100% Wool Blankets (master Listing)

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  1. Brokor

    Brokor OPSEC ENABLED Site Supporter

    Keeping it simple: The wool blanket should not be underestimated. In today's society, we see millions of products, each of them offering a reason why you should buy their product. When it comes to providing warmth, the wool blanket is still the greatest solution and it's only made...out of wool. I suggest just about any military surplus 100% wool blanket, but some are better than others. If you want a thicker blanket, go with the Swedish officer's wool or the Bulgarian military wool blanket (my two favorites).

    List of 100% wool blankets (Rated by stars)

    Swedish Officer's Blanket :5s:
    German Military Grey (NVA or striped) Blanket :5s:
    Bulgarian Military (cream) Blanket :5s:
    Italian Officer's Blanket (striped) :4s:
    Israeli Wool Blanket :3s:
    Italian Military (60's-70's) Various :3s:
    Czech Army Issue Blanket :3s:
    US Army Blanket OD Green :3s:
    US Navy Blanket (varies) :3s:
    Swedish "Swiss Sytle" Reproduction Blanket :1s: (not very good)

    There are multiple versions of some of these blankets, be warned! Some are 80/20 blends, some are reproductions, some may be fakes. The list above is based solely on 100% wool blankets. This is not a complete list, just some of the more commonly known blankets. Rating based on thickness, edge sewing, and overall quality of material (not actual retail quality since it varies due to storage).

    Are 80/20 blankets acceptable? Sure. But, it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy 100% wool military surplus blankets, especially the really good ones. They are rising in prices as rarity climbs. The blended wool blankets with other materials are not considered to be as warm or offer the same benefits as 100% wool.


    One link I found that sells an authentic Italian Officer's blanket for a (somewhat) reasonable price ($40): Blanket, Authentic Italian Officer
    You can search Ebay, but I caution you because there is a lot of price gouging. One Swedish Officer's Blanket is currently going for $125 +, and even though I cannot find any online below that price, they were recently selling for about $35-$50. This tells me the market is bare at the moment, and I hope to see more of them selling at a decent price.

    The blankets which are softest and will not cause you to itch as much are the Swedish and German grey wool blankets. The Swedish officers, German, and Bulgarian blankets are the thickest, too. I would say the Italian Officer's is a bit more durable, but not quite as thick as the Bulgarian or Swedish military.

    IMAGES (to clarify):
    Swedish Officer's
    German Grey NVA
    Italian Officers Striped
    Bulgarian Military (cream)

    Non-Military Surplus (100% Wool Blankets):

    link: 100% Wool Blankets (master Listing) | Page 2

    Great Product:
    Link to the Boreal shirt by Empire Wool and Canvas: Boreal Shirt (Empire Wool and Canvas)

    70% - 90% and 100% wool blankets (currently in stock) at the Pathfinder store: 21st Century Longhunter - Blankets - The Pathfinder Store

    Sportsmansguide has wool blankets when stocks are available: -LINK-
    swede. D_NVA. Israeli-Military-Blanket-Wool-350. italian. bulg_wool.
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  2. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay Site Supporter+


    here's a swede for ya!


    I think I am going to get 2 of the German blankets from the site you provided. They also had an assortment of pants. I love to hike and i usually wear K-mart nylon pants and they are beat up. I also wear my asics sneakers to get around and just take off my shoes and socks when wet terrain comes along. Is there anything you would suggest for footwear and pants?
  3. Brokor

    Brokor OPSEC ENABLED Site Supporter

    No, they have been out of stock for a while. Best luck to find one now for an affordable price is to check locally at Army/Navy shops until they show up again online for a reasonable price.

    Not to get into another subject, but I can only recommend Danner boots for footwear because of my experience and their quality. But, for hiking, Merrell makes some great hikers, and I enjoy mine. Pants...you can't go wrong if you stick with durable cotton and canvas, Goretex for inclement weather, and wool for winter. I own several pairs of military wool pants, from Australia to the US. I also own wool "Guide Gear" pants from Sportsmansguide when they still sold them. I think Gander Mountain still sells some great wool hunting pants, too.
  4. -06

    -06 Monkey++

    Have several wool blankets in the kits. Wool socks cannot be beat and will keep your feet warmer even when wet. Will stay with my hiking pants/shirts/jackets instead of wool. They get too hot in a hurry. Vasque hikers have done me well. They fit well and have held up a long time. Went through several "K-mart" hikers.
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  5. jng2015

    jng2015 Monkey

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  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I happened to wander into a Pendleton outlet store the other day and found an incredible buy on a (another) wool coat/shirt. My go-to winter gear when not rolling in snow is wool. It's also naturally FR rated so I can wear it on those late night call outs to my substation.

