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Why silk?

Camino(s) past & future
First time pilgrim and walking solo. Leaving SJDP around April 5, 2018.
#1
Hi everyone- I leave in two weeks. I'm not freaking out. Am I freaking out? No, not yet... but it will come.

I digress-- I hope this isn't a dumb question, but I cannot find the answer. Why SILK for a bag liner and not cotton? I bought a brushed cotton bag liner but I keep seeing references to silk silk silk. Do bed bugs hate silk? Is it too slippery for them to crawl on or something? Or is there another reason? Thank you! As stated above, I have exactly two weeks to correct this if cotton is the bad option.
 

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H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June 2017 Francés
October 2017 Le Puy / Francés
June/July 2018 Norte
#2
Legend has it that bedbugs don't like silk, but no one knows because we can't talk with them. A better reason is that it weighs half as much. Personally though I prefer the feel and extra insulation of cotton.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014), Camino Inca (2015), Primitivo (2017), Portugues (2018)
#3
A silk liner is very light and compact; it insulates in cold weather, and is breathable. It probably would dry more quickly than a cotton liner.
 

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Kurt5280

Crazy Enough To Try It Again!
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: SJPDP to Finisterre & Muxia 9/15 (MTB) - Norte: Bayonne to Muxia & Finisterre 9/18 (MTB)
#6
Silk dries quickly...cotton never dries...at least on my Camino...there will be at least one day that it will rain so much that you have to pour water out of your pockets and packs...then you will be glad you have silk.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#7
Hi everyone- I leave in two weeks. I'm not freaking out. Am I freaking out? No, not yet... but it will come.

I digress-- I hope this isn't a dumb question, but I cannot find the answer. Why SILK for a bag liner and not cotton? I bought a brushed cotton bag liner but I keep seeing references to silk silk silk. Do bed bugs hate silk? Is it too slippery for them to crawl on or something? Or is there another reason? Thank you! As stated above, I have exactly two weeks to correct this if cotton is the bad option.
Bad option? depends on your purse and the space and weight of your backpack when loaded. Silk was a great luxury for me, but it was worth it. Buen camino when it happens...
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
#8
We bought our silk liners in Vietnam for US$2 a few years ago. We’ve used it in hot weather and plan to try it in the next couple of weeks when the weather changes here in Melbourne
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#9
Silk, and even the synthetic faux silk is lighter, and more breathable than cotton. Try to avoid cotton anything in your backpack on the Camino. It is heavier and takes longer to dry.
Any of the recommendations for certain fabrics and fabric colors in order to avoid bedbugs is pure rubbish. Ignore it. It is the same false advertising of things like snake oil.
BTW, there is absolutely nothing about walking the Camino that should lead anyone to freak out. Absolutely nothing.
 
Camino(s) past & future
First time pilgrim and walking solo. Leaving SJDP around April 5, 2018.
#10
Thank you, everyone. I don't hear myself say/write this very often: Thank goodness for Amazon Prime. I'm looking to replace the cotton liner now (which I just weighed with a luggage scale, and it came in at 0.85 kg!).
 
Camino(s) past & future
First time pilgrim and walking solo. Leaving SJDP around April 5, 2018.
#11
Silk dries quickly...cotton never dries...at least on my Camino...there will be at least one day that it will rain so much that you have to pour water out of your pockets and packs...then you will be glad you have silk.
Hoooo boy. Looking forward to THAT! ;-)
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#12
For me it is a weight thing. I agree that cotton feels nicer, but it is twice as heavy. I've never considered the drying time. My pack is well waterproofed and I would only wash my liner if the weather was good.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2015 ,2017
#14
2015, I slept in a bed where bedbugs must have had a fiesta. I cleaned my gear and everything all together 3 times, that's how much it took for me to feel bedbug free again. Never looked at my silk sheet, believing the legend that they don't like it. Not sure why I had another look and inspected my silk, and there she was, a fat bloody bedbug hiding out in the corner. Bedbugs and I have a funny relationship. If there is one on site, it will find me, just like mosquitos in Canada. I deal with it and walk on. They are part of the Camino and hey, I just recently saw a news item for one of our colleges in Toronto, they had an infestation in one of the class rooms.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#15
Silk threads are actually hollow, though you need a microscope to determine this. This is why silk has excellent insulative properties both against heat and cold. It is also lightweight and ounce for ounce, stronger than steel. That accounts for much of the popularity.

Hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#16
Go with silk it’s lighter and silk sounds cooler than cotton.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, fall of 2015
#18
Bedbugs don’t care if you have a silk or a cotton liner. I used my silk liner every night and got bit up at least two times. I read somewhere that it’s the oxygen that we emit when we sleep that attracts bedbugs. They must like my breath because my fiancé didn’t get bit at all. But silk is nice and light, especially for hot evenings.
 
Camino(s) past & future
First time pilgrim and walking solo. Leaving SJDP around April 5, 2018.
#19

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#20
Looks like you just reduced 0.6kg of your backpack. Your back/knees will thank you a lot! :D
 
Camino(s) past & future
First time pilgrim and walking solo. Leaving SJDP around April 5, 2018.
#22
Oh my goodness, I am SO GLAD I asked what I was afraid was a dumb question. The new bag liner arrived... and look how much smaller it is than the cotton one I had purchased! (green is the cotton one, in case you couldn't tell.) Thank you again, everyone.

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Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan on walking the Camino April 2018.
#23
We bought our silk liners in Vietnam for US$2 a few years ago. We’ve used it in hot weather and plan to try it in the next couple of weeks when the weather changes here in Melbourne
Hello - I found that you can buy cheap silk ones from Vietnam on ebay but wasn't sure of the quality. Will they last the camino.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#24
And it's metallic silver so I get to pretend I'm the flashy disco woman in the albergues. :cool:
Oooohhh, I love the color! :D
Mine is neon orange. My husband jokes that it doubles as an emergency flag in case we ever have to call someone's attention! XD
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
#25
Hello - I found that you can buy cheap silk ones from Vietnam on ebay but wasn't sure of the quality. Will they last the camino.
The liners are bigger than the normal ones, and I was swirling in mine! Ian was ok, but then he is much bigger. My seam on one side frayed a bit but I think it was because I was quite restless. However a friend cut and trimmed it and it’s fine now. I hate something tight around my legs and I usually have my feet above the covers. I’m not sure how it will go with the bed bugs. So Ian has suggested that I put my sleeping bag inside the liner because it is so big and I will have more space. We’re trying it out in two weeks
 

Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan on walking the Camino April 2018.
#26
The liners are bigger than the normal ones, and I was swirling in mine! Ian was ok, but then he is much bigger. My seam on one side frayed a bit but I think it was because I was quite restless. However a friend cut and trimmed it and it’s fine now. I hate something tight around my legs and I usually have my feet above the covers. I’m not sure how it will go with the bed bugs. So Ian has suggested that I put my sleeping bag inside the liner because it is so big and I will have more space. We’re trying it out in two weeks
Thank you, but I decided to buy a Sea to Summit one online but am still waiting for it to arrive.
 

KariC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminho portugûes (2016)
#27
A silk liner is very light and compact; it insulates in cold weather, and is breathable. It probably would dry more quickly than a cotton liner.
What bmcbride said. Weighs almost nothing, WAY more compact, etc.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances,2014,
Frances,2015
Madrid,2015
Salvador,2015
Mozarabe,
Sanabres,
Porto,2016
Levante,2017
#28
I have a cotton liner and a silk liner. When its warm I use the silk liner as a bed cover and sleep inside the cotton one. When it gets cooler than I can handle in the cotton liner then I slip the cotton liner inside the silk one and sleep like a baby. They are both very light weight and small.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2016, SJPP-Santiago),Portuguese Central (2017, Lisboa-Santiago),Camino Primitivo (2018)
#29
Hi everyone- I leave in two weeks. I'm not freaking out. Am I freaking out? No, not yet... but it will come.

I digress-- I hope this isn't a dumb question, but I cannot find the answer. Why SILK for a bag liner and not cotton? I bought a brushed cotton bag liner but I keep seeing references to silk silk silk. Do bed bugs hate silk? Is it too slippery for them to crawl on or something? Or is there another reason? Thank you! As stated above, I have exactly two weeks to correct this if cotton is the bad option.
Silk is warmer and far more comfortable.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#30
From a sybaritic point of view why do they make cotton nightdresses but silk peignoirs?
 

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