Go Anywhere Gear

Matador’s eminently packable bags and gear began with a walk in the park—and no place to sit. Founder Chris Clearman created a compact, lightweight, use-anywhere blanket first to solve that problem, and has since expanded his products to include other functional, easy-to-use essentials. Chris and the rest of the crew at Matador are all outdoors lovers, so their designs are handy to take pretty much anywhere without weighing you down—and are durably built to be long lasting, too. To make sure their goods keep up on your adventures, Matador uses tough materials like water- and puncture-resistant nylon and water-resistant sealing zippers. And the packable designs neatly tuck away—even the blanket—into a palm-sized pocket. Whether you’re commuting to work on communing with nature, this gear is there when you need it.

Matador

Packable Outdoor Gear

Go Anywhere Gear

Matador’s eminently packable bags and gear began with a walk in the park—and no place to sit. Founder Chris Clearman created a compact, lightweight, use-anywhere blanket first to solve that problem, and has since expanded his products to include other functional, easy-to-use essentials. Chris and the rest of the crew at Matador are all outdoors lovers, so their designs are handy to take pretty much anywhere without weighing you down—and are durably built to be long lasting, too. To make sure their goods keep up on your adventures, Matador uses tough materials like water- and puncture-resistant nylon and water-resistant sealing zippers. And the packable designs neatly tuck away—even the blanket—into a palm-sized pocket. Whether you’re commuting to work on communing with nature, this gear is there when you need it.
Independent Maker

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Chris
    Chris

    I'm Chris the founder of Matador. The Matador pocket blanket is your go-to for concerts, festivals, picnics, tailgates, and beaches. And now we're presenting the Surface, a dual work-surface and multitool - that folds up compactly like our pocket blanket

  • Denise
    Denise
    9/15/2014 12:22 PM

    What is the size of this marvelous blanket!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 12:29 PM

    Hi Denise,

    Glad you like it. You can always find information like this in our details section which you can find when you click into the box that says "Buy" in orange. This blanket unfolds to 55" x 44."

  • Elena
    Elena
    9/15/2014 6:38 PM

    @Amy I feel this is too thin to sit on .For women with all the gynecological complications after sitting on cold it isnt acceptable.

  • Ardelle
    Ardelle
    9/15/2014 10:21 PM

    @Elena - excuse me, what gynecological complications? I have winter camped for many years - and I'm getting up there in years - did I miss that memo?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/16/2014 10:31 AM

    Hi Elena,

    This blanket is indeed thin and it's intended uses are for outdoor activities where one simply needs a layer between them and the ground but not when someone needs to keep warm. Examples would be for a picnic or at the beach.

    It sounds like a thicker blanket may be the better option for you in this case.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    9/15/2014 12:23 PM

    So is this waterPROOF or water RESISTANT, description says both.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:18 PM

    @Debbie Hi Debbie, great question. The blanket will not let water through. We have had people use this as a gear tarp in rainstorms, and an impromptu umbrella in other situations. Just keep in mind that the back side is the waterproof side and the front has a more skin-friendly finish.

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:34 PM

    @Debbie, neither the video nor the description above represents that it is both water-resistant and water-proof. This is the excerpt from the text above, "...yet it's puncture resistant and waterproof."

  • Ardelle
    Ardelle
    9/15/2014 10:25 PM

    @Lorraine - I have always carried similar items in my backpack, glove compartment etc. There are so many situations when I'd love to sit on a rock, fallen tree, or ground just to soak up some sun, rest, meditate, whatever. I love the small package - will get one soon - maybe for outdoorsy friends as gifts too.

  • marcia
    marcia
    9/15/2014 12:44 PM

    Is this just a blanket to use for sitting on? Could it be used for warmth?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:07 PM

    Hi Marcia,

    The intended design is not to keep someone warm as it's a thin material. It's best used as a layer between you and the dirty or wet ground when sitting outside.

  • martha
    martha
    9/15/2014 2:44 PM

    @Amy why would I want a blanket only for sitting on ? Not sure I understand the usefulness of this.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 4:23 PM

    Hi Martha,

    We consider the Matador to to be useful for outdoor use of various kinds. No matter where someone finds themselves outside, if they need to take a seat or lie down, this blanket will do the job.

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:43 PM

    @Chris, great idea! Even a blanket "just" for sitting is useful for so many and with your improvements, I see even more uses! I go to places such as dog parks where the existence of something pocket-sized that can keep me from sitting on less-than-desirable surfaces is perfection!

