A premium camping blanket (with a premium price tag) that can take rain, mud, kids, dogs, fishing trips and festivals in its stride, and remains looking good as new. If you want a tough, waterproof camping blanket and don’t mind paying for it, the Lowlands will do you proud.
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Yeti Lowlands Blanket: first impressions
The Yeti Lowlands Blanket retails for $200 / £200, which is a lot of cash to splash on a simple camping blanket. If you do want to invest in the best of the best camping blanket, though, this might very well be it. Take car camping, or take it wild camping, and it’ll impress with its comfort and rugged indestructibility.
This blanket is large, heavy-duty and – unlike soft and easily ripped down camping blankets – ready to take on the elements, with a fully waterproofed bottom layer and a soft-to-touch outer material that’s designed specifically to repel dirt and pet hair.
• RRP: $200 (US) / £200 (UK)
• Insulation: Synthetic (polyester)
• Weight: 2.2kg / 4lb 13.6oz
• Blanket size: 138 cm x 198cm / 54in x 78in
• Packed size: 114cm x 22cm / 57in x 9in
• Colors: Alpine Yellow / Smoke Blue / Fireside Red
• Compatibility: Car camping adventures with kids and pets
Yeti Lowlands Blanket: in the field
During the testing process we were surprised by how well this blanket worked, and the product looked good as new after a quick wipe, even after a long, rainy weekend of camping on often rough and muddy ground. This waterproofed bottom layer is a useful feature, not least because washing the Lowlands would be a bit of a job, given its size and weight.
Squished in the middle is a layer of insulation that provides great warmth. This blanket is a lot heavier than many quilted designs, but if you like to sleep under a weightier blanket, it’s a comfortable choice.
We think it is best suited for use from fall through to spring – you’re better off swapping to a lighter blanket or quilt for summer, as it isn’t breathable.
Where it excels, though, is for sitting on wet ground – no water will seep through, and you can just brush moisture off the waterproof bottom when you’re done. It’s ideal for rough-and-tumble outdoor adventures such as fishing or car camping, especially if you’re bringing mucky pups and messy kids along.
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.