With my sock inside out, shoe back on, laces flapping and an errant black bin bag doing a good job of obscuring any remaining vision left by the rain, I cycled the 300 yards to the pub. The old oak door wore its age well, iron hinges let out a squeal of delight as the heavy door swung open and we dripped into the pub. The landlord wore his age less flatteringly, he stood behind the dark wooden bar and gave us a smile that effortlessly conveyed the message, ‘don’t bother trying to explain, it’s quite obvious that either the circus is in town or the village has some new idiots’.
|Vacuum packed tarp, just 155g and very easy to re-pack for the next rainy day.|
Surviva Wear are a UK company that produce (in the UK) a range of heat reflective products that are both completely waterproof and 100% windproof. They’re lightweight, pack to nothing, relatively inexpensive and reusable. The ‘material’ they’re made from is called, Supafoil and is reported to reflect over 99% of radiant heat, which is something a bin bag can’t do. I’ll certainly vouch for the fact that you feel noticeably warmer within a couple of minutes of putting an item on. My initial thinking is that, this could be a real benefit if you wore it next to the skin or over a thin layer with your other wet clothes on top. Sure, you might get a little clammy but it’ll produce a wonderfully warm ‘micro-climate’ by preventing radiant heat loss and also stop the wind cooling you through convection or your wet clothes doing the same via the wonders of conduction.
|Yes, it does have a hole for your face and adjustable tabs for a less flappy fit.|
I’m not going to pretend that they’re the kind of things you’ll wear on a regular basis, nor am I going to say that you won’t look a little strange wearing one, especially if it’s on the outside; but on those 5% days, something like the Surviva Body Warmer could just make all the difference. At 60g, you’re unlikely to notice it in amongst everything else and at less than a fiver, it isn’t going to leave you penniless and destitute. I have a hooded body warmer and a tarp on test, so now that the weather’s on the turn, I shall see just how effective they are at keeping you below the type 2 / type 3 fun threshold and report back shortly.