The Rumpl puffy blanket is one of those products that when I first saw one, I really didn’t know what to think. I mean, a down or synthetic down puffy blanket is cool, but it’s still just a blanket, right? Then Rumpl sent one for me to check out for myself, and after the first long road trip – everything started to make sense. Thanks to its compact design and versatile warmth, this could be the perfect accessory for anyone who spends time camping, in their car or otherwise.

Vanlife review: Rumpl puffy down blanket will keep you warm on the go

Most of Rumpl’s catalog is all about blankets. Specifically, the puffy blanket. These are made from many of the same materials as your favorite sleeping bag, only they’re in blanket form which makes them lighter, more compact, and probably more versatile.

There are essentially two versions: the Original which uses 3D hollow fiber synthetic insulation, and the Puffy Down reviewed here which uses 600 fill duck down insulation. Both are made with a 20D ripstop nylon fabric with a DWR coating to help keep things as dry as possible. For even more water proofing, they offer the Ground Cover which is a blanket on one side and a water proof nylon backer on the other.

Since the blankets are made with printable nylon panels, there are so many awesome colorful designs that it will make it hard to choose your favorite. However, the actual size of the blanket might make that decision for you. There are three different sizes offered – the Throw, the 1-person, and the 2-person. The most creative designs are largely limited to the Throw size which measures 50 x 70” (127 x 178cm). A few, like the Voyage print shown here are available in the 1-person which measures 54 x 80” (137 x 203cm). Then there are very few (mostly solid colors) that come in a 2-person which measures 88 x 84” (224 x 213cm).

Vanlife review: Rumpl puffy down blanket will keep you warm on the go

As their premium option, the Puffy Down blanket is both lighter and more compact than the Original Puffy Blanket. When packed in its stuff sack, the Puffy Down 1-person comes in at 619g. Compared to my Marmot summer weight sleeping back, it packs pretty small – and if space was a greater concern, a compression stuff sack could make it even smaller. It is nice though that the included stuff sack is roomy enough that it is very easy to stuff and remove.

Vanlife review: Rumpl puffy down blanket will keep you warm on the go
Reenactment of the first night’s “sleep”. It was much darker. And less beachy.

Which brings me to its first use. On our way out to the Philly Bike Expo, we were pushing hard through the night to get to the beach in Maryland with enough time to camp and ride fat bikes. That meant that around 4am, we pulled over and found a spot in a park to try and get a few hours of sleep before finishing the drive the next morning. Previously, this would have involved getting out my sleeping bag which is fairly bulky – which is why I keep it in a compression sack.

With the Rumpl close by, it was way faster to pull it from the bag, recline my seat, and toss the blanket over myself to try and keep warm. While I didn’t sleep much that night, it wasn’t the blanket’s fault. I was perfectly warm and toasty even though temps got down to the 30’s that night.

When it was time to hit the road, the blanket packed up impressively well and we were on our way.

Vanlife review: Rumpl puffy down blanket will keep you warm on the go

Once we got to the campsite, the blanket emerged yet again – this time to supplement my sleeping bag. It was fairly cold that night, so my summer weight sleeping bag was just on the edge of being comfortable so I threw the blanket over top for good measure. To be honest, it was way warmer than I needed which makes me think I probably could have gotten away with just the blanket and my sleeping pad – something I might try on future bikepacking trips in warmer conditions.

The Puffy Blanket also works great if you’re hanging around camp and it’s a little chilly. Actually, before we left for the show I was hanging out with some friends on our deck on one of those glorious fall days where the sun is out but it’s just a little too cold for some, and the Puffy Blanket saved the day. I gave it to a friend who found it a little cold, and she was perfectly content.

Clearly, the Rumpl is an awesome piece of gear for those who like to play outside which leaves us with the price. The Original Puffy blankets start out at $99, but the Voyage Pubby Down shown here is $249. That’s a lot for a blanket, but when you consider how useful and compact it is (and compare that price to many high end down sleeping bags), it may just be worth it. As for me, this Rumpl is finding a permanent home in my car since it’s compact enough to take up hardly any space and you never know when you might need it!

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10 COMMENTS

  1. How is is lighter and more compact that a sleeping bag? If it’s big enough to wrap all the way around a person it definitely is more material than a semi-mummy bag, which would make it both heavier and less compact than a bag made of the same material and warmth…

  2. The word “down” shouldn’t be used with this product; it’s not made out of natural, biodegradable down, it’s polyester that will end up haunting us as micro-particles of plastic forever. Otherwise, it’s good product but seems expensive when compared to a polyester fleece blanket.

  3. @MtnRanch, They have both synthetic and down. This is the down version.

    @Justin, I’d say blankets and sleeping bags are actually about an even trade-off. No hood on the blanket, simpler shaping means less fabric for the same surface area, and no zippers saves weight as well. the method of use is a little different, but not necessarily better or worse. The author compared it to a Marmot bag, but didn’t say the bag was down.

  4. @MtnRanch – although I agree with your sentiment regarding micro-particles the Puffy Down contains 600 fill duck down. The Original Puffy doesn’t use the word down anywhere in it’s title or description. What the down is wrapped in is another question …

    • Loki, Paul S., Tom, and silverlining – I stand corrected. Thank you.

      I love down but question the idea of storing it in a stuff sack unless absolutely needed because, with time, compressed down will lose its ability to regain loft.

      If there’s any chance the blanket will get wet, go with the polyester; Dry down is the best, wet down is useless.

  5. Where are they manufactured?
    And why would I choose this over something like an 850 fill Western Mountaineering comforter which is significantly better fill and made locally (at least for those in the US)? WM also personally audits their down suppliers.

    Their website is somewhat troublesome in that they state they adhere to all the requirements of competitors like REI, MEC, etc instead of stating exactly what they do.
    I don’t mind people innovating and becoming entrepreneurs, but there seems to be a proliferation of companies that just source products from large manufacturers in 3rd world countries, give it a funky name and cool graphics, package, and sell it as being technically superior to people that actually make products and grow their manufacturing organically.
    I don’t mind global manufacturing, but I also don’t always trust that they are as ethical as they say they are and its significantly harder for me to find out the employment practices of some factory, say in Zhejang, than in my country (US)

    • They are made in China. I would say the price would play at least a small role. The same size Cloud 9 comforter from WM is $320 and that doesn’t seem to include a stuff sack. Also, I’m sure there will be those who would prefer one of the interesting designs from Rumpl over a solid grey or black. Yes, the WM Cloud 9 uses 800 fill Goose down, and this is 600 fill duck down. But there is enough going for the Rumpl that people will buy it – and that’s coming from a guy that owns a Western Mountaineering UltraLite sleeping bag. However, if it wasn’t on a crazy sale at the local outdoor store, I never would have been able to afford it when I purchased it.

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