It started as a joke, for my good friend and hiking partner Hoosierdaddy. He is a die hard UL hiker (he makes my pack look like a bag of bricks and my pack is light!). He will argue you over the smallest item being too heavy.
As I was working out today I had a memory flash of fabric long forgotten. I have a habit of buying fabric that calls to me, with the thought that eventually I will find a project for it. So I dug around when I got back and I found it….heat reflective silnylon.
I sewed up a couple prototypes quickly and was quite happy with them. We have taken them into full production and hope to have them live on the website in the next 24 hours. These cozies are lighter than the traditional ones (though I wouldn’t call the traditional FBC cozies heavy by any means!) A normal pint size FBC Cozy is 1.2 to 1.3 ounces. The new silnylon ones weigh in at 0.7 to 0.8 of an ounce.
This is THE cozy for those wanting to cut as many corners on weight and bulk as they can. We have decided to go with the smaller pint size (a shy 8″ by 8″ in size when closed). This size will fit a pint size freezer bag perfectly but will also fit a quart freezer bag, where it is a meal for one. (Say no more than 1 1/2 cups water added.)
In testings with the regular FBC cozies the new heat reflecting ones retain about 7° to 10° more heat after 15 minutes. This is a big deal particularly for those hiking in high elevations.
Pricing is being determined and as soon as we figure out everything the new cozy will be going live.