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TWO SOL Escape bivvies,

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are needed for a 220 lb, 6 ft tall guy. They are $40 each,  1/2 lb each, made from a "breathable" mylar, but I made a bag-liner out of half a lb of "double layered" painter's drop cloth. One side is waterproof, the other side of it is absorbent. I made a 3x8 ft bag out of it, using another full length zipper. This bag is fragile, so you  have to tent it and the Escape(s) over a ridgeline, and be careful how you enter and exit the combo.  this 1.5 lb assembly lets me sleep ok at 40F, in office clothes, even with a pretty good breeze blowing. The dropcloth stops any possible condensation. I use the SOL 2 person Emergency "non breathable" bivvy, opened flat, as a windbreak and rainfly. Normally, I use a hammock, and can do so even if there's only one tree. :-) I rig it as a reclining "slingchair", and pop a sedative. the dropcloth bag is 1/2 lb.   There's no concern about the stuff's getting wet, there's nothing to get too-compressed, it folds and rolls up into a very small package. The emergency bivvy weighs just  1/4 lb.

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It rarely goes below 20F here, and almost always thaws during the day. If I add down booties, glove liners, balaclava, a winter coat, I can sleep ok in the hammock or up on some dry debris, inside the two bags,  at 20F, without a fire. If I stuff the area between the bags with dry debris, or use the UCO candle (reclining/seated position) or use a discrete Dakota fire pit to heat rocks/ or water, , each one will add another 10F degrees.  calisthenics, while inside of the sleeping gear,  can add 20F degrees, if you've got the energy to do them every few minutes. I can use the Emergency bivvy as a Korchanski solar shelter, with a fire, thru the "window" of clear PEVA plastic in the absorbent drop cloth, PEVA, contruction plastic, normal "space blanket" mylar, Tyvek all have horrific condensation problems when made into a bag configuration. The supershelter can add 20F degrees just by facing bright sunlight and it normally warms up that much more, between noon and dawn. So I can use the eye mask, earplugs and sedative to sleep from 11 Am to 5 pm, if need be, or I can use the projected heat of a Siberian fire lay, if it's 10F or so. When it's that cold, nobody's coming around to bother you about having a fire. Not at night, anyway and I can be long gone at dawn, if need be.

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