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:44 PM

    @Amy, The Grommet ROCKS!! I LOVE it!! I tell everyone I know about it!! :)

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:49 PM

    @Martha, I'm positive I don't see the usefulness of your question or comment. If this product doesn't suit you then move on without submitting what can easily be perceived as negative remarks. If enough uses haven't been listed here for your satisfaction then this probably isn't a purchase you need to consider. However, there are many, many more who will not only consider it but buy it as well!

  • Richard
    Richard
    9/15/2014 6:59 PM

    @Lorraine The problem is calling a tarp ("material...used to cover and protect things from moisture") a blanket ("a large piece of woven material as a covering for warmth..." . [American Heritage College Dictionary] A case of confusing the issue by choosing a more marketable word.

  • Richard
    Richard
    9/15/2014 7:01 PM

    @Richard i.e, blankets are a lot easier to sell than tarps.

  • Yesenia
    Yesenia
    9/15/2014 12:47 PM

    How can you clean the blanket

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:09 PM

    Hi Yesenia,

    You can always find this information in the details portion. We recommend hand washing and hanging dry.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:34 PM

    @Amy Hand washing will ensure the blanket stays waterproof for years of use. Rough machines and harsh detergents can damage the waterproof coating over time. However, due to the material and coating, it tends to stay pretty clean without maintenance.

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne
    9/15/2014 12:54 PM

    Is the Pocket Blanket an actual blanket to keep one warm? Example, on a chilly airplane flight? Is it washable?

    Thanks, Yvonne

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:10 PM

    Hi Yvonne,

    Someone else had this same question. It's not a good option for warmth. See above. We recommend to hand wash and hang dry to keep it clean.

  • christopher
    christopher
    9/15/2014 12:57 PM

    I notice so many people ask questions about a product, and have to be repeatedly told to click on the "buy now" button to access the specs. just a slight re-design of the site would save EVERYONE time and effort, (and possibly lead to more sales?). just a suggestion, I've only made a few purchases here so far, but I really like the Grommet!

  • lynn
    lynn
    9/15/2014 1:48 PM

    @christopher

    I second your comments. One doesn't expect to buy without seeing the details first. As a corollary, one doesn't expect to find salient details in (or only in) the "buy now" area. On most websites, a "buy now" area usually deals with quantity, options (such as color and size, if any), payment, and shipping.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:53 PM

    Hi Lynn and Christopher,

    Thank you for this feedback. The user experience is extremely important for our business and our team finds this valuable. Thanks again.

  • Ivy
    Ivy
    9/15/2014 4:01 PM

    @Amy

    From what I understand, some of the makers you partner with have multiple products. I figured that was why there are seperate pages for each product. For example, this is the Matador page, the product is the Pocket Blanket. Just wanted to mention that it makes sense to me why the actual product is on a seperate page.

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 5:01 PM

    @Christopher, @Lynn: No one was instructed to "Buy Now" to see the details. Amy (Grommet Team) submitted the following (excerpt), '...in our details section which you can find when you click into the box that says "Buy" in orange.'

    You might also consider that TheGrommet.com is a different kind of online shop in that a unique part of it is about the entrepreneurs and their product concepts, among other details.

    Also, generally, if a website or other presentation design includes too much information on one page, people's short attentions spans will cause them to move on, whereas here your interest might be piqued by the above introduction and tempt you to "Shop" the relevant products!

    There's more than one way to get it done! Keep an open mind instead of trying to make others conform! The Grommet is far from a conformist concept!

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    9/15/2014 1:14 PM

    Hello: Would this Matador blanket be suitable for creating sun shade, as a regular tarp would be? Obviously, the Matador wouldn't provide the depth of shade that a tarp would, but could it provide any shade, or is it too thin for that function?

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:18 PM

    @Sharon

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:21 PM

    @Sharon I suppose it would be possible to use the Matador as a sun shade if you rigged it up to do that However, this isn't the intended purpose and I can't say for sure that it would work.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    9/15/2014 1:29 PM

    It looks like the Matador Pocket Blanket would be a good addition to my 72 hour emergency kit. It won't take up a lot of room but can provide multiple functions!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:36 PM

    @Sharon I love that idea, Sharon. Just keep in mind that it isn't intended for warmth. It's intended to keep you clean, dry and comfortable on your outdoor adventures.

  • BONNIE
    BONNIE
    9/15/2014 10:22 PM

    @Chris

    I'm looking at it for my son who backpacks. It's small and light weight and he can use it for various things other that sitting on it.

