Emergency Shelters

Recent Emergency Shelter Reviews

SOL Thermal Bivvy

rated 4 of 5 stars Turns a light summer bag into an impromptu 'colder weather' bag. Very compact, light weight and easy to use. Durable, and it's NOT a mummy style for us larger guys/gals. On a recent summer outing with my Son, I made an egregious rookie mistake when packing and did not account for a "cold snap" that was moving thru the area. While low temps had been in the low/mid 60's F for awhile, on our trip they dipped down into the high 30's and low 40's for several nights. I had only brought my Coleman light… Full review

SOL Escape Bivvy

rated 5 of 5 stars Essential gear. On its own, no bag or blanket, just with a windbreak, this takes me down to 45°F. Excellent product. Part of my kit ALWAYS. Even use it at home in cool weather, under blankets or blankets inside. No idea why others have reviewed this negatively. Maybe they are really big...? Not used to UL gear? I'm 5'6" and 160. This bivy is small. Over the last two years I have spent probably 300 nights in it. Did half a 2018 PCT in it, only adding my quilt for maybe two days a week. I finally… Full review

SOL Escape Bivvy

rated 5 of 5 stars This product is listed and marketed as an emergency bivy/shelter. However I have used this as part of my sleep system when hiking/backpacking for a few years now. It is extremely lightweight (8 oz) and packs very small. This bivy packs very smal and is extremely lightweight, making it perfect for either a bug out bag, emergency bag in your vehicle, hiking, etc. It is durable. I have used it as part of my primary sleep system on multiple section hikes over the past few years and it has held up very… Full review

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

user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
SOL Thermal Bivvy reviewed Jun 15, 2019
$20 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
SOL Escape Bivvy reviewed Sep 8, 2018
$50 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Blanket 2.0 reviewed Dec 29, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Tube Tarp 1.0 reviewed Sep 16, 2017
$40 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Escape Pro Bivvy reviewed Aug 1, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Space All-Weather Blanket reviewed Feb 11, 2017
$17 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Survival Poncho reviewed Oct 22, 2015
$8 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
SOL Emergency Bivvy reviewed Jul 28, 2015
$5 - $23
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
SOL Heatsheets Emergency Blanket reviewed Oct 15, 2014
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket reviewed Dec 12, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lightweight Poncho reviewed Apr 10, 2012
SOL Heavy Duty Emergency Blanket
$13 - $14
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho Waterproof Jacket / 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
$93 - $213
Space All Weather Blanket with Hood
Coghlan's All-Weather Emergency Bag
$3 - $4
Rab Group Shelter 2
Hilleberg Windsack
$125 - $155
Rab Group Shelter 4-6
Coghlan's Tube Tent
$6 - $10
SOL Survival Blanket
$5 - $7
Coghlan's Emergency Blanket
Space Emergency Blanket
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Blanket
Fjallraven Wind Sack 1
Rab Group Shelter 8-10
SOL Emergency Shelter Kit
$19 - $25
SOL Escape Lite Bivvy
Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Reflect Poncho
Fjallraven Wind Sack 3
Coghlan's Poncho for Kids Waterproof Jacket / Shelter
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 4
Terra Nova Bothy 12
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 2
Terra Nova Bothy 8
Terra Nova Bothy 4
Brooks-Range UltraLite Alpini Shelter 200
$100 MSRP
Terra Nova Bothy 2

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