Emergency Shelters


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Recent Emergency Shelter Reviews

Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Blanket 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars I too have used this product and love it for an entirely different reason, but basically the same functionality with a twist. This is a very good light but heavy duty tarp that I use as a floor liner in my tent when I camp with my two dogs.  One of my dogs is a Dalmatian that is a total wimp about staying warm, the other is a Border Collie.  This blanket helped keep the tent much warmer than without it AND protected the floor from two dogs' toenails that I forget to keep very short. They have… Full review

Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Blanket 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent to have, multiple uses. I have also used these for similar functions. In the South, they can keep your tent from becoming a radiant heat oven if you rig one or two as tarps to provide very effective shade from the afternoon sun. These are far more effective as sun shades than the usual "camping tarps" that sell for a lot more money. There are tarp poles on the market that are very good. Going desert camping, take a couple of those along to expand your options for using these. We rigged… Full review

Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Blanket 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars This emergency blanket/tarp is the best bang for your buck, hands down. Tough and durable at a price that anyone can afford. The UST Survival Blanket is one piece of equipment that is a must have for anyone. I have purchased several of these to keep in the emergency kits in our vehicles, a BOB at home, and I have two of them in my pack when I am out in the woods. I am not a typical backpacker, making long treks cross country. I typically go in and set up a base camp and then spend the next few days… Full review

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

Top-Rated Emergency Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Blanket 2.0
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 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Tube Tarp 1.0
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
SOL Heavy Duty Emergency Blanket
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
$1 - $2
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Poncho
Space Emergency Bag
Rab Superlite Shelter 2 Silbothy
$71 - $94
Rab Superlite Shelter 4 Silbothy
$94 - $124
Terra Nova Bothy 20
$96 - $239
Coghlan's All-Weather Emergency Bag
Rab Group Shelter 2 Bothy
$45 - $59
Hilleberg Windsack
$120 - $145
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
$67 - $89
Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Reflect Poncho
Rab Group Shelter 4-6 Bothy
$60 - $79
Coghlan's Poncho for Kids Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lightweight Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 4
Terra Nova Bothy 12
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 2
Terra Nova Bothy 8
Terra Nova Bothy 4
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
Terra Nova Bothy 2