Chamois or shammy — call it what you want, but these drying cloths are just what you need to finish your washdown routine. Originally made from oil-tanned goat or sheep skin, these leather “cloths” are increasingly hard to find, so we decided to take a look at synthetics. We cut all the samples to the same size and measured the amount of water absorbed, as well as checked for drying and streaking.
Griot’s Synthetic Chamois Model 15400
The Wet: A dimpled synthetic towel, this product soaked up the most water and left the test surface almost dry. A second quick wipe did the job admirably (absorbed 17 ounces).
The Dry: Dries stiff and crunchy, much like the original leather product.