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Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:56:33 »
Hey, just wondering if anyone here has ever used one of these blankets:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/CANADIAN-ARMY-BLANKET-WOOL-EXCELLENT-CONDITION-17K-NT-/281225461741?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item417a57ffed&_uhb=1

If so, how good are they, and how do they compare to the US army ones?  I know these are smaller in size than their US counterparts (Canadian ones are 70" x 55" while the US ones are 84" x 66") but are they worth the higher price as the Canadian ones cost approx $50 shipping included, while I can get a US army wool blanket for approx. $30 shippping included.  Thanks!
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 10:03:01 »
And in case anyone is wondering, I would be mostly using it for camping and hiking.  Weight for me isn't an issue, and I figure a wool blanket could also have it's uses around the house for our cold Canadian winters!
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013, 10:25:28 »
If you are using it for camping and around the house, I would look at something else.  Look at a fleece blanket you will find them more comfortable, a lot of people find the wool blankets real itchy.
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 10:28:42 »
Hey, just wondering if anyone here has ever used one of these blankets:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/CANADIAN-ARMY-BLANKET-WOOL-EXCELLENT-CONDITION-17K-NT-/281225461741?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item417a57ffed&_uhb=1

If so, how good are they, and how do they compare to the US army ones?  I know these are smaller in size than their US counterparts (Canadian ones are 70" x 55" while the US ones are 84" x 66") but are they worth the higher price as the Canadian ones cost approx $50 shipping included, while I can get a US army wool blanket for approx. $30 shippping included.  Thanks!

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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013, 11:10:38 »
Definitely look to a actual camping shop for a modern thermal blanket. It will be cheaper, lighter, slimmer and more effective than a wool blanket.

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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2013, 11:30:53 »
Wool will keep you warm, even when wet.
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2013, 13:57:04 »
As well, for me anyways, itchiness (if that's even a word) isn't really a factor because the blanket is most likely going to spend most of it's time on my bed inbetween sheets.  And for wanting a wool blanket, wool blankets are getting more and more expensive, while becooming all the more harder to find in good condition and something like this would also feature as a collector's item in a few years.  But if anyone here has any opinions on these Canadian blankets vs the US army ones, any input would be appreciated!
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2013, 19:25:28 »
Lovely piece of kit. Carry one canoeing. They make great sleeping bags, shelters and even pouch is. They will repel a certain amount water on the move and insulate even when wet. They have become hard to find after the bush rafter movement took off.
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2013, 19:46:48 »
So I guess these blankets are a love them or hate them type deal, correct?  Thanks for all the replies guys, but my initial question still hasn't been answered...  One of these blankets or one of the US army-type blankets?  And, to re-iterate my point, I'm looking for a wool blanket, not a fleece blanket or synthetic/ cotton blanket...  a wool blanket!
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013, 21:00:59 »
Ours they are thicker.
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2013, 21:09:06 »
Ours they are thicker.

Thanks for your input!  But does thicker = better?  Like, are the Canadian ones higher quality, softer, or are they just thicker?
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2013, 21:11:32 »
I would think the R value would be greater.
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2013, 22:07:15 »
Yes, thicker = better. George is correct, higher R Value therefore warmer.

And to answer your first question, I suspect all current and former members on this site have encountered those blankets many times during their career. And you could probably assume that some of us may have actually used that very blanket.
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2013, 22:38:42 »
Yes, thicker = better. George is correct, higher R Value therefore warmer.

And to answer your first question, I suspect all current and former members on this site have encountered those blankets many times during their career. And you could probably assume that some of us may have actually used that very blanket.

Thanks!  I assumed that most people here had experience with these blankets, just I was wondering if there was anyone here who had experience with both this blanket AND the US Army one for comparison purposes.  Appreciate the input, I guess I'll be putting an order in soon for one!
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2013, 01:14:20 »
Thanks!  I assumed that most people here had experience with these blankets, just I was wondering if there was anyone here who had experience with both this blanket AND the US Army one for comparison purposes.  Appreciate the input, I guess I'll be putting an order in soon for one!

I worked with a hard core old Reg Fc Warrant Officer in the early 1990s when i was RSS.  When i went to the field with "Ranger Blankets"  and Goretex  he went to the field with CF Wool blanket bedrolls.  He never complained, always warm when wet and he felt it was worth the weight.... I still thought i was smarter than him :)

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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2013, 08:51:37 »
I worked with a hard core old Reg Fc Warrant Officer in the early 1990s when i was RSS.  When i went to the field with "Ranger Blankets"  and Goretex  he went to the field with CF Wool blanket bedrolls.  He never complained, always warm when wet and he felt it was worth the weight.... I still thought i was smarter than him :)

Yeah, I have a poncho liner, Italian army sleep system, and US Gore-tex bivy, but was just looking for something a bit more traditional for camping and related activities.  And damn, that IS one hardcore WO!
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2013, 23:04:57 »
Wool will keep you warm, even when wet.

Wool also keeps you wet, even in the warm.

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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2014, 06:25:39 »
Can't go wrong with history, Wool is an ancient fabric.

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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2014, 17:58:08 »
Well, the blanket just arrived in the mail yesterday, and I have to say, it is a very well built piece of kit.  Definitely thicker and heavier than the US ones (local surplus store had them in stock), which could be a pro or a con, depends on how you look at it...
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Re: Canadian or US Army Wool Blanket?
« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2014, 19:22:10 »
Can't go wrong with history, Wool is an ancient fabric.

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