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    My first insulated hammock was to have down insulation in 6" tubes (battens running the length of the hammock. When I first tried it out, before filling the tubes with down, I found that the top surface stretched so much that there wasn't enough space between the top and the bottom surfaces for the down to loft. I cut 6" wide strips of reflectix and put them into the tubes as a temporary fix. The resulting hammock was so comfortable and warm that I used it for an entire year before I finally took it apart and added bigger baffles so I could use the down. Because the individual strips of reflectix could slide independently, they conformed to the shape of the hammock extremely well. The only drawback of this arrangement was that it didn't compress, so it made a pretty big roll tied onto the top of my pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVhammockmaker View Post
    ...Because the individual strips of reflectix could slide independently, they conformed to the shape of the hammock extremely well. The only drawback of this arrangement was that it didn't compress, so it made a pretty big roll tied onto the top of my pack.
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    Very cool... I might have to give that a try... The Reflectix in my RV was falling apart, so I just HAD to buy a 4'x25' roll...

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    Cut about a 4x8" rectangle and use it to pick up your hot Heine or Fosters pot.
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    What about making a sleeve to put your hydration bladder into. Slide the full bladder in the sleeve then place into your pack. Over here it would keep the water cooler for a longer time.
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    While cutting some for my window insulation in the RV, I had a 18" square scrap. I used it as kneeling pad, and a sit pad. It was surprisingly warm compared to the cold tile kitchen floor... Seems it would work well doubled as an alternative to a ccf (for ground dwellers)...

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    When car camping in warm weather, keeping things (think adult beverages) cold is important, and on extended trips, ice can be a limiting factor. I'm going to fab a reflectix cover for my ice chest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunn parker View Post
    What about making a sleeve to put your hydration bladder into. Slide the full bladder in the sleeve then place into your pack. Over here it would keep the water cooler for a longer time.
    I made one for my bladder a couple years ago. I like using it in winter. It keeps my water from freezing solid overnight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunn parker View Post
    What about making a sleeve to put your hydration bladder into. Slide the full bladder in the sleeve then place into your pack. Over here it would keep the water cooler for a longer time.
    Not a bad idea, but if you want multi-purpose, this is what I do.

    Chill some drinks. I do a chocolate milk, an orange juice, and either a Coke or Gatorade. Putting them in the freezer for a short while does wonders too.

    Fill bladder with ice, then add water.

    Lay bladder on my clean camp t-shirt or thermal shirt, then lay the drinks on that, wrap shirt around cold drinks and bladder full of ice and water.

    You'll have a little unstable bundle. Drop it into a Reynolds turkey roaster bag and tie or fold the top to seal around the bladder tube. Drop into center of pack.

    You will have ice water and a choice of cold drinks all day long, even on a hot summer day. Beware jealous and angry hiking partners who failed to exhibit the same foresight!

    Anyway, the above uses components you are taking anyway and doesn't add another item to your pack, such as reflective sleeves.

    By the way and on the other hand, I like Perkolady's idea of using one in winter to keep the bladder from freezing over night. Plus, I'd feel better about putting a bladder in a sleeping bag with me, if it had that protective sleeve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    When car camping in warm weather, keeping things (think adult beverages) cold is important, and on extended trips, ice can be a limiting factor. I'm going to fab a reflectix cover for my ice chest.
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    Instead of down booties how about reflectix booties. Just a thought. Might work.

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