After watching Dave Canterbury videos, and his pros for 100% wool blankets, I started looking on ebay for a quality wool blanket of my own. I plan on doing some camping in the next month or so at a friend's place up north. So, that, and I really just wanted a high quality wool blanket in my survival kit. After a bit of research, it didn't take me long to figure out what blankets were the creme de la creme and which ones were basically not that great (majority of the military style blankets). After awhile I came across a vintage Polar Star Golden Dawn by JC Penny for well under 100.00, heard they were up there with the British made Hudson Bay blankets everyone raves about being the best you can buy (aside from custom woven ones costing several hundred dollars, that is !). So I'm pretty stoked to see how good these things really are. The one I bought is 70 x 87" and almost 6 lbs, so I know it's gonna be thick and not one of those paper thin ones you see for sale at army surplus stores, with the 70/30 mix that many will tell you (who've actually used them in cold weather) aren't that great. Better than nothing, yes, but certainly not ideal in cold weather.
That said, I have a friend who firmly believes synthetics are just as good as wool. Doesn't feel wool is all that important anymore. He's not worried about getting his synthetic stuff wet cuz apparently he uses a waterproof outer. Nonetheless, I find myself stubbornly locked into wanting (needing?) this wool one and not depending on a synthetic when so many people who've slept outdoors in cold weather say a high grade wool blanket is best.
I realize most if not everyone here uses sleeping bags and all that for their camping needs and emergency gear, but I'm wondering if there's anyone here that thinks nothing beats a quality wool blanket over any of the other man made products ? Or do you believe Dave Canterbury's (and those of like mindedness) love of wool blankets is a matter of simplicity over what's truly the best ?
I'd like to hear people's tried and true experiences for wool or synthetics. What you stick with, wholly depend on, and why it's best for you ?