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Lone Kimono
08-26-2011, 23:30
I need to stock up on some camping blankets, but am not a fan of wool. Could anyone suggest alternatives?

HAMMERHEAD
08-27-2011, 07:03
I've been looking for a quality polar fleece blanket. I am a fan of wool, but a good wool blanket goes for $200 or more.

Big Bird
08-27-2011, 11:37
Why not sleeping bags?

lampasaslwc
08-27-2011, 11:51
How about the military poncho liners? They work well. Larry

Lone Kimono
08-27-2011, 15:54
Why not sleeping bags?

Redundancy, I like to have both if I can.

kirgi08
08-27-2011, 15:58
I got old mil-surp blankets.'08.

bdcochran
08-27-2011, 19:48
Insulated Poncho Insulated Poncho New!
Insulation is 6 ounce Lamilite / Climashield

Color options; digital camo, marpat camo, coyote brown, foliage green.

Snaps down each side to close it and loops so it can be used as a shelter. Created for the military for use by soldiers situated in forward observer posts. Water resistant, machine washable and dryable.
Standard poncho liner size so it can be worn under and waterproof poncho


Look up Wiggy's sleeping bags. The guy makes great stuff. Poncho liner would be good in lieu of a blanket.

Alternatives - German WWII sniper sleeping bag. Or a WWII German reproduction paratrooper jump suit. You can sleep in them as well.

I am allergic to wool. I use down comforters.

AK_Stick
08-27-2011, 20:32
the woobie (poncho liner) is hard to beat.

Lone Kimono
08-28-2011, 00:37
the woobie (poncho liner) is hard to beat.
I just bought one from Sportsman's Guide.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?p=WX2&i=123876

Hopefully, it's the same as what you were suggesting.

TKM
08-28-2011, 01:02
The woobie is so much better it boggles the mind.

I like the Doobie.

Please, put down your High Times, that's not what I meant.:whistling:

http://www.kifaru.net/woobie.html

TangoFoxtrot
08-28-2011, 04:16
Why not sleeping bags?

Yeah, like the Bird said!

Commander_Zero
08-28-2011, 07:14
Had the Kifaru Woobie for a couple years and its pretty sweet, its convinced me to get one of their sleeping bags. The Wiggy's insulated poncho (http://wiggys.com/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=252&CFID=4618652&CFTOKEN=93679314) is also pretty good, although a tad bulkier...its great strength is that you can wear it instead of just wrapping it around yourself.

R_W
08-28-2011, 09:06
Very few people are actually allergic to wool, but many are allergic to the chemicals used to process it. I suggest to anyone that thinks they are allergic to wool to try a raw or naturally processed wool. Not that I think you NEED to buy wool, but that you need to know the real problem.

Wool is still the best campfire blanket (not fun to backpack it though). Fireproof has advantages.
Fleece is cheap enough to stock up on and give away
Microdown comforters are cheap (especially on clearance) and work great for car kits.
cheap poncho liners are tougher than fleece or microdown, but not baby blanket comfy
Wiggy's and Kif Woobies are AWESOME, but you are paying for it up front...

Lone Kimono
08-28-2011, 09:37
The Kif Woobie and the Wigg's look awesome and I know you get what you pay for. I'm sure they compress down very well and are light to carry. That being said Bird may be right. What about buying a cheap sleeping bag (cabelas has some from last year on sale for $30-50) and just unzipping? When I heard sleeping bag I was thinking about it zipped not open like a blanket. I usually don't hike that far in when I car camp so the extra bulk and weight wouldn't be a problem. Would the extra money still be worth it for the Wiggies and Kif?

off road
08-28-2011, 10:40
Fleece! One of the greatest inventions of the modern era.

Lone Kimono
08-31-2014, 21:01
I'm stocking up on blankets again and have a question. Are the Italian military 100% wool blankets on Ebay worth $75? Would an 80/20 or 90/10 be close enough in warmth and use near a fire?

I've accumulated most of the above suggestions in the past 3 years, but want to add some wool.

Tom Kanik
09-01-2014, 00:05
Sportsman's Guide Fall Hunting catalog lists the U.S. Military wool blankets for $22.49, and I believe that either them or Cheaper Than Dirt sells the Italian Military surplus blankets for about the same. It pays to shop!:cool:

Rebel 6
09-01-2014, 06:25
Fleece! One of the greatest inventions of the modern era.

This is the best answer. Fleece, like wool, insulates when wet. Plus, it is way lighter than wool, and much cheaper too.

Dave514
09-01-2014, 06:37
Another vote for the Woobie. You an find them cheap at army surplus stores, gun shows and flea markets.

Bren
09-01-2014, 07:07
I need to stock up on some camping blankets, but am not a fan of wool. Could anyone suggest alternatives?

Army surplus store - poncho liner. The wool blanket is better for insulation and cheaper, but the poncho liner packs smaller and lighter.

Bren
09-01-2014, 07:10
I'm stocking up on blankets again and have a question. Are the Italian military 100% wool blankets on Ebay worth $75? Would an 80/20 or 90/10 be close enough in warmth and use near a fire?


I guess I'd go to the surplus store and buy the U.S. Army 100% wool blankets for $5-10 but, this being Glock Talk, the Italian ones are probably more tactical.

Lone Kimono
09-01-2014, 08:37
I guess I'd go to the surplus store and buy the U.S. Army 100% wool blankets for $5-10 but, this being Glock Talk, the Italian ones are probably more tactical.

The problem is the new US ones aren't always 100% wool. They have moved to a mixture and I'm not sure they would be as good around fires. If I had to put a fire out the 100% would work, but I'm not sure about the mixtures.

Big Bird
09-01-2014, 23:58
If you want a great wool blanket for outdoors use you cannot beat a Hudson's Bay Blanket or a Whitney's. But they are VERY expensive these days. You can pick them up used off Ebay for a decent price though and then not feel so bad about taking it outside into the woods.

Wrapping In A Wool Blanket - YouTube

I can tell you from experience camping with these blankets at blackpowder events that the darn things will keep you nice and warm in all but the coldest of winters and then you just need to find ya a good fat squaw to keep warm... :) Or a Teepee with a fire if she's a skinny squaw...

FWIW, US Army blankets are 100% wool. They are usually 65-70% new wool and the balance is re-processed wool. Reprocessed wool is wool that has been made into garments or factory trimming from garments that have never been worn....basically its just recycled wool from the manufacturing process. It is usually a shorter fiber than a virgin wool product and hence a little scratchy. A decent 100% virgin wool Hudson's Bay blanket is literally as good as 2-3 Army Bankets but of course costs more than $200-400 new depending on the size. The HB blankets are also very soft to the touch and not scratchy.

kirgi08
09-02-2014, 00:35
:faint:

FireForged
09-02-2014, 11:15
How about the military poncho liners? They work well. Larry

woobies rule the world !! I got half a dozen

Lone Kimono
09-02-2014, 12:05
Since I started this topic a few years ago I've gradually just purchased all of the suggestions for different uses.



FWIW, US Army blankets are 100% wool. They are usually 65-70% new wool and the balance is re-processed wool. Reprocessed wool is wool that has been made into garments or factory trimming from garments that have never been worn....basically its just recycled wool from the manufacturing process. It is usually a shorter fiber than a virgin wool product and hence a little scratchy. A decent 100% virgin wool Hudson's Bay blanket is literally as good as 2-3 Army Bankets but of course costs more than $200-400 new depending on the size. The HB blankets are also very soft to the touch and not scratchy.

Thank you for this!