I received my two new blankets yesterday, so I thought posting pics of them on the blog would be interesting for all those who enjoy this type of thing. I honestly have no idea if these blankets are any good or not, so they’ll need some testing. I don’t think I’ve ever even used a wool blanket before in my life, but I’m very familiar with how warm wool keeps me when I’m wearing a sweater that’s made from it. Wool is awesome and there’s no substitute.
The blankets I bought are of the Ever Ready brand. They’re 80% wool, but I have no idea what else they’re made from. On the ad page, it said the rest is “synthetic material.” I’ll just have to go with that. These are fire retardant as well, which is nice. The only problem with that is the oil smell that comes along with it. I knew that was part of what I was buying before I bought them though, so I wasn’t shocked at this revelation.
As far as the size, these blankets measure in at 66″ x 90″ and they say they’re “similar” to those that are issued by the Army. So no, they’re not genuine Army issue. They just look and feel like it. At $24.99 each, I can’t complain too much.
Okay, I’m attaching the photos I took of one of the blankets below. Let me know what you think. Will these be able to handle a survival situation? A winter camping one? What’s the coldest temperature do you think these will keep me warm? I’m curious about all this.
UPDATE: I wanted to add some to this post. I just received two wool blankets from Harbor Freight and I have to say that they appear to be pretty good. Not that I know what I’m actually looking at, but my first impression is that they seem like decent wool blankets. I’m not quite sure how to test something like this out, so I’ll have to get back to you after I bring these camping with me to let you know how warm they keep me.
I wrote another post that you can read about these Harbor Freight wool blankets, so please feel free to do that. Although I added many photos to that post, I’ll add a few here as well. The more, the better.
Just to recap: These Harbor Freight blankets are slightly thicker than the Ever Ready ones, but the Ever Ready blankets are larger and weigh more (4 pounds compared to 2.8 pounds). It seems as though they’re more dense as well, which may keep me warmer or cooler. I’m not sure yet. The stitching on both blankets seems okay. It’s not very tight or anything, so it may need some attention down the road. Both blankets smell like oil, but the green Ever Ready ones smell worse than the Harbor Freight ones. The Ever Ready ones are also fire retardant, while the Harbor Freight ones are not.