I was just looking into this earlier today. Hypothetically speaking, would it be realistic for me to use something like the Sea to Summit liner as a supplement to my Go Lite Ultra 20 quilt in weather below 30 degrees? Or would this just be asking to have a cold night in the woods?
Silk works, IF you're using it inside another material. If it's in a bag or under blankets it will up the temp, but exposed to the air it will act like an air conditioner. The easier route for me, was to go with a pair of silk long underwear. Same effect, without the complications that come with using a liner in the hammock...
Where are you guys & gals finding $15 and $20 silk liners? At that price I'd pick one up just to play with. Everything I find is $50+
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I got my Sea to Summit silk Bag liner for 15 dollars at a local outfitter store about 5 years ago. Use it a lot. I am a light weight hiker and many times have to wear all my clothes in the bag at night to keep warm. The liner contains the dirt from my hiker clothes and then I wash the liner in a stream and it drys fast for the next night. On cold mornings I wear the liner like a scarf under my shirt or rain jacket. It was a great help on my John Muir Trail hike last year. To stay with my group I ground camped. If I do it again would take my homebuilt bridge hammock. It has a double bottom to hold various size under quilts and I filled the silk liner with poly batting for a top quilt.
Well I slept out in the backyard last night. The low was actually only 68(if you wanna call that low), I did have my sleeping bag mod UQ in use, also I used my Grand Trunk Goods Silk Sleep Sack as a top quilt. I was thinking with the it not being too hot or too cold that the silk sleep sack would work good for a top quilt.
It actually worked well, but with me being a warm sleeper I did get hot. I wasn't expecting that out of a thin silk bag. I figure it would be good for added insulation during colder weather.
Now I can't wait for colder weather to test it out with my 20* synthetic bag. So bring on the cold weather.
I have a silk bag liner but have yet to actually use it outdoors... I've tried playing around with it inside, and found it hard to keep it situated inside my sleeping bag... too slippery!
I thought maybe it'd be a great stand alone item in hot weather, but I've been using a poncho liner. I should give it a shot though I guess.
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I use the synthetic (polyester) liners as a sleeping bag for hot weather. They are small enough to put in the hammock and not take up too much space. I usually put my feet in it and leave it there. When the temp drops abou 4 or 5 am, I pull it up. I also use them in the winter to keep my bags a little cleaner.
I didn't buy the silk ones because I have not found any for $15. I think the synthetics were about $7 at Academy Sports. I bought a mummy and a square one. First thing I did was cut the hook part of the velcro off because it sticks to everything.