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    I've used wool and fleece in my hammock. 20° is going to be tough, but with enough layers of wool it could be done. I've been in the high 30s with two old Army wool blankets below me and a fleece top blanket. I wished I had another fleece blanket on top of me, but my backside was fine.

    Edit: I was dressed appropriately too.
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    stick with the pad your going to have a sleeping bag or quilt so you don't need it as a TQ ...
    wool blanket will not keep you as warm on the ground as a pad will
    a pad weights alot less then a wool blanket
    a pad can be used as a sit pad on wet ground
    a pad will work as a windbreak as well
    and yes you can make a pack out of a pad

    a wool blanket will not block the wind i know this because i tried one a long time ago... they work great with a pad... but not alone and if your going to drag a pad and a wool blanket thats alot of weight and bulk to carry
    if you really want the wool blanket use it as your TQ and leave the sleeping bag at home

    another thing i ask is where do you plan to hike... and for how long and how far in?
    i ask this because you said you might need to make a coat out of it?
    or a pack....
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Back in Novemer, before I had a proper winter UQ, I took a DIY UQ (est 50° max) and supplemented it with a wool blanket (in the hammock, under me) and space blanket (between the UQ and hammock); I made it down to right around 30°. I was cozy with a hot water bottle, but I found it hard to get comfortably on the blanket and in my sleeping bag (and fleece liner).

    This was in the early days of my hammocking. I have since been with a down 3S Incubator (Hammock Gear) down to 21°. I would not do the wool blanket again, and certainly not with an UQ. If I had no UQ, I might try a blue foam pad and a wool blanket, but I would be happier with some kind of UQ layer.

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    Just a thought. Every wilderness living expert I have ever seen uses a wool blanket as part of their kit.
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    You might want to shoot ZakBait a pm. We just got back from an overnighter with a low of 28* and all he had was a wool blanket in between the layers of his blackbird. He used a military sleeping bag inside the hammock.

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    with a wool blanket if it gets wet it will get really heavy. But as long as you do not get this blanket wet you should be fine. But the foam pad is a light choice and if it gets wet it drys pretty quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikemaulmaster View Post
    Just a thought. Every wilderness living expert I have ever seen uses a wool blanket as part of their kit.
    That would be more for bushcraft than backpacking. You won't see a wool blanket on an NOLS equipment list.
    If someone wants to build a debris shelter with a reflector fire and an improvised bed, a wool blanket might be appropriate. In that case, you'll be spending most of the day accomplishing that.

    On the other hand, if someone is interested in moving from point to point with a need to set up an efficient sleep system with minimal effort, a wool blanket doesn't really fit in to that.

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