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Emergency backpack shelter kit

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Hanzo, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Under 1 1/2 pounds. 1 pound 4.5 ounces to be more accurate for you gram weenies out there. ;) Take out the knife (4.4 ounces) and the kit is, for all intents and purposes, one pound. Granted, it is not a hotel. I would just fit under it. But it could keep me dry and warm. It will easily fit in a backpack or shoulder bag. Heck even in a large cargo pocket.



    The base of the kit is the GoLite poncho tarp. The moisture barrier/blanket is the heat sheet. The knife, which is redundant, may or may not travel depending. But it gives a pretty good tool to fashion stakes, brush cover, etc. And I have more cordage than really necessary, but I like string. I have a short length of paracord to use as a belt to cinch the poncho down, about 25 feet of paracord for a ridge line or to suspend the poncho for a pyramid type shelter, and four lengths of accessory cord of about 15 feet each. Oh and the mesh bag and a bandana.

    Should do the job in a pinch, even though it may not be the most spacious and comfortable.
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  2. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

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  3. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    One can never have too much string.
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  4. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    no ice cream????
    no sushi ???

    u feeling ok hanzo ???

    also ill be in your neck of the woods tommor so if i get stuck i would love to meet up ....
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  5. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Just not in my poncho, @KAS.

    You in Hawaii? Or just making me look gullible?
  6. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    I was passing threw from guam and have missed my connecting flight there before but i made it this time ...
    But next time i will be sure to miss it !
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  7. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Hafa Adai, @KAS!
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  8. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Those military rip stop ponchos are great for all sorts of things. Have used them for tents, lean tos, and of course a poncho. Have used them simply to lay on and pull over a sleeping bag to keep the dew off/or rain. Just wish they were a bit longer-lol. Poncho and paracord make a fine tool for camping.
  9. I was surprised to find out that the 1 I used in the Army was close to the Ray Mears version. Except I had a U.S. mosquito net, a British Basha ( DPM camo tarp) and British hammock. I'm thinking of getting 1 of those nets that wrap around the hammock with a door to crawl into.
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  10. Put a poncho liner (woobbee) in it and it makes a great cool weather sleeping bag!
  11. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    A good poncho and liner are a life saver in bad weather , I hav used them in both rain and sleet.
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