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    We Tested These Sand-Proof Towels And They're Honestly A Game-Changer

    Sounds so fake.

    Recently, I was scrolling through Instagram (as you do) and saw a suggested ad for something I thought was impossible – a beach towel that repels sand.

    There's nothing worse than a towel/bag/car/house full of sand, but it's almost unavoidable after a day at the beach. I'd kind of just accepted it as a first world problem I'd always have to live with, because SURELY there's no such thing as a sand free towel?

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    Scoffing slightly, I clicked through to the Tesalate website where they claim to have towels that are engineered to make sand slide right off them. Apparently, I read, they're also super-absorbent, quick-drying, and roll into a small size. That's #goals especially if you want to go out after the beach without lugging a soppy wet towel everywhere.

    But I was still dubious, so I ordered one to really try it out for myself.

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    All the towels come with a colourful pattern on one side, and a black-and-white geometric pattern on the other. They're a bit flatter and less fluffy than a normal beach towel, but the size is good. I'm tall and could comfortably lie on it on the beach without hanging off the edges too much.

    I first tried it without getting it wet, just as a blanket to sit on the dry sand. It worked perfectly. When I was done, I shook it out and all the sand came off really easily. But I knew that when it came in contact with water and sand, it would be a different story.

    So I went for a swim, came back out, and sat on the towel getting it all wet and prime for optimal sand stick-ability.

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    A quick note – this definitely isn't the comfiest towel to lie on. It's more like lying on a sarong or a thin blanket, as it has no fluffiness or padding. Also the thinness means that you don't get the same satisfaction of wrapping it around yourself to warm up after a swim in the surf. It does a great job of getting you dry but will do nothing to get you warm.

    And when I shook it out – ALL THE SAND CAME OFF!

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    It was a MIRACLE. I whacked that baby back in my bag and had no residual sand anywhere. What a damn game changer.

    Also they were not lying about it being quick-drying. I hung it up in the sun after swimming, and it went from very wet to bone dry in about an hour.

    And yep, it folds up really small which makes it so easy to carry around everywhere.

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    My verdict: It works! It's great for the beach, the sand slides right off. If you love fluffy towels, though, you should steer clear.

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