwipes in this ad :
https://www.woolworths.com.au/Shop/Browse/household/cleaning-goods/sponges-cloths-wipes
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