REI Co-op Camp Blanket ($100)

From warm and cozy down-insulated models to budget-friendly synthetic and fleece options, we break down the year’s top camping blankets

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1 lb. 6 oz.

Good comfort for the price and packs down small.

Barebones feature set and not a warmth leader.

REI Co-op consistently provides good value for money and their bestselling Camp Blanket is case in this regard. At the same cost like Rumpl Original Puffy above, the Rumpl Original Puffy above, the Camp Blanket utilizes a similar synthetic construction with a quilted design to help keep its insulation inside and reduce cold spots. Its weight and packability are very competitive as well, with the REI being 1 pound and 6 ounces. It’s measuring 7×9 inches when filled to the brim and is considerably smaller than the 7×16-inch Rumpl. It’s definitely warmer and less lofty however, we’ve seen it be a fantastic light layer to use around the campfire or to keep kids warm when playing sledding.

Additionally, being at the thin and less insulated end the spectrum The Co-op’s Camp Blanket is also a bit sluggish in another important aspect: the lack of It lacks. It’s missing everything from a cape that is hands-free clip, to loops to secure on the ground. It also doesn’t have loops for putting it over to another blanket. At a cost of $20 less, the Therm-a-Rest Stellar is a more appealing design. It’s equally warm, is slightly bigger in size and can be tacked onto a number of useful features. It’s worth noting that REI also offers its Camp Blanket in a down-insulated version at $169 (currently reduced to $135) This is an excellent value for those who are in dry climates or prefer to curl up by the fireplace.