This towel works as advertised and soaks up lots of water - I would say it's at least equivalent to a large, plush cotton bath towel on that count. It also worked well (for me) as a pillow while camping.
One note: not a knock, but since it soaks up a lot of water, it can take longer to dry than you might think based on the thickness.
A good towel in a nice flat bag. (Posted on 6/11/14)