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#80428 - 12/17/06 03:51 AM Re: Military surplus stores
X-ray Dave Offline

Registered: 11/11/03
Posts: 572
Loc: Nevada
The Brit blankets are very nice. Major surplus used to be the place to go for blankets. CTD, SG have them regularly and Sierra Trading has very good deals periodically.


#80429 - 12/17/06 05:16 AM Re: Military surplus stores
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
If you find them scratchy due to thier fibers, rather than a true allergy to wool, make a simple cover out of a pair of cotton sheets and whip stitch around the edges. No more scratchy. If you want to be very fancy, you can get Thai silk online pretty reasonably.

As for the hard, that usually has to do with being in storage for umpty years in a wooden crate that they had to have someone sit on so they could nail/strap/latch the lid down. Treat it like you would a stiff hide, ie bending and scraping with a wooden edge (and you thought wooden rulers were just for the naughty) and it will soften.

But they aren't very fluffy, that much is true. Mostly because they are are made by the lowest bidder.

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#80430 - 12/19/06 02:46 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Dragonscript Offline

Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 39

I bought one of these for my vehical and it's decent.
Learn to swim.

#80431 - 12/19/06 04:59 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Frankie Offline
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Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 734
Loc: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Are they brand new? Do they have mothball smell when you buy them? And will the 20% polyester reduce the fire retardancy we attribute to wool? They are so cheap, is it recycled wool? It looks like a good alternative.

Thank you

#80432 - 12/19/06 07:31 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Dragonscript Offline

Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 39
They feel like they are new. No, they do not smell like mothballs, they are each in thier own plastic bag. No clue about the fire thing and about the recycled wool. It is a decent size, cheap, light and made of wool so it has many uses in my car kit.
Learn to swim.

#80433 - 12/19/06 07:52 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Craig_phx Offline
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Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 715
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I'm not a great fan of 550 cord. I prefer to use the cords sold by reputable climbing outlets.
That is for two reasons: 1) You have a choice of sizes and strengths and 2) Its designed not to kink if it gets tangled. A major consideration if the conditions are, shall we say, less than optimal

+1 on being NO fan of parachute cord. Give me braided nylon cord any day!
Thermo-regulate, hydrate and communicate.

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