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Sewing in Additional Insulation

bj139

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I have a Natural Gear fleece jacket and with it getting colder here a single layer of fleece is not warm enough. I sewed in a panel of Reflectix insulation. It feels warmer. On my next hunt I will find out for sure. I can remove it for warmer weather. Is this redneck?
 

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A little redneck-ish. I’ve made insoles out that same stuff and it works well. You might look into an Army issue space blanket from the Army/Navy store.
 

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A little redneck-ish. I’ve made insoles out that same stuff and it works well. You might look into an Army issue space blanket from the Army/Navy store.
Do you think the space blanket would work better? Insoles, I have to remember that. My boots could use some.

I had trouble sewing the upper portion into the sleeves and collar so that is not finished and is hanging down. Where it is doubled at the top it feels warmer on my back. I might double it or triple it as it get colder.
 

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Do you think the space blanket would work better? Insoles, I have to remember that. My boots could use some.

I had trouble sewing the upper portion into the sleeves and collar so that is not finished and is hanging down. Where it is doubled at the top it feels warmer on my back. I might double it or triple it as it get colder.
Yes, it’s be thinner, more flexible and probably easier to sew. Plus one side would be OD Green.
I stumbled on the insole trick years ago. Works well if you have a sorel type boot and you place it under a felt insole.
 

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Yes, it’s be thinner, more flexible and probably easier to sew. Plus one side would be OD Green.
I stumbled on the insole trick years ago. Works well if you have a sorel type boot and you place it under a felt insole.
The Reflectix was easy to sew. I used my Singer 281-1 which only has 1/4 inch presser foot lift. It makes a crinkly noise but it is very low in volume. Once I get it out in the woods I can decide better about the noise. It is only double plastic with bubbles in between so I could rip it out in 10 seconds or so. The plastic is low tensile. I sewed the corners only at first and putting it on and off ripped a corner free.
 

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I have a Natural Gear fleece jacket and with it getting colder here a single layer of fleece is not warm enough. I sewed in a panel of Reflectix insulation. It feels warmer. On my next hunt I will find out for sure. I can remove it for warmer weather. Is this redneck?
But how will you back it up??
 

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Windy day today and high 40F temperatures. The Reflectix insulation did a great job of blocking the wind.
 

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I already have that figured out. I have a $5 foam seat from Walmart which I have been placing under my back band which has been keeping my spine warm. I was using that without backup. :dizzy: I can add that in case of Reflectix failure so it can save me from hypothermia.
I bought an M 65 Military jacket liner to wear under an outer layer. Blocks the wind well.
 

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I bought an M 65 Military jacket liner to wear under an outer layer. Blocks the wind well.
I am currently wearing a cold weather coat liner with a contract number on it. I doesn't say M65 on the label. I wear it almost always during the winter as a light weight jacket or sweater.
 

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I would have sewn a "pocket" for it so it's easily removed for washing etc. Reuseable spaceblanket/tarp in the sleeves would be a great addition/substitution for the reflectix. How'd it all work out as far as long-term use?
 

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I would have sewn a "pocket" for it so it's easily removed for washing etc. Reuseable spaceblanket/tarp in the sleeves would be a great addition/substitution for the reflectix. How'd it all work out as far as long-term use?
It is plastic so it can be wiped with a damp cloth. A pocket would be a good idea. I switched to a goose down coat for the winter so I only wore it about a dozen times. It blocks the wind completely on my back where it is installed and provides a bit of insulation about what I expected for the thickness. I would do it again based on what I now know.
 

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It is plastic so it can be wiped with a damp cloth. A pocket would be a good idea. I switched to a goose down coat for the winter so I only wore it about a dozen times. It blocks the wind completely on my back where it is installed and provides a bit of insulation about what I expected for the thickness. I would do it again based on what I now know.
I was thinking for purposes of washing the rest of the jacket. The down jacket will likely be a better long-term solution.
 

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I was thinking for purposes of washing the rest of the jacket. The down jacket will likely be a better long-term solution.
I don't see why I couldn't wash it in place in the washing machine.
 

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I just sewed this today. I use a large diameter cup for coffee so none of the coozies I had would fit. Coffee is staying warm nicely. Don't put this in the microwave unless you want to see an arc filled light show. So far, so good.
 
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