Emergency Shelters


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Recent Emergency Shelter Reviews

Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Tube Tarp 1.0

rated 5 of 5 stars A light and simple emergency shelter. I got this as part of the 10 Essentials prize pack as a 2016 Trailspace Reviewer of the Month. I haven't used it on some emergency situation since I luckily haven't had one. But I have set it up just to get familiar with it. The color is right to get easily spoted when waiting for resque and the weight is, as expected, very low. I think it was at around 700gr. Perfect for carrying as a safety net on an imminent bad weather. All it takes is two trees to make… Full review

SOL Escape Pro Bivvy

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Escape Pro Bivvy blurs the line between an emergency survival shelter and an ultralight sleeping bag cover. While it is comfortable and functional in ways a mylar space blanket could never be, the Escape Pro can’t quite compare with full-fledged waterproof-breathable fabric bivvy sacks. In carving its own niche, it may have hung itself out to dry. Best For: Aspiring fastest-known-time record setters. Fastpackers and backpackers needing a just-in-case shelter. WFRs and WEMTs looking for an… Full review

Space All-Weather Blanket

rated 5 of 5 stars This tough space blanket can be used as a tarp or a groundsheet, but I like it best as a blanket reflecting my body heat back at me. Unlike cheap cellophane space blankets, this one is tough enough to use and reuse many times. Essential gear! This reinforced space blanket is tough enough to use as a tarp or a groundsheet, but what I like best to do is put it on the floor of my tent with my sleeping bag on it. If I get cold, I flip half the blanket over my bag. It reflects my heat back at me. A little… Full review

SOL Survival Poncho

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A light, effective emergency blanket/poncho. I've been a big fan of SOL/AMK Heatsheet blankets for some time now. Much more durable and useable than the chintzy ones you so often see labeled as emergency blankets. I've got to test the Heatsheets out a couple of times and with a little work was able to refold them and reuse them. The SOL Survival Poncho is made of the exact same proven material. Obviously at this light weight (2.7 oz) it isn't bombproof, but plenty durable for its intended purposes—a… Full review

SOL Emergency Bivvy

rated 5 of 5 stars Caught out in the mountains two nights ago and used my bivvy for four hours until daylight. Kept me dry and comfortable, even though laid out on a rock!! (Surrounded by boggy ground.)Problem now to repack!!? Full review

SOL Escape Bivvy

rated 0.5 of 5 stars A mylar blanket does a better job of reflecting heat. I've tested this bivy in temps from the 40s down into the teens. Every time I ended up colder than when I didn't use it at all. Instead of reflecting heat back to me, the Escape Bivvy seemed to conduct heat away from my body like a heat sink. I contacted customer service and their idea was that the bivy was compressing the insulation in my mummy bag. That sounded like a good theory since it doesn't offer much room with a sleeping bag inside. Full review

SOL Heatsheets Emergency Blanket

rated 3 of 5 stars Best when new. I used this once to keep my butt dry while I sat on a riverbank while my son played in the water. It is not a very good thermal barrier, being so thin heat conducts to the ground right through it. The aluminum coating might reflect radiant heat and as a tarp it certainly will keep you dry and out of the breeze. That said when I went to use it a second time all of the aluminum reflective material had come off. It still will make a light ground cloth or an emergency tarp, but its claim… Full review

SOL Sport Utility Blanket

rated 5 of 5 stars Knowing that I could use this more than once, means that I am not contributing to the throwaway society. This can be used for many things, so that gives me a good reason to add this to my pack. One day we put this under the sleeping bag and the dampness didn't come through. The next day we used it as a tarp over us in the rain. Since there are so many uses, to me it is a good weight. I have a bad back so every ounce counts. Full review

SOL Escape Bivvy

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The SOL Escape Bivvy is excellent for campers who don't use tents, but prefer to use a tarp or sleep under the stars. It in conjunction with a sleeping bag can perform even in very low temperatures as a full shelter system. SOL Escape Bivvy The escape bivvy, in my opinion, is a bivvy like no other. It’s durable, warm, and comfortable. It does have its downsides though like the fact that you can’t move your arms very easily while inside, especially when using a sleeping bag inside of it. Breathability… Full review

Top-Rated Emergency Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Space All-Weather Blanket
$17 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy
$20 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket
$17 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Tube Tarp 1.0
$30 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
SOL Emergency Bivvy
$14 - $23
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Survival Poncho
$11 - $13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
SOL Heatsheets Emergency Blanket
$4 - $5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Escape Pro Bivvy
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Escape Bivvy
$50 - $60
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 4
Terra Nova Bothy 12
SOL Heavy Duty Emergency Blanket
$13 - $15
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 2
$40 - $89
Terra Nova Bothy 8
Terra Nova Bothy 4
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
$1 - $2
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Poncho
Space Emergency Bag
Rab Superlite Shelter 2 Silbothy
Rab Superlite Shelter 4 Silbothy
Terra Nova Bothy 20
Coghlan's All-Weather Emergency Bag
$3 - $4
Rab Group Shelter 2 Bothy
Hilleberg Windsack
SOL Survival Blanket
$5 - $7
Coghlan's Emergency Blanket
Space Emergency Blanket
$3 - $4
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Blanket
SOL Emergency Shelter Kit
$20 - $25
SOL Escape Lite Bivvy
Rab Group Shelter 8-10 Bothy
Rab Group Shelter 4-6 Bothy
Terra Nova Bothy 2
Coghlan's Poncho for Kids Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lightweight Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
Liberty Mountain Emergency Poncho
Coleman Emergency Bag
Space All Weather Blanket with Hood
Integral Designs Bothy
Blizzard Survival Blanket
Blizzard Survival Bag
$39 MSRP
Mammut Survival Blanket
Blizzard Survival Jacket