Home My iTrader Join the NRA Donate to CGSSA Sponsors CGN Google Search
CA Semiauto Ban(AW)ID Flowchart CA Handgun Ban ID Flowchart CA Shotgun Ban ID Flowchart
Go Back > OUTDOORS, HUNTING AND SURVIVAL > Survival and Preparations
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Survival and Preparations Long and short term survival and 'prepping'.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-12-2013, 10:31 AM
johnny1290 johnny1290 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,581
iTrader: 15 / 100%
Default Freezing in the out comes the $2 space blanket!

I don't even remember when I got this thing. I have a few kicking under my bed and in my bags and I'd been meaning to try one out, and the last few freezing cold nights have been a good a time as any!

I gotta say, as something over a real blanket, they do a great job as advertised keeping in heat.

I'm wrapped up in it right now without a blanket. Desireable? no. I'm sure it will keep you alive though. They're loud and crinkly sounding, and you really have to wrap it around you to keep it on . It probably cuts the wind pretty good but it wants to fly off. The material is cold and not pleasant to touch, unsurprisingly LOL

So compared to a couple throw blankets and a snuggie, the space blanket alone is maybe even warmer in effect, and pretty quick about it too. Better yet was wrapping it over the blankets to lock in the body heat and not have to touch that thing. I can't tell the difference in eitheer side, and this thing is pretty old, by how it's deteriorated where it was folded.

I'm not sure if I can even fold it back up like it was. If you had to amke a fast exit its staying behind. 2 is 1 and 1 is none definitely applies!

My bag(s) have a SOS? brand bivy that's supposed to be great and I hope I never find out. I have an extra space blanket somewhere in there too as a backup, and a thin blanket that's bulky but man would be much nicer than just the space blanket!

Travel light, freeze at night, very true! But this thing would be much better than nothing if I ever had to sleep rough.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 11:26 AM
LeadSlinger585's Avatar
LeadSlinger585 LeadSlinger585 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 976
iTrader: 16 / 100%

Cool, thanks for the report on that. I have one, but never used it.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 11:31 AM
johnny1290 johnny1290 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,581
iTrader: 15 / 100%

heh yeah I know what you mean! I never wanted to mess them up by taking them out of the package.

There's a good reason for that! This is never folding back up right.

Supposedly, that orange SOS bivy that I got, it's $20 or so and rolls into a little bag it comes with, supposedly it can actually roll back up.

I got a few that they were selling cheap since they were so old. I should probably buy some new ones.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 11:45 AM
rkt88edmo's Avatar
rkt88edmo rkt88edmo is offline
Reptile&Samurai Moderator
CGN Contributor - Lifetime
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Contra Costa County
Posts: 9,813
iTrader: 46 / 100%

They rip and tear to shreds fairly easily, quickie instamatic shelter - but not good for more than a few hours unless you buy one of the heavier duty types.
If it was a snake, it would have bit me.
Use the goog to search calguns
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 12:02 PM
winnre's Avatar
winnre winnre is offline
Calguns Addict
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: IE, Southern CA
Posts: 9,225
iTrader: 10 / 100%

Put it in between two thin blankets and it works great and is silent.
"If Jesus had a gun he would be alive today"-Homer Simpson
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2013, 12:03 PM
johnny1290 johnny1290 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,581
iTrader: 15 / 100%

You know, I read that so I just tried to tear mine and I couldn't. it stretched like I expected. I'd venture its more HD than most.

Actually its almost like a folded up tarp. Maybe the silver reflects better, I dunno.

I know what you're talking about though the light ones look like they'll tear like tinfoil.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 10:43 AM
RandyD's Avatar
RandyD RandyD is offline
Calguns Addict
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: La Jolla, California
Posts: 5,450
iTrader: 42 / 100%

In Marine Recon, we did not take sleeping bags with us on patrol. We used used our ponchos and poncho liners, and placed a space blanket between them. They were light, compact and warm.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 2:08 PM
gorn5150's Avatar
gorn5150 gorn5150 is online now
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,227
iTrader: 0 / 0%

You can buy 10 or 12 packs of the space blankets on Amazon for around $8. At that price I keep them stashed in my cars and packs and don't think twice about it.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 2:50 PM
ElvenSoul's Avatar
ElvenSoul ElvenSoul is offline
I need a LIFE!!
CGN Contributor
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: TEXAS!
Posts: 17,684
iTrader: 1 / 100%

Amk Heatsheets are far better and less noisy.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 4:25 PM
tacksman's Avatar
tacksman tacksman is offline
CGSSA Associate
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: America
Posts: 828
iTrader: 15 / 100%

Cut a hole in it. where it over a t shirt like a poncho. Where a jacket or sweater over the whole thing. you'll keep warm... layered.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 2:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Proudly hosted by GeoVario the Premier 2A host., the 'Calguns' name and all associated variants and logos are ® Trademark and © Copyright 2002-2018, an Incorporated Company All Rights Reserved. and The Calguns Foundation have no affiliation and are in no way related to each other.
All opinions, statements and remarks made by on this web site and elsewhere are solely attributable to