Name: Fuzzy Monkey (David)
Price: I don’t remember how much I paid for this.
Date of Review: February, 2012
Photo Album – Sea To Summit Adaptor Travel Liner
BACKGROUND: I’ve successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. I also have numerous other backpacking trips under my belt. The weather conditions I’ve dealt with range from the desert heat to higher elevations in the mountains. I’ve dealt with thunderstorms, hail, extreme winds and most weather conditions in-between. I choose carry a Sea To Summit Travel liner for my 2007 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike and my 2010 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike, it is also the reason I wrote this review.
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I talk about my hikes people always end up asking me what type of gear I took with me. This review is to answer those questions and to further expand how it worked for me. I still own and use this bag liner. Readers should be aware this particular bag liner is several years old.
Manufacturer: Sea To Summit
Product Information: Sea To Summit Coolmax Adaptor Travel Liner
REVIEW: The Sea To Summit travel liner is a mummy shaped sleeping bag liner. There is no zipper like you would find on a sleeping bag. Think of a mummy shaped bag with a built-in draw string at the top. The liner is made from coolmax material and is meant to be quick drying and versatile in a variety of temperatures. The liner also comes with its own very light weight stuff sack. Full specifications can be found on the Sea To Summit website.
The first time I used this bag was in 2007 on the Appalachian Trail. The sleeping bag I bought for this hike was a Montbell superstretch. Since I was paying a lot for a sleeping bag, I was looking for a way to keep it clean. When I discovered liners the Sea To Summit Adaptor was exactly what I was looking for. One of the features of the Montbell Down Hugger is its ability to stretch and I was also looking for a liner that would stretch. The Adaptor is a nice light material which also has the ability to stretch and this ended up working perfectly with the Montbell sleeping bag.
The second major adventure I used this was during my 2010 Pacific Crest Trail hike. For this hike I purchased a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag. In order to protect this bag and make it last and keep it clean, I used my Sea To Summit travel liner. It worked perfectly and I’m glad I had the liner with me. I’ve used the Sea To Summit liner for literally hundreds of nights and have been really happy with it.
When I was doing research at the time I also learned that adding a liner to your sleeping system would also add a bit of warmth. This was a good thing, because the Montbell, I choose was their #5 rated at 40 Degrees. Adding a sleeping bag liner also added a little more warmth to my total sleeping system.
Another reason I wanted a sleeping bag liner was to keep my sleeping bag clean. Hiking long days through varied terrain builds up trail grim on your clothing and body. I wanted a way to keep my sleeping bag cleaner at night and getting into a bag liner was the perfect solution for this. I have also leaned that it is much easier to wash a liner than a full sleeping bag. To properly wash a down sleeping bag its best to use a down wash and this is not always available when you are thru-hiking.
The Adaptor has performed well in a variety of weather conditions. I’ve used my liner during very warm summer days when a full sleeping bag was too much. I’ve also used my liner on wet raining days. Slipping into a liner is another way to keep warm if your down sleeping bag gets completely soaked. Since down looses its warmth capabilities having a liner is additional protection from the weather.
The Coolmax Adaptor is also very light, which was another decision that made purchasing and using this much easier. At 9.5 ounces there was no reason not to carry one.
I view a sleeping system as (1)sleeping bag, (2) bag liner, and (3) mattress. As with most sleeping systems there are ways or methods of keeping warmer. These are the three most important gear selections, I consider when planning my various adventures.
CONCLUSION: The Sea To Summit Coolmax Adaptor sleeping bag liner is an excellent piece of equipment and works extremely well for my intended purposes. Yes, I still own and use this liner, and yes, I would recommend it and use it again.
Fuzzy Monkey Likes:
- Added Warmth to Sleep system
- Keeps Sleeping Bag Cleaner
- Stretching ability
Fuzzy Monkey Dislikes:
- One size fits all (Wish there were different sizes)
Fuzzy Monkey Approved: YES