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    Poncho liner input needed

    I have been considering buying a military poncho liner for a TQ to use down to around low 50's. Are these things really that warm? They don't seem very substantial weight-wise. Since I usually car camp using a Clark NX 150, weight isn't much of a factor, tho the idea of going for a walk in the woods is still interesting. So I'm torn between the army wool blanket that I have or a poncho liner. Any input would be appreciated, thanks.

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    I've gotten down to 40F with a poncho liner and pad.

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    I have used the poncho liner as an UQ (by itself) to mid 30's...but I got cold...So I rated it at mid 40's as an UQ

    Haven't used it as a TQ, but in the 50's you should be fine IMO

    EDIT: Poncho was folded in half (so double the insulation) for UQ
    Last edited by bdbart; 12-08-2010 at 11:09.

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    I imagine you will be a lot warmer with the poncho liner than with a wool blanket, not to mention the weight factor. The poncho liner is a deceptive piece of kit. So lightweight, yet amazingly warm, especially if you can find one of the thinsulite liners. Couple that with a good 2/3 length thermarest like pad, and you should be good in the range you are looking at.

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    Poncho Liner over ridgeline

    Try using it as a mini-tent, with a structural ridgeline over the hammock.
    Held it on with a couple of bulldog clips and it was toasty warm.
    This was under a tarp as well.

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    I use the poncho liner as a TQ in late spring to early fall months. Lows maybe mid-50's but thats typically when I will want to add something more, possibly thermals or even a light fleece blanket. During summer months, its usually off to the side of me until its starts to get chilly then I'll cover up.

    I will have to agree, they are very deceptive when it comes to warmth. I'd use it backpacking over a wool blanket any day. Car camping . . . it would be a toss up.
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    O K, next time I come across one I'll buy it. Worst thing can happen is have another something I rarely use. Like that's never happened before. Thanks for the advice on the thinsulate ones, I'll get picky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkperdue View Post
    Try using it as a mini-tent, with a structural ridgeline over the hammock.
    Held it on with a couple of bulldog clips and it was toasty warm.
    This was under a tarp as well.

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    Where did you get that Marpat Poncho Liner?
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    It never hurts to have the poncho liner. Also, I've noticed that if the underside is warm enough, the top doesn't need as much as one might think.
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    Marpat Poncho Liner

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    Where did you get that Marpat Poncho Liner?
    Ebay
    I've gotten various ones for around $10. Local surplus stores want $30, and more if they are new.

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