Last Update: 01.Apr.2020
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Okay, first things first: Why should you even consider using a sleeping bag liner? Well, it turns out that liners have a whole host of underrated benefits. This includes extra warmth to protection from creepie crawlies. Here’s why you should use them:
They have a lot of benefits, but we can identify four main reasons to use one on every adventure:
While liners might seem like simple pieces of gear, there are many types currently available. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each type:
If you’re new to the world of sleeping bag liners, the thought of finding just one to take on your adventures can be a bit daunting. So, here are some of the main things to look out for when shopping for your next liner:
We’ve already discussed the different sleeping bag liner materials at length, so we won’t talk too much about them here. Basically, the material you choose for your liner has a huge impact on its performance. So, choose wisely and recognize that you’ll probably need more than one sleeping bag liner if you spend time in a variety of different environments!
Like people, liners come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In general, you can buy a liner in either a “small,” “regular,” or “long” size, which should correspond with your height. Additionally, you can also find “double sleeping bag liners” for people who use sleeping bags designed for two people.
No one wants to carry excess weight in their pack, so it’s important to look for a lightweight liner. The most ultralight sleeping bag liners are going to be made out of silk, but these will cost you a pretty penny. Don’t care about weight, but want a warm liner? Fleece is probably your best bet.
There’s no reason to carry around a piece of gear if it’s inconvenient to use. Instead, your gear should work with your current systems and work in a variety of situations. The most convenient liners will pack down to a small size, which makes them perfect for travel and backpacking.
If you spend a lot of time in cold environments, a warm sleeping bag liner will make it easier to use a summer sleeping bag during the fall and spring months. Should you want a very warm liner, we recommend either insulated or fleece materials.
Here are some of our recommendations for the best sleeping bag liners on the market:
Don’t like being cold at night? Well, with the Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite Liner, you don’t have to be. Made with the lightest Thermolite fabric on the market, this liner is designed to increase the warmth of your sleeping bag by up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Warmer, yet more packable than fleece, the Reactor Thermolite Liner features a mummy shape with a box foot to minimize bulk in your pack.
At just 8.8 ounces, the Reactor Thermolite Liner is lighter and more economical than investing in a warmer sleeping bag. Plus, it stuffs into a small 3” x 5” sil nylon stuff sack to make packing up easier at the campsite.
If winter camping is your thing, then you shouldn’t go out without a Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme. Built with more of the same great fabric in the regular Reactor, the Extreme version is designed to add up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit more warmth to your sleeping bag.
The Reactor Extreme uses 110g/m2 of Thermolite fabric to keep you warm on cold nights. It also features an efficient mummy shape with a box foot for maximum comfort. Alternatively, you can use the Reactor Extreme on its own on particularly warm nights.
Cozy, yet functional, the Sea to Summit Toaster Microfleece Mummy Liner can turn your three season sleeping bag into a year-round outdoor abode. Made with premium 100% polyester microfleece, this liner is packed full of natural stretch for lots of comfort at night.
Thanks to its fleece component, the Toaster Liner can wick away sweat and moisture while drying out quickly. This makes it ideal for use in nearly any environment. It can even be used on its own in warmer conditions. Plus, it’s affordable, so you don’t have to break the bank to stay warm at night.
At the end of the day, a liner is an excellent way to extend the lifetime of your sleeping bag. They can help you stay warm or cool (depending on the material), and stay clean and healthy when exploring in the great outdoors. Although there are many different options to choose from, at this point you have all the knowledge you need to find the model that’s right for your needs.
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