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254899The pictures below are taken by Bushcraft UK, Stuart Goring.

Later on, we will publish the Multimate reviews from Bushcraft UK. Until then, please enjoy these great pictures from their (Bushcraft UK) test-tour in Botswana and Alberta Canada. Really great pictures, which show the flexibility of the Jerven bag Multimate.

You really need to study the pictures for details.(Click to enlarge!) Look closely at picture number one, and you will find a Multimate tent beneath the gigantic tree. In the background of picture four and five, you will see some wild zebras. Goring and his team have also put the Multimate tent up with the aluminiumcoating inside-out as a protective shield against the sharp sun. By doing this they got shadow inside.

Please look at the Multimate-review from Stuart Goring, below the pictures.


Botswana:

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REVIEW by STUART GORING:

Travelling with a MultiMate creates a psychological peace of mind that is akin to that of a small child who is inseparable from its favourite blanket, in the MultiMate, Jerven have created a security blanket for the big boys!

The effectiveness of the MultiMate as a shelter is limited only by the user’s ingenuity and resourcefulness, its strength lay in its adaptability. Even if you don’t know what conditions you may encounter, you can be assured that the MultiMate will provide the means to see you safely though. In its simplest function, when the elements catch me off guard and a storm begins to rage about me, I simply unzip one end and climb inside, the weather can do its worst for I will be comfortably cocooned within. This alone is satisfactory enough for it to be worth its weight, but it also has the potential to be so much more, the MultiMate isn’t simply an emergency device to see you thought the unexpected; its shelter for all environments.

Over the past year alone, I have travelled with my MultiMate as my only shelter for a total of almost 6 months, across 4 continents, in temperatures ranging from -20 ûC in a Canadian winter to +40 ûC in the Kalahari Desert. From blizzards and sandstorms to tropical cyclones we’ve slept through them all. When howling winds and freezing rain drove the ambient temperature down so low that my clothing proved inadequate, the MultiMate became a waterproof insulated jacket, which functioned so effectively that I had to make regular stops whilst snowshoeing to vent the excess heat and avoid sweating. During periods of inactivity, the lower half of this ‘jacket’ could be unfurled to encompass my legs. This effectively formed a sleeping bag with arms, allowing me to manipulate equipment and prepare food and hot drinks without sacrifacing warmth. This configuration became my standard approach to living in iglu’s, quinzees and snow holes, where conventional sleeping bags often become saturated by the frostmelt and are rendered a soggy mess, the MultiMate’s impervious shell meant that I needn’t fear coming into contact with the walls or floor, which in the confines of a snow-shelter is almost unavoidable. With my MultiMate, some candles and a hot water bottle, my snow shelter became a cosy home from home even when the outside air temperature was a snot freezing minus 20 degrees centigrade.

In the forests where the snow is unsuitable for the construction of snow-shelters we had to rely on man’s original answer to the cold, Fire! This scenario calls for a spruce bough bed in front of long log fire, with the MultiMate tarp stretched out at 45û above. Its aluminium coated interior reflects the radiated heat of the fire, creating a bubble of warmth.
This reflector oven style shelter provides relative comfort to its occupant, who is able to
draw satisfaction from the knowledge that a night exposed to these temperatures
without the benefit of a large fire in front and a reflector behind, would certainly reduce
them to a frozen corpse.

In the opposite extreme, the MultiMate’s reflective qualities proved advantageous as a shield against the thermonuclear radiation of our most familiar fusion reactor. The Sun may be 150,000,000 km away, but at midday on the baked surface of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi saltpan, it feels unbearably close. The temperature climbs to a blistering 40 degrees centigrade; the white salt crust creates a blinding reflection and there isn’t so much as a pebble to cast a shadow for as far as the eye can see. There is no shelter here except that which you bring with you, but we of course brought our MultiMate. Strung shiny side up between our quad-bikes, or as a self supported half pipe shelter when poles are inserted into its three built in pole sleeves; it provided a welcome relief from the sun, where we could relax in the shade and enjoy the breeze blowing through its open ends.

Its superb camouflage pattern meant we were often awoke in African bush to Þnd we were surrounded by herds of Antelope and Zebra grazing just outside, oblivious to our presence within. Until of course we fumbled clumsily for our cameras and they were gone in a flash of hooves and a choking cloud of dust. It might be strung up in a steamy jungle clearing to keep the tropical rain from extinguishing your cooking fire or an insulated Bivouac on a windswept mountain. It could be a tarp tied between two desert acacias to provide shade or a sleeping bag from which you prepare breakfast in your snow shelter. Perhaps it’s a Camouflaged Hide for nature photography or an insulated Jacket, or a sail for kayaks, or a water basin.

Wherever it is and whatever your MultiMate is doing, one thing is for sure, you’ll never want to be without it!

All photos: Stuart Goring, Bushcraft.UK

Alberta Canada:

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