Do you ever wonder how you can make your sleeping bag warmer? A sleeping bag liner is your solution. These liners are similar to the sheets used in your bed, in that they provide a level of protection and warmth. They also help keep your bag cleaner for longer. But do you know what’s the best sleeping bag liner for you?
One of our big goals here at The Adventure Junkies is to make your life easier when it comes to choosing outdoor gear. In this article, we’ll walk you through what you need to consider when it comes to choosing a sleeping bag liner and show you our selection of the best models of the year.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIND THE BEST SLEEPING BAG LINER
SLEEPING BAG LINERS 101
4 THINGS TO CONSIDER TO FIND THE BEST SLEEPING BAG LINER
1. CLIMATE YOU’LL BE BACKPACKING IN
Sleeping bag liners come in a few different types of materials. You’ll need to think about what climate you plan to camp in to choose the best one for you.
Silk liners are lightweight, which great for summer conditions but not if you’re looking for added warmth.
Fleece liners are the best for adding warmth to your bag in cold climates. An insulated liner can raise the temperature inside the bag by up to 25 degrees F.
Sleeping bag liners come in several different shapes. Some are specifically designed to accommodate those who aren’t of average height. They are shorter or longer than usual to make sure the liner can fit properly in the length and width of their sleeping bag.
A mummy liner will keep you extra warm because it forms to the shape of your body, trapping heat. The disadvantage of this fit is it can be constricting. If you tend to move a lot in your sleep you’ll want to consider a rectangular shape instead.
3. MATERIAL OF LINER
Some materials are lighter in weight, such as silk and synthetic. An advantage of this is they’ll take up less space in your backpack since they’re more compact. They also tend to be more breathable, which is ideal in hotter weather.
Heavier materials such as fleece and insulated liners will take up more space and weigh more overall. The advantage of this type of liner is they are warm. Some of them are also quick-drying and moisture-wicking so you won’t have a soggy bag the next evening.
If your backpack is packed to the brim with equipment, you won’t want a heavy liner. Since the thick material provides extra protection against the cold, they tend to take up a good amount of space, even when folded. A lightweight liner will fold up much smaller to fit in your pack without having to rearrange everything.
1. BUG-REPELLANT LINERS
If you’re going to a warm, humid climate full of mosquitos or other insects, consider buying a liner specifically to repel bugs. They’re made with an odorless insect shield repellent to keep bugs at bay.
2. PILLOW CASE LINERS
Some sleeping bag liners extend to include a liner for the pillow as well. These protect your pillow from dirt so you have to clean it less. They’re ideal for trips where you won’t be able to shower for extended periods of time.
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SLEEPING BAG LINER REVIEWS
TOP 10 BEST SLEEPING BAG LINERS OF 2016
SEA TO SUMMIT REACTOR EXTREME
BEST FOR: Backpackers needing a warm and lightweight liner
PROS: Provides up to 25 degrees F of warmth, breathable
CONS: Not versatile – too warm for summer camping
BEST FOR: Lightweight coverage in warmer climates
PROS: Breathable, good for taller people
CONS: Not good for colder climates
SWECATCH TRAVEL AND CAMPING SHEET
BEST FOR: Backpackers needing extra room
PROS: Inexpensive, smooth feeling
CONS: Material isn’t breathable
SEA TO SUMMIT PREMIUM STRETCH SILK
BEST FOR: Warm weather hiking
PROS: Compact, breathable, high quality, comfortable
CONS: Expensive compared to other liners
THE FRIENDLY SWEDE TRAVEL AND CAMPING SHEET
BEST FOR: Backpackers wanting inexpensive liner
PROS: Has extra space, velcro makes getting in easy
CONS: Synthetic fiber isn’t as comfortable as silk
ALPS MOUNTAINEERING MICROFIBER MUMMY
BEST FOR: Preventing bug bites
PROS: Mummy shape for tight fit, protects against dirt
CONS: Not comfortable for restless sleepers, heavier than other liners
SEA TO SUMMIT COOLMAX ADAPTER INSECT SHIELD
BEST FOR: Humid climates with lots of bugs
PROS: Repels insects, odorless insect protection, durable material
CONS: Not suitable for cold weather
BUNDLE MONSTER MICROFIBER FLEECE
BEST FOR: Cold climates
MATERIAL: Microfiber fleece
PROS: Hypoallergenic material, provides added warmth
CONS: Too warm for summer weather
TETON MAMMOTH SPORTS
BEST FOR: Backpackers who are taller or wider than average
PROS: Adds 10 degrees F of warmth, extra long and wide
CONS: Takes up large amount of space when folded
GREEN-HERMIT LIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACKING
BEST FOR: Backpackers constantly on the go
MATERIAL: Fiber composite
PROS: Ultralight, easy to clean
CONS: Not the sturdiest material