Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho Review
Do you want a versatile, water resistant and comfy poncho that doubles as a blanket? Thanks to the ingenious efforts of the designing team at Therm-a-Rest you can have one. Honcho Poncho is the name of the product and it will quickly become your BFF at your next camping trip.
Aside from the fact that’s its well made with high-quality materials, it’s versatile at the same time. Extremely versatile. It's also packable and easily transportable. It can fit in just about any backpack, and it will come in handy when you’re least expecting.
The fact that it’s one-size-fits-all really adds to the versatility. And the earthy tones and non-specific style really makes it unisex. It’s the best option for you when you’re out on the open. And the best protection from highly unpredictable weather conditions. The Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho will keep you warm, protected and dry without limiting your movement. But you can find out more about the product in the review below.
Limited color options
Polyester RipStop is a very popular trademarked material. As the name implies, it's designed to reduce ripping despite intense use. RipStop is both lightweight and breathable without sacrificing warmth or waterproofing.
A much thicker polyester taffeta lines the poncho. It's thicker than the RipStop and is only slightly less durable. Taffeta is softer, however. It allows the poncho to serve its purpose while still maintaining a certain level of comfort.
The insulation is what really makes this product stand out, however. Therm-A-Rest used eraLoft, which is a type of hollow-core fiber. This allows it to trap in warmth from the wearer's body. The longer the poncho is worn, the warmer the air inside it will become until it matches the wearer's body heat. It's as if your favorite thermal garment has been turned into a wearable blanket. Talk about custom comfort!
The Honcho Poncho has the usual two-point access to its kangaroo pouch. Wearers can slip their hands in from either side to keep them warm and dry. There's even enough room for a handwarmer, should you be so inclined. But the pocket has a second, zippered compartment on top of that. It's a perfect fit for cards, IDs, or any small emergency supplies you might need while out on a hike.
And I don't mean "you can toss it down and sit on it". The Honcho Poncho is a giant rectangle when laid flat. It is, in a very real sense, a wearable blanket.
Cool Color Options
Some customers have lamented the lack of bolder colors, particularly those who wear the Honcho Poncho on the trail. But limited a limited color range is a small price to pay for a product with this kind of functionality.
Easy to Clean
Therm-A-Rest included snaps along the sides of the poncho. These snaps allow wearers to essentially create sleeves and bring the edges of the poncho closer to their body. The poncho's hood is also easy to adjust. It has a built-in cinch closure, so you can pull it in snug over your ears or favorite hat and still trap the heat in.
There is an upside to this, however. The breathability means it will dry faster when it becomes wet. And, when wash day comes around, the poncho will take on enough water to get a proper cleaning.
Every material used in the poncho's construction was chosen for both its utility and its lightweight nature. It weighs in around a pound and a half (.69 kg) which is the same as most lightweight jackets. That's a far cry lighter than most blankets without sacrificing even a little of the warmth they provide.
Secondly, when you do wash it, try not to use very abrasive detergents and soap, and the same can be said about fabric softeners. The abrasive soap can severely damage the insulation that’s inside the model because it’s made from a hollow type of polyester fibers. Try not to tumble dry it and definitely avoid exposing the model to any source of direct heat like a radiator. Never iron the poncho as well, and if you can try to wash it as little as possible. The repeated and frequent wash cycles in the washing machine don’t agree well with the materials used in the making of the item.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
A limited lifetime warranty is a fairly handy thing. It covers your product for a lifetime, provided that the product was used in the manner intended. So if you tossed the blanket down over your sleeping bag and your dog ripped a hole in it the next morning, the company should cover a replacement. If you go antagonizing a moose and your poncho pays the price, however, Therm-A-Rest isn't likely to offer a replacement.
It's easy to clean and easy to pack which makes it perfect for anyone who likes to travel for their outdoor adventures. It's lightweight and durable, which means it will be there for just about any adventure you can dream up. And with the limited lifetime warranty, you'll know you're covered in more ways than one.