ANNOUNCEMENT: We are proud to announce that SIGMA 3 will be the first US distributor of these reflective tarp products and currently the only place you can get this in America.We highly recommend this shelter after having used it in the field!
For years, I have been looking for a really good shelter made of reflective material that was designed for use by bushcrafters. In the US, you really only have the small emergency blanket tarps made of this material and they are all too small for comfortable use. Previously bushcrafters have had to resort to canvas, cordura, or other tough materials if they planned to sleep next to a campfire without damaging their tarp. Until recently I was completely stumped on how I could get a shelter made like I want because a company in the US has almost a total monopoly on reflective tarp material. That makes it super hard to get a hold of the material for making your own tarps. Then I stumbled onto the company Vihe Vaellus in Finland and was shocked at the AWESOME lineup of reflective bushcrafting shelters!
This company has really thought out these reflective tarp shelters very well and has a setup that will fit almost anyone’s needs. You can get solo shelters all the way up to 6 person shelters, and they all weigh less than 3 lbs. All the smaller reflective tarp shelters weigh less than 2 lbs and are surprisingly durable considering their weight. This traditional style of bushcraft shelter is designed to be placed next to a fire and will keep anyone sleeping in them really warm. They are not like a traditional nylon tarp that loses heat easily and has no sides to protect from the wind. This rip stop nylon has been coated with an aluminum spray that helps reflect all the heat back towards you. It is so effective that you don’t even need to keep the fire close to you at all. For a good size long fire, we recommend placing the fire about 4-5′ from the edge of your shelter.
Remember that it is important to know your prevailing winds when using this type of reflective tarp shelter. Fire placement and prevailing winds will be an important decision to insure that you aren’t breathing much smoke from the fire. It is best to set these up in low wind forested areas but we have set them up in high winds several times and they have held up well.
Reflective Tarp Technical Specs:
- Width at the front 114″ or 9.5′
- Diameter 125″ or 10.4′
- Depth 62″ or 5.1′
- Weight: 1.7 lbs
- Pack Size in Compression Sack: 6″x6″
Because we have to import these from Europe, they do hit us pretty hard on shipping but we don’t plan to pass on that cost to you. If you buy this reflective tarp shelter from us, you will pay roughly the same price as if you were living in Europe. We are the only US distributor of this product and you won’t find it anywhere else in America! Only other place to get them is from foreign website, most of which are in another language.
Warning: Do not get the fire to close to your shelter, it is essential that it stays the proper distance away to avoid sparks. Now we have had this shelter in 50 mph winds on several occasions and it took some huge spark showers with no damage. We have even had the flames wicking extremely close to the material without it melting or deforming in anyway. But I would play it safe and make sure to protect the tarp the best you can from fire damage.
For over a year now we have recommended the Warbonnet Hammock system as our top survival shelter for all uses. But not everyone likes sleeping in hammocks and some people want to sleep next to fires. Well this is the perfect option for people that like sleeping on the ground next to a fire. You can carry all types of bed rolls with this setup and won’t have to worry about damaging them next to the fire. I used an Exped Down Mattress in the video below and I have to tell you that it is by far the most comfortable ground pad you will ever use. By far the best for comfort, but very pricey!
You can also make a bed using dry leaves, boughs, or other soft material for sleeping if you plan to go lightweight. I recommend a small mat and lightweight sleeping bag. When using a fire next to this shelter you will not need a large sleeping bag as long as you stoke the fire through the night. It is a great way to cut weight out of your hiking setup by bringing a smaller sleeping bag.
Conclusion: This is the best ground based reflective tarp shelter in the world and is a must have for those that sleep next to a fire. You really can’t beat the packability of the product or it’s weight. There is simply nothing else on the market that really compares with it. I truly believe these shelters will take over the bushcrafting community and all those canvas/cordura/oil cloth fans will be switching over to this once they try it. No need for heavy bulky shelters so that you can sleep next to the fire. I still totally recommend the Warbonnet system as my go to shelter for most people. But if you like sleeping on the ground next to a fire, then this is the only way to go. I’m getting rid of all my canvas tarps after using this system!
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Our latest DVD featuring Rob from Sigma3 Survival School shows you how to survive the wilderness with nothing more than a knife (and a few luxury items if you wish)
Sigma 3 Survival School’s founder, Rob Allen, guides you through the finest details of the most required Survival Skills. Whether you’re a day hiker who finds himself lost in the woods, or just a person more interested in learning self reliance skills, this survival skills DVD will walk you through the hard-core realities of staying alive in survival situations.
Imagine being able to walk off into the woods with nothing more than a knife, and survive indefinitely… These are the skills to get you started on that mission!
In this 2-Disc survival skills dvd set, you’ll discover the critical secrets and subtle nuances behind how to properly start a fire using a bow drill, how to build a primitive shelter with little or no tools that’ll keep you warmer than a modern tent can. You’ll also learn how to build warm weather shelters, filter water primitively, procure your own food, and much, much more! Many of the skills are shown primitively with no tools, or semi primitively with minimal tools.
