Today is an exciting day over here at Kawartha Outdoor. We are proud to announce the newest addition to the Kawartha Outdoor line: the highly anticipated Base Camp Blanket. Though we are not the first company to make such a product, we think we've got something special. In fact we've spent over a year, tested more than 50 samples and investigated innumerable materials, stitch patterns and design elements making sure of it. What we are presenting today is a functional base product, with exclusive features which make it a Kawartha.
The perfect fill was paramount in our search. Ultimately we knew the Base Camp had to be warm and cozy yet lightweight and easy to pack down. In this quest, our team spent more time than we care to share cozying up with various samples on the floor of our warehouse. What we present today is a specialized synthetic down insulation, which is the perfect blend of weight and compressibility.
The focus shifted next to the outer shell. Our customers tend to be somewhat hardcore, and so this thing had to stand up to the elements. Our Base Camp Blanket is constructed with a 20D Ripstop Nylon with DWR. Let's break that down: 20D (D = Denier) is the thickness of the thread. 20D was the winner here with the perfect balance between thick and sturdy material, and the fact it's not too heavy in the overall manufacturing. Ripstop is how the threads are woven in a cross-hatched pattern, which ours is most resistant to tearing and ripping. Lastly, DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coating is applied to the nylon to repel water and stains.
Once we settled on the best materials and specs, we focused on what our customers would need to make the Base Camp Blanket most functional in their own adventures. The corner pocket was an easy decision. The Base Camp Blanket comes with a stuff-sack for simple storage and transport, so there needs to be somewhere to, well, stuff that stuff-sack. The color block pocket with a velcro top closure strip safely holds the sack plus a phone, keys, fishing lures, etc.
However, what feature really sets the Base Camp Blanket apart are the 8 grommets (4 on each side, opposite the corner pocket). These grommets are directly cut and sewn into the blanket, and with no added metal or plastic the blanket remains lightweight and low maintenance. Notable uses for these grommets include ease of transforming the blanket into a cape on those cold camp mornings and nights by fastening around the shoulders with a carabiner, comfortably staking the blanket down in high wind, conveniently combining 2 blankets together, or even creating shelter or a sun shade.
We hope you share in our enthusiasm for the new Kawartha Outdoor Base Camp Blanket. We would love to hear your thoughts, as well as any unmentioned uses for the product in the comments section. Stay warm!