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#128731 - 03/30/08 01:34 AM Ultralight blanket experience?
Kris Offline
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All,

I'm looking for an ultralight blanket... Something for summer backpacking. I was looking at kifaru's woobie (http://www.kifaru.net/woobie.htm), but since its a poncho liner, i'm assuming it has a hole in the middle like a poncho so they would mate up (never saw a poncho liner before).

Does anyone have any recommendations? If it can serve other purposes as well (i.e. possible padded ground sheet, can zip up and have a sleeping bag, etc) that would be a bonus.

Thanks all,
Kris
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#128732 - 03/30/08 01:36 AM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: Kris]
MDinana Offline
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Registered: 03/08/07
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Loc: Beer&Cheese country
Never tried the woobie (stupid name, IMHO). No, poncho liners don't have holes. They're not intended to be worn while the poncho is being worn. Only to make the poncho into a rubberized blanket.

Can't imagine paying the price tag for a Woobie though; kind of crazy if you ask me.

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#128744 - 03/30/08 04:40 AM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: MDinana]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
Go to WalMart or K-Mart and buy a light blanket for $10.00 or so.
The Woobie is $126.00, Way over priced for what you say you need it for.

The local camping store sells fleece summer sleeping bags for $19.00; I would guess they are good down to 45 or 50 deg. More then enough for a summer night.



Edited by BobS (03/30/08 04:43 AM)
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#128745 - 03/30/08 05:41 AM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: Kris]
TXClass Offline
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Registered: 03/29/08
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Poncho Liners are the best I have found and run $35 at my local Army Surplus. Nothing warmer in the same weight class.


Edited by TXClass (03/30/08 05:43 AM)

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#128746 - 03/30/08 07:15 AM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: Kris]
jasond Offline
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Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 52
Loc: North Carolina
$126.00!!! way too much money. Just get a regular poncho liner. It will run you between $25-35. I have been using the same one for 18 years with no problems.

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#128752 - 03/30/08 02:58 PM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: jasond]
Kris Offline
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Looking on Brigade QM's web site there are two styles of poncho liners... a 'GI Type Poncho Liner', and a 'GI Issue Poncho Liner'. First one being 25 bucks, and the second is 45 bucks. Only difference I can see is that the more expensive one is a bit bigger.

How small can you pack these?
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#128770 - 03/30/08 09:02 PM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: Kris]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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"...'GI Type Poncho Liner'..."

"type" means that it is a copy. Might be an exacty copy, might be pure junk. I would stick with the real thing, it doesn't cost all that much more. I have seen poncho liners advertised what had a diffenent insulation (thinsolate I think, not sure), they were supposedly warmer for about the same weight, but I don't know.

I stuff mine into a small stuff sack, probably six inches in diameter by eight tall, give or take a bit. They are great!!!
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#128779 - 03/30/08 11:32 PM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: Kris]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3078
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I'm looking for an ultralight blanket... Something for summer backpacking



http://www.yetioutfitters.com/bask-super...22cdc12fe6d8aa3


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#128788 - 03/31/08 12:37 AM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
If you're open to $100 mark, might want to look at the Topic traveler from designsalt. Haven't tried these but their silk bag liner is one of the best investments I've ever made. Cold/warm/humid, nothing beats silk IMO.

http://www.designsalt.com/cat_search_res...p;btnSearch.y=9



Edited by LED (03/31/08 12:37 AM)

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#128791 - 03/31/08 01:47 AM Re: Ultralight blanket experience? [Re: LED]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
John Wayne always used a wool blanket and slept under the stars.
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