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Silk Sleeping Bag Liners...and permethrin! (right?)

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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

Hi there!

I was wondering if anyone can help...I'm looking to get a silk sleeping bag liner (I'm going to a bit of Europe and SE Asia) - I heard they had ones that were treated with Permethrin, but when I looked them up, they're a) heavier and b) more expensive. Is it worth it to get one treated with Permethrin? Does it quit working (permethrin-wise) after a couple of washes - would it be just as good getting a regular one? Or does it really help? I just barely found one (silk version!) treated, the rest are cotton. They seem sort of hard to find.

Any thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance..


2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

To me honest I would stay away form anything treated in Permethrin or any other bug killer. I have had a silk bad for over a year of solid travelling in some real dives and not had a single problem.

Only finding it in cotton is probably because Silk is not so good at holding onto chemical treatments like bug killer.

If it makes you feel any better, silk is also not so enjoyable for bugs too. So they don't nest in it. That doesn't mean if you get lumbered with a bed full of bed bugs you won't get bitten. It just means they are unlikely to transfer to your silk liner.


3. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

Hmm. Maybe I was being too hard core? I was just thinking about the bed bugs, since I heard they could nest in your sleeping bag liner :S I'm happy to hear there's a lesser chance of getting little civilizations, though..because it's silk, I mean. Thanks, Outcast!

4. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

I have recently bought both types (Silk and cotton - treated with anti bug chemicals) from ebay. The cotton one is for my girl friend as she doesn't like the feel of silk. I also noticed that the cotton one is heavier but not my much.

I would go for the silk one, as it will keep you cooler and packs up into a small pouch.


5. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

thanks jadevrell! that's partly why i liked silk, too.

6. Posted by Magnus J (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

where do people get these silk liners? I know eBay, but shipping would cost a fortune as I live in Denmark and I don't have paypal anyway

7. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Try your local camping store, if they don't have it, they should be able to get it. Basically anywhere that sells a sleeping bag should have one. Though army stores might be a long shot

8. Posted by Magnus J (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

Wow, just checked up on it, they're around €40 here it might just be cheaper to pay the $15 shipping from eBay. But is that guy really selling them for $5-7? (on ebay) it seems too good to be true

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10. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

rachellevi do you work for this company? Or have a serious thing for them. All four of your total posts have plugged/recommended this product