Snugpak Jungle Blanket Review: A High Quality Blanket At An Affordable Price

Snugpak Jungle Blanket

The Snugpak Jungle Blanket is a decievingly high quality camping blanket that exceeds all expectations from its price point.

I currently have a few different blankets that I take with on camping trips. Most of my camping blankets are either too heavy, not warm enough or pack too big, thus making them impractical to bring along on my trips where lightweight and efficiency are top priorities. If a camping blanket is lightweight and warm, then it typically costs well over $100.

The Snugpak Jungle Blanket solves these issues with a light weight, yet warm and soft blanket that packs into a small package and doesn’t take up too much room in your pack.

Read on to find out about many more of the Jungle Banket’s features and why it’s one of my favorite camping blankets.

You can purchase the Snugpak Jungle Blanket for $44.95 at Norther Forest Gear.

Snugpak Jungle Blanket Overview

Pros

  • Antimicrobal and antibacterial interior and exterior liner.
  • Surpersoft interior fabric (a specially woven soft wicking fabric).
  • Low price point compared to other camping blankets.
  • Packs to a 6″ x 6″ size.
  • Large 76″ x 64″ size is big enough for most people.
  • Windproof and waterproof exterior lining.

Cons

  • Slightly heavy, weighing in at 22 oz.

My Opinion

I don’t like to over-sell products here when I review them, but the Snugpak Jungle Blanket not only met all my expectations, but surpassed them in almost every way. It is easily one of the highest value products I’ve purchased in a while and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

It is a great blanket to bring along on almost any kind of camping trip from canoe camping, backpacking, car camping or RV camping. Since it packs small, it won’t take up much pack space and with the anti-bacterical/mircobal lining, you can use it at night, around the campfire and even on wet days and not have to worry about nasty smells.

Where To Buy The Snugpak Jungle Blanket

You can purchase the Snugpak Jungle Blanket for$44.95 at Norther Forest Gear.


Snugpak Jungle Blanket in Minnesota Wilderness

Features

The Snugpak Jungle Blanket packs loads of great features that unlike many other camping equipment, are actually useful and add to the value.

As I mentioned earlier, it packs into a 6″ x 6″ included stuff sack and weighs in at 22 ounces. Making it about as small and lightweight as a good camping blanket can get.

Both the lining and the shell have an anti-microbal and anti-bacterial treatment which will help keep your blanket free from smells, odors, fungus, and mold when on long camping trips where cleaning the blanket is impractical, or when moisture is an issue.

The outer shell of the blanket is made from Snugpak’s Micro Diamond Ripstop fabric. This fabric is water repellant while being able to wick away moisture from inside the blanket.

Comfort

It’s hard to describe how many camping blankets feel. If they are waterproof, they tend to be rough and crinkly, almost like a rain poncho. Or if you have a wool camping blanket (I do love wool for camping), you know that while it is great for warmth and can still keep you warm when wet, wool isn’t comfortable, it’s scratchy.

Snugpak has mastered the comfort factor with the Jungle Blanket while making it water resistant and warm. The Jungle Blanket has a soft comfortable feel that literally surprised everyone who’s had a chance to use it when I’ve taken it on camping trips.

With my family, everyone tries to “call” the blanket to use around the campfire due to how comfortable it is. There isn’t really a great way to rate comfort other than to tell you this blanket is really soft and comfortable.

Warmth

When using the Jangle Blanket, I kept thinking that it had to let me down at some point. It can’t possibly be cheap, comfortable, and warm, but it is.

The Jungle Blanket isn’t going to keep you warm winter camping if it is your only source of heat retention, but it is a perfect companion to a quality sleeping bag. It’s great to wrap up with around the campfire on a cold evening, add on top of your sleeping on a cold night, or even keep you dry and warm when bad weather hits.

The Jungle Blanket is filled with Snugpak’s Travelsoft polyester insulation. Travelsoft is a lightweight, yet high loft insulation that bounces back after compressions and even retains heat when wet.

The blanket may feel thin at first, but the Travelsoft insulation is highly efficient insulation and keeps you surprisingly warm when combined with the Micro Diamond Ripstop exterior shell which is wind and water-resistant.

Add in the fact that the Travelsoft insulation retains heat even when wet and you not only have a great camping blanket but a real survival blanket that can come in handy in emergency situations.

Versatility

Because of its small pack size, lightweight, water resistance, and overall durability, the Snugpak Jungle Blanket ends up being an incredibly versatile camping blanket.

You can use it as I mentioned earlier for wrapping up in around the campfire, an extra blanket on a cold night, or keeping warm in unexpected weather.

Because of its anti-microbal properties, I don’t worry about taking this blanket out in wet weather to stay dry and warm. If I have to pack it up still damp, I know it won’t get smelly or moldy before I get a chance to dry it out.

This also makes it great for a ground cloth for family camping with my kids. We can bring it along in a day pack and throw it down on the ground without fear of ripping or worry about packing it back up if it is a little damp. The Micro Diamond Ripstop outer shell is tough and durable and should rip under normal circumstances.

Packed Size

I’ve mentioned it multiple times so far in this review, but is worth mentioning again. The Jungle Blanket is the only camping blanket that I have come across that includes its own compression stuff sack. Because of this, it packs down to an incredibly small 6″ x 6″ size.

Many camping blankets simply aren’t practical to bring along on trips where space is at a premium, but at 6 x 6″, this blanket can be taken on nearly any type of camping trip, and honestly should be.

Durability / Quality

I’ve had my Snugpak Jungle Blanket for a while now and have not had any reason to believe that it won’t last me many years or rough camping.

Ripstop Fabric
Closeup of Ripstop Fabric

The outer shell of the Jungle Blanket is made using ripstop fabric. Ripstop is a fabric that has extra threads of synthetic fibers weaved into the fabric at different increments and different directions, which is what creates the tiny diamond-like design on the blanket. What these tiny diamond shapes of extra thread do is stop a rip from continuing past the tiny diamond that it starts in and increasing the durability and life span of the fabric.

Final Thoughts

The Snugpak Jungle Blanket isn’t the smallest or warmest camping blanket you can buy, but it does balance cost, pack size, weight, warmth, and functionality exceptionally well.

For a price of just under $45, you can get a blanket that weighs 1.5 pounds and packs 6×6, but still is a large 76″ x 64″ and will keep you plenty warm in most situations.

You can purchase the Snugpak Jungle Blanket for $44.95 from Northern Forest Gear.

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