Well, I received my Ever Ready wool blankets yesterday and boy am I excited. I never thought I’d feel this way about blankets, but that’s probably because I have never been involved with camping, bushcraft and the outdoors like I am now. Spring is right around the corner and once the snow melts off completely, I’ll be spending a lot more time back on my land (video here). I’ve got tons of little nooks to camp out in and I’m enjoying my exploration. I know I’ve mentioned this somewhere on this blog already, but I’ll mention it again. I’ve only owned these ten additional acres for a few months now and for all of those months, the ground has been covered with snow. I’m looking forward to seeing what the actual earth looks like. I’m sure it needs a lot of cleaning up. I’ll have to find some people out there who want to camp so they can scavenge for wood.
Anyway, I ordered two Ever Ready First Aid Olive Drab Green Wool Blankets from Amazon.com earlier this week. I bought them for $24.99 each and received them in the mail yesterday. Once I had them, I opened them right up, only to be greeted by a wicked oil smell. I was actually expecting this because that seems to be one of things people mention the most when writing reviews. I didn’t mind though because I knew that with a little airing out, they’d be fine.
I wanted to write this post to introduce you to the blankets. Good photos of these things are very difficult to find, so I just went out into my garage to take some close-ups. I think I did a pretty good job. What I wanted to show the most in the photos was the thickness of the wood as well as how it’s woven. How dense it is, if you will.
Down below, I’ll run through the photos I took and I’ll try to explain what’s going on before or after each picture, the best I can.
This first photo is of the plastic wrap the wool blankets came in. I bought two and this was only one. The plastic is completely sealed.
And this is the label sticker that was on the plastic wrap.
Notice how the label says it’s only 80% wool. There’s some infighting out there in the bushcraft community about whether this is okay or not. Some say it’s imperative to have a 100% wool blanket and some say it’s not important because with the lower wool content, you’re able to wash the blankets more. I honestly bought these blankets because of the low price and I’m not planning on washing them ever. I guess I fall somewhere in the middle of this battle.
This is when I opened the plastic wrap a bit more and began peeling the blanket back. It’s fairly heavy at four pounds. It’s also 66″ x 90″ in case I didn’t mention that. In later photos, you’ll see that the wool itself is kind of thin, but at the weight it is, I think that the denseness makes up for that.
They say this blanket is Army issue, but I’m not sure that’s accurate. I also don’t know how to find out it it’s true either.
I believe I’m pinching a part of the blanket that’s four layers thick. For survival scenarios, the lighter the blanket, the better, as long as it keeps you warm enough. I hear that wool still keeps you warm when it’s wet. I don’t want to test that out.
Okay, let’s get into some of the stitching. From what I saw, the stitching of these Ever Ready Army wool blankets wasn’t anything special. I hope they hold up, but I would have much rather have seen something tighter and more reinforced. Here’s a close-up photo of what I’m talking about.
For my final photo, I’d like to show you how thick (or thin) these blankets are. I’m curious if a thin blanket like this will actually keep me warm when it’s freezing outside. The last time I went winter camping, the temperature dropped to 4° Fahrenheit. I don’t expect these to keep me warm in those kinds of temperatures, but to be able to add this to the mix of blankets would be nice.
There you have it, a nice up-close view of the Ever Ready 80% wool blanket. Please let me know if you have any experience with this brand or another blanket like it. I’m curious about your opinion. Thanks for reading!