|Rating:||8.5 / 10|
|Durability||2.1 / 2.5|
|Versatility||2.0 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.2 / 2.5|
|Value for Money||2.2 / 2.5|
Sometimes you need to dry your clothes when you’re on a trail and while you can hang stuff off your pack as you walk sometimes, you may need more space and time particularly in wet conditions. This is where this lightweight little clothesline from Sea to Summit comes in handy. I first saw this clothesline last year when we hiked the Great Ocean Walk when a fellow hiker was using theirs to dry clothing after a few wet days. In that case, the clothesline was hung inside one of the camp shelters which allowed a number of wet items a chance to dry out.
This clothesline weighs in at 25 grams and is about the size of a matchbox so it isn’t going to take up much space or add much extra weight in your pack. It also has a 3.5 metre line which means that as long as you have access to two upright poles (e.g. trees, posts etc.) that are roughly about 3 metres apart, then you’ll be able to hang your clothes to dry. As a hiking/camping clothesline if you really feel like it, you can bring some pegs along but they aren’t really necessary as there a a number of beads that act as pegging points for your clothes (see below).
The only real downside, or for that matter any other clothesline, is that you need an attachment point that’s high enough to keep your clothing off the ground. So if you’re camping above the treeline in the Australian Alps or in the arid regions of central Australia then this may not be much use to you.
The other benefit of this clothesline is that as a 3.5 metre length of cord that at a pinch, can be used for other things like repairing broken gear or hanging a food bag. These days I always have about 3 metres of coord with me for any number of reasons so this clothesline is an alternative. While I wouldn’t want to cut up the cord, that’s always an option if you’re really desperate.
So would I use this clothesline on-trail? After seeing this compact clothesline in use on-trail, I purchased one when I got back home so in my case the answer is defiantly yes.
At 25 grams this handy little clothesline is well worth adding to your pack
You can purchase the Sea to Summit Clothesline at Wild Earth
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AUD $19.99 RRP
Sea to Summit Clothesline as purchased
Comparison of the Sea to Summit Clothesline with a matchbox to show size
Sea to Summit Clothesline out of holder beads showing. The beads are the ‘pegs’ in the case of this clothesline
A lightweight towel held in place with the beads
Clothesline attached to a tree branch