Wool blankets 2 thin ones or 1 thick one?

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  1. tkav1980

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    I have a Hudson's bay 6 pt, it's not in the greatest shape but below 40 or so it's not great without a long fire.
    Yes I know that's how it works..lol but since dead air space is what keeps you warm, what about 2 queen size wool blankets that aren't as thick? Do you guys think the layering effect would be better considering when wrapped properly it would be 6 layers around you?
    Logically it seems it would but does anyone have first hand experience with this below freezing?

    I saw a 50% sheep 50% alpaca king sized blanket for $114 and I'm thinking about getting w to try this. I'm just curious what the consensus is on the 2 vs. 1 idea.
     
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    I think 2 thin blankets would be more versatile than just one thick blanket. Maybe just pin them together in the winter and use them separately the other three seasons.
     
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    You already have a somewhat thicker blanket, getting a pair of thinner ones will give you a lot of options. Also consider a cover that's woven tightly enough to shed wind, that will make a surprising difference in heat retention.
     
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    Although I don’t know from experience, my guess would be two thin ones. That would create extra airspace, and therefore loft, and therefore warmth... right? Idk:)

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    Thick one and a thin one :)
     
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    I like that idea, paired with a tarp you're all set. joe
     
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    Go for the large Alpaca. I have a thin Alpaca blanket, and it's very warm for it's (comparitively) light weight.
    With two thin blankets, you can use one in the warmer months and two in the colder months. Very versatile.

    The one I have isn't large enough to wrap up in diamond-fashion, but if it were, it would probably get me down pretty low on its on. So, I recommend a queen size at least, unless you just want to use it in conjunction with other things like a poncho liner or down blanket (as I do).

    There are some Alpaca Queen sized blankets that weigh only about 3lbs. I've been eyeing one for the colder months.

    One important thing I've heard (but not yet tried myself) with wool blankets, also, is that it's good to have a bit of canvas or a tarp to wrap around you to block the wind and keep in extra warmth. In my experience wearing wool and a windproof jacket, this seems valid.
     
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    Two thick blankets.
     
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    Two would be warmer than one.

    Alpaca of the same thickness is warmer than sheep wool.

    Try the Alpaca. It is a great blanket.
     
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    On the subject of wool- what are these odd looking hooded long-cut robin-hood style coats I see guys wearing on YouTube videos with the draw-string chest
     
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    Bushshirts?
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    (Convert the currency on the top to USD. I prefer the Mosgiel version: http://www.swanndri.co.nz/bushshirts.htm )

    Capote?
     
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    That looks like it
     
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    How does sheep wool, alpaca wool compare to Bison wool?
     
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    Or anoraks. You might remember seeing the word in several thread titles.
     
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    Hey, I thought I might help. Bison is warmer, but rougher. Sheep wool isn't bad but not as warm or soft as alpaca. I would recommend Alpaca if you consider softness just as important.
     
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    I have felt Alpaca wool as we have an Alpaca farm nearby... durability verse softness might determine how close to your body verse the external environment your garment is....
     

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