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New rule: No more taking the nice towels to the beach.
You spent time and money getting your swim gear right, and your towel game needs to be just as strong.
To wit: 12 superior beach towels to stake your claim, dry your trunks and protect your backside from the that superhot sand that insists on being everywhere.
We've got something packable for the gearheads, something microbial for the germaphobes (good for you for going to the beach — change doesn't happen in our comfort zones), something graphic for turning heads and ... wait, is that a surf poncho?
The Super Packable One:
Carhartt Packable Microfiber Towel, $78
The Antimicrobial One:
Sceptre Recycled Beach Towel, $30
The Classic Pool Club:
Soho Home Shoreditch House Cotton-Terry Pool Towel, $74
Saturdays NYC Slash Towel, $48
The Cowboy Tough:
Pendleton Over-Size Cotton Beach Towel, $50
The Only Smokes When It Drinks:
Jonathan Adler Smolder Beach Towel, $98
The Ice Breaker:
Ban.do Beach, Please Giant Towel, $38
Vera Bradley Navy Turtles Beach Towel, $35
Cabana Round Beach Towel, $67
Apolis Hand-Loomed Beach Towel, $35
The It’s Actually a Poncho:
The Beach People Stonewash Surf Poncho, $99
The Double XL (and Shark Tank-Approved):
Sandcloud XL Mint Baja Towel, $72