I recently picked up the Montem Sneaky Snuggler Puffy Blanket. While the name sounds like it should be some sort of children’s toy, the usefulness of it reaches all ages. You may be thinking why am I reviewing a blanket on an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) website, I think you'll see the reason by the end of this article. The Sneaky Snuggler is a multi-use blanket good for indoor use or for outdoor use and put it through some tests to see how it stacks up for an OCR athlete.
The first thing I noticed about the blanket was how soft it is and how surprisingly accurate the name describes it. Opening it up I wanted to wrap myself in it from the start. The nylon shell is smooth like silk, surrounding the soft insides that feels like down (in actuality it is 3D fiber synthetic insulation).
Size and Portability:
The blanket is large measuring 54 inches by 80 inches, which adds to its versatility (more on that later). The only downside to this is it takes up a decent amount of space if you try and simply fold it. However, Montem did a great job thinking ahead by providing each blanket with a stuff sack to compress the blanket into what I consider a normal sleeping bag size.
I’ve honestly used the blanket more indoors than I have outdoors. It’s so soft and comfortable that my wife likes to leave it on the couch to stay warm while watching a movie or TV. I often use it as a cushion to throw on the floor when I play with my daughter whether having a tea party or building Legos.
The blanket lived up to its category and design as an outdoor blanket when I took it to OCR events. It worked well as a ground cover so my family or pit crew could sit on between multi-laps of Ultra-OCR or while waiting for me to finish a short course. It also works as a post-race blanket to wrap yourself and stay warm. I have also used it as a floor cover for the inside of the trunk of my car when I throw in all my dirty race clothes and shoes. The fact that it is machine washable means you can throw it anywhere and put anything on it, then simply throw it in the washer to rinse it off.
The blanket runs anywhere from $89-150, depending on where you purchase it and if it is on sale or not. The Montem website seems to have the best prices that I have seen. While this may seem like a lot at first, the versatility, durability, and usefulness make the price appropriate. With the production value of a high-end camping sleeping bag, the price reflects the quality.
The blanket was great for what it is designed for and more. The blanket is useful for pre-race at your hotel/house, during the race for spectators, post-race for athletes and even on the drive home as a protective surface for your car. The tear and water resistant nature means it can be used for almost anything. If you are looking for a versatile piece of race equipment that is easy to clean, I recommend the Montem Outdoor Blanket.