Four and a half stars out of five
Summary : Sports and comfort combine in this blanket featuring The Northwest Company’s Denali® MicroPlush Super-soft fabric technology and distributed by Elite Team with just the right durability, price, size and softness.
These special blankets are a quality, 100% American-made way to stay warm or cool while proudly displaying your favorite collegiate and/or NFL teams plus soccer with an exclusive CR7 deal with Cristiano Ronaldo.
These blankets feature above average sizes and premium comfort from The Northwest Company’s Denali® MicroPlush Super-soft fabric technology where Elite Team is the exclusive distributor.
This technology regulates temperature, keeping you comfortable in any temperature or in any season (warm in the winter and cool in the summer).
Two blankets sewn together combine into one unique, double-sided blanket with an acrylic “face” side containing the main design and a polyester back side with a solid, complimentary color design.
The strong, hand-stitched edges handle the relatively heavy weight perfectly. When touching/rubbing the inside layers on the outside, the slightly rough texture feels like it keeps each side locked to each other so users may not even realize there are two blankets.
This material and composition strategy result in luxurious durability that is easy to care for and can withstand multiple cleanings.
The blanket’s properties and care are closely related. Here are some important points.
- Polyester provides the durability and retains shape well after multiple uses. Polyester is also very wrinkle resistant and is washer/dryer safe, so there is no need to dry clean these blankets. Some of polyester’s vice’s include some static electricity, which was not encountered here (possibly due to the combination with acrylic fabric), and some irritation for people with sensitive/delicate skin. Watch out for oil stains on polyester as well, which can be difficult to remove.
- Acrylic fabric dries quickly and takes away moisture while retaining colors well (Elite blanket fibers are dyed before production as well). Users should also remember that acrylic can be irritating to the touch for babies.
- Machine wash these blankets in cold waters separately from all other clothes on the delicate cycle with mild detergent. Elite Blankets get softer and more comfortable with each wash. It would have been nice to have a recommended time span. Dry separately on gentle cycle and remove from dryer promptly.
- Users with allergies should watch where they place the blanket since it cannot be washed in hot water (about 130 degrees Fahrenheit). Elite blankets should not be ironed or bleached.
Currently the sizes for the NFL team blankets include 50” x 60”, 60” x 72” and 60” x 84” while the collegiate sizes are 60” x 72”. The CR7 sizes in 50” x 60” are in portrait with black & white/Christmas & Portugal colors with all others in 60” x 72”. The Elite team blanket prices are $99 (50″ x 60”); 129 (60″ x 72″) and $149 (60″ x 84″).
The CR7 blankets are still made in the USA and include fibers from Portugal. Ronaldo, partnership current all-time leading scorer for Team Portugal and Real Madrid, has a three-year partnership for these Elite team blankets.
In comparison, queen size blankets are typically 90″ by 90”, so most people can get “complete coverage” on the blanket size. The blankets are heavy enough so outside wind won’t be an issue, but not too heavy to weigh down young kids. They’re great for draping over furniture (e.g. couch) or even to clasp up on walls (e.g. college dorm).
These highly recommended, quality blankets are actually a combination of a throw and blanket put together. The size and softness really put Elite blankets over the top in the quality department and are definitely worth the price.
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