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Have it but hope you don't need it
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great thing to have just in case. It is small and light weight. It is pretty much a bivy made out of space blanket material. It will keep you warm if you need it as well as dry. It gives me peace of mind when I go hiking and carry this with me. I know if something goes wrong I have shelter to hold up in over night.
this is a must for any med-survival kit. its small lite it can help out in tons if situations and make a unexpected night out on the mountain a lot better than it would have been. amazingly strong for how lite it is. and also dont take it out of its sack unless you absolutely need it. it will be a ton more packable if you dont take it out and stuff it back in. kinda a one time use item in my opinion
Helped Save a Life
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Not many people are likely to come on here and review a product that is meant to keep someone alive in an unlikely situation. Especially not after having used it.
A friend broke his femur while backcountry skiing, and 2 of the 3 partners had these emergency bivies in our bags. Combined with down jackets, goggles, face masks, beanies, food, water,dry layers, and proper care, I believe that these $17 items helped to keep my friend alive until we were able to transport him to the hospital.
They are small and light and I've never backcountry skied or alpine climbed WITHOUT having one in my bag. On the flipside, they are quite slim and with an immobile leg, it caused too much pain to fit over the body. We ended up slipping one over the patient (albeit with a LOT of pain), and using our teeth to cut the other one in half, to be used as a blanket and tucked in around the patient and under his butt. It tore in a straight line.
Size is small
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have not used it but rather have it in the bottom of my touring pack for emergencies. Like the small size and pack-ability. Hope to never have to use it...
I think this is a good gift idea for those how have friends/family who tour but seem to have everything. Just sayin'
It works alright
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I mean for emergency situations this would be the best thing you can get for about twenty dollars. I went tarp camping the other day and used it in mild rain. It kept my sleeping bag mostly dry. I put my sleeping pad inside it and used no ground cover to see how well it'd work. It worked, but not as good as an actually bivy meant to backpack in. It can get really sweaty in this thing in the rain, just so you know. Night temp was about 40, and I used an ultralamina 45 on the trip( i think). I had to unzip the bag to keep the temp right. Definately reflects some heat, is water proof, and wind proof. I will keep one in my day hike bag, just in case.
Just in case
I got one of these for my dad too since he liked the idea of having it with him since he is always up Backpacking in the Uintas.
I'll Have It When I Need It!
Have not used this yet but in an emergency it should be a lifesaver! I do a lot of canyoneering and have almost had to spend a few nights away from camp. I will be sure to have this with me when we do have to bivvy ;)
Do I need to fold it back up each time I...
Do I need to fold it back up each time I use it or can I stuff it in the stuff sack without damaging it? I plan on using it everyday for a week or so and stuffing it would be much more convinient..
I just stuff it and it just fine
Former Adventure Medical rep here. As Guy says, stuffing the bivy is fine.
NOT FINE - Just unpacked mine (for a wilderness med demo fortunately) and the plastic/foil interface had separated leaving thin plastic on one side and all the reflective foil on the other. Also tore a bit... Maybe they 'go bad' after a season or two? I was surprised.
Choosing the Right SOL Emergency Shelter
AMK Sales rep and Professional Adventure Racer Kyle Peter outlines the differences between SOL's emergency shelters and describes when to choose each one.
Always have one in the pack
I always have one in my pack, along with my first aid kit, and some other emergency gear. There is no reason why not to have one, it's lightweight(Mine weighed in at 4.2 ounces), inexpensive, and much better then a emergency blanket. I hope I never have to use it, but I know it's there if I have too. Buy one or a couple, it's the peace of mind knowing its there. I would recommend this to anyone.
Haven't had the chance to use one, but it is a comfort knowing it is in my pack for emergencies. Very small and light.
This is nice to have in your glove box when you live in high mountain towns or go on a ski trip. Just in case I ever slide into a ditch in the middle of nowhere, I feel pretty good having this on hand. Useful for insulation from the snow when winter camping. I also guide kayak tours and have this in my pack as a lightweight addition to a hypothermia wrap, etc.
SOL Emergency Bivvy
AMK Sales rep and Professional Adventure Racer Kyle Peter shows you the SOL Emergency Bivvy, a heat-reflective shelter that weighs less than 4oz and keeps you warm during an unexpected night out.
Hope I never need to use it
I take this with me on all trips in case of emergency - hopefully I never need to use it. The size is roughly shorter than a soda can and slightly wider so it is nice and small and light weighing in at 3.5oz
It kept me comfortable
I am not sure that I was in danger, but I was definitely more comfortable while using this bivvy on two trips (multiple nights each trip). I was in an open boat and used it while getting a few hours sleep. Without it I was shivering mildly and could not get any rest I. I really like that it is orange on the outside so that it can double as a large signal device.
Great piece of gear - comes cheap and has unlimited amount of uses.
Hmm not sure I want to use one?
These are tiny and are reusable. I bought a bunch of these and threw them in all my packs...just in case. I have not used them and hope I don't have too:)
I've never used these for its true purpose as an emergency heat blanket. I use it more as a ground sheet for when I am using a tarp tent. It reflects the heat/cold so you stay warmer at night and keeps you dry when the ground is wet. For $16 bucks it is a great substitue for a heavier ground sheet.
I never thought about taking an emergency blanket along on my winter trail runs. But one cold February morning a friend broke her ankle after slipping on the ice-covered trails. By the time we got help she was hypothemic and shaking like crazy. Now I always carry a foil blank on winter runs. It could be a life saver.