Occasionally, at the intersection of function, design and comfort, an unexpected alchemy occurs — cool fashion.

This poncho was created to offer a multitude of practical purposes on a summer camp trip, but it turns out to be utterly stylish and could exist in your life beyond the rugged wilderness. Why wouldn’t you want to sport it in the city?

Anointing itself with a rather macho-sounding moniker, The Therm-A-Rest Honcho Poncho (it’s unisex, by the way) it could be used as a blanket, pillow or coat – but you can see why it sounds tough.

Ideal for any camping trip or hiking trip, it’s water-resistant, insulated yet breathable. The filling is synthetic but manages to control any fluctuation in humidity and does not hold dampness. The hood can be cinched tight to help keep you from getting wet and the generous kangaroo pocket helps keep your hands warm but it also features a top zipped pocket to hold essential items. Two sets of metal snaps down the side also help keep it from flapping about in the wind.

This multi-purpose poncho rolls up into its own storage pocket, making it an easy item to pack for overseas trips or to keep in the trunk of your car for emergencies.

Beyond the many versatile and technical features, it’s handy for seniors because you can easily throw it on without having to struggle with sleeves.

The fashionable factor of this hard-working poncho might be the last thing on your mind when your camping trip unexpectedly turns out to be rainy days and chilly nights – but save that for when you want to cut some stylish swagger in front of the grand-kids.

The Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho retails for $145 and available at Mountain Equipment Co-op or www.mec.ca