Comfort-focused campers are always looking for ways to upgrade their kits. Sometimes that means upgrading a tent, adding a deluxe chair or a better sleeping pad. However, in our IQYHO (incredibly qualified, yet humble opinion), bringing on the unbeatable comfort and utility of a Therm-a-Rest camp blanket is one of the best ways to up your game. Camping blankets present that “you-have-to-try-it-to-believe-it” kind of comfort and utility that you’re going to want, no matter where you’re headed.
Big comfort? Absolutely. But the keyword is utility because you’re investing in so much more than a camping blanket. In fact, no matter what blanket you chose, they are sure to start showing up in every scene of your movie. From campfires, cliff-top sunsets or a warmth-boosting layer for your sleeping bag–even at the local outdoor concert and back home on your favorite couch for movie night. There’s almost no situation that wouldn’t be improved by the water-resistant, washable and long-lasting comfort of our camping blankets.
So trust us on the recommendation and look through the info below to get the right one, with the right features, for however you define adventure.
Therm-a-Rest Camping Blankets
|Model||Materials||Insulation Type||Weight||Best Use|
|Honcho Poncho Down™||Shell & Lining: 100% Recycled 20D Nylon w/ DWR||650 Fill Duck Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, RDS™ Certified||1 lb 3-oz.||Cold-weather car camping, everyday adventuring, sleep system layering, campfires, winter porch sits, staying warm and having fun.|
|Honcho Poncho™||Shell: 50D Polyester Ripstop Waterproof Breathable
Lining: 50D Polyester
|eraLoft™ Synthetic||1 lb 8-oz.||Car camping, everyday adventuring, sleep system layering, beach blanket by day, cozy warmth at night|
|Juno™ Blanket||Shell: 30D Polyester w/ DWR
Lining: 30D Polyester
|eraLoft™ Synthetic||13.5-oz.||Solo’s, day trips, car camping, everyday adventures|
|Stellar™ Blanket||Shell: 30D Polyester w/ DWR
Lining: 30D Polyester
|eraLoft™ Synthetic||1 lb 6-oz.||Car camping, backpacking, sleep system layering, everyday adventuring.|
|Argo™ Blanket||Shell: 30D Polyester w/ DWR
Lining: 30D Polyester
|eraLoft™ Synthetic||1 lb 10-oz.||Duo’s, car camping, everyday adventuring, sleep system layering|
|Ramble™ Down Blanket||Shell: 50D Polyester w/ DWR
Lining: 50D Polyester
|650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™ RDS™ Certified||2 lb 14-oz.||Duo’s, car camping, comfort-minded campers.|
Show up at a campfire with one of our Honcho Poncho’s wrapped around you and get ready for the questions: “Where’d you get that?!?”, “What is that?!?” and the ever-popular, “Can I try it on?”, leading to the inevitable follow-up, “Can I have it back now??”
Meant to be worn as a poncho, or spread out as a blanket, Honcho Ponchos provide a high degree of on-the-go utility and envy from your fellow travelers. Whether it’s a wearable changing curtain or a masterfully smooth hot tub transition, people are always finding exciting ways to use this unicorn of a blanket.
When the sun sets at camp, the original Honcho Poncho’s breathable DWR treated shell and eraLoft™ synthetic insulation of the original Honcho Poncho form a wind and water-resistant barrier that keeps you warm, even when it’s damp outside. If you prefer to hunker down in your tent to wait out the weather, both ponchos unsnap flat and can be spread out into blanket mode for an extra layer of warm and cozy.
Honcho Ponchos pack down into their own kangaroo pocket, making them conveniently portable. This is good because that means you’ll always have your new favorite piece of gear in all of your favorite places.
Honcho Poncho™ Down
Equally chic as the original, the new Honcho Poncho Down is for those looking for supreme warmth for extra-cold nights, a lighter option that packs smaller, or just want to enjoy the added decadence of down. It built with all the same utility of the original, but filled with 650-fill down for that extra level of decadent comfort that can handle apres-ski tailgating, and packs down extra small for easily carrying deep into the backcountry or down the Grand Canyon.
To understand the sheer value of the Stellar blanket, it’s best to think about all the times a simple old blanket has come in handy. Something to sit on, for a picnic spread, for warmth as the sun goes down, we could go on… What if that blanket was insulated, water-resistant and fast-drying? Meet the Stellar.
With advanced fabrics, eraLoft synthetic insulation, and the ability to integrate into a Therm-a-Rest sleep system, the Stellar is much more than the old blanket in your car. Packable enough for the backcountry, the Stellar allows great sleep system flexibility with its ability to easily integrate into your sleep system with its snap loop feature.
For example, you could bring a light and super compact warm weather quilt deeper into the shoulder seasons by layering the Stellar on top. Its soft-to-the-touch polyester lining boosts your comfort under the stars. Meanwhile, the DWR treated shell makes for a valuable piece of insulation and weather protection during the day.
It is exactly this kind of simple, multi-use profile that defines our camping blanket line, and the Stellar embodies it perfectly. Trust the Stellar to bring next-level comfort and technical performance at camp or around town.
One of the best things about a blanket is wrapping yourself, your partner or your friend under it for some communal comfort. The Argo packs small for easy transport and unfolds into a broad two person-blanket. Perfect for a two-person sleep system, we wanted to maximize its versatility so we added snap loops that allow a single user to adapt it to a personal sleep system.
The advanced fabrics of the Argo camping blanket ensure that its next-level comfort is matched by its technical performance. With eraLoft synthetic insulation and a DWR treated shell, the Argo maintains its performance in wet conditions. Whether you need extra insulation under the stars or a measure of comfort around camp, the Argo provides go-anywhere performance for two.
Where the Argo excels at two-person comfort, the Juno is the comfort-giving camp blanket you’re going to want to keep all to yourself. Incredibly versatile and compact, the Juno will make the cut for your car trunk or day pack more often than not. What’s more, is it it’s machine washable, so you won’t miss a trip or an outing if it gets dirty.
Like our other camping blankets, performance was key to the Juno’s design. Lightweight, warm and packable eraLoft™ insulation combines with a soft, brushed polyester lining and 30-denier DWR-treated polyester exterior to create our smallest technical blanket that’s just plain easy to take anywhere.
Ramble™ Down Blanket
There is no replacing your favorite at-home comforter, but the Ramble comes quite close. We pursued luxury with this remarkable two-person camping blanket. Queen sized, with premium fabrics and a quilted design bring the joy of sleeping in your own bed to your camp. Add the plush fill of Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™, and two sleepers will find themselves enveloped in a warm, spacious camping blanket.
While luxury was on our mind with the Ramble, it bears the technical performance pedigree for which Therm-a-Rest is known. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down maintains its loft far better when wet than untreated down. Combined with the durable 50D polyester fabric, the Ramble Down Blanket performs in a wide range of conditions. The robust luxury of the Ramble distinguishes it from today’s camping blankets, but it’s the technical performance and legendary Therm-a-Rest build quality that make it peerless.
We talk a lot about making camp more comfortable. At Therm-a-Rest we are excited to make products that make your nights under the stars better and better. But we recommend not losing sight of the simple nature of camping as you hunt for your next piece of useful gear.
Your kit should be made up of gear that works for you each time you bring it along. Keep it simple and aim for gear that you trust; gear that you know and love. And that’s exactly what a blanket it is: simple and time-tested. Therm-a-Rest is all about timeless, utility-driven gear, and that is the heritage that we wove into our line of camping blankets.
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Updated. Originally Published May 27, 2021.