Klymit Versa ($80)
Truly adaptable, the Versa goes from blanket to lightweight sleeping bag with a series of snaps and the pull of a cinch cord. With four insulated hand pockets and a footbox, it’s pretty much all you need to keep your extremities warm during picnics on brisk autumn evenings.
Coalatree Kachula ($79)
Hey, all you overlanders: this is the blanket you want in the back of your Tacoma. With a ripstop-nylon bottom coated in a DWR finish, it’s our first choice when we have to lie down and change a tire in the rain, snow, or mud. The striped earth-tone pattern looks good even when you’re not messing with your vehicle—for example, laid across sandstone at a crag in Sedona.
Survive Outdoors Longer All-Season ($17)
Snuggly isn’t really a word that applies to the All-Season, but keep this blanket at the bottom of your pack and it may just save your skin. Heat-reflective material inside improves warmth retention and durability, while the bright orange exterior is extra visible if someone’s trying to locate you in the woods.
Rumpl Original Puffy ($100)
This is the Cadillac of backcountry quilts. The supremely comfortable Original Puffy is stuffed with a healthy dose of synthetic insulation. Use it on warm nights in a tent or as a wrap in the early morning, before the campfire starts raging. As a bonus, it’s machine washable.
NEMO Puffin Luxury ($150)
An essential layer for stargazing couples, the Puffin Luxury is big enough, at seven feet wide by seven feet long, to easily wrap around two people. Synthetic insulation provides better loft than a lot of bedroom duvets, and the DWR-coated nylon shell sheds raindrops and coffee spills.
Pendleton Roll-Up ($139)
The Roll-Up is the second most expensive item on this page, but the virgin-wool blanket’s good looks are worth the expense. It comes in several classic plaid designs and features a nylon back, to avoid tears on rough rock or the forest floor. And when the temperature drops, wool is a superior natural insulator.