Designer Picks: Warmest Blankets

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Nov 28, 2011 | Linda Merrill

The Ventra Down Comforter by Therm-a-Rest/CascadeDesigns.comThese blankets are rated for cold temperatures. They're ready for sojourns to that cabin in Vermont (the one that only has a small wood stove). More "technical" than pretty, these blankets are for the hardcore among you who keep your heat turned down low. Still, some of them are pretty darn goodlooking (and they have that outdoorsy cache) and I think you'll like them.

LL Bean's Permabaffle Goose Down Comforter: LL Bean's Permabaffle Goose Down Comforter is made with hypoallergenic white goose down. The comforter construction keeps the fill concentrated towards the center while the boxed "baffle" construction maintains an even distribution of down fill to avoid cold spots. It receives high ratings from buyers for warmth and proportion. $239 (Twin) - $359 (King).

The Space All-Weather Blanket: The Space All-Weather blanket is a super high tech, lightweight sheet that radiates 80% of body heat back to the sleeper. Available at REI and other outdoor stores, the Space blanket is a must-have addition to a car emergency kit, or in households prone to power outages due to heavy snow. It's dimensions are 84" L x 60" W and costs just $14.

Vintage Swiss Army Blankets: Sometimes, what's old is what's best. Wool army blankets kept soldiers warm through many a cold war and can still be purchased today. Add a touch of vintage chic while keeping warm with this Swiss Army Blanket made of a blend of wool and horse hair making it very warm, yet milled to a degree that it is soft to the touch. Made in Switzerland from recently discovered stock, these gray blankets are marked with the well known red stripe and white star denoting the country of origin. $298

Hudson Bay Candy Stripe Wool Blanket: The colorful and super warm Hudson's Bay blanket has been around since the English traded wool blankets for beaver skins with the Native American's. Made of 100% wool blended from stocks in England, Wales, New Zealand and India, the fibers are selected for their ability to be water-resistant, soft, warm and strong. These colorful blankets are not only toasty, but also highly decorative and perfect for winter cabins and rustic locations. $309

Therm-a-Rest Tech Blanket: The Therm-A-Rest Tech Blanket offers flexibility of use as it can be joined to other blankets and coordinating sheets via a snap system. Great for camping or backpacking, it packs up smaller than a sleeping bag yet provides a great amount of warmth. $49.95

Therm-a-Rest Ventra Blanket: As with the Therma-a-Rest Tech Blanket, the Ventra blanket offers modular construction that makes it easy to partner this down-filled blanket with fitted sheets and a sleeping pad. The down-fill is warm, yet lightweight and compactable, and the polyester outer shell wicks moister away from the body. $199-$229

Woolrich Explorer Peak Fleece Travel Blanket: The Woolrich fleece and vinyl backed travel blanket (available at REI) is a perfect little blanket to throw in the car for use at outdoor concerts or as a handy blanket if the car breaks down. The fleece side is warm and comfortable and vinyl side will keep water away. Includes a handy carry sack with room for picnic supplies. $45.00

Cuddledown 800 Fill White Goose Down Comforter: The Cuddledown 800 Fill White Goose Down comforter is one of the most luxurious on the market. The down is hypoallergenic and the German batiste cover is lightweight and washable. The tightly woven batiste fabric keeps the down feathers inside where they belong; the box construction keeps down spread evenly across the entire surface. $455 - $1,379

Linda Merrill is a Networx - - writer. Get home & garden ideas like this - - on Networx.

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