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    I have a couple of each lying around the house. The blankets sre much warmer, but unless you are car camping I would not even think of packing one, way to heavy and bulky. Liner VS blanket for warm really depends in my opinion to how old and washed the blanket is, or whether the liner is an actual issue one or a knock off.

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    Wool isnt practical to carry, as others pointed out. The upside is, it will not compress. For my money, go with the poncho liner. I have a "woobie" made by Kifaru, which is MUCH better than my original woobie, that has seen service since 1988 (now semi-retired as a couch blanket)-its a little more expensive, but they are much warmer.

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    I have since acquired a pl.. I like.. goes into a relatively small stuff sack, good to about 50 degrees for me.. Glad I bought one..
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    Nothing like a good pancho liner!

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    Cage (car) camping means the wool blankets go with every time...no question. Moto camping means a struggle between needed stuff and carrying one anyway (space being the prime mover). Love my US wool blankets and once upon a time had a wool sleeping bag liner with zipper and all! Regret letting that one go.

    I don't backpack but still am looking at a couple of PLs for those times when the moto kit just will not allow for the extra bulk of the wool.
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    It really depends on how you want to travel, and what the weather conditions are going to be like.

    A wool blanket has a lot of advantages. It's warmer, much more water repellent, and retains a higher insulation value even when wet than a poncho liner does. If you do it right, you can wear one as a coat/poncho/cloak, as well as use it for sleeping at night.

    It also weighs a ton, compared to a PL. Especially once that sucker gets wet.

    A poncho liner is much, much lighter and more "airy". It's a lot more comfortable and breathes better during a summer hike. It's far lighter, but takes up a pretty hefty amount of space even when you try to pack it down. It's also harder to "wear" as an outer garment on it's own, and it's not water repellent nor is it easy to treat to become so.

    Both have advantages and disadvantages. Personally I'm carrying both a PL and a thin fleece blanket along with my sleeping bag for cold weather right now. When it's REALLY cold I'll swap the fleece blanket out for wool, and use both it and the PL as needed.

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    I have an issue PL, and I have used wool blankets in the past. I prefer the PL, mainly because it's lighter and dries MUCH faster than a wet wool blanket. If you do decide to go wooly, I'd strongly advise on getting a blend, and not a cotton blend (if that's even possible). But yeah, PL for me.

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    What is the insulation in a poncho liner?

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    If you use a poncho liner with a poncho it beats a wool blanket hands down.

    I have spent many a night in below freezing temperatures with just a poncho and liner.

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    I guess I should pay more attention and check the date on the OP because this is almost two years old.

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