Just take a grinder and a file and cut a proper bottle opener into the back!
I wouldn't hesitate to add such an important improvement, especially as it's meant as a survival tool.
I have seen that you have a couple of similar knives. I suggest to cut such bottle openers in all of the blades...
Well, @fingertrouble , you have to know that she is a woman who digs out more bones and skulls each day than all English farm dogs together. No wonder that she ends up in the morning with the feet on the pillow!
No, seriously, that's exactly what I usually do in the double wall tent for...
In a tent I usually put my clothes off.
If sleeping just in the bivvy bag I don't.
I wear a German army field shirt that's fitted out with two chest pockets and flaps over them.
In the right pocket I have a wallet in credit card size. Only cards and bank notes and a few coins.
In the other a...
There are used army poncho liners on the market, US and Dutch, that might have broken fibres inside. Dutch exist with and without zippers along the edges.
There are bad ones, that are too narrow to serve well as a sleeping bag.
There is a new one made by Carinthia but funnily there is no rain...
I was told that the Finnish centimetre can shrink down to approximately 8,5 French millimetres because it's so cold there during the winter.
So, it really depends on the season!
Perhaps that can happen even in Helsinki.
Isn't it, @TLM ?
Indeed, I forgot the cap!
I don't carry it always around but if I have it, I sometimes use it already in some late summer nights.
Summer sleeping bags often have no inbuilt warmth collar. In this case it's worth to wrap a pullover or whatever around the neck.
A summer down bag would serve...
There are very often such alternative solutions. One can replace a lot of money with skills and knowledge.
One can fold a sleeping bag out of a large blanket for example, or wrap a smaller one in the same way around the legs and sleep in a coat. Or whatever.
In this forum we rather tend to...
The coldest instant at the ground is usually exactly sunrise.
The temperatures fall during the night and what was warmed up by the sun gets colder and colder. Sooner or later it reaches the dew point and all gets whet.
With sunrise you get now additional the evaporation chill.
Looks quite similar, isn't it?
It's surely easier to attach a better padded hip belt than constructing a custom made rucksack.
So far I am informed, the British army shelter sheets are made out of nylon / polyamide and coated with silicone.
The similar made Hilleberg tents did not degrade by aging yet although produced since 40 years.
Are British army bashas made in the same extremely durable quality?
I nearly don't use such air mats for insulation against the cold. I mainly use non insulated lightweight airmats for comfort reasons on extremely hard ground in south France during the summer on touristic camping grounds, because that's part of the way how I usually earn my money as a concert...
Air mats are complicated to produce.
The risk to throw money out of the window is very high if you buy a cheap mat without very convincing recommendations.
In your financial situation I would buy nothing else than a Therm -A- Rest model because they have a well proven client service. They...