  • Lois
    Lois
    9/15/2014 1:56 PM

    I just read in this morning's paper that airline seats can be really gross, containing blood, urine and vomit to name a few and the airlines are not taking responsibility in finding another seat or cleaning that one for the assigned passenger. Would this blanket covering the seat keep the passenger sanitary for the length of the flight?

  • Judy
    Judy
    9/15/2014 2:08 PM

    @Lois At the foldout size of 55" x 44", I should think it most certainly would cover at least the arms, seat, and most of the upper headrest where we sit. That's a GREAT suggestion! I had *no* idea air transportation had taken such a dive in quality. I remember the days where ppl dressed decently, and had a certain "panache" when traveling...sounds like a free for all now!!Thx for the great idea...

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 4:01 PM

    @Judy That's a really interesting use that I hadn't thought of. Nice idea.

  • Ann
    Ann
    9/15/2014 1:58 PM

    What is the size of the pocket blanket?

  • Judy
    Judy
    9/15/2014 2:04 PM

    @Ann The blanket unfolds to 55"x 44"

  • Dale
    Dale
    9/15/2014 2:56 PM

    Curious. I look at this and say, hmmm, someone figured out how to fold up a tent rain fly into their pocket. How is this any different than the other nylon, waterproof and thin rain flys that come on most tents these days? I own three tents that have similar specs as far as size, water-repelling capabilities and are easily foldable to pocket size. Other than the weighted corners, is this the case? Just wondering if the name blanket is misleading and instead should be Matador Pocket Tarp, since blanket implies a heat containing cloth...

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 5:10 PM

    @Dale, I don't have a tent rain fly (whatever that is) and perhaps never will, so I won't be [email protected]@King at tents when I want to cover a sitting area! Perhaps you can turn your tent into a multipurpose item but since I don't have one, I think I'll go for this blanket!

    As for "blanket" meaning "warmth" and "tarp" meaning "coverage without warmth", let's just strike this up to semantics! Broaden your mind, read the description, and decide whether or not this purchase is for you, and leave it at that! ;)

  • KATHIE
    KATHIE
    9/15/2014 5:18 PM

    @Dale You had to buy a tent to get your fly. This is available for those who want it for its intended use without having to buy a tent.

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    9/15/2014 3:46 PM

    I like this idea ... really! However, I would prefer a size of closer to 72" x 72".

    As far as I'm concerned, the biggest draw back is "Made in China." Really??? For $25 you should be able to find somebody in the USA to make it.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 4:26 PM

    Hi Patricia,

    It's always most ideal for our Makers to be able to manufacture in the U.S. but it's not always realistic, unfortunately. For someone who spends a good amount of time outdoors, it could serve as a "go-to" blanket which can easily be stored in a backpack or purse.

  • Lori
    Lori
    9/15/2014 7:11 PM

    I think this looks like a great thing for sitting on the beach! (We sit on one where the dogs can run, not for sunbathing). Much smaller than dragging a big beach towel and would shake out much better!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 9:10 PM

    Hi Lori,

    You are right. This would be the perfect accompaniment and it will indeed shake sand off easily.

  • Richard
    Richard
    9/15/2014 7:12 PM

    Chris, your item sounds very useful for picnickers and others, but it's a tarp-- "protect my butt." Maybe you can develop a similar size item that's an actual blanket--"cover me and keep me warm."

  • Bruce
    Bruce
    9/15/2014 7:49 PM

    I have to agree with many of the other comments. You shrug this off as just a matter of semantics, but the word "blanket" really is misleading. A blanket is always considered something that provides warmth. While this product looks like a nice idea, it is certainly NOT a blanket and should not be represented as such.

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    9/15/2014 9:19 PM

    When I was a Girl Scout, something like this was called a "ground cloth" or "ground sheet". That is what is is really.

    I am very interested as I often need something to put on the ground at parks where the soil is damp...it soaks through a plain blanket or quilt. I could use this alone, or put it under a blanket if I wanted the warmth or additional padding.

    Just wondering if users really can get it folded up so easily again to fit in the little pocket. I am afraid it looks easier said than done.

  • Donna
    Donna
    9/15/2014 11:35 PM

    @Kathy I wondered the same thing. It's an intriguing idea, but am I really gonna be able to fold it up so small again?

  • Donna
    Donna
    9/15/2014 11:38 PM

    @Donna - well I should have watched the video before I posted my concerns. Looks like I should be able to fold it easily enough.

