Product Review – Army Poncho Liner

Army Poncho Liner

The Army Poncho Liner is one of the most versatile pieces of material I’ve ever owned.

My Army Poncho Liner

The Army Poncho Liner is one of the most versatile pieces of material you could ever want to own.  It is lightweight, but very warm.  I’ve owned a poncho liner since first entering the service in 1980 and still have my first one.  My earliest recollection of using one was in Korea in 1986.  I used it as a liner inside my sleeping bag for an extra layer of warmth and believe me I needed it over there.   To this day, I keep one on our bed as a blanket and I keep an extra one downstairs in the closet.  Then when I have one of those winter coughs and I have to sleep in my recliner, I curl up under my wood patterned poncho liner.  If you come to our store right now, you can also see how they can be used as a makeshift curtain or backdrop.

A poncho liner is a piece of field gear originating in the United States military.  It is intended to provide warmth in mild temperatures used as a field expedient sleeping bag when attached to the standard issue poncho by means of integral lengths of material which are looped through the poncho’s eyelets.

The poncho liner consists of two layers of quilted nylon encasing a polyester loft filling.  Most examples are a variation of olive drab (OD) on one side and camouflage on the other, normally Woodland pattern.  Later versions have the pattern on both side and now include MARPAT and Army Combat Uniform (ACU).  But the most popular seller for us is still the Woodland pattern.

Troops generally hold the poncho liner in high regards, as a very useful piece of equipment, light and packable yet reasonably warm.  Some military personnel refer to the poncho liner as a “woobie” showing the same attachment an infant has for its blanket.  Many servicemen and women go through great lengths to find ways to keep their poncho liners as long as possible, even after they have left the military.  The poncho liner found wide acceptance amongst US troops in Vietnam, providing just enough warmth for cool tropical nights but still light and small.  It is especially popular today in the age of 100 pound rucks and bulky Modular Sleep Systems.