Right on Bmike, it's one of my don't leave home without it items. Too many positives not to be a must item for most.
those blankets are alot heavier than the really thin sb's, but they are also alot meor durable too. basically walmart tarp material aluminized on one side.
[QUOTE=bmike;32447]great topic. i'm looking at how to go cold with my new HH, with stuff i might already have.
anyone try one of these MPI space blankets in the bottom? windproof, and reflective. i'm thinking it would work similar to the concept of putting the e-blanket in the HH undercover.
More great ideas! If I am only 5ft short and I have a ULHH, would I hang this with the 7ft length across the hammock, giving me more coverage on the sides? Or the other way around?
I might even try to hang it to match the asymmetry of how i would sleep in the hammock... so some modification might make it fit better. without trying it i think it will bunch up in odd spots as the hammock tapers to the ends.
Last edited by bmike; 10-20-2007 at 10:24.
partly depends on how cold of temps you may hammock in, along w/ a lot of other variables (your metabolism, what you ate, what you're wearing, etc), but not everyone has been satisfied w/ using something as thin as a space blanket (even the layered ones) or reflective bubble wrap type wind shield reflectors & such.
not trying to say that it won't work for you because it does work for some people, but just saying that if it doesn't keep you warm (hopefully in a back yard test), don't be discouraged. there are other cheap ways to insulate your hammock.
don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!
I've stated in several posts that the survival blanket is an essential item. I use the military issue type, similar to the 'MPI space blanket' as posted. The Military one has ripstop nylon through the thing, grommets on the corners, shiny one side, o.d. the other. I carry this thing all year around. I havent found any negatives. 'Ultraliters' may say the extra weight, but i'd say it weighs 1/2 lb if that, so that shouldnt be an issue for the multi use of this thingy. Such as: extreme heat(desert), a great reflective barrier, and if rigged properly(with second layer of any material) would cut temps dramatically, obviously, but more than you may know(military survival training, can expound(on training, not ops) if requested).