Originally Posted by 1stcavmp77
I don't see how a pad can be more versatile than a wool blanket
I'm not knocking your opinion or anything but I just don't see it.
For instance, you can't make a pad into a pack like with a wool blanket. I don't think you could string up a pad for shade or make a pad into a coat either. Also I doubt you could scrape a pad and use the scrapings for tinder to get a fire going. I'm sure you could use a pad for a ground pad for a footprint ( I guess that's the term I'm looking for) but a wool blanket is bigger.
Sure I know a wool blanket is heavy when it's wet but it will still keep you warm when wet. I wasn't thinking of spreading blanket completely out and using that way. That would make it too thin. I was speaking of doubling it up and folding to about the size of a pad and then lying on top of it like you would with a pad. I don't mind the weight of a wool blanket since it's weight versus rate ratio is very good. A wool blanket is one of my favorite pieces of kit for these reasons.
Versatility of a foam pad:
It will insulate when wet because a ccf pad will not hold moisture.
You can make a pad into a pack, just not like a blanket.
You can use it as a windbreak, a sit pad, and if you have to go to ground, it is going to be a lot more comfortable than laying on a blanket.
I don't know what kind of wool blanket you are using, but I have found wool to be a poor tinder. That's one of the things that I like about wool. It's better around fire. Foam, on the other hand, burns just fine. Stinky,though.
If you need emergency protective clothing, I don't see why you couldn't cut a slit in the middle of a pad and wear it like a poncho with a belt around the waist. Goofy looking? Sure. Is it going to be as good as a blanket? No. But it's not useless.
As I said, I like wool. If you want to use a wool blanket as part of your hammock camping kit, why not try to use it instead of a top quilt? I've found that I don't need nearly as much insulation on top as I do underneath. My $.02