Once made from goat leather, chamois material soaks up water and wrings out almost entirely to allow for a subsequent soaking (think Sham-Wow). Now made from synthetic materials, chamois towels are the most absorbent option on the market. Thanks to this remarkable ability, swimmers and divers can towel off completely with a tiny section of chamois material, saving precious space in their bags.
Alternate materials, like those found in thin wicking towels, work by spreading water molecules thinly over the material, allowing for super-fast drying and avoiding water-log. Wicking towels, like the Discovery Trekk Towel, are ideal for camping, backpacking, snorkeling, and beach days.