When you’re gearing up for a backpacking trip, it’s easy to go overboard and pack more clothes, accessories and equipment than you can comfortably carry. As you become more experienced, you learn that fewer, more versatile, and just plain better equipment beats more equipment if you have to carry it in the wilderness.
Sleeping Bag Liners Make You Rest Better Two Ways
One of the fastest ways to make yourself more comfortable day and night when you’re on the trail is by purchasing the best sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner you can find. The best sleeping bag will not only make you sleep better, so you’re better rested when you hit the trail the next morning, it will be easier to carry all day so you’re not as worn out when the day is through.
Over-Preparation Leads to Heavy Packs
Smart outdoorsmen know that you have to be prepared for the elements, including unexpected weather that can turn a pleasant hike into a survival exercise. The desire to be prepared, even over-prepared, often leads to carrying a much heavier sleeping bag than you’ll probably need just in case the weather gets cold in a hurry.
Sleeping Bag Liners Expand Your Bag’s Usefulness
You can turn a lighter and easier-to-carry bag into the best sleeping bag for any conditions by packing a liner to go with it. A liner, especially one made of silk, can be used to extend the range of temperatures you’re prepared to handle on the trail, but only needs to be used if necessary.
Silk barely weighs anything, so it’s easy on your back, and it rolls into a tiny cylinder so it doesn’t take up much room in your pack. You’ll benefit twice from carrying a silk sleeping bag liner because the liner is small and light, but it adds enough comfort and temperature protection to let you carry a lighter sleeping bag as well.
Ultralight Hikers Use Bag Liners To Save Weight
Choosing lightweight gear is a must when you consider how much stuff you actually need!
Many hikers and mountaineers are outfitting themselves entirely with an eye to ultralight equipment. Some look at ultralight outfitting as an exercise in leaving items behind; others try to fully equip themselves but choose very light weight and versatile equipment instead of more traditional gear. No matter what you choose to leave behind, you’re unlikely to be able to forgo a sleeping bag entirely, so it should be as light as possible, but still be able to keep you warm enough.
Enhance Your Low Temperature Comfort
You can find sleeping bags with very fine down filling that weigh less than two pounds, good to temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Even an ultralight backpack load could include a silk sleeping bag liner to extend the comfortable low temperature even further, and the additional weight and space the liner took up would be negligible. Your sleeping bag liner might even be able to take the place of your sleeping pad in your pack if you’re trying to travel light, and you’ll not only save a lot of weight, the amount of room you’ll save will be notable.