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Heat Reflective Bedding Blanket

Heat Reflective Bedding Blanket
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Product Code:  XA107
Brand:  Thermartex

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This is an unusual product, but one which many outdoors people or travelers will have longed for at least once in their life.

How often have you been chilled at night in your sleeping bag, and just wanted another 'layer' or more 'insulation' to throw over you to retain that valuable warmth?

Maybe you have been on a long overnight bus journey, or stuck in an airport in the night, getting cold with all your sleeping gear out of reach in the luggage system?

Possibly you have been watching the sunset, sitting on a hill or beach, gradually becoming aware that the daytime clothes you are wearing are not going to keep you comfortable for much longer?

I can think of countless occasions like the above, when I have been 'chilled' or very cold, but aware that to increase my warmth at that moment would have meant carrying another 'insulation' layer or 'clothing' in my pack on the way to wherever I camped. Something I just (a) didn't have the space for and (b) didn't want to carry the extra 'just in case' weight.

Ideally the solution for any of the above would be;

(a) as light as possible (of course)
(b) with minimal bulk (easy to pack)
(c) highly heat reflective
(d) non-metallic
(e) silent (unlike a space blanket)
(f) highly breathable and finally
(g) water resistant (to prevent spills on the bag)

The solution has come from a small unknown UK designer and this item has been around quietly for a while, however it was recently sent to me to test as the designer thought we would appreciate the features more than most. As it happens, quite rightly!

So I tried it as exampled above and found it to be a remarkable product doing exactly what it says on the tin. I've slept out on these frosty nights in a light sleeping bag which would normally be 1 or 2 'seasons' too light and thrown the blanket over me 'silver side' in. I guess it works in simplest terms just like the NeoAir sleeping mat. By reflecting heat back towards the user. Although I am unable to measure the amount of reflected heat I can assure you that I was a darn site warmer than I would have been without it. The effect was very noticeable.

It has a soft tactile feel similar to silk, as well as similar bulk and weight. It is silent and extremely breathable, so there were no damp condensation patches on the bag anywhere beneath it. There was naturally some frost condensation on the shelter skin which fell onto the blanket but didn't soak through at all. So it is water resistant to an acceptable level.

In use you will find the silver side changes tint as it rubs against other surfaces. This is perfectly normal and doesn't effect performance, meerly the 'sheen' in the manufacturing process.

How to use it

If the blanket is purely against your skin then the yellow side will be towards you. (If the silver side is touching your skin then there less reflectivity taking place because of 'conduction') If you are wearing clothes or inside a sleeping system then the silver side is towards you and this will reflect back any escaping heat.

The only negative issue I found with it, was because it was 'so' light I could hardly feel it was there. It was also very 'slippy' and so a bit of DIY would be needed to put some velcro tabs or similar on the edges to hold it in place, however you intend to use it. If for whatever reason you wanted the material more water resistant you could possibly spray on some Nikwax TX Direct, but for normal use it isn't necessary.

It isn't classed as a 'survival blanket' (and shouldn't be used that way) but a very simple and effective way to 'up-rate' your sleep system for minimal bulk. Ideal for cold sleepers, the unexpected frost, to stuff in small spaces in a pack, hammock sleeping, traveling and well, virtually anytime you want a little comfort in your outdoor life!

Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised!!

Manufacturers comments

The “Thermartex®” launch product is the “Bedding Blanket”. It can be used on it's own or on top of other bedding and is suitable for use in any dry environment both indoors and outdoors. Measuring approximately 1.5m x 2m and weighing only 125g the aluminized woven rip-stop nylon blanket is highly breathable and reflects 65% of radiated body heat. It is ideal where thermal performance, weight and packing size are important. It is primarily intended for use as a camping blanket, travel blanket, sleeping bag or normal bed cover, but has many other applications.

Although the blanket is self-extinguishing and has passed “Fire Tests According to BS 7175:1989 (2008)” it should be kept away from fire and other sources of ignition. It should also be kept away from salt and other chemicals as these will damage the heat reflective coating. It is not suitable for use as a Emergency/Survival blanket.

Note: When necessary requires specialist cleaning using the widely available and environmentally friendly “Green Earth®” process. Please note contact or spillage with chemicals, sports drinks etc could damage this product.

Specifications
Final size: 192cm x 146cm
Weight: 125g
Packed (tube) size: 15cm x 5cm
Maximum reflected body heat: 65%
Breathable, water resistant and soft to touch
Colour: Silver one side - dull yellow the other

Average Rating (6 Reviews):  
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Rating:  
How Small!
Wednesday, 13 August 2014  | 

I must start by saying, I have not used this in anger (as supposedly it is still summertime), but on a chilly Sunday morning on a rainy site, it felt nice and cosy to pull this blanket over me for that "I don't have to get up yet rollover".
It packs up to the most ridiculously small size (I stored it in the NeoAir bag), as the year goes on I'm sure it will come into its own and will not disappoint.

Speed of delivery and customer service from Backpacking Light always second to none, it's great to get a call from Rose to ask if I'm happy with my purchases, the skittles are always welcome (must get more vodka to use up my stash).

Always a joy to shop with these guys.

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Rating:  
Brilliant bit of kit
Wednesday, 9 July 2014  | 

I've now used the blanket on numerous weekend climbing trips between mid-March and early July, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. I tend to sleep cold at night, even with a sleeping bag liner in a three season sleeping bag, and the blanket covering just my torso provides enough additional warmth for me to have a comfortable night. I normally share a tent with my climbing partner and the blanket is big enough to shared by the both of us. The blanket takes up hardly any space and is incredibly light, too. The material is quite soft to touch (feels a bit like a satin sheet) and doesn't rustle at all, which makes for a comfortable sleeping experience. It's a brilliant way of upgrading the warmth of your sleeping bag even further, if like me you find that a sleeping bag liner isn't enough.

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Rating:  
Heat Reflective Blanket
Wednesday, 2 July 2014  | 

Great product, ideal for those hiking and D of E expeditions. Folds up small and is extremely light to carry and fit into a rucksack. Would recommend.

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Reflective Blanket
Wednesday, 25 June 2014  | 

I used this blanket on its own last weekend as it was a warm night (silver side out), and it worked well.

I got a little chilly in the early hours, but just put my jacket on top of the blanket and I was fine again until the morning. I did not have to deploy the sleeping bag at all, although I did have it with me, just-in-case.

I really bought this to help when the temperature drops a little low for my summer sleeping bag, so I'll have to report back after I've tried that out.

I have a feeling it may work even better with an extra insulation layer between me and the blanket,

As the other reviewer has said, the only real downside I have found is how slippery the material is. It did fall off me a few times, but I do tend to move around quite a bit at night.

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Rating:  
Very lightweight
Monday, 5 May 2014  | 

Does what it says, useful way to update a summer sleeping bag when it is a bit chilly. The only disadvantage is that it is very slippery and slides off the bag unless you tuck it in each side

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Heat Reflective Bedding Blanket
Thursday, 13 March 2014  | 

Unglaublich schnelle Lieferung. Dafür 5 Sterne. Leider war ich am Ende mit Lieferung Deutschland bei 66 Euro. Ein bißchen teuer für das Stückchen Stoff. Aber tatsächlich, es wärmt. Ich werde es für meine Hammock benutzen als Isolierschicht. Eine kleine für Alles Decke zum immer dabei haben.

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8 of 19 people found this review helpful.


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