What Run Oregon is Wearing: Therm-A-Rest Honcho Poncho Wearable Blanket

A few weeks ago, I was harshly reminded of what being a runner in the Pacific NW really looks (and feels) like. I participated in a race that was very cold, wet, and muddy. By the time I was done, I was chilled from my midsection down to my toes. Some days I feel prepared for this and some days I don’t, and when it’s the latter, I have a really hard time warming back up. Having the Honcho Poncho would have made ALL the difference the day of that race.

Therm-A-Rest is a company that’s known for bringing in the warmth and comfort when we need it most. They are a big name in camping and the outdoors, and that means a lot where I live and for what I do. My family camps a lot and I’m outside all year round. The Honcho Poncho, which is waterproof and insulated, checks all the boxes I need. Not only is it a poncho that can be slipped on any sized body and worn to stay (or get) warm, it can be used as a blanket or converts into a “stuffable” small bag when not in use.

Not so long ago, I was considering buying removable seat covers for my car or getting a really large hooded blanket so I’d be able to keep the seats clean after a long muddy and/or wet run. But I didn’t really want to have to remove the seat covers all the time and I also wanted something that could keep me warm as well as keep the car relatively clean. When I saw the Honcho Poncho, I knew I’d found a solution for both of those needs. Not only that, but I knew that this poncho would be amazing for hiking or camping and that it wouldn’t take up a lot of room. The versatility of this product was a huge selling point and it’s also very light-weight and doesn’t take up much room in a backpack.

I love that the Honcho Poncho can go on camping adventures where I can transition it from wearing it around a campfire to an added a layer over my sleeping bag. I love also that it’s insulated enough to be waterproof and wind resistant, easy to clean, and a snap away from getting on and off, (literally, there are just snaps on the sides to turn it back into a blanket.) It’s basically a wearable sleeping bag, and anything that spills on it, (which, let’s face it, is a huge reality in my world,) will brush right off.

The Honcho Poncho is truly a “one size fits all” piece of clothing that’s enormous but not hard to figure out as far as the technical aspects of where it snaps and zips. Some convertible products are more complicated than they need to be, especially when you’re fumbling around in the dark woods. The construction is well thought out, and when it’s in “poncho-mode,” the kangaroo pocket in front is huge enough to carry SO many things, as it’s also the pocket that you stuff it inside of itself in.

Welcome to winter, fellow Pacific Northwesterners. You NEED the Honcho Poncho. Keep one in your car for emergencies, take it with you on a long journey, or even change your clothes under it if there’s not a bathroom available after a race. This thing has multiple functions and it’s going on my “Must List” for all runners who will ever encounter the need for warmth at the end of an adventure.


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Specs (from website):

  • Water-Resistant Warmth: Efficient and compressible eraLoft™ insulation uses hollow fibers to reduce weight without sacrificing warmth.
  • Versatile: Use at camp, at the game or anywhere you want a little warmth and freedom.
  • Outdoor Protection: Offers a barrier against wind and rain with its water-resistant and breathable shell.
  • Handy: Kangaroo pocket warms hands and top zip pocket stows essentials.
  • Packable: Packs into its own storage pocket for go-anywhere convenience.

More about Therm-A-Rest:

Making your time outdoors more enjoyable

In 1971, a fortuitous mix of unemployed engineers, a leaky foam gardening pad, and the dream of a better way to sleep under the stars came together to change how we experience the outdoors forever. As climbers, Jim Lea, Neil Anderson and John Burroughs knew firsthand that long days in the hills were only made longer by a horrible night’s rest, and a better sleeping pad was key to changing that equation. This blend of science and a desire to make the most of every day outdoors created the world’s first self-inflating air mattress, and it continues to be the fuel that drives us today.

Today, Therm-a-Rest remains at the forefront of comfort innovation and quality, with a commitment to building what we make, with our own hands, whenever possible.

We are a focused and passionate team with an insatiable desire to be out exploring the world. We share your understanding that being outdoors is a more than a way to define your location – it’s an essential part of life. Whether it’s your path to personal enlightenment and inner peace, or the place you go for the adrenaline fix of the next big adventure, it’s where you’d be now if you could, and that’s what bonds us all.

Why focus on comfort? It’s the simple belief that the better you rest, the better you play. It’s a universal truth that is readily apparent in our daily lives, but one that is too often overlooked at play. From the essential, life-preserving warmth that we’ve provided to some of the world’s most significant expeditions, to a simple seat that turns a rocky outcrop into the most amazing lunch stop you’ve ever dreamed of, the right dose of comfort makes everything better by allowing you to be at your best.

Nobody knows that like we do, and that’s why we’re committed to making your time outdoors more enjoyable and productive with everything we do.


Thank you to Them-A-Rest for providing us with a sample. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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