yukonoutfitters wrote:Hi Fighting Pillow,
The parachute blanket is a man portable, lightweight ground cover that is perfect for outdoor concerts, camping and the beach. Each corner has a 'gravity pocket' that you can fill with sand or earth that will keep the blanket from blowing away. The blanket also has tent pole loops that you can stake to the ground or attach to a tent stake.
Yep...what s/he said. The "gravity pockets" are a nice touch...essentially extra triangle-shaped pieces of fabric sewn to the edge of the fabric that you can scoop sand into (or throw a rock in) to keep the corners down when wind kicks up (and you don't have to remember to bring your sand anchors (http://www.rei.com/product/725165/rei-snow-and-sand-tent-anchors).
Also a nice touch...the stuff sack is sewn in, so there's no separate sack to lose. And for the surface area you get, it's very compact when stowed. I haven't tried, but I think I could shove it in my pocket (uncomfortably).
IMO, the size is a little small for using as a canopy. Additionally, since there is no structural element, you would need to pair it up with additional pieces of hardware to get anything structurally able to withstand being blown about by the typical breezes one encounters at a beach. You could throw together a couple adjustable tarp poles, and those sand anchors I linked to earlier, and a couple lengths of paracord, and feel very McGuyver-ish. But that's still a rather small 89"x69" footprint, likely to be casting a shaded area that's even smaller.
We use it to give the kids a nice place to sit down to eat, where the spiky grass (weeds) aren't poking them. We use it at the pool, the park. We *would* use it at the beach...if we ever make it to the beach...