LandShark in Gonarhezhou
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We used to think a land shark is a hyaena. Or a lawyer. On recent trip to Gonarhezhou, we packed the LandShark to see how useful this survival tool is.
Cold in Africa? You bet. Africa can get much colder than you think.
The Land Shark is survival shelter constructed of a micro-thin layer of aluminized film laminated to a resilient, composite reinforced, ripstop material.
The aluminized coating reflects up to 80% of radiated body heat. The tightly-woven ripstop reinforcing seam construction resists tears and punctures, even from boots and sticks. The Land Shark is completely windproof, waterproof and acts as a vapor barrier.
How it works
Heat Retention: A micro-thin layer
of aluminized film reflects up to 80% of radiated body heat –
highly effective in combating hypothermia on land or in the
water with a life vest on. Vapor Barrier: Military-Grade Construction:
Eyelets help attach the 550 paracord
when making a shelter out of Land Shark. High Visibility: Instant Shelter:
The LandShark is reversible from international orange to camo and makes an excellent emergency signal, readily visible to search & rescue teams from great distances. Digital Camo provides visual masking for avoiding detection.
Composite Reinforced, Ripstop Material: Strengthens Land Shark reducing punctures and tears, even while user is wearing heavy boots.
The Aluminized Film combats hypothermia and eliminates infrared emissions for stealth and evasion from high-tech, body heat detection equipment. The aluminized material is also radar reflective for search aircraft, search & rescue teams and high speed vessels moving at night over water.
The 550 Paracord drawstring can be used to create a hood or to close the shelter entirely for maximum protection and body heat retention. In the water, the closed bag helps prevent water ingestion in heavy seas.
Sea-Dog® Clip is and integral tether to easily link multiple survivors together during a survival situation at sea. Creates a larger target for search & rescue teams to locate on open water.
The survival whistle alerts rescuers to your presence and can attract attention from great distances.
The Land Shark is actually two different kinds of Instant Survival Shelter. Both sides provide you with the same lifesaving thermal protection, however, one is made to attract visual attention (International Orange), while the other keeps you hidden (Digital Camo).
Evading detection can mean the difference between life and death. Land Shark’s inherent thermal cloaking abilities reduce the user’s infrared signature to undetectable levels, even while using some of the most advanced commercial and military-grade infrared detection equipment. Thermal cloaking keeps you hidden in plain sight.
A 30-minute test using the highly rated FLIR, Inc. Model 2000AB helicopter-mounted IR detector, operating in the 8-14 micron wavelength range, failed to locate three individuals concealed in Land Shark bags.
Soldier of Fortune magazine tested the Land Shark bag using the Life-Finder hand-held IR detector. The magazine’s testers were also unable to locate three individuals concealed in Land Shark bags during the 30-minute test.
After testing, Soldier of Fortune magazine concluded that: "The new StealthBag is essential gear for those in a SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) scenario whose survival depends on their ability to hide not only from visual detection but [from] sophisticated infrared detectors as well."
With the increased use of infrared detection equipment by both military and law enforcement personnel, infrared cloaking capability has become an extremely important evasion tactic.
The Land Shark Instant Survival Shelter reduces the wearer’s infrared signature to undetectable levels while remaining a compact and affordable survival tool.
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