The Rumpl Down Puffy is a top contender for its light weight and packability. Coming in at just over a pound, it comes with a roll-top stuff sack that tucks away in a backpack. It is made from ripstop nylon and is treated with a water-repellent coating. It has tight diamond baffles that keep the fill in place, and it converts into a cape that can be worn around hands-free. It is slippery, and the exterior makes a fair amount of swishing, so it's not tops for comfort. However, if weight and compressibility are top priorities, this blanket is worth considering.Editor's Note: After retesting the Rumpl, we updated this review on August 18, 2022, to reflect changes made during our testing process.
Rumpl Down Puffy Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Lightweight, compressible, cape clip
Cons: Expensive, smaller dimensions, slippery
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Rumpl Down Puffy
|Price||$185.93 at REI|
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|$100 List||$300 List|
$299.95 at REI
$99.95 at REI
$51.95 at Amazon
|Pros||Lightweight, compressible, cape clip||Softer underbelly, weather-resistant, great features, feels warm, easy to clean||Highly versatile, lightweight, good features, water-resistant||Versatile, weather-resistant, less costly than similar performers||Large dimensions, soft underside, inexpensive|
|Cons||Expensive, smaller dimensions, slippery||A bit large and bulky||Expensive, slippery material||A little bulky, nylon underside gets sweaty||Heavy, bulky, not many features|
|Bottom Line||A compressible, lightweight, and adaptable blanket for when space is at a premium||It's large, seriously cozy, and it offers solid comfort, warmth, and protection||A technical, do-it-all blanket that doubles as a poncho and triples as a quilt||A functional blanket with a hood and snap closure great for bundling up in a variety of settings||This comfortable extra-large blanket is big enough for two and luxurious for one|
|Rating Categories||Rumpl Down Puffy||NEMO Puffin||Kammok Firebelly||REI Co-Op Camp Wrap||Kelty Biggie|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Features & Design (10%)|
|Specs||Rumpl Down Puffy||NEMO Puffin||Kammok Firebelly||REI Co-Op Camp Wrap||Kelty Biggie|
|Measured Blanket Size||52" x 75"||54" x 78"||55" x 88"||54" x 72"||80" x 82"|
|Compressed Size||1.8 L||4 L||4 L||5 L||15 L|
|Weather Resistance||DWR treatment||DWR treatment
|DWR treatment||DWR treatment||None|
|Weight||19 oz||36 oz||28 oz||28 oz||47 oz|
|Stuff Sack||Y - roll-top||Y - zippered||Y - roll-top||Y - drawstring||Y - drawstring|
|Exterior Material||30D ripstop polyester||30D nylon micro-ripstop||20D ripstop nylon||100% Ripstop Nylon||75D polyester|
|Insulation Material||600-fill duck down (80/20 down/feathers)||600G Stratofiber (synthetic)||750-fill duck down||Polyester fibers||Cloudloft|
|Manufacturer Temp Rating (F)||Not specified||Not specified||30°F||Not specified||Not specified|
|No||Yes - 1 zippered near feet||No||No||No|
|Machine Washable||Yes||Yes - front load only||Yes||Yes||Yes - front load only|
|Available Sizes||1-person (tested), 2-person||1-person (tested), 2-person||One size only||One size only||One size only|
|Additional Features||Cape clip, corner loops||Foot Nook foot box created by three buttons and holes, outwardly curved edges, sewn through in horizontal bars, contrast-colored top edge||Hands-free poncho, minimalist sleeping bag, top quilt, hammock underquilt||Snaps, armloops, built-in hood||Soft-brushed fabric, comfortably fits 2 people|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This blanket is insulated with 600-fill duck down (80% down, 20% feather). We tested it in the one-person size, but it also comes in a two-person version and a wide array of colors and patterns, from traditional solids to funky prints.
This blanket is great for outdoor warmth with a base layer, but for snuggling up inside on a weekend afternoon, this isn't the one that we'd reach for first. The 30D ripstop nylon shell is slippery and swishy. It also has a tendency to slide off of your lap if you aren't holding onto it when you shift positions. Its light weight makes it great for travel, but also doesn't do it any favors when it comes to staying in place.
