- 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, and it feels so good on the skin that you'll probably want to use it after your shower just about every day.
Linen has the strongest tensile strength of the plant fibers and is generally considered to be one of the oldest used for textiles. With its low static and pilling it easily weaves an open structure that lets air flow through the fabric. Linen also has the remarkable ability to absorb 20% of its weight of moisture while remaining dry to the touch.
We chose a box weave linen, its three dimensional structure maximizes the surface area of the linen fibers. It absorbs moisture better, dries faster and shrugs off sand and dirt better than a flat weave linen.
High quality linen gets softer and softer over time, and when cared for properly can be handed down through generations.
A note on handling linen properly:
Linen has many times the lateral strength of cotton, which is why it was once used to make ropes; however it is significantly less flexible. In day-to-day use this doesn't make much difference, but in certain conditions, particularly those found in top loading washing machines, it can become a problem. So wash yours in a front loading washer on a gentle cycle and you should be all good.
- Grid Linen Towel
- Made with 100% linen, woven in Lithuania
- 200 gsm
- One of nature's strongest fibers, the original performance fabric
- Three dimensional box weave structure maximizes surface area of fabric
- Unattached polypropelyne compression strap with aluminum closure for packability and storage (XL only)
- Cotton twill hanging loop
- Absorbs moisture while staying dry to the touch
- Dries quickly
- Packs down to a fraction of its size for travel
- Tosses off sand and dirt
- Soft handfeel
- Gets softer with use, ages beautifully over time
- Unwashed, we recommend washing before use. Darker colors may shed at first, but that clears up after first few washes.
- Hand or machine wash on gentle, hang or tumble dry low. Avoid top loading washing machines.
- Made in New York City
- Grid Linen Towel
- Please refer to the table below for measurements.
Approximate measurements in inches
Size Small Medium Large X-Large Width x Length 15 x 15 26 x 26 36 x 55 75 x 56