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There are a number of benefits to using a liner in your sleeping bag and in all I have three different ones available to me. The fleece one is the one I use if warmth is the priority, effectively it adds an extra level to my sleeping bag and is great for providing warmth however it is bulky and therefore I only use it in extreme conditions, I also have a cotton one and a silk sleeping bag liner and it is the silk one that I'm going to review. The cotton one I use a lot as it has been treated with an anti mosquito spray but I also use the silk one a lot as well.
Made by Trekmates it cost me £24.99 as an online purchase. A sleeping bag liner will provide extra warmth. it also helps protect your sleeping bag and helps to prolong its life. In addition the great thing about this silk sleeping bag liner is that in warmer climates it is also very cooling and great to sleep in as a stand along item. Over the years I have found myself sleeping in some rather dubious hotels and hostels in far flung places and having what is effectively my own bed sheep makes me feel a bit more relaxed about sleeping on some of the mattresses I have had to sleep on. In addition this silk liner can be used while travelling on overnight trains or buses as well and can help keep the chill away when the air conditioning has been ramped up to arctic extremes.
Mine is a black colour unlike the blue one in the picture. It comes in a bbalck and orange stuff bag and it really does compress down to a small size. the orange colouring helps to make it a bit easier to spot in a rucksack and the fact that it compresses down to a small size om my fist is ideal when space is at a premium. For those who under stand sleeping bags it comes in the mummy shape so it fits with the shape of your body, this one does not have a hood unlike other varieties.
The most important thing for me is that it is very breathable and this makes for a really comfortable sleep particularly in warmer climates but because you are covered all over you have a little extra protection from things that want to bite and sting you in the night. The silk feels good on bare flesh and it is pretty robust, I have taken this one on over a dozen camping trips and it is still in good condition.
Whilst it says that this liner can be machine washed personally I always wash it by hand. It is not a good idea to expose it to too much heat either in the wash or in a dryer so I also tend to hang it to dry away from direct sunlight however a quick spin in the dryer to get rid of excess moisture is a good idea.
I love my silk liner it was a great purchase and a wonderfully comfortable item to use.
From the Trekmates range, the Silk Sleeping Bag Liner adds warmth to the sleeping bag. A natural fibre liner breathes well, is comfortable and indirectly prolongs the life of a sleeping bag. It can also be used alone in the warmer climates. It is ultra lightweight, compact and the perfect solution for hoteliers, campers, sleep-overs etc.