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Old 02-10-2020, 08:21 PM   #1
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Got a 3/rd Escape Lite mylar bivy

from SOL.. this" breathable" sort of mylar is apparently proprietary, cause I've not found it for sale in bulk anyplace. This is the second one in OD green. The first one is orange. i've had to paint the blaze orange (non-breathable) 2 person Emergency bivvy that comprises the outer bag of my system. The latter measures 5x7 ft as it comes from the box, across the shoulders. The escape is just 2.5 ft x 7 ft including the hood. My original Escape is all patched up, from various experiments. So i'll be using 100mph tape to bind-together the two green escapes, trimmed to 78" across the shoulders when laid flat. Then the 18" wide clear PEVA strip will be added, for an OAL when laid flat, of 8 ft. The outside bag is trimmed to a laid flat width of 9 ft, So the inside bag is a bit smaller. I"m 56" around my arms/chest, now that i"ve been driving iron steadily for 5 years. I want room around that size, cause touching the mylar anywhere but underneath you is bad news (for staying warm). Each of the Escape lites is 6 ozs, so is the 2 person bivvy. I've trimmed off enough that the full zippers doesnt add to the 18 oz total weight of the 2 bags. The PEVA "window" is normally folded outside of the bags, cause it causes condensation. It's used only if the sun or a fire is being added to the equation. The clear PEVA of course admits and then traps the radiant heat. and the mylar reflects it back at me. The dead air space between the bags is what insulates me. One COULD, of course, in case of need, use heated stones dry-out some debris and stuff it between the bags.

I have to make a pair of booties out of the old breathable mylar and try them. EVENTUALLY, the non-breathable booties DO get your feet a bit wet, when lying around. SO I have to assume that such is bad news for hiking in such booties.
 
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Old 02-11-2020, 05:38 AM   #2
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Again! YOUR "SYSTEM" IS GARBAGE. NOW IT IS ALL PATCHED UP WITH TAPE, GIVE UP ON THE BULL****. Can't you find something better to do.The homeless in Chicago an St Louis live in stuff better than this garbage. Driving iron, what a laugh that is.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:33 AM   #3
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None of that is meant for prolonged use. The emergency bivy bags are for emergencies and aren’t designed for repeated use.

Your gear will fail under heavy use and will leave you in a bad, bad situation when you need it most.

Why you think your life isn’t worth having good gear is a mystery.
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Can't you find someplace to tow the van like next to a building that has a outside electric plug? Plug in a electric heater for the night. Use some of the dumpster diving garbage to insulate the van. Unplug during the day, maybe move it (if possible) around every few days. Would be better off that way rather than living like a savage wrapped up in trash.
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I have never seen before, anyone who gets the attention he requires by being called an "idiot".
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Old 02-11-2020, 07:41 AM   #6
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Wonder what "wifey" called him!
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:40 AM   #7
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I can't get past the inflated drum liners serving as a seat. Just can't see them holding up to an adult's weight.

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...With the day pack to lean back against, the butt pack to sit upon (both having partially inflated drum liners inside of them)...
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...using the seated reclining position, on the packs, with inflated drum liners in the packs...
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:02 AM   #8
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I'm really having a hard time lately believing that he even went on 1/2 day field exercises!
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:07 AM   #9
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They do sell bivy bags that are meant for real use. You’d be better off buying one of these. They will last many years in heavy use.

The emergency bags might last a week of heavy use, maybe. But probably one make it past a couple of days - which is what they are designed for.
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I have to make a pair of booties out of the old breathable mylar and try them. EVENTUALLY, the non-breathable booties DO get your feet a bit wet, when lying around. SO I have to assume that such is bad news for hiking in such booties.

Can you spell blisters? If you are wearing these as socks or even over your socks inside a boot, your feet will be in trouble in no time.

Or are you planning to wear them over your boots? If so I doubt you'll make it a hundred yard before they are destroyed. I'd be impressed if they lasted a half mile over soft grass. On real terrain, you will be done in no time at all.

They do make socks with heat reflective threads in them. I've worn them skiing. I found they were ok, but good wool socks and maybe a synthetic liner under neath work perfectly - in very cold conditions, we are talking sub-zero temps, not a balmy 35 degrees.

your ideas are getting close to being completely insane. Or what a 12 year might do.

some rules to live by:

Don't go cheap on gear

Don't even think of going cheap on anything involving your feet if you are planning on any serious hiking.

One good pack is worth twenty cheap packs.

One good sleeping bag is worth more than whatever it costs you.

Proven gear is proven, usually by a lot of heavy use by a lot of people in a lot of conditions. You aren't going to beat their experience. People pay good money for good gear for a reason.

The first time your gear fails you, could be your last.

Don't be stupid with things that can kill you.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:37 PM   #11
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...your ideas are getting close to being completely insane. Or what a 12 year might do.

some rules to live by:

Don't go cheap on gear

Don't even think of going cheap on anything involving your feet if you are planning on any serious hiking.

One good pack is worth twenty cheap packs.

One good sleeping bag is worth more than whatever it costs you.

Proven gear is proven, usually by a lot of heavy use by a lot of people in a lot of conditions. You aren't going to beat their experience. People pay good money for good gear for a reason.

The first time your gear fails you, could be your last.

Don't be stupid with things that can kill you.
It's an ego thing. The whole "I'm smarter than anyone and have got a better idea than all the ideas in history" mentality that manifests itself in (as you say) insane people and juveniles.

I'm a huge fan of innovation, new approaches, and progress in general. But to assume that I am (or you are, or he is) the smartest person who ever lived, is nothing but childish narcissism.

Sleeping on an inflated trash bag...? Seriously? It might support the weight of a cat or small dog, but not an adult male human; not for very long at least.
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Old 02-11-2020, 04:53 PM   #12
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He does go on and on. Remember the hole he was going to live in with Wifey and Wifey's 5,8, or 12 year old Daughter. He'd just get angrier every time his absurd ideas were shot down. According to Melvin he should be at least a millionaire by now with all his schemes. If so, why's he fooling around with garbage bag sleeping materials?
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It's an ego thing. The whole "I'm smarter than anyone and have got a better idea than all the ideas in history" mentality that manifests itself in (as you say) insane people and juveniles.

I'm a huge fan of innovation, new approaches, and progress in general. But to assume that I am (or you are, or he is) the smartest person who ever lived, is nothing but childish narcissism.

Sleeping on an inflated trash bag...? Seriously? It might support the weight of a cat or small dog, but not an adult male human; not for very long at least.
I doubt he gets it sealed air tight enough to last the night. And even if he does, after a few cycles of inflating and deflating, rubbing, being folded up for transport, etc. it is going to develop holes and tears.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:42 PM   #14
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You know I just had a terrible but terrific thought .

Too bad Melvin didn't really plan things out ahead.

Instead of the money spent on "Wifey" and all the cheap duct tape and trash bags.

He could have just bought something like a big Bertha blow up a doll. And solve two problems at once
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:13 AM   #15
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You know I just had a terrible but terrific thought .

Too bad Melvin didn't really plan things out ahead.

Instead of the money spent on "Wifey" and all the cheap duct tape and trash bags.

He could have just bought something like a big Bertha blow up a doll. And solve two problems at once
ROFLMAO!!!!
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:45 AM   #16
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Time for this again, Mel's world.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:09 AM   #17
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Thank gawd I have finished my morning coffee! I can see it all over my screen & keyboard.
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:31 PM   #18
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AMBIEN TAKE ME AWAY!!!!
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:32 PM   #19
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Looks more real than "wifey"
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