There are plenty of things I like about these towelettes. And I was surprised since they cost about 1/ third to a half of what the others I was looking at were charging. They are smaller and they are all individually packaged so you don’t have to worry about moisture getting into them and the wipes partially unwrapping before you want to use them.
They also decompress very easily using only about 1 to 2 mL of water. They unfold easily and they are bigger than their competitors probably by 10 to 20% despite being smaller when they’re compressed.
They have a pretty good tensile strength as you can see in the photo they easily hold up a 2 pound container of soup and I suspect you could put another pound at least on that. As it wasn’t getting even close to tearing.
The structure is that a knit rather than a weave and that’s to say that in the longer direction it stretches quite a bit and it does so without breaking. Pulling along the width are you feel the tight net resisting expansion. But they’re pretty tough at least as tough as mini baby wipes I’ve used and just a soft if not softer. You can see how much it stretches in one of the pictures. So if you needed to make some improvised cordage you would want to roll it along the width, and it’s pretty strong. I was not able to pull it apart with my hands when rolled up. I did pull it to the point of it tearing along the long way where it stretches just long enough to see how it comes apart and there’s a picture of that too. This illustrates the fiber is starting to thin out but still maintaining some integrity. So as it tears it gets gradually thinner to the point where hole start to appear as it begins to look more like wispy cotton. I would imagine this would make some fantastic fire starting tinder as well.
These are easily soft enough to use on delicate areas such as relieving yourself during camping. If you’re looking for something to scour then you might need something rougher but that’s not what I’m using these for. Typically in any outdoor situation there are plenty of available materials you can use for scouring when needed, sand, dirt, rough plants and leaves, fibrous grasses etc.
I found my brand for compression towels, and these are it. In fact the only bad rating these towels have received at the time of this writing are not rating the towels at all but the seller. So these are about as perfect as you can get.
EDIT: Holy moly, I almost set fire to my worktable! This stuff is extremely combustible. It’s easily equal to dryer lint and that’s before I’ve treated it with Vaseline or oil or wax. This means you have a great multifunctional wipe that can be used to start fires after it has outlived its usefulness as a towel. I’m going to try to see how it does when wrapped in vaseline. The video shows just the plain towel.