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Re: [Hammock Camping] Wool Blanket Thermal Rating

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  • 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 1 of 4 , Jun 9, 2008
      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?
      >
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    • 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 2 of 4 , Jun 9, 2008
        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 3 of 4 , Jun 12, 2008
          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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