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If you’re one of those people that believe in being prepared, you should have one of these in your car during winter.  Of course, if you’re one of those people who believe no bad luck will ever befall you, you should wake up and smell the impending doom headed your way.

Having been caught out unprepared, well, at least a couple of times, we can categorically state that the one time you’re not prepared for it, impossible odds will conspire against you to make sure your day sucks

An All Weather Blanket like this one from MPI is a by-product of the super insulating materials originally developed for NASA.  (You know, like Tang and Velcro.)  The blanket will reflect (and otherwise help retain) over 80% of radiated body heat, providing warmth and protection even in sub-zero temperatures.

For the artsy types out there, they’re available in red, blue, please-fly-over-me-and-don’t-rescue-me-olive-drab, and hunter orange.  MPI says that the four-layer fabric provides up to 50% more tear and puncture resistance than you get with lesser blankets.

In reality, 90% of the time you’ll never know whether your preparation will work or not, because you won’t have to use it.  The first aid kit in my vehicle hasn’t been used in the 2 years since I purchased it.  But I know that as soon as I remove it from the car, I’ll sever a limb or something.  Better safe than sorry.

Street price starts around $12.

All Weather Blanket [MPI Outdoors]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

4 Responses to Finds: All Weather Blanket

  1. James B says:

    I keep a blanket in the Jeep, but I use an army surplus store wool blanket. Its comfortable enough that I wrapped up in it last week when it was down around 0F and I was waiting for the engine to warm up in the parking lot at wor. In addition to the normal ‘stuck in a blizzard’ type supplies, I would recommend some toilet paper. Haven’t needed it, but ya never know.

  2. Myself says:

    One of these mylar thingies saved my butt when I forgot my sleeping bag. The accomodations for Dayton Hamvention book up months in advance, so a lot of folks stay at the local KOA campground. I had my boxes of stuff to sell, my tape for labeling prices, my cooler of food and drinks. I had the tent, cot, plenty of flashlights, tentstakes, everything but the sleeping bag.

    I ended up sleeping on an air mattress in the car, insulated by my polyester car blanket and covered with the mylar “space blanket”. It got into the forties outside and, while I wasn’t comfortable, I was fine for the next day’s selling and swindling.

    As for toilet paper, I think that’s why the Campmor catalog is printed on thin newsprint… Incentive to keep it around! 😉

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    James: I carry tp in the Jeep. I’ve used it.

  4. Jeff T says:

    If you put it on your head it will make you look really cool, like those guys.

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