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    Silk Sleeping Bag Liners?

    Hey all has any one ever used silk sleeping bag liners? I just saw some tonight and was suprized how light and small they were not to mention cheap. From what little I've read they can add 10+ degrees to your sleeping bag. I was thinking maybe they would work well by themselves in warm weather. In colder weather maybe sewing it onto a light weight fleece blanket. If it was sewn flush it would just be like one blanket. I'm not sure what the temp ratings or weight would be. I guess it would all depend on excatly what you bought. I'm just thinking out loud, what do you all think? Has anyone ever done this before?
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    Haven't done the sewed blanket mod thingee, but I have one and use it in all the ways and for all of the reasons you have mentioned. Absolutely one of the best pieces of gear in my pack.

    I wuv it, and wouldn't give it up for anything....excepting a life-time free pass to all of the circuses of my choosing.
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    I have used synthetic liners and my wife has used a silk one. We used them in the High Sierra camps because the bunks came with blankets but not sheets. They were both nice or at least mine was and my wife said her was "very silky and soft." They add warmth like a sheet does on a bed - they don't cut wind but do stop some drafts. How much warmth they add is another matter and probably dependent on many factors.

    Don't forget that most bag liners are sewn up on two sides with the third side sewn most of the way. Would be harder than a sleeping bag (which can be unzipped) to get into in a hammock. And a silk liner probably wouldn't be extra strong due to the silk used (it is medium weight). For your DIY ideas, I would suggest ordering silk by the yard - it's cheaper and you can get the weight you want. There have been a couple of threads on here about silk for hammocks. Search for them and you'll find links to silk retailers.

    Good luck and post pictures!

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    Except for sweat, it would keep the bag cleaner.
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    I read that the silk would wick moisture away, thats one plue side. Yeah you would have to cut the liner open to swe unto a fleece blanket. The one I saw today was only like $10.00 maybe $15.00. Would buying a silk by the foot be cheaper? I wonder what other kinds of materials would work well inplace of silk. Weight vs durability vs price vs R rating?
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    Good questions, stay tuned and I am sure the tribe will let us know.
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    I used a Cocoon brand silk sleeping bag liner in lieu of a sleeping bag/TQ last week...for a very warm (for Minnesota) night where the low was 65 or so. It was ok...but by itself added very little warmth.
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    At $10 to $15 for a silk liner, you'd probably get one that would be perfect for cutting open and sewing to other fabric. I mean that sincerely - it might not be the best silk but it would be fine for letting you decide if it does what you want and you wouldn't have so much invested that you'd be reluctant to take the scissors to it. I say give it a shot and report back.

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    that price is very cheap, get two!!! I gave my silk liner to my husband because I fought with it all night long in my hammock. I then bought silk yardage and made a silk sheet for summer time. This works well for hot humid temps. It wicks moisture off of me without me becoming chilled during the night and if it gets wet, it drys super fast. If you buy those silk liners, rip the seam out of it and rework it into a top sheet. If it's really thin silk, sew the two silk liners together.

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    I have a silk liner that stays in my pack. I use it year round. Summer months it is all I use then winter/fall just stays in the hammock with me if i need that little extra warmth. lightweight and feels good to.

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