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    psyculman's Avatar
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    If you are fortunate enough to have a JoAnns fabrics, they have 1/2 off offers all the time, get on their list, and, Insulbrite is real cheap.
    Never more than one man left behind, so far !

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    IB is also found at your local WW fabrics department... both Joanne's and WW have it for about $7/yd.

    It's basically a space blanket needle-punched inside two layers of polyester scrim.

    It's warm for the weight, quieter than a space blanket (not completely silent), and pretty warm.

    I slept outside last night with a 2'x2' piece under my butt, and used 2 yards of it two wrap my feet/legs (of course, it was only like 40 degrees last night) that and my 1/2 sock, lost-river UQ and I was plenty warm.

    I figured out that 2 layers of this stuff under my legs fixes my cold feet problem with a 2/3rds UQ, and wrapping a small piece of this around my head is almost as good as a wool cap.

    Just for fun, I'm working on a top quilt that'll be: lightweight fleece liner, IB around the legs (tall footbox), 1/2" batting, and nylon shell... it'll be about 2lbs, but that's lighter than the Sleeping bag I use as a TQ today by at least a pound...

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    I am just using mine as a pad / liner inside my sleeping bag, and so far I am impressed with the bottom warmth. No UQ needed, for me , like this...

    Hobby Lobby has the 2 foot wide stuff, here for $2.99 a yard.

    Walmart (some) have the wider stuff for @ 6 bucks a yard.....
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    Since this stuff has been around for awhile, and it doesn't seem to have gotten a lot of play, there must be a downside. What is it??
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    Don't know yet.......it probably causes baldness or impotency er sumthin..... oh well,,,, I am already bald......
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    I'm glad you brought this material up, Randy. My wife just made an insulated lunch tote using insul-bright a week ago. I was looking at this stuff and wondered if anyone had tried to use it for bottom insulation.

    The only downside I found in it was that the mylar middle layer is easily broken apart from itself. If you tug on each side of the insulation, you'll see how easily it breaks. I figured that where you broke the mylar, this would cause cold spots.

    Glad to see people are getting positive results from it.
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    So far the only downside has been static discharge...

    I finished/tested this TQ tonight: has a layer of cheap batting and insulbrite...



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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Since this stuff has been around for awhile, and it doesn't seem to have gotten a lot of play, there must be a downside. What is it??
    No personal experience but can postulate based on what people here generally look for.

    -Not as light as down or high tech synth insulation?
    -Not as compressible?
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    I made an under pad out of the IB to augment my HH SS setup it. I did get to a lower temp with it (27F) (cold sleeper). But I found that it doesn't compress very much. It's kind of like fleece.
    Last edited by BOB1520; 02-22-2010 at 15:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    No personal experience but can postulate based on what people here generally look for.

    -Not as light as down or high tech synth insulation?
    -Not as compressible?
    Quite right on both counts. I bought some & played with it a bit... great for hats, or whatever on day-hikes. I'd never want to carry all that bulk for any length of time, though.

    that said, it IS neat stuff!

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