Budget Bushcraft: Wool Blankets for the Common Man

If you’ve shopped around for wool blankets you’ll know they generally don’t come cheap. I searched high and low, reading many social posts and watching many videos. The general consensus tends to be one of these options; “buy cheap wool moving blankets from Harbor Freight”, “score at Goodwill”, or “save your pennies for a nice 100% wool blanket”.

Well, I know the Harbor Freight blankets weren’t going to satisfy me. They are made from a “mixed blend of fibers” (a.k.a. scraps), thin (only 3lbs) and they are small (60″ x 80″).

The Goodwill might be fine for some, but I don’t enjoy bargain hunting. To me, I spend too much time getting frustrated rooting around piles of unorganized stuff and coming away with very little.

So I thought I was left to saving my pennies. But I wasn’t giving up hope of finding a deal. So I continued to dig while putting a little coin back for my expensive wool blanket.

During my quest for a good wool blanket that wouldn’t break the bank, I only came across 1 company that offered a nice wool blanket for a reasonable price. EKTOS.

Ektos sells a good variety of wool blankets in a generous twin size (66″x90″) ranging from $24 for an 80% wool, up to $59 for a 100% virgin wool blanket. It almost seemed too good to be true. After some deliberation, I decided on the Ektos 90% wool, 4.4lbs (grey) wool blanket for my needs.

I found the 90% wool blanket to be so nice that after a few weeks I then purchased there top of the line virgin wool blanket. The value on the Ektos 100% virgin wool blanket is unbelievable, it’s super soft and luxurious. If I didn’t know better I’d swear the Ektos virgin wool blanket would sell for hundreds of dollars, no joke.

Anyway, here’s an extensive rundown of all the wool blankets Ektos offers.

80% Wool

Ektos “Super Budget” 80% wool, 3.7lbs (brown or navy)

Personally, I wouldn’t purchase this blanket. It’s only $5 cheaper than a blanket nearly a 1lb heavier and 10% more wool content. But if you’re on a really tight budget, I’d still recommend holding out for the next blanket up, unless you’re really wanting a thinner weight blanket.


90% Wool

Ektos “Budget” 90% wool, 4lbs (olive green)

If I were choosing a blanket based on color alone, perhaps for an anorak, I’d choose this one. This might be a great summer wool option, but for the same money you can get a slightly thicker blanket in grey (see below).


Ektos “Budget” 90% wool, 4.4lbs (grey)

This is the blanket I settled on to use for a series of survival classes at the Pathfinder School. I’m very happy with the size, quality, and thickness. I don’t believe you can find a better wool blanket for the money anywhere. While this isn’t an heirloom blanket, I’m fairly certain I’ll be handing this down to my children many years down the road.


100% Wool

Ektos “Budget” 100% wool, 4.4lbs (charcoal)

This blanket I would have bought, had it been available at the time of purchase. This 4.4lb 100% wool blanket is only $10 more than the 90% of the same weight, and 110% worth the upgrade in my opinion. You won’t find any pokey mystery fibers in this dreamy wool covering.


Ektos “HD Budget” 100% wool, 5.5lbs (navy)

I don’t know if you’re ever experienced a wool blanket that was too think, it’s like sleeping in a rolled-up carpet. I’m not certain if that’s the case here, but I wasn’t willing to risk it. If you’re looking for the thickest wool blanket at the best price this one is for you.


Ektos “Premium Budget” 100% virgin wool, 5lbs (natural)

The Cadillac of budget wool blankets, sure to put a smile on any face. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I’m going to try my hand at making a canvas bedroll using this premium wool blanket as the star.


In Conclusion

As you can see there really are affordable new wool blankets out there. While these aren’t the desirable “Hudson Bay” wool blankets you see all over the internet they will keep you just as warm and at a fraction of the cost. If you’re a crafty person you might choose one of these to make a blanket shirt, anorak, bedroll or a number of other wool blanket crafts.

I have no affiliation with Ektos, I just really like the quality and value of their blankets.

If you know of any other good budget wool blankets let me know in the comments down below, the more options the better.

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