Kevin Callan
Credit: Kevin Callan

I just picked up the new S.O.L (Survive Outdoors Longer) All Season Blanket. It’s definitely going to come in handy for all my upcoming foul-weather spring trips.

I usually pack an S.O.L Escape Bivy Bag to add to my sleeping system in case the nighttime temperature drops. The All Season Blanket is a bit heavier, however (454 grams). It can also be folded out and used as a ground tarp for the inside of my tent (213 cm x 151 cm). That’s a huge perk. It’s pretty durable, made of polyethylene and a tough laminate fiber. It also has a vaporized, aluminized coating that reflects radiated body heat. And it’s priced at only $22.

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Beyond being used as a tent floor or extra layer in your sleeping bag, this multi-purpose thermal blanket can be packed away and used as an emergency blanket to battle hypothermia—a real danger during the shoulder season—or rigged into a shelter system. The blanket is waterproof and comes equipped with four metal grommets and reinforced edges. The grommets are solid. I set up a makeshift shelter in my backyard on a crazy windy day and there was no sign of wear and tear. It’s definitely not going to shred like Mylar blankets.

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The extra bonus of the All Season Blanket is that the outside layer is a highly visible bright orange colour, making you easier to spot by search and rescue—an extra I hope I’ll never need.

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