Beach Blanket is a pending patent product by Marks International Associates, Inc. It is great for the beach, any outdoor picnic, or simply a blanket anywhere!
Made of high quality 100% combed cotton terry. Amazingly soft to your skin. Yarn-dyed so the colors stay bright & bold wash after wash. 76"x86" (size of a queen bed) with 4 pockets 12"x12" (each pocket can be used for storing keys, camera, shoes, drinks, and snacks, etc.).
NOTE: This natural fiber of high-quality cotton has the tendency to shed on the first wash, please wash separately.
Is This the Best Beach Blanket Made?
As a paddle boarder, lifeguard, and outdoor adventurer, I’m used to coping with sandy conditions on the beach. Over time, I’ve come to believe that there’s no such thing as the perfect beach blanket for every possible scenario—some blankets may be extremely light and packable, but not as protective and durable over time. Others, more protective and long-lasting, but not as light.
If you’re out consistently in sandy, beach-like conditions you want a beach blanket that will stay with you for the long haul. The Big Stuff Blanket will do just that and is a beach blanket particularly suited for groups, travel, and adventuring.
Right out of the box, I could tell this blanket was built with a serious beachgoer in mind. The blanket is large enough to accommodate up to 5 adults and is highly rip/puncture resistant with stake loops and sand pockets at the ends and sides to hold things down tight.
The pockets sit on each corner so that they’re easy to access when you have windier conditions. It also comes with stout ground stakes and nylon stake loops on the edges and corners, which I consider essential for beaches with looser sand-like Manele Bay, Hawaii, and Clearwater Beach, Florida, in order to keep your gear sand-free. The blanket runs large enough to accommodate your whole family or group of friends, a huge plus for festivals and BBQs, and the stuff sack makes it easily fit in your backpack or beach bag.
I found beach blanket fun beach blanketed the beach blanket to be extremely quick drying while testing it on a beach trip to the Oregon Coast. During a sudden rainstorm at Cannon Beach, the blanket’s nylon material, akin to parachute fabric, dried out within minutes in full sun and the fast break downtime let us move under cover fast to avoid being soaked by rain.
The beach blanket stood up to the wear-and-tear of scraping against sticks and rocks on a series of different ground conditions, also did a great job of blocking the dirt and sand as I sunbathed at an island cove. As conditions went from warm and sunny to rainy and gusty, I appreciated that I could just stuff the blanket into its stuff sack and move on, rather than having to roll up to a certain size and hope it all fits back inside its case.
One possible problem area I noticed for wet surface use: the parachute nylon material is not waterproof so could cause problems for trying to set up on the wet ground. In my experience, parachute nylon is strong, soft, and lightweight but is mediocre in the rain and performs terribly in the snow, as the tight weave of the nylon saturates with moisture and it gets less and less comfortable over time. In the future, Stay Wild USA might consider a heavier, less soft waterproof material for a variation of its current beach blanket.
The biggest downside of this beach blanket is its lack of waterproof ability, but it is the blanket I would choose to keep my sand and dirt free throughout a season of surfing, sunbathing, or beach volleyball, where you one hundred percent need to depend on your gear and don’t mind trading waterproof features for peace of mind.