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Kifaru Doobie

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Kifaru Doobie top quilt

The warmest blanket for the weight I have ever seen. Compresses deceptively small and then fluffs out like a comforter.

Pros

  • Very warm
  • Very light
  • Compresses well

Cons

  • None


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This is a review for the Kifaru Doobie, the thicker variant of the Woobie. It takes its name from its inspiration: the government issue poncho liner, known affectionately to ground troops as the "Woobie". Essentially a lightweight synthetic fill blanket, the Woobie is known as an infantryman's best friend.

Kifaru took the concept of the Woobie, and improved it, making a lightweight, compressible version with more, and higher quality, synthetic down filling than the military's version. They then took that product, itself already revolutionary, and increased the amount of fill, calling this ultra-warm version the "Doobie" (double-Woobie).

Now that the name makes sense and the heritage is known, here's my personal experience.

I was an infantryman, and can extoll the virtues of the Woobie (and perhaps will in another review), and in fact I have a gov. issue poncho liner even today that sees plenty of use. However, on my first deployment to Afghanistan, one of my buddies got a Kifaru Woobie, and after feeling it and seeing what it could do, I knew I had to have it.

I went all out and ordered the double version for about $50 more (about $200) and it changed my life. It comes with its own stuff sack sewn into it, and easily stuffs into that, being about the size of a basketball. However, you put it in a compressible stuff sack, it easily becomes football size or smaller. This is a lifesaver in the infantry, when pack space is at a premium.

Despite the compact compression, as soon as you pull it out and fluff it, it is about 3 inches thick, and big enough to comfortably cover two full grown adults. I'm over 6 foot, and have no trouble with my head or feet sticking out. It is warmer than my mummy sacks, and has kept me sleeping soundly in subzero temperatures.

The last time I went backpacking into the Wind River Range of Wyoming, I only carried a small tent and this Doobie. Despite being constantly rained on, all my gear getting wet, and my tent dripping heavily, I was still comfortably warm when the temps dropped at night at 10,000 ft altitudes. What made me a diehard believer was waking up to find my Doobie soaked, and yet still keeping me incredibly warm.

I have had this for several years now, and I'm never getting rid of it. I always store it properly, and it still has as much loft as when I bought it. It has never torn, and shows no sign of wear.

I would recommend hand washing and hanging to dry or tumbling on air, and storing fluffed out in a tote or hanging, and if you do that, this will last for years. From now on I'm ditching the tent for a tarp, and this has long since replaced sleeping bags for me. 

It may seem pricey at first, but the quality, and sheer unbelievable warmth is unparalleled. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200

Great gear force multiplier for the connoisseur infantryman and the layman.

Pros

  • Warmth
  • Compression
  • Durability
  • Multiuse
  • Adaptability

Cons

  • None

Purchased new years ago and have not looked back! I'm a pro-Woobie/Doobie comfort type of guy when it comes to sleep, even in my latter years. Coming from a military to civilian background and receiving the military poncho liner many years ago as a budding infantryman, I carried that woobie through many nights in the field or the barracks. I'd double the sleeping bag with the woobie in cold environment training, only waking to the grumblings of fellow squad members that it was too cold for sleep. My first encounter with the Kifaru Doobie was during cross training with several light infantry guys who were carrying said Doobie. After downsizing our carry gear to necessities, I was shown the error of my ways during a shift of pulling security in Vermont winter weather. I thought my liner was warm, but damn was I wrong! I've since purchased both the Kifaru Doobie and Woobie (replacing the 1st Woobie after it was confiscated by a family member) and to this day, both are still as comfortably warm and rugged as the day I bought them. I have rucked, hiked, biked, driven, and flown many a mile...never without my Doobie or Woobie.

Background

I'm in my 50's now, and a day has not gone by (unless forced by circumstance) that I've not had either blanket nearby. Rucking, hunting, hiking, biking, driving, camping, fireside, or flying the last 15 or so years, it's a staple item unto death.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200.00

Almost perfect.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Packable

Cons

  • Awkward

I agree the Doobie is excellent for what it is. I write separate only to note for our readers that the insulation is somehow disconnected from the shell such that it can be hard to get the insulation where it needs to be in the middle of the night in a hammock in the woods.

Giving up and going to sleep still leaves you warm, but only satisfied at 4.5 stars.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: ?? $200 ??

I use this as a force multiplier for whatever insulation I'm using. Whether it's sleeping on the ground, in a hammock, or still hunting after a hike. It always fits in a pack, and is easy to use.

Pros

  • Easily packable
  • Great static insulation
  • No maintenance needed, hang it and forget it

Cons

  • None

I've used it in a hammock, in a tree stand, sitting to glass while hunting, winter camping to extend my time outside at night in front of the fire. It takes the place of an extra jacket, and extra sleeping bag.  The synthetic insulation actually dries me out while I sleep.  

https://store.kifaru.net/woobie-p72.aspx

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $169

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Specs

Price MSRP: $191.00
Reviewers Paid: $169.00-$200.00
Weight 2 lb 10 oz
Dimensions 60 x 93 in
Insulation 6oz / square yard Apex insulation
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