My current winter sleeping bag is the single most expensive item of camping kit I’ve ever purchased; more expensive than my four-season tent and sleeping mat combined in fact. So it makes sense to protect my bag and extend its life as long as possible to get the best value for money.
When I’m crawling into my bag sweaty and dirty from a long hike, the crucial part of my camping set up is actually my sleeping bag liner as it’s what protects the inner of the sleeping bag from potential dirt and/or odour ingress.
“The crucial part of my camping set up is actually my sleeping bag liner
I wild camped 74 times last year and I have experienced my fair share of camping ‘fails’ but my decision to use a liner with my bag has not been one of them. This winter I decided I needed to transition away from my traditional silk liner and try something new.
I saw the switch as an opportunity to add further warmth to my sleep system as my sleeping bag starts to age. After considering fleece and merino, I was intrigued to try Thermolite (a synthetic insulation) and found in this – the Sea To Summit Thermolite Reactor Compact Plus.
The liner is made of Thermolite, a synthetic form of insulation used in outdoor clothing and kit which is designed to offer warmth and comfort without compromising on weight. As a long distance walker who wild camps regularly, keeping pack weight to a minimum is of utmost important to me and is a key factor when looking to invest in new kit.
Comfort is also important when it comes to sleeping in the outdoors and replicating the feeling of being in my own bed is the best way to increase the chances of a restful sleep during a multi-day adventure. The liner has a soft ‘duvet like’ feel, which is great for those who have tried silk/nylon and don’t like to slip and slide around. The Thermolite fabric is comprised of hollow-core fibres which insulate by trapping air and wicking moisture away.