    Nice links. Need to grab a few more blankets.

    To a native Oregonian, there are few company names that inspire as much confidence and pride as Pendleton Woolen Mills. For six generations, the Bishop family has owned and operated a company that consistently produces woolens of incredible beauty and quality.

    From the 1909 purchase of a scouring mill at the railhead along the Oregon Trail in Pendleton, Oregon, through lean years during the Great Depression and the war years when the company produced blankets for the military, to the present time, the Bishop family has produced Indian blankets, robes and shawls which are highly prized by much of the Native American population.

    One of the reasons for the popularity of these products is the care taken by the pattern designers to learn about the native mythologies and design preferences of their customers. In the earliest years, Joe Rawnsley, who was considered a gifted talent on the jacquard loom, spent time with the local natives of northeastern Oregon to develop preferences of color and design (we now call this "market research"). He would then interpret the ideas gleaned from the native peoples into blanket designs using modern technologies that could express pattern ideas in much greater detail and in more vivid coloration's than could be expressed by traditional weaving methods.

    With the success of these first designs, Mr. Rawnsley spent six months in the native Southwest developing ideas for designs which might specifically appeal to the tribes of this region. He returned with hundreds of designs to be interpreted into his weaving processes.

    In pre-Columbus North America, blankets were made from hides or pelts of smaller animals which had been sewn together or woven from wool, feathers, down, bark and cotton and, in some areas, shredded cedar bark. When the Europeans came to this country and bartered with the native peoples, wool blankets had great value in trading and the brighter the better. Most of the earlier trading blankets were plaids and block designs like the traditional Hudson's Bay blankets. Jacquard loomed Pendleton Indian blankets with their brilliant colors and sharp details became very popular after their introduction into what was known as the "Indian trade".

    Car loads of blankets traveled from Pendleton, Oregon to the Southwest tribes to be exchanged for silver jewelry, wool or other items of value. The colorful blankets were integrated into everyday and ceremonial uses; part of a dowry, weddings, gift giving, pow wows, dance prizes, naming ceremonies, funerals and memorials (sometimes blankets are packed in a coffin or a coffin is lined with a blanket to keep the loved one warm on his journey).

    The value of the blanket is practical from an economic standpoint. For a time, there were two things acquired by young people for security in case of economic hardship; a Bulova watch for a man and a good blanket for a woman; either one of which could be pawned for a fair amount of money to tide them over to better times. Rarely did the owner not return to reclaim the blanket as soon as possible.

    During the past 25 years, Pendleton Woolen Mills has developed a series of Legendary blankets which are based on the beliefs and traditions of their original and most valued customers.
    banner_trading-blanket. banner_trading-blanket.
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  7. Brokor

    Brokor OPSEC ENABLED Site Supporter

    Yes. I am not sure if it is a Czech mil blanket, but if it is around 5 lbs. as stated in the listing, comes from Arlington, Mass, and is that thick...provided it is 100% wool, I would pick it up. But, Ebay is a risky place...who knows until you have it in hand?

    Also, here's a link to a Czech army 100% wool blanket under $40: http://www.swisslink.com/products/camping_outdoor/new_czech_army_wool_blanket-3-2054/
  8. jng2015

    jng2015 Monkey

    Thanks. I guess what I' m really asking is "Is the more expensive Czech blanket worth it? If the blankets are equivalent, I will go with the cheaper German one."
  9. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey++

    Funny way back when some feel good group got a bunch of surplus gi blankets and gave them to the homeless(bums). Then they found out they had been store with formaldehyde. They tried to get them back and the homeless would not give them up. Bums (sorry I mean the homeless) are the ultimate survivalists.
  10. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Shop out Hudson's bay blankets . Canadian treasures , that are warm +...

    As with Bums , I'm One , been one since 197x + .. I clean up well enough for stuff. and have many "Backs"


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