In 2011 Lightwave 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).
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 TowelSNEWS.COM/Gear trendsThe “Wick-er Warmup” towel launched by Discovery Trekking in North America, which uses a heavier fabric than Lightwave's RAP-VAP towel, received superlative reviews in the specialist US press. We expect the RAP-VAP to perform even better:
“We don't think we've ever seen so much drying power in one piece of fabric, ever. The towel has become a permanent fixture in our tester's travel and backpacking kit. OK, so we're impressed by a piece of fabric. It’s true. But it's hard not to be impressed when something not only performs to the level advertised, but exceeds expectations as this did.” November 2008
Rap-Vap TowelCamping 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