  • kerri
    kerri
    9/16/2014 12:04 AM

    Great! we take a sheet along to keep baby off of dirty/grassy areas. We also love to use a sheet for the beach. Sand just shakes off, unlike a towel. This will be much smaller!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Matador

Packable Outdoor Gear

Go Anywhere Gear

Matador’s eminently packable bags and gear began with a walk in the park—and no place to sit. Founder Chris Clearman created a compact, lightweight, use-anywhere blanket first to solve that problem, and has since expanded his products to include other functional, easy-to-use essentials.

Chris and the rest of the crew at Matador
are all outdoors lovers, so their designs are handy to take pretty much anywhere without weighing you down—and are durably built to be long lasting, too.

To make sure their goods keep up on your adventures, Matador uses tough materials like water- and puncture-resistant nylon and water-resistant sealing zippers. And the packable designs neatly tuck away—even the blanket—into a palm-sized pocket. Whether you’re commuting to work on communing with nature, this gear is there when you need it.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Chris
    Chris

    I'm Chris the founder of Matador. The Matador pocket blanket is your go-to for concerts, festivals, picnics, tailgates, and beaches. And now we're presenting the Surface, a dual work-surface and multitool - that folds up compactly like our pocket blanket

  • Denise
    Denise
    9/15/2014 12:22 PM

    What is the size of this marvelous blanket!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 12:29 PM

    Hi Denise,

    Glad you like it. You can always find information like this in our details section which you can find when you click into the box that says "Buy" in orange. This blanket unfolds to 55" x 44."

  • Elena
    Elena
    9/15/2014 6:38 PM

    @Amy I feel this is too thin to sit on .For women with all the gynecological complications after sitting on cold it isnt acceptable.

  • Ardelle
    Ardelle
    9/15/2014 10:21 PM

    @Elena - excuse me, what gynecological complications? I have winter camped for many years - and I'm getting up there in years - did I miss that memo?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/16/2014 10:31 AM

    Hi Elena,

    This blanket is indeed thin and it's intended uses are for outdoor activities where one simply needs a layer between them and the ground but not when someone needs to keep warm. Examples would be for a picnic or at the beach.

    It sounds like a thicker blanket may be the better option for you in this case.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    9/15/2014 12:23 PM

    So is this waterPROOF or water RESISTANT, description says both.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:18 PM

    @Debbie Hi Debbie, great question. The blanket will not let water through. We have had people use this as a gear tarp in rainstorms, and an impromptu umbrella in other situations. Just keep in mind that the back side is the waterproof side and the front has a more skin-friendly finish.

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:34 PM

    @Debbie, neither the video nor the description above represents that it is both water-resistant and water-proof. This is the excerpt from the text above, "...yet it's puncture resistant and waterproof."

  • Ardelle
    Ardelle
    9/15/2014 10:25 PM

    @Lorraine - I have always carried similar items in my backpack, glove compartment etc. There are so many situations when I'd love to sit on a rock, fallen tree, or ground just to soak up some sun, rest, meditate, whatever. I love the small package - will get one soon - maybe for outdoorsy friends as gifts too.

  • marcia
    marcia
    9/15/2014 12:44 PM

    Is this just a blanket to use for sitting on? Could it be used for warmth?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:07 PM

    Hi Marcia,

    The intended design is not to keep someone warm as it's a thin material. It's best used as a layer between you and the dirty or wet ground when sitting outside.

  • martha
    martha
    9/15/2014 2:44 PM

    @Amy why would I want a blanket only for sitting on ? Not sure I understand the usefulness of this.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 4:23 PM

    Hi Martha,

    We consider the Matador to to be useful for outdoor use of various kinds. No matter where someone finds themselves outside, if they need to take a seat or lie down, this blanket will do the job.

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:43 PM

    @Chris, great idea! Even a blanket "just" for sitting is useful for so many and with your improvements, I see even more uses! I go to places such as dog parks where the existence of something pocket-sized that can keep me from sitting on less-than-desirable surfaces is perfection!

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:44 PM

    @Amy, The Grommet ROCKS!! I LOVE it!! I tell everyone I know about it!! :)

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 4:49 PM

    @Martha, I'm positive I don't see the usefulness of your question or comment. If this product doesn't suit you then move on without submitting what can easily be perceived as negative remarks. If enough uses haven't been listed here for your satisfaction then this probably isn't a purchase you need to consider. However, there are many, many more who will not only consider it but buy it as well!

