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Okay, let's see if Amazon will let me cross post this comparison review, since I bought both products and these are all my words:
I purchased both the beach towel sized Rainleaf rainbow microfiber towel (40in x 70in) and the Youphoria hiking microfiber body towel (28in x 56in). I do a lot of road-trips/ traveling and also want to start backpacking, so my concerns are size, weight, packability and functionality. Here goes:
For backpacking, where every single ounce of weight and cubic inch of space matters, I will definitely be using my Youphoria instead, and probably leave my rainleaf at home. The youphoria is about half the weight, and packed down it is half the size of the rainleaf. In backpacking, you cut down on a lot of luxury, but I am very happy that the youphoria is big enough to wrap around myself to cover everything that matters and tuck into itself (I am a woman weighing 140lbs, 5'4", of average build). Standing straight with both arms at my sides and the youphoria around me, it reaches from my armpits to my fingertips and overlaps itself around my waist about 8 inches. The rainleaf does this to a much more luxurious extent, reaching from my armpits to mid-calf-height, and overlapping itself by 22 inches. I also washed them together and set them out to airdry for several hours (didn't time it), and found the youphoria to dry a bit faster. I expect that in a backpacking situation where the towel is attached unfurled to your bag to dry while hiking, the youphoria would be a convenient size whereas the rainleaf would be much too large and hang low/ get in the way. Other reviews said the big rainleaf can double as a blanket, but I personally feel it is only minimally warm (the thick material is soft and comfortable as a towel, but really doesn't conform well to the body for trapping heat). I would never intend to use this as a blanket and it would be little help as such in a cold-weather emergency.
For roadtrips and other travel where you do not have to carry everything you own for +5 miles a day without a basecamp to leave stuff at, the Rainleaf is great and will be my pick for any beach/pool/SCUBA diving/ Kayaking type trips. It is heavier than my Youphoria and takes up about the space of 2 12oz plastic water bottles, but rolled up the Rainleaf is still smaller than my smallest regular towel and weighs about as much as a paperback book. I love that it is long enough to lay my entire body on without my toes or head reaching past the edge and wide enough to comfortably share with a significant other. The rainleaf is beautiful on both sides (bright rainbow on one side and midnight purple on the other) and if I want to hide the logo I can just lay on that part or make it the overlapping part when the towel is around me. I would not want to use my small, boring (plain gray) youphoria at the beach, as there would not be enough room for one person to sunbathe without their feet in the sand, and it is too narrow to share. If I just came out of the water feel cold, I would prefer the Rainleaf's larger surface to dry me and block wind over the sparser coverage of the Youphoria.
Other notes: I am really impressed with Youphoria's customer service and mission as a small company. The Youphoria has a hanging loop with a snap sewn onto a corner for drying while the rainleaf does not, but corner-to-corner across the towels are both too long to hang in this manner anyway without dragging on the ground, so it is all the same to me. I will just use a binder clip or other method to secure the towels along the center of their long edge if I need to clip them up to dry. Both towels come in a variety of solid colors and you can also select hem color in the Youphoria- as far a I can tell the only printed option between them is the rainbow Rainleaf.
Overall, I am very happy with both towels and I hope you find this review helpful!
I purchased this for camping and I’m pleased with it. The gray and red combo allow me to find my towel amongst other microfiber towels hanging out to dry. I like this type of microfiber — some microfibers give me goosebumps because the texture is just AHHHH!! Not good. I can’t describe it. I was skeptical whether this microfiber fabric would work for me or if my neuroses would kick in. I’m fine with it, as it turns out. The absorbency is pretty good but obviously doesn’t compare to a cotton towel. It’s good enough especially for camping. I’d recommend it. Also, don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets on it.
This towel met all my expectations! It is super lightweight and highly absorbent. It laundered up beautifully after our camping trip was done. And it even folded up and fit back in the sweet little mesh bag it came in! Loved the color choices too. Recommend :)
They don’t work like a traditional towel, so it takes some time to get used to them. I’m loving them so far. The tag is placed in the worst possible place. The first time I used the towel I was drying my face and drug the tag across my nose. A few seconds with a pair of scissors and that problem was fixed. I’m not sure why the tag is in the middle and not on a corner or at least the end.
I needed a towel for swimming that was light small enough to fit in my saddle pack on my bike. This is great. Much better than I expected. It's large, dries you off quickly and then dries quickly. I wrap my suit in it and throw it in my rack bag, gym bag or backpack with no danger of getting everything wet. Very nice. Easy to care for and durable.
Smaller than I thought it would be, didn't work very well. I brought it for a backpacking trip to Europe and while it is good for emergency situation (ie, you literally have no other option), I never used it if I didn't have to. Would have been better just to pack my own old towel and leave it behind if I didn't want to lug it home.
I waited to review this product after I had ample time to try it out and after a month I would still say it's awesome. Very absorbent. Love the accent color-though my husband commented the red was more of an orange, not a deal breaker to me but if you are color coordinating). Easy wash and roll up. I love the mesh bag it comes with---not necessary but suddenly so necessary. It dried quickly for me but I can't say I've ever had it completely soaked...which seems impossible to do. I use it mostly when camping for swimming and or showering and I have long hair so it gets wet. I bought a larger size because I wanted to be able to cover my body in a bathroom campground if necessary but if this wasn't the case I would only need something a third of that size to actually just do the work of drying. Customer service seems on it...they e-mail all the time but I haven't needed anything from them.