Field Expedient IcePlate Curve Insulation Techniques
We had a customer down range ask us “How can I keep my IcePlate® Curves in my IcePlate EXO® frozen for longer in 120 degree heat while I'm out training?”
The answer is COVERAGE. You need to block the solar radiation that is coming from the sun from getting to your IcePlate Curve and melting it.
We devised some field expedient ways to insulate your IcePlate® Curve.
An important note: these are field expedient solutions only. These are not OEM/Factory grade solutions. We have a product in the R&D pipeline to do exactly this mission, but it isn’t ready for primetime yet. Stay tuned to your LaunchPad emails for the drop when it goes into production.
Until then, these solutions should hold you over.
- Placards, Pouches, and Patches Oh My!
The first way you can insulate your IcePlate Curve® is by using any placards, pouches, and/or patches to cover the plate bag. All we are trying to do is prevent the solar radiation (*hyperlink methods of heat transfer here) from getting to your IcePlate Curve and melting it. We decided to use the MOLLE Placard from IcePlate EXO® and a few moral patches to cover up all of our openings.
- Chillin with my Foamies
Another solution would be using a piece of foam or rubber cut from something like an Iso mat or old flooring to cover your IcePlate® Curve. This will block the Sun’s rays from reaching your IcePlate® Curve with the added insulation benefit of foam.
If you have an IMS Pro, you mount it to the outside of your IcePlate EXO® and stuff it with any ad hoc insulation around like packing material, foam, or rubber scraps.
I happened to have an old foam sample laying around the shop that was the right size. I cut 8 slits in it and OneWrapped it to the back of my IcePlate EXO®. Trace the negative MAPs onto the foam and cut along those lines to make your slits. Then MOLLE the sheet of foam on. It's that simple!
Here's what I used to make it:
- 4 3” pieces of 1” OneWrap
- 8.5” x 11” sheet of foam
Hope this helps! If you have any questions please let us know, and if you try this yourself make sure to send us some pictures!
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