An impressive warmth-to-weight ratio, use of recycled materials and eye-popping design make for a winning formula
Soft and warm
100% post-consumer recycled polyester shell and insulation
DWR finish for stain and water resistance
Cape Clip (1-Person only) for hands-free use
Corner loops for staking
Water-resistant stuff sack included
Not as versatile as some camping blankets
Not suitable for a sleeping bag alternative in winter
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Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket review: first impressions
Rumpl uses the same technology in this blanket that you’ll find in sleeping bags and down jackets for superior warmth all wrapped up in a soft, cozy blanket. Using 100% recycled materials, this down alternative camping blanket is extraordinarily lightweight but provides instant heat and all with a smaller carbon footprint.
• List price: $179 / £160
• Insulation: Synthetic down alternative
• Weight: 1-person: 816g, 2-person: 1.5kg
• Size:132 x 190cm
• Packed size:15 x 35cm
• Colors: Crisp Fade, Glacier Rays, Playa Fade, Blazing Gaia
• Compatibility: Summer camping, van camping, glamping
Though this blanket doesn’t double as a sleeping bag or camping pillow, you can use it as a sleeping bag alternative in the warmer months as well as for picnics and hanging out on the couch watching TV. The fun design makes it a head-turner at festivals too, though you won’t want to get too close to the camofire in it. It might not be flame-resistant, but it’s water-resistant so don’t worry about small spills or tears. When you’re ready to head home, pack it up in its water-resistant stuff sack and throw it in the washing machine to freshen it up.
Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket review: in the field
The Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is my first really high end camping blanket (not a wool yoga blanket that’s been in the back of my car for years) and I absolutely love it. It’s super lightweight, so I was surprised by how warm and cozy it is – the synthetic down has really worked well to keep me toasty in my tent, in the van and at home, where I have to confess this has taken the prime spot as the TV blanket.
It’s definitely a suitable sleeping bag alternative for warm summer nights (comfortable down to 40F but I wouldn’t push it) and it’s big enough that I can wrap myself up in it nicely. For two people, it’s not big enough for sleeping but my boyfriend and I definitely find it great for snuggling under together on the couch at home.
The fabric has a really lovely, soft feel to it and it has handy clips so you can wear it like a cape. I’d never have thought of this, but on my last camping trip I never had it off me and I loved being able to have my hands free for making coffee while staying cozy in the mornings. Its water resistance works well against dewy grass and beer and regarding the latter, it’s great to be able to toss it in the washing machine at home. It arrives in a super handy stuff sack that fits into the side pocket of my backpack and can be clipped on, too, so it’s easy to transport.
The only “problems” I’ve had with it are that its slick, shiny material make it slippery for sitting on on any kind of slope, and it’s so lightweight that even a light breeze can carry it away, but that’s why it comes with corner loops for staking. I’ll admit that it’s a pricey piece of camping gear and a bit of a luxury item, but with high performance and fun design, you won’t regret it if you have the room in your budget.
Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.