Rumpl blanket review – February 2021 update
The review of the Rumpl blanket you’ll see below is a result of over 1,100 work-hours and data collected from 7 independent sources.
To rate it, we had to tweak our statistical analysis model. We did that by consulting the few experienced campers and outdoors enthusiasts. So, before we move on, we like to use the opportunity to thank them.
Our statistical analysis is somewhat intricate, so we won’t even bother you with details here. What’s important for you is that we simplified it all by boiling the results and rating the Rumpl blanket in 10 quality categories (the average of these is the Overall Rating).
Last updated: April 2019
- Current Overall Rating 93%
What should the takeaway be?
Our contributors are outdoorsy “zealots” of all types – from joy-campers who used Rumpl in moderate conditions to high-altitude hikers & trekkers who shared Rumpl behaved in extreme conditions, fared against the rigors of Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest and the Inca trail to Machu Picchu (special shout-out to Mark Whitman of MountainIQ & EBCtrekguide for the later).
Bottom line – no matter the type of hiker or camper you are, the analysis should paint a pretty clear picture of whether the Rumpl blanket is a good fit for your needs.
Rumpl blanket review summary – all ratings
Basic info of the Rumpl puffy blanket
The materials used to make the Rumpl are premium – pretty much the same as those used in high-quality puffy down jackets and sleeping bags. The finish is high-end nylon (ripstop, 20D). The between the feeling and the finish is designed to balance between insulation and breathability.
The insulation layer is made from materials that allow it to my mimic the insulation properties of down and moisture-repellence of synthetics.
On top of that, the shell is hydrophobic – treated with the DWR coating (DWR stands for Durable Water Repellent). This means that calming the manufacturing will process; an extra polymer layer is added to the surface of the shell so that it efficiently repels water.
The fine fiber of the synthetic down-alternative allows for the generous size to be packed (compressed) into the small carry sack that comes included.
Sizing options of the Rumpl
70 x 50
80 x 54
88 x 84
6.5 x 14
7.5 x 16
12 x 19
Slipping and shifting
As we mentioned, the finish of the shell is ripstop, but it’s still synthetics – meaning that you’re likely to see some slipping, especially if you pair it with another synthetic surface.
That goes for all blankets of this type. We’re stressing the words “of this type” because it’c crucial to know what you’re looking for. There are products that pack much smaller (like the Matador pocket blanket) but those are primarily aimed at protection from the elements and can’t compete in comfort.
If you’re using it as an extra insulation layer (under/over your sleeping bag or with a hammock), it’s not so much of an issue.
If it’s under, your weight keeps it in place and, if over; it’s wise to pack it in around the bag to minimize slippage.
If you’re using it indoors, that would mean tucking it in 2 or 3 spots.
That’s the “price” for it being resistant to stains, odors, pet hair and dirt.
High-performance with a price tag to match
The Rumpl is not a cheap blanket and deciding whether it’s right for you comes down to how you’ll be using it.
There are cheaper blankets that can do the trick if you’re camping trip is a one-off, but seasoned campers will appreciate everything that goes into designing a high-performance & versatile product like the Rumpl.
If you camp/hike frequently, you shouldn’t look at the Rumpl is just another blanket, but an investment. After all, there is a reason they call it “the Cadillac of outdoor blankets.”
Maintenance of the original Rumpl puffy blanket
Throughout the review, we kept mentioning how practical it is.
One of the most important aspects of the practicality is how easy the Rumpl is to maintain.
First of all, the DWR coating of the shell makes it resistant to stains, odors and dirt – whether it’s from the elements of your pets.
Secondly, it doesn’t lose any of its shape and loft with washing. If you go with natural down, maintenance is much trickier, even if the finish is same.
Simply put – Rumpl takes longer to get dirty and, when it does, it can be machine-washed and dried.
Hot vs. Cold weather
The Original Rumpl puffy blanket (the one we are reviewing here) is designed to meet various needs in terms of temperature, but it’s primaly meant to warm up the sleeper.
If you are looking for an all-season product, you might find the Rumpl to be too hot. For reference, the upper limit of temperature range where sleepers found it to be breathable enough still is 45 to 55 F.
Anything higher than that will probably be too hot.
The combination of the insulation fibers & the DWR-coated nylon reflects heat back towards the sleeper, which is great if you’re trying to warm up, but not the best scenario for hot summer nights.
The one downside of packing size
As you unpack the Rumpl, you’ll notice how fast it expands – that’s the fibers letting air into the blanket. It’s that air that gives it the soft, puffy texture and, combined with the coated shell, unparalleled insulation.
The drawstring carry sack is a perfect fit for it when packed down.
If there’s one the downside here it would be the effort it takes to “stuff” it back into the sack.
Over-sizing as a plus
Rumpl obviously accounted for slippage and movement when planning the sizes.
Each of the size options has enough “leftover” surface so you don’t have to worry about tossing/turning and “losing” the blanket in the process. This part is also important if you’re tucking it in.
They recently changed the way they describe the sizes (from Twin & Queen to 1 and 2-person), but that didn’t change much – the generous over-sizing is still there.
3 main advantage over natural down
The type of down-alternative used for the Original Rumpl is bulkier and heavier than natural down.
Even Rumpl started making blankets filled with natural down , but the Original Puffy remains our favorite.
Three main PROs of synthetic down fibers are:
- Ease of maintenance
- Most importantly, the ability to face humid conditions while maintaining its properties (without clumping, absorbing moisture and loosing some of its heat retention ability).
Other versions of the Rumpl
As we previously mentioned, this review refers to the original Rumpl puffy blanket (which is our favorite, because we feel it’s top value for most people).
The company also makes the Rumpl down puffy blanket and is in the process of starting a production of a heated version.
The difference between the original Rumpl and the down puffy is that the later is filled with natural goose down.
On the other hand, the difference between the Original and the Rumpl heated is more substantial. The heated version relies on batteries to provide warmth (supplied by 12-V batteries).
The project is still underway on Kickstarter. This version is not only about the extra warmth, but it will also give you the option to use it as a charger for mobile devices and a flashlight.
We’re certainly looking forward to see it widely available.
Updates to the Rumpl blanket review
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