When Shoulders of Giants first considered Belmont’s “adventure blankets” for our shop, I was skeptical. It sounded like a sales gimmick to me—like some savvy marketing team tacked the word “adventure” onto a blanket to mark up the price for the Whole Foods and Pilates crowd. If it worked, I figured we’d soon be awash in adventure hand towels, adventure bath mats, and adventure throw rugs.
So before we stocked our shelves, I asked the Belmont people to send me a sample to test. I’ve been eating crow ever since.
Belmont’s Legacy Blanket is now a permanent fixture in my summer gear collection. It’s not a technical piece of gear, but it’s been designed like one—the blanket can serve as a shelter in any rainstorm, but it also looks pretty good draped over the back of my couch.
1. They’re waterproof
Belmont is based in the Pacific Northwest (their HQ is in Portland, Ore.), where “water-resistant” is synonymous with “soaked through.” So they’ve gone the extra mile to make blankets that are 100% waterproof.
The blankets sandwich a waterproof membrane between fleece and woven synthetic layers. They look and feel just like their porous cousins but can hold up to even a torrential downpour.
That waterproofing comes in handy on picnics or at outdoor festivals, when even brief rain showers can wet your clothes and ruin your afternoon. The fleece insulation makes it much warmer than a tarp or poncho… and it obviously looks way better, too.