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Old 03-17-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Default Sleep Sack - Cotton or Silk?

For those who travel on the cheap and use a sleeping bag to cut down on your exposure to ticks/fleas/lice and other tiny critters; do you have a preference between silk or cotton?

I've heard that cotton doesn't do a good job of being bug-proof and is heavy, but the silk most companies use is the cheapest grade liner-type pseudo-silk. It's hard on your skin, useless for warmth, and just generally a bad deal.

Anybody have any helpful suggestions?
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:20 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I'd take the lowgrade silk over cotton. Just my opinion.
And having said that, I've never used a sleep sack. I've stayed at several hostels in recent years, and they seemed just as sanitary (if not more so) as any hotel. But I understand that it might be nicer to create your own mini-sleep environment.
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I use sleep sacks all the time!

I love the low grade silk and it dries very quickly. They're also going to add some warmth if it's cold.

I like the big pillow area for hotels/guest houses that may not be the cleanest.

I give them to my friends who deploy to Iraq when they leave.

Might I recommend a nice shammy towel that folds as small as a t-shirt as well? Micronet Microfiber Travel Towel (http://www.travelessentials.com/browseproducts/Micronet-Microfiber-Travel-Towel.HTML - broken link)
I have the largest towel and use it for everything, diving, bathing and as a sarong or beach towel. Perfect.

Happy travels.
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Thanks for the advice!
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:48 PM
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Location: Georgia
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I just purchased two silk sleep sacks for our trip to Europe. I chose silk due to size/weight and speed of drying if I need to rinse it out. Each one is only 3oz. Found a great deal on campsaver.com for 100% silk sleep sack that was comparable to the "DreamSack" found on amazon but lots cheaper!
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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silk is good for quick drying but way too hot for me, just bought an allersac, made of very high quality cotton, feels like expensive sheets, a bit heavy but very comfy. i don't stay in hostels very often mostly hotels. best part of the allersac is pillow pocket and zipper, i'm a bit paranoid about critters.
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