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    Blizzard Survival tube test

    I purchased the Blizzard Survival tube
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    Tested it last night. It got down to 39 in San Diego and I was comfortable all night. The openings on each end seemed to prevent condensation. 19 oz under $40 .. a good three season top and bottom solution. Repacks into old compression sack nicely....

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    Blizzard Survival Tube?

    Dave,

    Did this material seem sturdy enough for multiple uses, especially in a bag or tube form, which is often a wrestling match in a hammock? I tried taping a mylar vapor barrier bag, but it ripped shortly due to the same stresses and had to resort to a silnylon bag.

    Doug

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    Kinda hard to say yet... I've repacked it three times without issue but haven't taken it into the field (only backyard hangs so far). This last time I left it over the hammock and put them in the compression sack. (where they are currently) .. Another test tonight (High thirties predicted) I've added the AMK thermal Bivvy..

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    Another successful test. Chilly rainy night in the San Diego Canyons..Snug as A bug. Total weight 25.8 oz. Total cost $75.00

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    i still don't see this as a long term fix or replacement for UQ and TQ
    from the looks of it, it doesn't look like it will hold up to alot of use...most of those survival tubes are not made for that ....
    i know a few years ago alot of ppl tried using stuff like this
    long story short it didn't last long .... it's a great way to get into hammocks but it's not a long term solution

    i think not having condensation has to do with the are you live in.. SD area is very dry (i lived outside of Hemet at one time) so thats probly a big reason for no condensation problems ....
    now on the east coast or in areas that are not dry i can see most ppl waking up in a puddle of condensation ... i know when using a survival blanket i has bad condensation problems .. and there made out of the same thing as that survival tube

    i'm not trying to shoot down your idea ... but at some point in time you will end up with a UQ.... it happnes to everyone
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    as far as the durability.....time will tell... I agree that the low humidity helps but the design of the Survival Tube (open on both ends) creates enough air flow draft to prevent condensation. Further, its much more durable than a typical Space Blankets. I've hung in it about 10 times and I've worked out a system where it never hits the ground. It's shows no wear at this point.....I'm telling you this thing is a very elegant design... Besides for the price it doesn't really need to be that durable for a top/bottom solution.

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    Dave, could you possibly post some pics of how you are using this setup? It sounds interesting!
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by doheir View Post
    Dave,

    Did this material seem sturdy enough for multiple uses, especially in a bag or tube form, which is often a wrestling match in a hammock? I tried taping a mylar vapor barrier bag, but it ripped shortly due to the same stresses and had to resort to a silnylon bag.

    Doug
    If you go on their website they have a guy rate one that is a super marithon runner and he needed something lightweight. He did'nt care about longevity, just that it was light, warm and waterproof and he wound up getting (don't quote me on these numbers) something like 30 days of continuious use from one bag. I am ordering 2 this next week from Botach tactical. I was planning on using it for an under quilt. Its already basically set up for it.
    Big Dave, where did you get yours and for how much? Just trying to get the best deal i can. Thanks.

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    I got it at Persysmedical
    http://www.ps-med.com/products/detail.php?p=16
    $ 32.00 plus $6.00 shipping

    I'm happy to take pix's. but somebodies gotta tell me how to upload em...

    Also....If little to rain is expected, I go tarpless...I feel so naughty when I do it.. hehehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigdave@bigdavemason.com View Post
    I got it at Persysmedical
    http://www.ps-med.com/products/detail.php?p=16
    $ 32.00 plus $6.00 shipping

    I'm happy to take pix's. but somebodies gotta tell me how to upload em...

    Also....If little to rain is expected, I go tarpless...I feel so naughty when I do it.. hehehehe
    You must be friends with Charlie Sheen. LOL

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