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E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not?
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Jeremy Lynn Franchow
(jfranchow) - F

Locale: The Great Basin
E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not? on 03/27/2007 08:14:56 MDT Print View

Hi all,

In the last 10 years, I've always carried an emergency space blanket. Never once used it. It weighs a "paltry" 3 oz, but I'm considering eliminating it from my kit.

Wondering what others are doing out there. Who carries one all the time? Who never carries one? Why or why not? Just for dayhikes?

Assuming that I keep my sleeping system dry, why would I carry one while backpacking?


Alec Muthig
(Alekat) - F

Locale: Wyoming, USA
Re: E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not? on 03/27/2007 09:03:56 MDT Print View

I almost always carry my mylar emergency bag and have actually used it a few times (for others who were injured). The only time I do not carry mine is if I have some other form of protection with me, like a bivy.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Only in the Winter on 03/27/2007 10:36:30 MDT Print View

I tend to leave it out of the kit for 3 season hiking. Even for longer dayhikes I tend to carry more than enough clothing to keep me alive (probably not warm) if I was stuck out overnight.


Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not? on 03/27/2007 12:52:31 MDT Print View

I don't carry one for backpacking but do carry one for dayhikes, especially in the shoulder seasons. It's part of my "just in case I need to spend the night kit"

My basic emergency kit is a 6 oz thermolite emergency bivy, the space blanket, a Golite poncho tarp, and a Montbell thermawrap jacket plus the usual small doodads. I figure that will provide sufficient shelter and protection for an unexpected night out.

I've heard that a really good use for these blankets is to reflect the heat from a fire, which is the primary reason I carry mine, given that I also have the bivy.

Mine is orange on one side so it's good incase somebody needs to find you.

Phil Barton
(flyfast) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma
Re: E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not? on 03/27/2007 21:30:46 MDT Print View

Not any longer. I carry a sleeping bag, insulated clothing (in cooler weather), a bivy, a tarp, and usually a 1.3 oz. groundcloth. I just can't find a reason in my kit to carry one more just-in-case piece of gear that overlaps so much with the system that I already have. With the multiple insulating layers and a couple of shelter components I don't feel the need for an emergency blanket. YMMV.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
re: E-Blanket, me neither, but.. on 03/27/2007 21:47:13 MDT Print View

I used to carry one, but my BPL derived knowledge of layering systems has replaced the need for a space blanket. I always carry insulation and a shell now.
I do loan them out to hiking companions, along with other essentials.

However, as the previous posters suggested, using them to help prevent shock for an accident victim, or reflecting fire heat are great uses; I think I'll keep one with my first aid kit from now on.

Yet another learning experience here.

Edited by Brett1234 on 03/27/2007 21:47:47 MDT.

Jeremy Lynn Franchow
(jfranchow) - F

Locale: The Great Basin
Re: E-Blanket, do you carry one, why or why not? on 03/29/2007 06:42:32 MDT Print View

Thanks for the great responses. It does seem to be a redundant piece of gear when backpackng and my system on a long dayhike is enough that I would survive an unplanned night out.

Perhaps similar to Brett, however, I wasn't approaching this from the emergency/first aid angle. The possibility of it having value in an emergency for a friend or fellow hiker is worth 3 oz. to me. It stays in the kit. Thanks again for all the great input!

Edited by jfranchow on 03/29/2007 06:43:15 MDT.

Deb dePeyster
(Trudy) - F
space blanket on 03/29/2007 08:38:37 MDT Print View

I always carry one for winter camping. I use it between the tent floor and my Ridgerest and it adds a lot of warmth.

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
Re: space blanket on 03/31/2007 06:12:00 MDT Print View

I use mine as a groundsheet, so it's not an unused piece of gear. Although I'm soon gonna include a bivi in my kit, than I might leave it at home.

But I also do not have sufficient convidence in a leightweight clothing system yet so maybe it's better to keep it in my pack.