Rescue tent, or quick rescue in a difficult situation

2017-05-18
Rescue tent, or quick rescue in a difficult situation

First and foremost, survival in extreme conditions requires knowledge and skills. However, it is worth having equipment that will further increase the possibilities of saving yourself and loved ones during difficult situations or a strong weather breakdown. Especially for you, the Adventure CREX group during their trip to the Low Beskids tested the Highlander rescue tent. Although this equipment is inconspicuous and takes up little space, it can save lives in extreme situations. See the review and tests!




Thanks to Milworld.pl we had the opportunity to check the Highlander rescue tent. The model we received for testing, as described, is for 2-3 people. The package itself is small and light. The dimensions in the cover are approx. 22 × 10 × 10cm; weight 340g. The cover has a Velcro strap, thanks to which the whole can be attached to a backpack, belt or other part of the equipment. The tent and the cover are orange. This is of great importance in an emergency for which the equipment was intended. The bright color is easy to see; moreover, it is very often used in rescue of all kinds.

After removing from the cover, the first association that comes to mind is a poncho raincoat. The material, according to the manufacturer, is windproof and waterproof AB-TEX - it does not arouse distrust as to the given parameters. Despite its lightness, it is very strong; you can't tear it by accident. We did tests during a trip to the Low Beskid, but unfortunately no storm caught us to use it in battle. Let's get to work!

After unfolding we have a dome that can be used as a covering. According to the manufacturer, dimensions are 142 × 47 × 92 cm. The bottom edge is sewn in with a welt and 2 fabric tabs on which you can sit. We go inside with 2 people, we sit on the material "flaps", which in itself protects the tent from being carried away by the wind. In addition, we use an adjustable cuff on both sides.

In the case of one person inside, legs can be placed on the other "flap" for sitting. Unfortunately, there is a lack of space for a third adult. It can therefore be assumed that 2 adults and 1 child can take shelter in the tent.

PVC visors are sewn in on both sides of the tent, through which we can control what is happening outside. While the tested copy used double stitching on one side, on the other one of the visors was sewn in very carefully - maybe someone ran away from under the machine, because one stitch was on PVC and the other on the material. However, the inaccurate stitching did not affect the functionality in any way and did not give the impression of weakness at this point.

After several dozen seconds sitting in the tent gets clearly warmer, but also stuffy. And here comes the help of a crimped sleeve, sewn in at one end, which is used to inflow fresh air. And in fact it is extremely needed; otherwise it would be difficult to stay in the tent for more than a dozen or so minutes.

Inside the tent, we sit opposite each other with curled legs. Certainly sitting inside is not comfortable, but we must remember that this equipment is to protect during an emergency weather breakdown, and not be a comfortable place. Staying in the tent individually, we can be tempted and lie down with slightly curled legs; it is more convenient solution than sitting down. However, in this case it is worth remembering to place your head near the ventilation sleeve. Breathing then, we largely exhale water vapor, which will prevent condensation inside. In the case of the liquefaction process itself, it rather threatens after a few hours inside.

The tent seems to be an ideal solution for one-day trips to the field, and especially to the mountains, where we can be surprised by the sudden weather breakdown. Inside there will be space for two adults + possibly a child. Looking at the disadvantages, it can be assumed that the tent is intended to spend a maximum of 2 hours in it, i.e. the time needed to wait out the storm, but I think that's what it was designed for. Sleeping in it, or longer waiting for help is not impossible, but it certainly is not the basic function of this tent. When it comes to trips, the Higlander rescue tent will significantly improve our safety, because during a storm we won't try to find shelter under the trees.

Advantages:
+ ease and speed of use,
+ wind insulation,
+ insulation against precipitation,
+ increasing thermal comfort,
+ easy to see from afar.

Defects:
- a longer stay inside is not comfortable,
- when you stay inside for a long time, there is moisture from condensation.

We recommend Highlander Emergency Survival Shelter especially for day trips and hikes!

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