Use: My planned use for this Pocket Blanket is my yearly trip to Disney and the Space Coast area this Holiday Season. Last year I took a pocket blanket of another brand, used it at the Magic Kingdom and Cocoa Beach, and honestly, it wasn’t big enough! This one is perfect!
Short Review: This blanket is AMAZING and is the ONLY TRUE pocket blankets that is actually a usable size that I have owned!! I work for an organization that promotes being outdoors so I don’t recommend crap gear. I have had gear fail on me before and it isn’t fun, especially 30 miles into a hike on the Appalachian Trail, your day at the beach, or whatever your planned use is! This blanket won’t fail! It folds small enough to fit into your pocket (See Attached Photo) but is large enough to fit 3 – 4 maybe even 5 people sitting Indian style or 2 – 3 laying! The blanket is made from a very unique material, the BEST material I have ever seen on a pocket blanket! The material almost feels like a thin rain fly! This is because this blanket IS WATERPROOF!! WOW!! ENO, Monkey Mat, and others can’t even say that! This can be used on a wet stadium seat, wet ground, or even tossed over you to protect from the rain in a worst case scenario!
Comparisons: To help you decide if this is the blanket for you, I have decided to compare it with several other blankets! You might notice, these AREN’T ALL Pocket Blankets! Why compare then? The Chill Gorilla is a pocket blanket that competes in size with REAL Ground blankets but fits in a pocket. THAT’S WHY!!
1.) Chill Gorilla Blanket: Size is 6.5 FT by 4.6 FT weighs 6.3 ounces and IS WATERPROOF! Fits in Pocket! Price $20
2.) ENO Islander Blanket: Size is 6 FT by 6 FT which honestly isn’t much more space when side by side BUT IT WEIGHS 15 ounces and DOES NOT fit in your pocket. Also it is not waterproof! Price is around $60. While the islander is a GREAT blanket, it’s too large packed for most of my uses and I find myself not using it often. I actually end up using the Monkey Mat below but its quality is much lower than Chill Gorilla or this ENO
3.) Monkey Mat (As Seen on Shark Tank): Size 5 FT by 5 FT, Weighs 10.4 Ounces and is not waterproof. Might fit into your pocket but it will be hard. Also, I am not sure how well the material will hold up as this blanket has the lowest quality of all I own. Honestly, it just looks like no though went into the design and they are just tossed together. Price is around $25
4.) Kahuna Pocket Blanket (True Pocket Blanket): Size 3 FT by 5.3 FT. Fits in Pocket but VERY THIN. Not Waterproof and MIGHT fit one person comfortably. Price is around $20
5.) No Names (True Pocket Blankets): I own several no name brands and they try to impress with “Packed Size” but don’t fall for it. The blankets themselves really aren’t big enough for one person! Most are smaller than Kahuna! If they are large, the material is so thin that I wouldn’t trust them out in the woods like Chill Gorilla!
So WHO Wins out of all these? I feel that the Chill Gorilla BEATS all the above blankets due to its price and features! Being the only one on my list that is fully waterproof, being one of the only USUABLE blankets that actually FITS in your pocket, and being the lowest priced! It is also durable enough to use in the woods! The others really can’t say that SO CHILL GORILLA WINS!
1.) Backpacker Friendly with a WEIGHT UNDER 6.5 Ounces!
2.) Extreme Quality: This blanket is good quality! I have no worries that the material will fail on me in use! I can walk on it, lay on it, put it on concrete (Tried with all) and it not harm the blanket. Aside from the ENO above, Chill Gorilla is the only one I would trust to be used in the woods!
3.) Waterproof: The Chill Gorilla blanket is the only one that is waterproof! That will make it perfect for using on wet stadium seats, wet benches, wet ground, and even tossed over you to protect you from the rain! Believe me, the others I listed and others I have tried DO NOT KEEP you dry from the ground
4.) Corner Pockets: Use the blanket upside down and use the Corner Pockets as “Stash” pockets. Using it normally, right side up you can fill the corner pockets with sand and use it to weigh down the blanket or even toss gear in the corners!
5.) NO WASHERS: A lot of pocket blankets I own, especially the no name ones (And Monkey Mat) put washers in the corners! WHY!! That is UNEEDED WEIGHT! I usually end up cutting them out. Pockets on the corners are PLENTY to weigh the blanket down, most of the time the washers aren’t heavy enough!
6.) Loops for tent stakes!
7.) FINALLY THEY INCLUDE A STICKER: Gear junkies, like myself LOVE Stickers! Why do you think ENO, Chaco, Patagonia, and all those companies always give free stickers? I place them on my RTIC coolers, my pelican camera cases and everything else! Thank you for the sticker Chill Gorilla!
8.) Easy to Repack
9.) Fits in Pocket
10.) Wonderful Price
11.) Great Company that REALLY does a good job designing their gear to be functional!! Their gear is tested and is built the way it should be! Built with outdoor use in mind!
Overall: I have found my NEW favorite pocket blanket! The materials this blanket is made of is top notch and this is a VERY WELL designed blanket! I highly recommend it to anyone