Or to give it its Sunday name…Insulated Travel Blanket
Made by these people…http://www.snugpak.com/outdoor/
Snugpak, they’ve been around for what seems like ages, but they only started up in 1977.
Ok, so they have been around for a fair while, not as long as I have but possibly longer than a lot of you.
I feel old now.
Their Military and tactical range covers all sorts, from Softie jackets, through sleeping bags and hammocks to tents and shelters.
I was looking for a replacement for my well-worn and tatty poncho liner.
The 1157 Tactical ‘hurry up and wait’ blanket (http://www.1157tactical.com/hurry-up-and-wait—blanket-315-p.asp), which I also have is, in my opinion too heavy, too small and too bulky.
This was something that caught my eye whilst browsing the Snugpak site…
The ‘Jungle Blanket’ seemed to be the better option.
Size wise the blanket is 162cm x 193cm opened flat out and weighs just 700g.
The blanket is basically two outer materials sandwiching an inner layer of insulation, all of which are propriety.
The top surface is a 100% polyester material they call ‘Microdiamond’ it has a sheen to it and it appears to be ripstop. It’s also claimed to be water repellent.
The ‘sandwich’ insulation layer they call ‘Travelsoft’ and is also 100% polyester.
The final layer is again a 100% polyester fabric called ‘Paratex’ has antibacterial properties and a ‘soft to touch’ finish.
All of which means it will keep you relatively warm and dry, doesn’t need washed often and shouldn’t tear easily.
One thing to take note of is, as it’s completely made of various versions of 100% polyester I don’t think it’s going to be flame resistant.
I’ve not put my theory to the test though I’m erring on the side of caution.
There are two versions out there, military green and stealth black (my descriptions of the colour). An MTP compatible version would be a nice touch.
An immediately obvious difference is that the blanket does not have any ties/laces around the perimeter like the poncho liner.
There is no ‘quilting’ stitched through it either as you tend see on poncho liners. So far, the insulation has stayed in place.
The now familiar size comparisons with a magazine to scale pictures…
Some technical stuff, it has ratings printed on the label;
Comfort: 45°F old money or 7°C in new
Extreme: 36°F or 2°C
I tend to think these ratings are subjective, as what I may find comfortable you might find uncomfortable.
To quote Ronseal, “It does exactly what it says on the tin”.
During the summer months I use this combined with their, Snugpak, Jungle bag all inside my Stratosphere tent.
In the winter I use it as a liner for yet another Snugpak, a Softie 9, and I’m well toasty.
It packs down to a reasonable size and weighs very little making it ideal just to throw into your bag/daysack when travelling or using transit accommodation.
It’s handy, light and takes up very little room. I can’t comment as to the ruggedness of it as it’s never been put under any duress other than keeping me warm in my bag.
I can see it being handy whilst waiting around at APODs for flights and onward movement.
Or as winter is upon us, in the back of your car when travelling any distance.
Available from these places amongst others;
• Cost – £££££: Mine cost me £26:95 from Amazon
• Value for money 1-5: 5, yes, definitely worth forking out the money for.
• Ease of use 1-5: 5, it is a blanket, a simple rectangle, what could possibly be easier to use?
• Construction 1-5: 4, really well made and up to the standard expected of Snugpak.
• Allyness 1-5: 1, not Ally in the slightest, in fact you may the mickey ripped out of you for using it in the open. As you’ll be very warm, and toasty will you really care?
This Kit Pest Review was written by Gorgeous Jim Shoebridge. Hopefully you enjoyed it and if you have any thoughts or comments related to this article then leave a comment!