- Critical Survival Tools for EDC
- Knife Sharpening
- Cold Weather Shelter
- Warm Weather Shelter
- Tarp Lean To
- Plow Point
- Sip Well
- Carbon Water Filter
- Bow Drill
- Bow Drill With a Student (So you can learn from his mistakes)
- Tipi Fire
- Ferro Rod
- Diamond Blowing Technique (You’ll never start a fire without this technique again after watching this video!)
- All Night Fire (Which should be re-named the 48-Hour Fire)
- Snare Trapping
- Body Hold Trapping
- Paiute Deadfull
- Meat Preparation
- Meat Preserving
Perhaps our favorite item here at The Survival Summit is the All Night Fire, which kept us warm for 40+ hours while filming, without adding wood.
Whether you’re the backpacker who wants to have a few extra skills or the hardcore TEOTWAWKI prepper, this survival skills DVD will teach you the critical basic skills needed to survive in the wilderness.
All professionally filmed, edited and mastered. Total runtime is 3 hours 30 minutes. This is a very good price in comparison to other DVD’s available. This has a ton of video content and will get really in depth with a few techniques that you will love even for basic camping, not just survival!
FULL CHAPTER TEASER. Watch now and get a glimpse of the skills taught!
SIGMA 3 has just launched our new Escape and Evasion kit for SERE. This kit includes all the low tech spy type gear you will need to get away from illegal detention. We as Americans are at huge risk of kidnapping by ISIS, the Cartels, and other threats globally. So because we are targets we must prepare by not only getting equipment but learning how to use this equipment.
SERE training is something that everyone who travels needs, especially women and people who are at higher risk for captures. This kit will enable you to get out of the most common restraints, pick locks, get out of handcuffs, and much more. The SIGMA 3 Escape and Evasion Kit includes:
- Bogota Lockpicks Titanium
- Covert Saw
- Universal Handcuff Key
- Diamond stick
- Credit Card Multi Tool
- Handcuff and Lock Shim
- Kevlar Cord
- Ranger Fire starter
- P51 Can Opener
- Convenient Pocket Carry Case
Other items that might be useful to add to your kit for further protection:
If you have plans to travel to any hostile countries or continents, then you need this kit for your safety. Watch this video below and I’ll explain the uses of all these items and why they are essential for kidnapping survival.
The best bushcraft knife for under $75 is by far and away the Mora Bushcraft knife. There are a lot of good blades on the market for the money and I have tried most of them. But I still keep coming back to this one knife. In fact, even though I have several high end custom survival knives, I still find myself carrying a Mora Bushcraft knife at many of our survival courses. It is always in my go bag as a backup knife to my main survival knife set as well. It’s just a handy setup to have around. Figuring out the best bushcraft knife can be a difficult task for the beginner and we are taking all the homework out of it for you. Trust us, we have beat the hell out of this knife in dozens of survival courses and we have yet to see one fail! They aren’t the toughest knife on the market, but they are the best wood cutter and best bushcraft knife for general uses.
For less than $75, you get the best bushcraft knife from Mora, a good firestarter, and a sharpening stone built right onto the blade. It’s an all in one survival kit on your side, because if you have a knife you can build anything else that you need with it in the wilderness. Survival and bushcraft is about improvising tools from the local landscape around you and the most important tool to do that is a good blade. Now many companies have tried to reinvent the wheel with all these fancy survival knives that have come out in recent years. But the simple truth about survival knives is that you don’t have to have a super steel, but you do need to have super good design. And the Bushcrafter fits the bill in all respects! The Mora is so good because of its comfortable handle design and a very well designed blade.
The Scandinavian style grind on the Mora is designed to fly through wood. It is a flat grind that is somewhat similar in its cutting efficiency to a chisel. It was simply designed to cut through wood easily and efficiently. This makes bushcrafting chores a breeze and time is money in the bush. Your knife should do the task quickly and should cut through the wood easily. That is the single most important thing a knife has to do when you have several bushcraft chores.
The best bushcraft knife is also a high carbon steel which is good for making fire with a flint and charred tinder. You always go with high carbon steel for survival and not stainless. Never get a stainless steel blade unless you plan to be in or around the water all the time. The high carbon blades just have to many advantages to not use them over the stainless versions. The knife also comes with a fixed belt loop and a swinging dangler belt loop for either type of carry. The belt loops detach quickly and a very secure in their construction. It comes with a great sheath, but there are also a lot of options to upgrade your sheath through custom kydex making companies such as Grizzly Kydex
The diamond sharpening steel does a great job on quickly putting an edge on the high carbon steel. And since it is conveniently located on the sheath, you will always be sure to have a sharpener when the task is needed. A dull blade is a dangerous blade, so always keep your tools sharp. And don’t forget knife safety when doing bushcrafting. The blade should never be cut towards any body part. Never carve on your legs or over the tops of your palms. You never know what could happen. I always say the best knife safety learning always comes from cutting yourself really bad one time, and you will never do it again. Don’t learn the hard way, practice safe methods. So be safe and get yourself a Mora knife for our survival classes today! As they are definitely the Best Bushcraft Blade for our courses. SEMPER PARATUS!
Here is an independent review on the Mora Bushcraft knife:
If your interested in purchasing one of these blades then make sure to check them out at our Survival Store