The Blizzard Survival Bag arrives vacuum-packed into a square the size of a thick sandwich; but don’t take it out expecting to get it back to that size again,’cos it ain’t gonna happen. For this reason, you’re far cleverer leaving it packed up until you actually need to use it, which is hopefully never. As this suggests, the Blizzard Survival Bag is most practically used as a survival aid rather than a camping tool, for which it is exceptionally useful, being light, compact and reasonably priced. The trick to its cleverness is the fact it’s made from Reflexcell, a metallic material that both reflects heat back towards the body in the manner of thermal foil and – chiefly – traps heat within concertinaed cells of air, which expand when unpacked and do a fine job of insulating whoever is sheltering to the level of a decent sleeping bag. Once inside, a drawstring will cinch it close around your head while you ride out whatever storm you’ve gotten yourself benighted in or await rescue by whomever you’ve alerted.
A unique, highly useful product, but resolutely for the worst case scenario.
Top fabric Reflexcell
Base fabric Reflexcell
Packed size 13x4cm
The Blizzard Survival Bag was the best bivvy in our test for emergencies.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine September 2013