The strands are long and soft material. Soft stands up to washing. Cats love the softness. It's very soft and snuggly.
The poncho design is also very thoughtful as the blanket doesn't slip out during the trip. Their are two sizes incase your taller.
The blanket is very soft and i have using it a lot like a pillow for short flights too. It has a hole for your head with a zipper pouch for phone or book. It’s neither too thin nor too thick.
It stays on, since it goes overhead. Like a kid traveling without her/his teddy bear! Excellent for traveling for adults and kids. Just got back from a trip to hawaii--great trip, very long plane ride--overnight.
This is not fleece. More like a faux fur than a real fleece feel to it. After one wash it has balls of fuzz all over it!
The blanket is the size of a baby pillow when it is folded in the pouch. The idea of this blanket is awesome, but it's too bulky to fold down nicely into a carry-on.