If you’re after the light weight and delightful warmth of down, 4Monster’s blanket is a well-made choice that’s easy to store and transport and doubles up as a summer sleeping bag. But it’s a pity that it’s difficult to wash if it gets dirty.
Warm down filling
Doubles up as a poncho
Tricky to wash
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4Monster Lightweight Down Puffy Blanket: first impressions
The 4Monster Lightweight Down Puffy Blanket is designed so it can be worn as a poncho as well as used as a blanket, and on hot summer nights it also works as a lightweight sleeping bag.
We reviewed the Small sized version of this blanket, but another two sizes – including a very generous Large that offers more than enough room for two to share – are available. Unlike some other down blankets in our best camping blanket buying guide, this design is water-resistant enough for light rain to bead right off it, so if it does get wet or there’s a spillage, you won’t be left with a sodden mess.
However, while this blanket can be washed, we’d avoid doing so if possible. A large down blanket like this is a hassle to dry, and you may need to re-treat it with a waterproofing agent after a wash.
When it comes to time to break camp, the blanket packs down into a stuff sack (it’s a bit of a squeeze, mind!) that straps easily to the side of a hiking backpack, and also features its own carry strap so you can sling it over your shoulder for shorter walks. Eight neutral, smart colors are available.
• RRP: $80 (US) / £65 (UK)
• Insulation: Down
• Weight: 460g / 1lb
• Blanket size: 127cm x 178cm / 50in x 70in
• Packed size: 11cm x 30cm / 4in x 12in
• Colors: Green / Black / Blue / Purple
• Compatibility: Three-season warmth, and light and portable enough to suit wild campers
4Monster Lightweight Down Puffy Blanket: in the field
Once you try a down-filled camping blanket, it’s hard to go back to anything else – animal down offers a brilliant combination of warmth and weight that instantly traps your body heat around you.
We tested the 4Monster down blanket out in a campervan on a warm spring evening and found it kept us perfectly warm – on hot summer nights or for camping trips abroad you may not need to pack much else.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.