  • Richard
    Richard
    9/15/2014 6:59 PM

    @Lorraine The problem is calling a tarp ("material...used to cover and protect things from moisture") a blanket ("a large piece of woven material as a covering for warmth..." . [American Heritage College Dictionary] A case of confusing the issue by choosing a more marketable word.

  • Richard
    Richard
    9/15/2014 7:01 PM

    @Richard i.e, blankets are a lot easier to sell than tarps.

  • Yesenia
    Yesenia
    9/15/2014 12:47 PM

    How can you clean the blanket

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:09 PM

    Hi Yesenia,

    You can always find this information in the details portion. We recommend hand washing and hanging dry.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:34 PM

    @Amy Hand washing will ensure the blanket stays waterproof for years of use. Rough machines and harsh detergents can damage the waterproof coating over time. However, due to the material and coating, it tends to stay pretty clean without maintenance.

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne
    9/15/2014 12:54 PM

    Is the Pocket Blanket an actual blanket to keep one warm? Example, on a chilly airplane flight? Is it washable?

    Thanks, Yvonne

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:10 PM

    Hi Yvonne,

    Someone else had this same question. It's not a good option for warmth. See above. We recommend to hand wash and hang dry to keep it clean.

  • christopher
    christopher
    9/15/2014 12:57 PM

    I notice so many people ask questions about a product, and have to be repeatedly told to click on the "buy now" button to access the specs. just a slight re-design of the site would save EVERYONE time and effort, (and possibly lead to more sales?). just a suggestion, I've only made a few purchases here so far, but I really like the Grommet!

  • lynn
    lynn
    9/15/2014 1:48 PM

    @christopher

    I second your comments. One doesn't expect to buy without seeing the details first. As a corollary, one doesn't expect to find salient details in (or only in) the "buy now" area. On most websites, a "buy now" area usually deals with quantity, options (such as color and size, if any), payment, and shipping.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 1:53 PM

    Hi Lynn and Christopher,

    Thank you for this feedback. The user experience is extremely important for our business and our team finds this valuable. Thanks again.

  • Ivy
    Ivy
    9/15/2014 4:01 PM

    @Amy

    From what I understand, some of the makers you partner with have multiple products. I figured that was why there are seperate pages for each product. For example, this is the Matador page, the product is the Pocket Blanket. Just wanted to mention that it makes sense to me why the actual product is on a seperate page.

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 5:01 PM

    @Christopher, @Lynn: No one was instructed to "Buy Now" to see the details. Amy (Grommet Team) submitted the following (excerpt), '...in our details section which you can find when you click into the box that says "Buy" in orange.'

    You might also consider that TheGrommet.com is a different kind of online shop in that a unique part of it is about the entrepreneurs and their product concepts, among other details.

    Also, generally, if a website or other presentation design includes too much information on one page, people's short attentions spans will cause them to move on, whereas here your interest might be piqued by the above introduction and tempt you to "Shop" the relevant products!

    There's more than one way to get it done! Keep an open mind instead of trying to make others conform! The Grommet is far from a conformist concept!

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    9/15/2014 1:14 PM

    Hello: Would this Matador blanket be suitable for creating sun shade, as a regular tarp would be? Obviously, the Matador wouldn't provide the depth of shade that a tarp would, but could it provide any shade, or is it too thin for that function?

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:18 PM

    @Sharon

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:21 PM

    @Sharon I suppose it would be possible to use the Matador as a sun shade if you rigged it up to do that However, this isn't the intended purpose and I can't say for sure that it would work.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    9/15/2014 1:29 PM

    It looks like the Matador Pocket Blanket would be a good addition to my 72 hour emergency kit. It won't take up a lot of room but can provide multiple functions!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 1:36 PM

    @Sharon I love that idea, Sharon. Just keep in mind that it isn't intended for warmth. It's intended to keep you clean, dry and comfortable on your outdoor adventures.

  • BONNIE
    BONNIE
    9/15/2014 10:22 PM

    @Chris

    I'm looking at it for my son who backpacks. It's small and light weight and he can use it for various things other that sitting on it.

  • Lois
    Lois
    9/15/2014 1:56 PM

    I just read in this morning's paper that airline seats can be really gross, containing blood, urine and vomit to name a few and the airlines are not taking responsibility in finding another seat or cleaning that one for the assigned passenger. Would this blanket covering the seat keep the passenger sanitary for the length of the flight?

