During a normal year, it’d be right about now that we’d begin planning our first weekend camping trip of the season. It’s warm enough to inspire the meteorological optimism needed to bust open the gear bin and swap ski jackets for sleeping bags. But we’re not doing that yet this year; instead, we’re looking at an undetermined number of weeks spent indoors. Leave it to Patagonia to get us excited about that with a new piece of gear that’s 100 percent stay-at-home-friendly: the Macro Puff Quilt.
Through our extensive testing of synthetic puffy jackets, we determined that Patagonia’s Macro Puff is the best in overall warmth, weight and fit. Now that same jacket is a big, plush blanket. The Macro Puff Quilt is identical to its namesake jacket in all but shape — it has the same water-resistant, windproof nylon ripstop shell and the same super-warm, down-mimicking PlumaFill insulation. It also adds webbing loops at the corners for hanging it or lashing it to a sleeping pad.
All of these features coalesce to make a quilt that’s light enough at 27.4 ounces (exactly double the weight of the Macro Puff Jacket) to bring camping. But at 83 x 69 inches, it’s also extensive enough to sling over a queen-sized bed or engulf us as we slouch on the couch, and that’s perfect for the days when we long for the feeling of camping but know it’ll have to wait.
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