The Arcturus Military Wool Blanket is available on Amazon for $36. We took the thick wool blanket on an overnight camping trip in February early this year. The temperature dropped to a cool 20 degrees Fahrenheit or -6 C in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina.
For the overnight trip, we packed incredibly light. Only bringing some food, water, 2 of the Arcturus Wool Blankets, and our Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol. Along with a Coleman Camping Tent 4 person version. Which if you didn’t know. Isn’t designed for the type of weather we were using it in.
I purchased one Arcturus Wool Blanket to sleep on, and one to cover ourselves with. I didn’t even take the wool blanket out of the plastic packaging until we were ready to throw them in our tent. The first thing I noticed was that the blanket didn’t have the strong odor that you normally associate with a thick wool blanket. The odor was of course there, just not as bad as I was expecting. I would still recommend letting the blanket air out for at least one day before your trip.
Next I noticed just how heavy the Arcturus Military Wool Blanket was. The thick wool blanket weighs in at almost 5 pounds. For backpack camping this may be somewhat of a drawback. For this trip I needed a heavy wool blanket though. I for one welcomed the weight, even carrying 9 lbs worth of blankets up the side of a mountain.
The Arcturus wool blanket is said to be machine washable. I myself have never had good luck with using a washing machine on a wool blanket. I recommend hand washing your wool blankets in lieu of using a washing machine. From the Amazon reviews, a lot of people have ruined their thick wool blankets by throwing them in the washer.
Once the wool blankets were laid out, they measured at about 5.5 ft by 8 ft. Which was plenty enough for my wife and I. The blankets are said to be triple washed at the factory so they are a lot softer than some of the other wool blankets that I’ve used. The Arcturus Military Wool Blanket has a nice look that would fit in with most home decor for inside the house use. The loom woven stitching has a very good look it.
Wool blankets are naturally fire retardant as long as the blankets aren’t treated with any other chemicals. So they would be perfect to use with a tent heater such as the Mr. Heater. The other 20% of the blanket is made of hypoallergenic synthetic fibers to help secure the weave of the wool. Wool fibers are short and the longer fibers help the blanket stay together easier.
Next was to actually sleep under the blanket. As I said earlier, the temperatures were in the low 20’s that night. Once we left the heat of our campfire, you could feel just how cold that is. We left our tent zipped up from the time we set it up, until it was time to climb inside to sleep.
Once under the blanket, I started to warm up almost instantly. I was wearing gym shorts and a T shirt to sleep in. I recommend bringing a liner or another light blanket such as a sheet. Due to the fact that the wool fibers aren’t the most comfortable directly on your skin. Never the less, it kept us warm for the entire night. At one point I had to take the blanket off because I was starting to sweat. That was the only time I woke up that night.
For my final remarks on the Arcturus Military Wool Blanket. I would like to advise you to hand wash your wool blankets again. Washing machines and wool blankets just don’t get along. A lot of the negative reviews I’ve seen for wool blankets are due to machine washing. It’s just much safer to not put them in the washing machine.
This a great wool blanket for the price point. Wool blankets such as the Pendleton Yakima Camp can cost as much as $400. A cheaper wool blanket feels more disposable than a more expensive one. I wouldn’t think twice about throwing the Arcturus Military Wool Blanket on the ground at camp, or a sporting event. It does a good job at keeping you warm. That’s what the blanket is designed to do. As long as you keep it away from the washing machine, this blanket will last for years to come.
I would recommend this thick wool blanket to anyone who needs a good blanket that doesn’t break the bank. It does the job that it was designed to do well. Just don’t forget to let it air out for a day or two before you use it. Ours didn’t have the normal wool blanket smell. Although some people have said theirs did.
You can find the Arcturus Military Wool Blanket on Amazon here Arcturus Military Wool Blanket – 4.5 lbs, Warm, Thick, Washable, Large 64″ x 88″ – Great for Camping, Outdoors, Survival & Emergency Kits (Olive Green).