Welcome to another installment of Editor’s Review from FREESKIER. Each week our editorial staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear they’re testing on a weekly basis. Our goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on Rumpl’s Original Puffy Blanket, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
Original Puffy Blanket, by Rumpl
The Original Puffy Blanket resembles a premium sleeping bag, i.e. it’s supple, smooth to the touch and packed with warmth. Unlike a sleeping bag, however, this offering doesn’t zip up. Instead, it’s best used to drape around oneself and it comes in handy in a multitude of situations.
Take, for example, the time one of our editors watched his sleeping bag fall over the ridge into the cold, Colorado night on a hike-to-ski trip last spring. Sure—maybe there should have been some double-checking happening on the packing front—but when you’re halfway to camp at 13,500-feet with no chance of turning around, you have to make the best of the situation. In this case, the Original Puffy Blanket, which had been conveniently stuffed into his pack, provided ample warmth for him to get through the night.
A more ordinary situation to use this 600g insulated blanket is on a cold night around the campfire: You’re not going to sit in your camping chair wrapped up in your sleeping bag, are you? No. Because that’s impractical. Instead, you (and potentially that cute girl or guy across the campfire) can look to the Puffy Blanket as a source of warmth because it’s plenty big to share.
Constructed of synthetic insulation and weather- and dirt-resistant 20D ripstop nylon with a DWR coating, the Original Puffy Blanket is primed for outdoor use but is also great for extra snuggly vibes in the living room at home. And, when you do dirty it up over time, just throw it in the wash and it’ll be looking good as new. It even comes with a stuff-sack and is available in seven different colors to match your unique style. If you’re anything like us, you’ll start to bring this thing with you basically everywhere you go: camping, car, boat, hut trips, back porch, couch, your own bed, etc.