Puffy blankets, like puffy sleeping bags and coats, have gained popularity in the limelight among outdoor enthusiasts. They’re lightweight, extremely warm, and the style is frankly quite “in” at the moment. In fact, I’ve even seen puffy hats and skirts making appearances on the ski slopes lately.
So, what is a puffy blanket? How do you know if it’s a good one or if it’s right for you? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered when we try to decide on a puffy blanket.
We’re going to take a deep look at the Rumpl Puffy Blanket. I’m hoping to expose the good, the bad, and the ugly. All of this in the hopes that you’ll come away being able to make a final decision about the Rumpl Puffy Blanket to either buy it or forget it!
To figure this out, we first need to understand what “puffy” means in the outdoor world.
Puffy essentially means a lightweight garment made of two layers of polyester or nylon with down feathers or synthetic insulation in between. This is the preferred method of construction for most garments and sleeping bags plus, in this case, a cool outdoor inspired blanket!
This blanket is made to be lighter and more portable than your standard couch blanket. Really the “performance” gains are only ideal if you plan to travel around with your blanket. If you just want to keep it on the couch at home, it will functionally become a fashion accessory that resembles an outdoor jacket.
For those who travel to hostels, enjoy skiing trips in varied locations, or just need a portable warm blanket on hand there are some gains to be had here. Unlike your bulky, heavy couch quilt the Rumpl Puffy Blanket, like the Montem Sneaky Snuggler Blanket is light enough and can be packed small enough to travel with you.
This Rumpl blanket is not meant to be a backpacking quilt. It’s not a replacement for your sleeping bag on a winter ski touring trip.
Because of the heavy, bulky weight, this blanket does not make a good choice for backpackers. The sewn-through construction of the blanket itself makes it extremely inefficient compared to high-end quilts for thermal retention.
That’s not to bash the Rumpl Puffy Blanket though. Just remember it’s exactly what the title says – a blanket.
If you were hoping this blanket could replace your sleeping bag, you may be disappointed in the 3+ pound weight of the Rumple Puffy Blanket or the nearly 2L packed size. However, you’ll be happy to know that most advanced backpacking quilts wight a fraction of this, have far superior warmth efficiency, and pack down much smaller.
Unfortunately, these advanced backpacking quilts can cost 3x as much or more (well over $300 in many cases). So in the same stroke – don’t buy a backpacking quilt as an at-home blanket because it’ll break the bank! If you want better value check out the Montem Sneaky Snuggler or Kelty Bestie.
If you really love the look and feel of your puffy Patagonia Nano Puff jackets (as an example) and you would love to nestle into a pile of fluffy, warm, outdoor fabric on your evening couch then this blanket is for you.
The one person model is over 3 pounds of ripstop nylon with 3D Hollow Fiber Synthetic Insulation inside. It does compress small enough to be more portable than most home blankets, but not so much as to compete with high-end quilts and sleeping bags.
I have to point out that the DWR treated ripstop nylon seems like an odd choice. I can’t for the life of me figure out what anyone would get this blanket into a situation where water spray would be an issue. Perhaps if you’re sleeping out under a tarp or awning in the backyard and happen to get caught in a rainstorm?
There is one major advantage that might not be the first to pop into your mind.
If you live in a house with a ton of pets, the ripstop nylon won’t get loaded with animal hair. Many traditional blankets become gross with fuzz and animal hair after a while but those things won’t collect on the slippery surface of a nylon blanket.
On the flip side of that coin, the 20 denier ripstop nylon is much too fragile to withstand dog and cat claws stepping on it. So if you like to snuggle with the pets, don’t be surprised if their nails rip the blanket.
I have to admit, the colors and aesthetic of outdoor gear hold a warm place in my heart. If you’re like me, this blanket appeals to you simply for that reason. All technicality aside, it’s an appealing home aesthetic to the outdoor enthusiast, there’s no doubt.
I can see this blanket making the perfect companion to wrap around your shoulders on a cool morning while you sit on the porch sipping a coffee and watching the sunrise. Or maybe you’re traveling to the family cabin for the weekend and sleeping on the couch – you can rely on the Rumpl Puffy Blanket.
This attractive and functional outdoor blanket holds a special appeal I think. While it may not be the technical performance king of all outdoor gear it is pretty cool.
Just remember the drawbacks of lightweight 20D nylon – it isn’t bombproof. Keep it away from the fireplace or animal claws.
Whether you want it for weekend car camping trips, visiting the family cottage, or lounging around at home I think it makes a cool blanket companion. Besides, just think of how cool you’ll look wrapped up in that nylon blanket on your next ski trip!
Before you commit to purchasing, make sure to be realistic with your expectations. It is a blanket, after all. This is not a high end piece of backpacking gear. But it makes an awesome addition to your collection if you love the look and feel of sleeping bags and backpacking quilts!
