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Equivalent Fabric to DriClime? Bag/Quilt Liner
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Eddie Rivera
(eddieruko) - F
Equivalent Fabric to DriClime? Bag/Quilt Liner on 03/09/2011 15:35:32 MST Print View

I've been charged with a project to make a summer bag with a "brushed" liner... similar to the Marmot DriClime fabric. Does anyone have suggestions on what I could use for this? Basically, they don't want to peel the nylon from their legs if it gets too warm.


Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
Re: Equivalent Fabric to DriClime? Bag/Quilt Liner on 03/09/2011 15:53:27 MST Print View

I have been trying to find the same such material. Silk is the lightest. Can find fleece100 but I think its around 3oz a sqyd. thats about it.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Equivalent Fabric to DriClime? Bag/Quilt Liner on 03/09/2011 16:05:33 MST Print View

Nylon tricot? Marmot made a driclime bag at one time, but it was heavier than a light down bag, IIRC.

Eddie Rivera
(eddieruko) - F
Re: Equivalent Fabric to DriClime? Bag/Quilt Liner on 03/09/2011 16:22:17 MST Print View

I've seen lightweight fleece, but I didn't think that was what I needed. I probably should have also noted that weight isn't a huge factor. They want a couple's summer "blanket" than could zip up into a roomy bag.

The tricot sounds like a potential option, but without ever seeing/feeling it, not sure if that would compare to the liner on a jacket's collar, for example...

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"Equivalent Fabric to DriClime? Bag/Quilt Liner" on 03/10/2011 00:14:46 MST Print View

Haven't used Driclime, and there are nylon weaves like Supplex that feel more like cotton than the 1.1 or 1.9 oz riptstop nylon sold for tents and such.

But if you are set against nylon, and want something with a very soft hand (totally not stiff), even a bit fuzzy, there is this fabric in dark olive that I purchased last fall when they had it in sage: "Dark olive green showerproof polyester pertex" from

It weighs around 1.4 oz per sq yd on my scale, is slightly water resistant, is polyester, and costs 3 British pounds per running meter. Haven't used it in the field, so cannot vouch for its durability, but being a polyester, it is likely to be less durable than nylon for a given weight.

There are warnings on the web about this company, and you may have to go through Google to reach their site, all of which may have to do with its use of the trademark "pertex;" however, I ordered from the US and received delivery to my PO Box within a few weeks. Suggest emailing them before ordering to confirm availability and terms.

Quest Outfitters used to have Versatech, a 2.8 oz per sq yd polyester, lighter than 3.4-4 oz Supplex, which they recommended for sleeping bag shells and liners. Might be worth a call or a Google search. They probably still have the heavier Supplex. The people at Quest and OWF, have often been very helpful on the phone.

You might want to order samples before spending enough for several yards/meters.
You can eMail me at, and I will send you a sample of the UK fabric by post.

Good Luck.

Edited by scfhome on 03/10/2011 00:15:58 MST.

Chris Lucas
(ChemE) - F

Locale: SC
DryLine from Black Rock Gear? on 03/10/2011 05:48:21 MST Print View

I'm not even sure that they are willing to sell fabric by the yard but you might send the good folks at Black Rock Gear an email to see if they would make some DryLine available to you.

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Fabrics seem to be wicking layer... on 03/10/2011 07:44:52 MST Print View

Noticed that the linings of my lined windshells seem to be that companies wicking baselayer. My Marmot "Driclime" was lined in Dri-clime and my, now discontinued, Patagonia "Alpine Light" windshirt was lined in Capilene.

Trying to get these apparel makers to cough up yards of their proprietary baselayer fabrics might be a challenge.

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Is a Driclime equivalent needed? on 03/10/2011 15:23:47 MST Print View

Also wouldn't any sort of soft brushed nylon or polyester have an inherent wicking property? IIRC, the chemical treatment just enhances the wicking characteristic (think I read it in Jardine's book when he recommended thrift store synthetics for hiking clothes)

Edited by hknewman on 03/10/2011 15:25:25 MST.

Eddie Rivera
(eddieruko) - F
Driclime's not needed... on 03/10/2011 22:08:19 MST Print View

I dont think its imperative to have DriClime but that's the type of material I'm looking for. I figured it would be pretty difficult to get hands on DriClime. OWF has some microfiber polyester and might pick their brain. If it was me I'd probably go for a taffeta finish but they are lookin for comfort over extreme weight savings.

I appreciate all the suggestions so far. Most of the quilts I've seen on BPL have been awesome resources but geared for light weight and warmth.

Certainly we can avoid coughing up $80+ for this...