Combed implies that the cotton yarn fibres used to weave the towel are “combed” to remove short, uneven fibers and debris. This results in longer, stronger and more lustrous cotton yarn perfect for weaving.
Ringspun cotton is constructed from long and short staple yarns tightly twisted together to create a stronger, smoother and finer yarn. This method produces a more refined feel than that of a basic combed cotton yarn.
Twist refers to the number of twists per inch of yarn.
A higher twist adds strength and uniformity to a yarn resulting in a more durable, substantial feeling towel. The lower the twist in a yarn the more plush the towel. Low or zero-twist terry can only be constructed from longer staple cotton yarn.
GSM (Grams per square meter)
All towels have a fabric weight. The more the gsm, the heavier the towel.
Higher gsm towels are often associated with luxury.
Lower gsm towels are light, quick drying and useful when your towel has to be carried around in your bag.