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Wool Blanket Thermal Rating

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  • tim_farm
    Living in Florida and camping with the Scouts I am beginning to think that my big bulky sleeping bag might be needed for our January or February camping trip.
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 5, 2008
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      Living in Florida and camping with the Scouts I am beginning to think
      that my big bulky sleeping bag might be needed for our January or
      February camping trip. However I am beginning to wonder if a simple
      wool blanket will do the trick for the rest of the year.

      Growing up in North Carolina I remember some of my first camping trips
      I used a wool blanket. I only remember being cold the morning I awoke
      to snow on the ground.

      I know Coleman sells fleece sleeping bags that are rated for
      50-degrees but I have never seen a rating for the simple wool blanket.
      Does anyone happen to know what the rating would be?
    • David Ball
      We use wool blankets as supplements to our 20 degree bags when we take groups out in the late fall when temps often dip into the 20 s at night. I can tell you
      Message 2 of 4 , Jun 9, 2008
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        We use wool blankets as supplements to our 20 degree bags when we take
        groups out in the late fall when temps often dip into the 20's at night.
        I can tell you absolutely that a good wool blanket will outperform fleece.
        There are lots of differences in fleece and wool blankets however.
        Quality on either side is critical.

        If weight is not an issue, I really prefer wool. I recently did a 4 day
        canoe trip in northern michigan and the ground dwellers had ice on their
        tents in the morning. I had a pad and a wool blanket under me in my
        Claytor and I was snug as a bug in a rug. I don't think fleece would have
        done that. Besides, gotta love the whole sheep thing rather than petro.

        David


        Living in Florida and camping with the Scouts I am beginning to think
        > that my big bulky sleeping bag might be needed for our January or
        > February camping trip. However I am beginning to wonder if a simple
        > wool blanket will do the trick for the rest of the year.
        >
        > Growing up in North Carolina I remember some of my first camping trips
        > I used a wool blanket. I only remember being cold the morning I awoke
        > to snow on the ground.
        >
        > I know Coleman sells fleece sleeping bags that are rated for
        > 50-degrees but I have never seen a rating for the simple wool blanket.
        > Does anyone happen to know what the rating would be?
        >
        >
      • Rick
        You would be much warmer and carry a lot less weight with a very light down quilt. I have one I made with about 6 oz of down. Very comfy in the summer down
        Message 3 of 4 , Jun 9, 2008
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          You would be much warmer and carry a lot less weight with a very light
          down quilt. I have one I made with about 6 oz of down. Very comfy in
          the summer down to about 50 degrees. You will probably still need a pad
          for part of your back whenever the night temperature gets down below the
          mid 70s. Anything below 71 and I start to get quite uncomfortable
          without a pad.

          Rick

          tim_farm wrote:
          > Living in Florida and camping with the Scouts I am beginning to think
          > that my big bulky sleeping bag might be needed for our January or
          > February camping trip. However I am beginning to wonder if a simple
          > wool blanket will do the trick for the rest of the year.
          >
          > Growing up in North Carolina I remember some of my first camping trips
          > I used a wool blanket. I only remember being cold the morning I awoke
          > to snow on the ground.
          >
          > I know Coleman sells fleece sleeping bags that are rated for
          > 50-degrees but I have never seen a rating for the simple wool blanket.
          > Does anyone happen to know what the rating would be?
          >
          >
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        • Richard Perlman
          Sorry for the late contribution........ I love my Speer TopBlanket! Rich ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          Message 4 of 4 , Jun 12, 2008
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            Sorry for the late contribution........

            I love my Speer TopBlanket!

            Rich

            tim_farm wrote:
            > Living in Florida and camping with the Scouts I am beginning to think
            > that my big bulky sleeping bag might be needed for our January or
            > February camping trip. However I am beginning to wonder if a simple
            > wool blanket will do the trick for the rest of the year.
            >
            > Growing up in North Carolina I remember some of my first camping trips
            > I used a wool blanket. I only remember being cold the morning I awoke
            > to snow on the ground.
            >
            > I know Coleman sells fleece sleeping bags that are rated for
            > 50-degrees but I have never seen a rating for the simple wool blanket.
            > Does anyone happen to know what the rating would be?
            >
            >
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            >
            > Yahoo! Groups Links
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >


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