|Rating:||8.3 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.7 / 2|
|Ease of Use||1.8 / 2|
|Weight||1.5 / 2|
|Durability||1.5 / 2|
|Versatility||1.8 / 2|
The puffy blanket is probably a familiar thing for car campers and is now a growing trend with hikers. Rumpl is at the forefront of this growing trend having launched prototypes of the Original Puffy Blanket as part of a Kickstarter campaign and by July 2014 backers received the first Original Puffy Blankets. A very modern story for the digital age!
So what exactly is a puffy blanket and why would you take one hiking?
So here’s the marketing pitch. Rumpl is a synthetic alternative to down and something new in blanket insulation technology. Rumpl’s synthetic fill is 100% post-consumer recycled and the NanoLoft™ insulation is made up of tiny circular clusters of fibre that mimic the properties of down clusters. This traps warmth inside small pockets of air to preserve heat including in very cold conditions.
The idea of a ‘blanket’ for hiking is growing in support providing more flexibility particularly if you are hiking in variable conditions. Instead of having a range of sleeping bags for particular conditions you can have a lighter weight sleeping bag to which you can add extra warmth with a ‘blanket’ when you need. You can also use a puffy blanket as a standalone. If you are hiking with your partner you can sleep ‘together’ under the one warm cover. And let’s not forget the opportunities you’ll find around the home especially during a movie marathon! The options are numerous ….
The range is extensive and we took a close look at Rumpl’s NanoLoft Puffy Blanket which is super soft and cosy (at the time of this review the nanoloft version of this blanket wasn’t in stores but keep an eye out towards the end of September 2019) . It is great for keeping you warm during post dinner hiking chats and is also a terrific sleeping bag substitute. It packs into a reasonably compact and equally colourful stuff sack which means you can keep it handy for when you need.
There are lots of uses for Rumpl Puffy Blankets and I will use the NanoLoft on shorter, overnight hikes during the warmer months of the year. So check them out and see how you can fit them into your hiking kit.
Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket packed away
Tim ‘wearing’ the Rumpl NanoLoft
Rumpl chest clip means you can wear this in the cold without having to hang onto it
Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket close up view
Best for anyone who wants the flexibility a puffy blanket can provide or for car campers who don’t need to carry their sleep system
$199-249.95 AUD (recommended retail)
The new nano loft models are due for release in Australia towards the end of September 2019.
You can purchase the range of Rumpl Puffy Blankets from Wild Earth or Wildfire Sports. Please note that our affiliations do not influence, in any way, the independence of our gear reviews. If we don’t like something, we’ll tell you
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Rumpl has an extensive range including double and single versions. In addition to the NanoLoft, the Original, Sherpa, Down and Polar ranges are also available.
While the Rumpl range is huge the 1 person and 2 person Nanoloft models is what will be on sale in Australia
This review was done with product supplied by the Rumpl wholesaler in Australia