Wool Blankets

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  1. Luzster

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    How do everyone.

    My only experience with wool blankets are the standard military issued ones. They are heavy, stiff and rough. I've been looking at getting a wool blanket to supplement my sleeping kit/bed roll.

    Just wanted to know if there are other wool blankets that are good for camping that are not as rough/stiff as the standard military ones. I've threads on here about Hudson wool blankets and their quality and such, but are they as stiff/rough as the standard issued ones?

    ARe there that are any softer and as durable? Not a big fan of the standard issued ones as they are rough. itchy and generally uncomfortable to me.

    Any suggestions?

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    I have a rothco European styled wool blanket. It is a lot nicer than the US issue blanket. I use it as a winter coat. I would love to have a hudson bay or pendleton but I don't have enough spare cash flow to justify the purchase.
     
  3. Luzster

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    @freebirdfb I was just looking at those online. PRice point is really nice, but without being able to put my hands on it to feel it, makes it hard to buy something like a wool blanket online. Thanks for the input!
     
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    Give the blanket a good soak in hair conditioner and let it air dry. Did wonders for a $6.00 Harbor Freight blanket. If it works, it's cheaper than a new blanket. Most real good wool blankets are fairly expensive. joe
     
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    check www.shopgoodwill.com -- search for wool blankets.
    there are a couple good ones currently -- a faribo red wool and a golden dawn "hudson bay clone".
    these are auctions, but you can score some good deals on the less collectible brands.
     
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    I have heard there are some very nice surplus wool blankets from Israel hitting the market now. The guy I talked to said they're like new and very soft. However, I haven't been able to put my hands on any.

    This may or may not be important to you, but a lot of the reproductions I have seen that are described as "wool blankets" are only 30-60% wool. I'd rather have 90% wool content, so I keep an eye on that. YMMV.
     
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    I do believe Highlander ( on this site) has one for sale .sorry don't know the make or price but it feels and looks good.
     
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    What @PERRO said.

    They should be having their big sale in a few weeks. Hopefully they will get more stock in.
     
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    Have you had a chance to handle one of the Italian wool military blankets? Mine was a gift from a good friend and fellow member here and I absolutely love it!!! Durable yet soft enough and nice and warm.
     
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    I love my wool blankets. I bought one of Italian surplus wool blankets years ago when they were inexpensive. It's nice and warm and is one of my favorites for outdoor use. Now that the originals are scarce, they are being reproduced and sold at a much higher price.
     
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    I also have three blankets that are among the best I've seen. Two are documented Confederate used blankets and one is supposedly a US contractor produced issue blanket. All three are real heaters! My favorite of all of my blankets though is the supposed contractor produced US issue blanket. It is rough, course, and scratchy, but is the warmest of my warmest blankets.

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    Awesome treasures you have there Nightflyer!
    Those are museum quality pieces.
     
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    Try the Eucalan wool wash with lanolin.
    I've used it to help restore 100 year old blankets for years.

    It's like hair conditioner for your blankets.
    It will soften and revitalize the old dry wool items you have.

    Also don't overlook burs, thorns and other foreign objects that may be stuck in the wool.
    This can make the softest wool blanket an itchy nightmare.

    Best
     
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    Do you have a link to a specific product? Looks like Eucalan makes a bunch of products and I would like to see which one you are referring to specifically.

    I did wash my two cheapie wool blankets in woolite and that seemed to work really well. IT definitely softened them up a good bit. Might have to wash them once more to see if it loosens them up some more as well.
     
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    don't tell anyone, but dutch aabe wool blankets are top notch, but hard to find or hard to find for a good price these days, because I bought them all :D
     
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    I have some nice wool blankets scattered around. I'll have to dig them up and put them back to use. Bought them all awhile ago when the price was reasonable.

    Seems like now, even the threadbare crappy ones with holes are terrible expensive. :(
     
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    lol But I got the best one.
     
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    I have several high quality wool blankets that are very soft, including a queen that LL Bean had on clearance years ago. Thick, heavy and warm. But, the warmest, most comfortable blanket I own and can't say enough about is my twin size alpaca wool "Thick Military Banderita" from Alpaca Warehouse. It shed a little at first, but is lightweight (weight-wise) and seems to amplify body heat. And it could NOT be softer. I don't leave home without it. Encourage you to investigate alpaca as an alternative to wool.
     
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    @LongAgoLEO ... I actually just won an auction on the goodwill site. Got two woolies; and older JC Penny and a HB 4 point for $61 shipped. I'll give these a run through and see how they do. You're the 3rd/4th person to mention the alpaca blankets. Might just have to get one, and if nothing else, use it in the house.
     
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    Nice score, Luzster!

    To be sure, I was completely satisfied with the LLBean blanket (of my woolies) with only the pack weight & size being an issue for me. Had a bro-in-law with alpacas and a neighbor adjacent to my land with the same and had to listen to them constantly expound on the virtues of alpaca over wool. On a tip about the holiday discounts at Alpaca Warehouse several years ago, I got my blanket for $69 plus free shipping - mostly to shut them up. Now I'm in their camp. Haha Certainly not as rugged as an old surplus wool blanket, but for packing and staying warm, I've been converted.
     
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    After following this thread for awhile in search of a blanket I bought a queen size Alpaca Warehouse military Banderita . It is thick and soft. I will be trying it out next week so we shall see.
     
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    Check the Alpaca Warehouse web site, they have some nice sales this time of year to boot.
     
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    I just got an old wool blanket with the satin trim for $20 delivered. It measures 72 x 85. Hope to try it out in a few days.
     
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    My favorite is an Israeli 'Commando' blanket, about cot size, but warm and friendly, for colder weather, my French Army wool blanket has kept me warm and dry in all conditions. Viva La France!
     
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    The french army blankets are pretty bad ass.
    I have an unusually large one thats 96x67" and weighs almost 7lbs.
    Perfect condition.

    You ever seen one like that? I haven't so I picked it up.
    It has letters and the number 58 embroidered on the corners.
    All the other French Military blankets I've seen were nowhere near this size and weight.
     

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