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Old 08-26-2011, 23:30   #1
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Wool Blanket Alternatives

I need to stock up on some camping blankets, but am not a fan of wool. Could anyone suggest alternatives?
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:03   #2
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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.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:37   #3
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Why not sleeping bags?
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:51   #4
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How about the military poncho liners? They work well. Larry
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Old 08-27-2011, 15:54   #5
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Why not sleeping bags?
Redundancy, I like to have both if I can.
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Old 08-27-2011, 15:58   #6
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I got old mil-surp blankets.'08.
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Old 08-27-2011, 19:48   #7
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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.
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Old 08-27-2011, 20:32   #8
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the woobie (poncho liner) is hard to beat.
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Old 08-28-2011, 00:37   #9
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the woobie (poncho liner) is hard to beat.
I just bought one from Sportsman's Guide.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c...p=WX2&i=123876

Hopefully, it's the same as what you were suggesting.
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Old 08-28-2011, 01:02   #10
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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.

http://www.kifaru.net/woobie.html
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:16   #11
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Why not sleeping bags?
Yeah, like the Bird said!
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:14   #12
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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 is also pretty good, although a tad bulkier...its great strength is that you can wear it instead of just wrapping it around yourself.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:06   #13
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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...
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:37   #14
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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?
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:40   #15
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Fleece! One of the greatest inventions of the modern era.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Another vote for the Woobie. You an find them cheap at army surplus stores, gun shows and flea markets.
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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.
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