Looking for a new companion to keep you warm as the evening wears on and you’re curled up on the couch? Or maybe you’re sipping a coffee in the cool morning air on your porch. Either way, if you’re like me you probably enjoy your outdoor gear. So why not have a blanket that reminds you every day of those trail hikes from days gone by?
There are only a handful of outdoor-inspired blankets available right now. They’re great for those days around the house when you need some warmth but don’t necessarily want to crawl into a mummy bag on the couch. Among them, the Montem Sneaky Snuggler remains a top consideration.
So, how do you start to decide if the Montem Sneaky Snuggler is right for you? There’s a handful of considerations you need to make before you settle on a final choice. I’m going to help guide you through the decision so you can rest assured that the blank you choose is the one companion you can rely on!
This outdoor-inspired blanket is aimed right at the heart of adventurers. While it only comes in one color, the blanket itself is a solid choice for staying warm on adventures. It’s closer to a duvet than a mummy bag but that’s alright. There’s no need for a mummy bag on the couch!
I personally really like the wave-like wood grain style sewn seams. Reminiscent of the Rumpl Puffy Blanket, these sewn seams are pleasing and make an awesome aesthetic addition to rustic areas.
Sneaky might be the perfect description for this blanket because the midnight blue of the fabric matches a dusky eve like a color picker. Just make sure that you scope out a place around the house for this comforter style blanket. It’s quite large and will likely stay in the house 95% of the time.
Like other outdoor inspired blankets we’ve reviewed, it’s important to know where to draw the line. It can be easy to mistake these as competitors for mummy bags and backpacking quilts but they’re just not going to keep up.
While it’s a warm blanket made from outdoor fabrics and insulation, the Sneaky Snuggler is may be too heavy and large to make a viable hiking or backpacking companion for those that need to pack light.
Don’t get me wrong – it can be a perfect car camping or backyard snoozing companion. But for hikers and backpackers, it’s never going to be small enough or light enough to take on an overnight in the backcountry.
The synthetic insulation isn’t terrible in wet conditions. I can’t imagine why you’d get it wet, but if it happens there’s no problem with hanging it over a line and letting it dry. You won’t hurt the blanket one bit.
Tipping the scales a bit over 2 pounds, this blanket is definitely not a feather. But seriously – who cares? Remember, it’s not even meant to be carried around regularly so there’s no need nitpicking over the weight of it.
Over 2 pounds isn’t bad for lugging around the house or tossing over your legs near the fire in the backyard. It’s probably best not to get caught up in the overall weight of this blanket.
One thing to note is that the additional weight, compared to other outdoor blankets, means more warmth. Most of the extra weight seems to come from loft insulation. This blanket is definitely thicker than others like the Kelty Bestie.
Inside this Montem puffy blanket is a stuffing of 3D Hollow Fill insulation. This stuff is quite warm, but heavy compared to other materials. It’s often used in mummy bags and apparel for cold temperatures and it’s largely resistant to water.
Like most blankets, the sewn through stitching makes it less energy efficient. Hot air escapes through the sewn lines where insulation can’t keep the hot air trapped. This isn’t a big deal for an indoor blanket and using baffled seams would make the blanket more fragile and expensive anyway.
On the outside of this blanket, you’ll find two layers of identical 20 denier ripstop nylon. 20D nylon is pretty thin, but it’s comparable to most outdoor puffy jackets.
If you own a puffy jacket you know they’re not invincible, but they won’t fall apart either. 20D ripstop is light enough to keep the blanket weight down but robust enough to last many, many years. However, you’ll need to be aware that pets and sharp objects can be an issue.
Dog and cat claws may easily snag, rip, or tear 20D nylon so don’t expect to let the doggo snuggle on your blanket without consequences.
This might be the single most important factor in the world of blankets for most of us. Having a huge, snuggly blanket is one of the most luxurious ways to enjoy an evening. But the second your blanket pulls up too high and your toes poke out into the cold, it’s enough to evoke rage in all but the most zen of us.
If you can’t tell, I hate small blankets. Thankfully this one is plenty big!
At 6.6 feet long by 4.5 feet wide there is plenty of room even for most of us who are taller. There might be enough room for you and a sweetie, but it won’t be much. You’ll have to snuggle close, but most of us won’t complain about an excuse to snuggle.
When you start comparing the Montem Sneaky Snuggler with other outdoor blankets, it’s become a solid winner. Because of its generous size and thick insulation, it makes a competitive choice among blankets.
As long as you like the color of the Sneaky Snuggler the rest of the features fall in line easily. With generous insulation and lightweight shell materials, it feels like a mummy bag. I love the waves of wood grain inspired sewing that makes the blanket bring a rustic feel to any room. Grab yourself one and you’ll have enough room for yourself or a partner.