Imagine being stuck on a remote dirt road in freezing cold temperatures, with a broken down car as the only respite from the harsh conditions. This is the exact situation that gave birth to Rumpl, and have since guided the company in creating high quality, high performance blankets that provide supreme warmth and comfort while speaking to the specific needs of the modern outdoor enthusiast.
What you’ll get from the recently reimagined Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket is a cosy, lightweight and compact sanctuary from the elements. The entire collection of Rumpl blankets come in varying sizes for either one or two people, although this particular blanket is the one person size which, like the others, comes with numerous reworked design choices that both elevate functionality and fall in-line with Rumpl’s commitment to sustainability.
Key to this blanket is not just its synthetic insulation, but the means by which this precision is achieved. The Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket is made of 100% post-consumer recycled materials, moving away from the typical duck or goose down by filling the blanket with at least 60 recycled plastic bottles. This dedication to the environment is part of a larger committment by Rumpl, where in 2019 alone the company has reclaimed over three million discarded plastic bottles and transformed them into recycled polyester thread, fleece and insulation. This takes away the need for virgin plastic in the creation of these blankets.
Taking design cues from the volcanic peaks of the High Cascades of Washington and Oregon, the blanket has an attractive wave-like design that looks incredible when lying flat. It comes in numerous faded colours, with a 30D ripstop polyester exterior coated with a durable water repellent finish. The outer layer of this blanket is able to consistently repel dirt, odours, splashes and spills, offering increased durability.
Using a 3D Hollow Fiber Siliconized Synthetic Insulation at a 240 GSM, the blanket benefits from a reasonably thick body aimed at maximising warmth and comfort. While that is sufficient for mostly all conditions, those looking for even more warmth may want to upgrade to Rumpl’s superior NanoLoft, which is mostly identical to the Original Puffy Blanket but instead uses proprietary recycled plastic clusters to create extra warmth without adding bulk. The NanoLoft also features Nanometer high-elastic cloth fibre insulation with soft nap at a 200 GSM.
The Original Puffy Blanket comes packed in a water-resistant, ripstop stuff sack with a handy drawstring cinch closer, similar to what you’d find on a standard sleeping bag cover. Two loops have been included for lashing, and the top of the sack features a mini carabiner to attach onto a backpack or duffle for easy portability. Loops are found on each corner of the blanket, allowing you to stake it to the ground with any type of peg. An added benefit here is that the use of recycled materials means that the blanket actually packs down into much less space than its predecessor. This saves a substantial amount of space in a tent, for example, to help with comfort without sacrificing warmth.
Maintaining the blanket no matter the conditions is also incredibly easy thanks to the blanket’s compatibility with conventional front-loading washing and drying machines. Just make sure to follow the care instructions attached to the end of the blanket. One thing that makes the one-person size blanket particularly useful is an included cape clip, perfect for when you want to drape it over your shoulders and secure it over your chest, giving you a hands-free poncho of sorts for when you want to stay warm while sitting up. For example, this would be of great use around campfires.
THE RUMPL ORIGINAL PUFFY BLANKET | WHO IS IT FOR?
Anyone looking for a super warm blanket while also trying to limit their environmental impact will love the Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket. The distinctive use of recycled plastic has been carefully balanced with design to ensure that the blanket, no matter the size – there are four to choose from – will give you the exact protection and warmth you need while exploring the great outdoors. The size reviewed was the one-person with a width of 52 inches, a length of 75 inches, and a weight of 2.1 pounds.
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