Interesting shelter concept...

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by Witch Doctor 01, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Might be worth playing with... especially in cold areas where you can fill the bottom with insulation....

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  2. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Looks good for a few nights when the weather is good.

    @Brokor had a better video with a hammock combo tent somewhere on his youtube... the kit was smaller than any of those bags and probably less weight than a backup pair of boots.
  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yeah, I do have some pretty nice kit, and I like using it. Still, a hasty shelter like the one in the video is a very effective way to survive, especially in a combat environment. Of course, if you aren't being barraged by mortars, I wouldn't suggest digging in unless you plan to stay at that location long term. Grinder has a point, I do pack light on shelter, and it's because I believe a survivalist should be able to make their shelter with just a couple tools. Plenty of cordage certainly helps, but if you know how to make your own from vines and other plant life, so much the better. Then again, if you're going to be on the move, bringing some paracord or bank line might serve you best. It's a trade-off concerning weight for necessities, and it's always based on your situation, load capabilities and terrain.

    No matter what, I don't care what the experts say, I do not want to go without mt self inflating Australian military sleeping pad. What a great piece of kit.
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  4. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace

    What brand of mat is that Brokor ?
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    It's actually a Thermarest inflating sleeping mat, manufactured for or by the British Ministry of Defence and is standard G.I. issue. Mine is brand new, dark earth colored, comes with a bag and two soft elastic bands to keep the mat in shape. I took some pics of the tags:

    The NSN is 8465-99-310-9203.
    Here you can see who imported it. Made in China.

    This is a picture of the mat when I first unroll it and loosen the valve.

    This is a closeup of the valve. Unscrew counterclockwise all the way and wait up to 10-15 minutes when new, or 5 minutes after first few uses. The mat self inflates. Do not use hand pump to inflate or over-inflate. Tighten valve clockwise to seal and use. To deflate, unscrew valve and roll slowly.

    A closeup of the mat texture. Very durable.

    Picture of the bag and straps.

    Measurement: 4 feet x 21 inches. The weight is a little over 19 oz. Very small, light and durable.
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    Last edited: Nov 28, 2013
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