Skip to comments.Proforce Equipment Snugpak Jungle Blanket (VANITY - goin' camping, have you bought one?)
Posted on 07/13/2014 12:02:15 AM PDT by ransomnote
I am reading that this is a decent woobi replacement. Has anyone purchased this
Proforce Equipment Snugpak Jungle Blanket
Both Amazon and Proforceequipment.com are short on details.
What is the environment where you will be camping? hot/moderate/cold dry/rainy
45 degrees at the lowest, tent or camper on back of truck. Dry
Prefer a blanket because I thrash around too much
Hmmmm....so walmart carries other similar products by snugpak but no reviews. Must be new.
Well if you’re in a camper weight is not going to be a concern, I’d just go with a blanket from home wrap up in it and lay on a sleeping pad.
In a tent you’ll be more exposed and unless you’re in the desert “dry air” gets damp during the night, so a blanket from home might not work out too well. The comments at Amazon say the jungle blanket is water repellent, which is good, but it could also be clamy. The reviews sound good and the price is right. What’s to lose? I haven’t used it but it sounds ok. It might work out great in a tent, lay on it and if it gets cool just pull it over you.
In summer I’ve used a light weight bag and either laid on top of it or inside without zipping it up and it worked out ok. The tent adds a few degrees warmth and keeps the dew away. I know the mummy bags are better in cold weather but I can’t stand being so confined so i go with a modified mummy. It’s a little heavier and maybe not as warm but I don’t go insane either. I backpack so weight is always something to shave were you can, but this isn’t one of those places!
Always use a sleeping pad. Every thermarest I’ve had loses air. The eggcrate or corrogated foam pads work ok. They’re a lot cheaper too.
Thank you for the good advice, I needed it. :)
Have a blast!
I’m jealous, I don’t get to hike near as much as I used to.
Let me know how that jungle blanket works out
Will do. Just placed the order.
Pinging Kartographer. I’m wondering if folks on your list may have encountered this product and can comment.
Ping me too on this if you don’t mind. Looks like it would come in handy during hunting season.
At 1.6 pounds, it seems kind of heavy for just a blanket, however, it looks pretty neat. I’ve been using a hammock more and more when I camp. It’s difficult to get into a sleeping bag. This might work well for that.
Please let me know too
looks too small to me
look at the army-navy store in your area
Can't beat good wool when weight isn't an issue.
1st review seems fishy. He’s had it 4.5 years. Lots of pros. The con was feels cheap but its not.
Fishy, pro or con? Or just paid off?
Answered my first question: weight.
1.6pnds seems reasonable, for meme.
I have no familiarity with the blanket you specifically questioned but if you can't find any info on it, well that is telling in itself. It's a real bummer to head out in the bush with a crappy piece of gear. Regarding a blanket, I would just get a standard wool or wool blend blanket. I'm sure that there are some modern constructions around that are a bit better in one way or another but I am too lazy to search them out and simply suggest a conventional wool or wool blend blanket.
Since you will be using your truck bed or a tent, here are some comments on that. Truck beds are supremely uncomfortable unless you pad the heck out of the floor. At a minimum use a cheap Walmart sleeping bag on the floor with a Thermarest type pad to tame down the hard steel and ribs. The cap needs to have screened windows but these are likely going have to be fully closed in heavier rain so it will be clammy at times. Put some weather strip around the tailgate to keep out road dust. For the tent, shy way from big box store tents as they have durability problems plus will not stand up at all to severe weather. For example, during my recent Smokies trip, there was radical weather one night and I think there was a microburst or small tornado. Extreme wind and rain, knocked down trees and such. My 12 year old North Face didn't even budge in the wind and a Walmart grade tent would have been collapsed on me.
My ideal tent and sleeping gear load out is this assuming camping in primitive areas. A quality 3 season tent by a company such as North Face, Marmot, etc. Note that Cabellas and REI house brands are good gear and cost less. An aside, if you're doing more than a quick overnight, fully stake out the tent with all foot and guy lines as the tent will be much more weather resistant and better ventilated. Get a tent that is one size larger than your people load so there is plenty of interior room. If speed of tent setup and take down is a priority, there are some flop open, self erecting tents that are 30 second setup and take down plus there are rooftop foldout and popup tents. My sleeping gear consists of a synthetic insulation -20F bag, a cheap warm weather Walmart grade bag and a Thermarest. With the pad on the floor, one bag underneath me and the top bag for sleeping cover, I am good to go for anything from summer hot weather to subzero. Don't forget an LED headlamp that you can clip inside the tent
Thank you for the good ideas.
Yeah I agree. It stays warm when it gets wet.
Aside from a blanket all you need is a wool shirt even when it’s pretty cool