Q: What is the best camping blanket? Have you ever used a Rumpl? They look cool.
— Jimmy, Walla Walla, Washington
Why, yes, I have used Rumpl camping blankets, and they are pretty cool — or, rather, warm.
The Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket ($99, rumpl.com) and Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket ($149) feel like the outside of a sleeping bag or down jacket, so they effectively repel liquid, sand and dirt. They are made from recycled water bottles — a minimum of 50 per blanket! The NanoLoft is a synthetic down blanket. Rumpl also makes duck down-filled blankets as well as fleece blankets.
The “best” blanket really depends on what you find most comfortable. You might not like most Rumpl blankets’ slippery feel; once I got used to the sensation, though, I felt comfy in them. A wool or fleece blanket, however, might feel cozier to you.
Camping blankets allow for more range of motion while you sleep. They’re also handy for huddling up by a campfire. They probably won’t be ideal for winter camping, but they’re great for the rest of the year. Rumpl and others come with water-resistant stuff sacks, making packing them away easy.
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