  • Judy
    Judy
    9/15/2014 2:08 PM

    @Lois At the foldout size of 55" x 44", I should think it most certainly would cover at least the arms, seat, and most of the upper headrest where we sit. That's a GREAT suggestion! I had *no* idea air transportation had taken such a dive in quality. I remember the days where ppl dressed decently, and had a certain "panache" when traveling...sounds like a free for all now!!Thx for the great idea...

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/15/2014 4:01 PM

    @Judy That's a really interesting use that I hadn't thought of. Nice idea.

  • Ann
    Ann
    9/15/2014 1:58 PM

    What is the size of the pocket blanket?

  • Judy
    Judy
    9/15/2014 2:04 PM

    @Ann The blanket unfolds to 55"x 44"

  • Dale
    Dale
    9/15/2014 2:56 PM

    Curious. I look at this and say, hmmm, someone figured out how to fold up a tent rain fly into their pocket. How is this any different than the other nylon, waterproof and thin rain flys that come on most tents these days? I own three tents that have similar specs as far as size, water-repelling capabilities and are easily foldable to pocket size. Other than the weighted corners, is this the case? Just wondering if the name blanket is misleading and instead should be Matador Pocket Tarp, since blanket implies a heat containing cloth...

  • Lorraine
    Lorraine
    9/15/2014 5:10 PM

    @Dale, I don't have a tent rain fly (whatever that is) and perhaps never will, so I won't be [email protected]@King at tents when I want to cover a sitting area! Perhaps you can turn your tent into a multipurpose item but since I don't have one, I think I'll go for this blanket!

    As for "blanket" meaning "warmth" and "tarp" meaning "coverage without warmth", let's just strike this up to semantics! Broaden your mind, read the description, and decide whether or not this purchase is for you, and leave it at that! ;)

  • KATHIE
    KATHIE
    9/15/2014 5:18 PM

    @Dale You had to buy a tent to get your fly. This is available for those who want it for its intended use without having to buy a tent.

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    9/15/2014 3:46 PM

    I like this idea ... really! However, I would prefer a size of closer to 72" x 72".

    As far as I'm concerned, the biggest draw back is "Made in China." Really??? For $25 you should be able to find somebody in the USA to make it.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 4:26 PM

    Hi Patricia,

    It's always most ideal for our Makers to be able to manufacture in the U.S. but it's not always realistic, unfortunately. For someone who spends a good amount of time outdoors, it could serve as a "go-to" blanket which can easily be stored in a backpack or purse.

  • Lori
    Lori
    9/15/2014 7:11 PM

    I think this looks like a great thing for sitting on the beach! (We sit on one where the dogs can run, not for sunbathing). Much smaller than dragging a big beach towel and would shake out much better!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    9/15/2014 9:10 PM

    Hi Lori,

    You are right. This would be the perfect accompaniment and it will indeed shake sand off easily.

  • Richard
    Richard
    9/15/2014 7:12 PM

    Chris, your item sounds very useful for picnickers and others, but it's a tarp-- "protect my butt." Maybe you can develop a similar size item that's an actual blanket--"cover me and keep me warm."

  • Bruce
    Bruce
    9/15/2014 7:49 PM

    I have to agree with many of the other comments. You shrug this off as just a matter of semantics, but the word "blanket" really is misleading. A blanket is always considered something that provides warmth. While this product looks like a nice idea, it is certainly NOT a blanket and should not be represented as such.

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    9/15/2014 9:19 PM

    When I was a Girl Scout, something like this was called a "ground cloth" or "ground sheet". That is what is is really.

    I am very interested as I often need something to put on the ground at parks where the soil is damp...it soaks through a plain blanket or quilt. I could use this alone, or put it under a blanket if I wanted the warmth or additional padding.

    Just wondering if users really can get it folded up so easily again to fit in the little pocket. I am afraid it looks easier said than done.

  • Donna
    Donna
    9/15/2014 11:35 PM

    @Kathy I wondered the same thing. It's an intriguing idea, but am I really gonna be able to fold it up so small again?

  • Donna
    Donna
    9/15/2014 11:38 PM

    @Donna - well I should have watched the video before I posted my concerns. Looks like I should be able to fold it easily enough.

  • kerri
    kerri
    9/16/2014 12:04 AM

    Great! we take a sheet along to keep baby off of dirty/grassy areas. We also love to use a sheet for the beach. Sand just shakes off, unlike a towel. This will be much smaller!

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