Where to get the latest camping fashions?
October 9, 2005 11:10 AM   Subscribe

Where do you go when you need something quick-drying, antibacterial, and superior in moisture wicking?

Can you get a pliiow case and fitted mattress cover with these properties? Can you get them somewhere besides REI or Adventure 16 or Costingtons?
posted by rschram to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 11:17 AM on October 9, 2005

I 2nd Campmor or sierra trading post.
posted by 517 at 12:40 PM on October 9, 2005

I'd guess wool--a finer type, like Merino--would work. But, you'd probably have to go to some sort of frou-frou boutiquey "natural" store or catalog and drop a bill to get 'em.
Nicer wool garmets (smartwool, etc) fit the bill perfectly, and I imagine that their properties would hold up in woolen bed linens. I've worn wool undershirts for a good five straight days of vigorous wintertime activity without odor or sweat accumulating to unacceptable levels. Those sheep really have these things figured out.
posted by pullayup at 5:49 AM on October 10, 2005

A fitted mattress cover is camping fashion?

Anyway, Mrs. RikiTikiTavi says that one manufacturer of wicking fabrics is Malden Mills (PolarTec manufacturer, too). A good section to look at would be Power Dry. Obviously, this isn't the finished goods. But if you can sew or know someone who can, a pillowcase is trivial. A mattress cover for something like a ThermaRest would also be easy, although the fabric won't come in standard "real" mattress widths.

These fabrics are antibacterial and wicking and quick-drying.

A retailer of outdoor fabrics is Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics . There you'd be looking for the Wickaway Pique section. By the way, the raw fabric for this stuff is way cheaper than the finished performance wear. Something to think about if you're, say, a runner and a sewer.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 8:37 PM on October 10, 2005

Wazoodle is another good retailer.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 9:01 PM on October 10, 2005

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