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    emergency blanket

    I was trying to get by without my TQ on a recent overnight.

    I had my UQ and wore mid-weight wool tops and bottoms to bed. Woke up in night due to chill. Tarp was set low so it wasn't convection (wind). Broke out space blanket that I have carried with me for years but never opened before.

    Warmed up quickly and slept through the rest of the night. Inside of space blanket was wet in morning so I wouldn't use this as a regular sleep system nor as a layer between insulating layers.

    BUT it did work as advertised and weighs 2.5 oz. Now I need to fold it up as small as it once was.

    http://www.rei.com/product/813512/sol-emergency-blanket
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    You'll never get it as small))))
    They do work but are clammy.
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    hmmm wonder if someone can invent one that breathes. Reflective inside, water repellent outside, moisture wicking on the inside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shumway View Post
    hmmm wonder if someone can invent one that breathes. Reflective inside, water repellent outside, moisture wicking on the inside...
    Maybe a Dri-Ducks space blanket.
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    They do have one that breathes (or will have one), see my post in the bottom insulation forum for the link, looks good, weighs 10 ounces

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    They never go back in their package! I just fold it as small as possible and put a rubber band around it. Don't forget to fold so it doesn't trap air!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shumway View Post
    hmmm wonder if someone can invent one that breathes. Reflective inside, water repellent outside, moisture wicking on the inside...
    Needle punched mylar is available, don't remember where I saw it though. The aluminized rip stop at this site could be needle punched, and would be very durable. But it's a little $$$

    http://ahh.biz/products/specialized_...on_Ripstop.htm
    Never more than one man left behind, so far !

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    Quote Originally Posted by shumway View Post
    hmmm wonder if someone can invent one that breathes. Reflective inside, water repellent outside, moisture wicking on the inside...
    http://www.pellonideas.com/products/...ul-fleece.aspx Not waterproof though. Found this at Hancock's, Used a piece between the layers of my PLUQ down to 32 Degrees.
    Last edited by olddog; 08-23-2011 at 10:18. Reason: add
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    Wow thanks everyone.. I had no idea. This is going to cost me some money... geez I should stop hanging out at this forum because it's inspiring me to build my toy collection.

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    Space Blanket Stories...

    Speaking of space blankets, I've got a couple funny stories...

    The first time I had to break out the space blanket, I was unaware of how loud and crinkly they were. My sister and her husband were sleeping close by in their hammocks, so I tried my best to keep quiet, but throughout the night I was shifting around a bit. The next morning, I asked my sister how she slept, and she said that her husband had been eating crackers all night and kept her awake (imagine the 6 pack of crackers in a crinkly cellophane wrapper). I told her what it actually was, and we had a laugh. It's now an inside joke with us, and we call them cracker bags instead of space blankets. Maybe you had to be there, but trust me, it was funny at the time .

    Another time while camping, my sister laid out in the sun on top of a Adventure Medical Kits emergence blanket (the one that is orange on one side with the survival instructions printed on it). When she got off the blanket, the survival instructions had transferred onto her skin like a Lick N' Stick tattoo. She didn't realize it until another group of campers started staring and whispering! She practically had to scrub away her first layer of skin to get it off. That has been the source of many good jokes .

    Then, this one time, at band camp... no, thatís all I have .

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