However, for outdoor social gatherings, a luxurious layer for camping, or long-haul travel, it is an excellent companion. Its 52 x 72 inch dimensions are just below average. Though we wish it had a few more inches in each direction, it is large enough to fully wrap around, making it a cozy blanket for an Adirondack chair. Because of its synthetic exterior, it can also feel sticky if you start to sweat underneath.
The 600-fill duck down is warm. The 80% down, 20% feather mixture meets the Responsible Down Standard. Though the blanket is very compressible, it also has a nice loft, which enables it to be as warm as it is for its weight. Once we got past the twinge of cold that comes with 'putting on' a nylon fabric, it is pleasantly warm and cozy. Though it is not specifically rated, with a base layer, we were comfortable down to about 50 degrees while sleeping.
In cape mode, the Down Puffy uses just a single clip to hold it together. This ultimately leaves your front side exposed unless you actively hold the two corners together. Though it is warm, on a windy day, this open format can really flap around if you're standing up. On the other hand, the upside to its openness is that it frees up your hands if you are wearing it while active — tailgating, playing lawn games, or helping in the camp kitchen.
It is also pleasantly weather-resistant. The ripstop nylon and DWR coating stands up to mist and a few minutes of light rain; definitely not the end of the world if it gets wet. It is also tightly woven, making it delightfully wind-resistant.
When taken together, all of the Puffy's features create a fairly versatile, outdoor-oriented blanket. It's great for outdoor parties on the deck. Whether you are mingling or cuddling up around a fire, it's a great choice. It can stand in on a camping trip if the weather is too warm for a full sleeping bag or if you need an extra layer in addition to the bag. We recommend putting something underneath if the ground is damp, but it can also be staked out to use as a picnic blanket.
Though it is susceptible to static and some clinging pet hair, it takes quite a bit to get this blanket dirty. The DWR coating not only repels precipitation but helps deflect would-be liquid stains as well. The aforementioned slipperiness does have an upside, which is that sand and dirt slide off rather than get embedded into the fibers. It has a reinforced outer edge, and cross-stitching keeps the down from bunching up. We appreciated not only that the down stays evenly distributed, but that feathers didn't really escape the shell either, which is a fate that often befalls down-filled garments.
Among the several benefits of this blanket, it packs down very small. It comes with a roll-top stuff sack and clip closure. It's not a compression sack, which we actually found to be a benefit; it's really easy to just jam down into the bottom of a pack and it keeps compressing if you pile on more items on top of it. If you want to leave the sack behind, the very stuffable Puffy fills the gaps of a backpack very well.
Weighing in at one pound, three ounces, it is not technically the lightest or the most compressible, but it is our favorite combination of the two, which makes it an excellent choice for a variety of outdoor activities and traveling. If your dog is going on the adventure as well, it also makes a decent impromptu sleeping spot if its regular bed isn't able to make the trip for whatever reason.
Features & Design
This is a practical, thoughtfully designed blanket. Our favorite features include the cape snap, which turns the Down Puffy into a hands-free cover (though it does require a bit of dexterity to get it clipped up). Even with its down fill, this can still go through the washing machine. The outer nylon does dry fairly quickly if you get caught in the rain for a few minutes. However, if it goes through the washing machine, the down can take a long time and a moderate amount of attention before it is fully dry and re-lofted (so don't wash it if you need it within the next couple of days afterward).
It comes in a variety of patterns and prints, from standard solids to whimsical multi-color gradients to more adventurous scenes from nature. The somewhat asymmetrical baffles also add another layer of style to this blanket while providing the functional benefit of keeping the down in place. We also appreciate the corner loops, which make it possible to stake out the blanket for a picnic.
Should You Buy the Rumpl Down Puffy?
The Down Puffy is lightweight and super compressible. It's the right blanket for adventures where space and weight are at a premium. It is warm as both a blanket and a poncho, however, its swishy and sometimes sticky material makes it less comfortable than other options. It performs admirably, but we also think that there are other blankets in the category that do just as much, if not more, for less money.
What Other Camping Blankets Should You Consider?
For compressibility, the Snugpak Jungle is right up there at the top of the category. It is also much less expensive than the Down Puffy. If adaptability is a top priority, the Kammok Firebelly can be used as a poncho and has several other modes as well. If you need something well-suited for front-country travel, the Thermarest Stellar is one of our favorites for its ability to convert into a pillow.
— Ben Applebaum-Bauch
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