Warm, lightweight, packable, and multi-use—this…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $169
Warm, lightweight, packable, and multi-use—this spin on the classic GI poncho liner is one of the best blankets/quilts I've ever used.
- Warmth to weight
- Apex Climashield continuous fiber insulation
- Even though it compresses nicely, it is still a large quilt and a bit bulky
I started looking for a lightweight, packable sleeping option for overnight hikes or for something I could use around the house in the winter. I'm a fan of durable, hard use gear and familiar with Kifaru's excellent packs.
I stumbled upon a discussion on the Woobie, which is Kifaru's take on the classic GI poncho liner that has been so popular with our armed forces, and for good reason—they can be stuffed in a pack and used for augmenting a sleep system, knocking the chill off a cold morning, and they are tough as nails. Kifaru took this concept and refined it into one of the best blankets/quilts I've ever used.
The proprietary Kifaru Rhino skin material is super tough, yet comfortable to the touch. They went with Climashield Apex insulation, which is a continuous fiber insulation that drys well and retains its insulation properties when wet. The blanket has multiple paracord loops sewn around the perimeter of the blanket so that it can be combined with a poncho or attached as an under-quilt for hammock campers.
The Woobie also compresses down into its own built-in stuff sack to roughly the size of a Nalgene bottle. Using a compression bag, the blanket can be compressed down even further.
The Woobie gets a great deal of use around our house! I quickly lost my ownership rights to it as my wife and daughters have largely taken it over. I would highly recommend the Woobie and all Kifaru products.