Warm fleece adds significant cosiness and comfort on chilly nights, but the compromise is a heavy and bulky liner that takes up pack room. Best for car camping weekends and winter glamping.
Soft and comfy
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Snugpak Fleece Liner: first impressions
The thick and toasty Snugpak Fleece Liner is all about staying cosy and warm no matter what the outside temperature is doing, which makes it a winner if you don’t have an expensive cold-weather sleeping bag but fancy some winter glamping or cold-weather camper vanning.
While this is a warm liner, though, you do have to compromise on weight: at 1kg, this design is more than twice the weight of some of the lightweight sleeping bag liners I tested for our best sleeping bag liner buying guide. And it’s bulkier too, so it’s not ideal for backpacking.
• RRP: $60 (US) / £38 (UK)
• Weight: 1kg / 2lb 3.3oz
• Pack size: 25cm x 18cm / 10in x 7in
• Material: Fleece
• Shape: Mummy
• Color: Olive Green
• Compatibility: Cosy comfort for winter campers
Snugpak Fleece Liner: in the field
If warmth and comfort are high on your list of sleeping bag liner priorities, Snugpak’s luxuriously soft offering is a surefire winner.
This fleece liner is deliciously cosy to climb into after a long day’s hiking, or a chilly afternoon on the water. I found that it traps in body heat nice and quickly, and yet it is still breathable if you do get hot in the night.
I also love the full-length zip for easy access (unlike some liners I tested, which I had to really wiggle about to clamber into).
On test I found the reassuringly thick and soft fleece also made this a nice standalone sleeping bag for chillier summer nights when you still want a bit of weight over you. Some barely-there summer liners feel too thin on their own, but this design is just like wrapping up in a fleece blanket. You may even find yourself reaching for it while lounging on the sofa at home. In fact, this liner doubles up as a fleece throw or as a casual blanket around camp.
I also found that the olive color didn’t show dirt up easily. It’s just a pity the fleece isn’t made from recycled plastic.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.