‘Tis the season for road trips, car camping, and local escapes! If your travels will have you cuddling up with a partner or family member, Therm-a-rest’s Vela double quilt needs to be packed in your car, camper, or tent! This extremely packable and lightweight double-sized quilt is the perfect addition to the campfire, backseat of the car, or camper. I’ve been testing it with my partner in our Westfalia camper van, as a much-appreciated needed extra layer on top of our sleeping bag at night. As the weather heats up, we’ll ditch the sleeping bag and just sleep under the quilt.

Rated to 20 degrees (there’s a 32 degree option as well), the Vela double quilt packs down small (see pic) and has a slightly angled (sleeping bag) shape so that you get a foot box to tuck your toes into at night. It spreads out on a camper van bed very nicely, however, and easily covers two people. The down is 650 fill Nikwax Hydrophobic down, which absorbs 90 percent less water and dries 3 times faster without using dangerous PFCs. The baffles keep out drafts, and it’s responsible down certified.

You can pair the Vela with other Therm-a-rest products to create your own customized bed system using the perimeter snap loops, or just do what we do, and toss the Vela over you and be done with it! The whole quilt weighs 2 pounds and is 80 inches long. I love that there’s even a small zippered pocket at the top, perfect for a chapstick or other small item.

Pick up the Vela double for $369 on the Therm-a-rest site, or look for their single person size if you’re needing less. The ‘storm’ color is a silvery blue, which is attractive and goes with just about everything! Enjoy local camping and stargazing in your neck of the woods!


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