There are a few items that seem to be stuck in the past when it comes to survival gear. If you have ever been in the service, then there is a good chance that you curled up one cold night in a USGI poncho liner. The Kifaru Woobie is a modern take on this classic design. The Kifaru Woobie is not only warmer, but lighter and more compressible so it takes up less space in your pack than the USGI poncho liner.
The upgrades can be seen and felt everywhere in the Kifaru Woobie. Let’s start on the outside with the RhinoSkin Shell, which makes the Woobie much more water resistant. This is a huge bonus!
The Kifaru Apex insulation is also an upgrade over the standard poncho liner. It compresses into small stuff sacs, yet always fluffs up and never loses its loft. Just like poncho liners, the Wobble also has paracord loops around the parameter to attach the Woobie to you.
Being 6”5’, I require tall sleeping bags which can at times be hard to come by. The Woobie from Kifaru is 60×93 inches! This is both wider and longer than a standard USGI poncho liner.
You can wrap up your feet and still cover your head if you want. It’s also large enough to share with another person in a survival situation.
Kifaru makes two different models…the Woobie and the Doobie. The only difference in the two models is the amount of Apex insulation fill. The Wobbie has 3.6oz/square yard, whereas the Doobie has 6.0oz/square yard of Apex insulation.
The high amount of loft in these products creates a ton of dead air space, which helps in holding warm air as it leaves your body. If you live in a colder climate, or are wanting to stage this in a car, then the Doobie is a great option. If you are wanting to use this in a BOB or you live in a warmer area, then the Woobie is a better choice.
Kifaru makes both models in many colors and camouflage patterns. The sewn in stuff sac is also a nice feature. I fill this at night with my down jacket and use it for a pillow. These are a staple in my winter bags.
They are extremely versatile, and the warmth is amazing. I tend to toss and turn a lot at night, and I love the fact that I am not as constricted as I am in a sleeping bag.
The Woobie can also be worn as a wrap if you have a piece of cordage to make a belt. I have slept many nights in a Woobie, and have also sat in deer stands wrapped up waiting for the sun to rise. When it’s cold, I don’t leave home without it.
Starting at $169.00, they are hard to beat!