This towel is probably not as awesome as it sounded in the Ad. First, only 1 side has the pattern on it, the other is blank. Because of it's light weight, I find it can easily blow away at the beach if you don't put things on it. If you lie on the towel after going for a swim, sands seems to stick very well to the wet areas, so the towel requires even more shaking then my normal cotton towel to get the sand off. The compact size and time to dry is probably the only good features.