I purchased a set of these towels as a Christmas gift for my daughter's family. They loved them so much that I purchased a pair for myself. Yes, they are thinner and lighter than plush cotton, but they are super absorbent and dry quickly. Time will tell how well they hold up to frequent laundering, but I think they are a good buy compared to bamboo towels I've seen in retail stores.
My old towels were disintegrating, so I ordered the two towels to consider using bamboo towels instead of cotton. After I ordered them, I read a consumer report on bamboo fabrics. It said that the process to make a fabric was not ecologically sound and required the same chemicals as making rayon. The towels arrived and there was a chemical smell that it took 3 washings to remove. The towels themselves are beautiful. The natural color is nice and the feel is great. They are absorbent, but not in the same way that cotton is. They are more like a chenile absorbency, which to me personally is not as nice as cotton. The bottom line is that I am going to buy small cotton towels.
This is the first time I have used bamboo towels....I love 'um. Warm, soft,dry you quickly while not beig heavy. Wash and dry nicely, don' fade or shrink...they dry fairly quickly too. The only downfall is that they are a bit pricey....i think that will chamge as they gather popularity and they will...as a lot of green products will!