by Diane Spicer
This Pike Trail pocket blanket review gives you all the details you need to size up whether or not you should carry one in your backpack.
Let's start with the disclosures.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Hiking For Her received a Pike Trail pocket blanket for free from Pike Trail in consideration for a gear review.
Hiking For Her provided the photos and opinions in this Pike Trail pocket blanket review, but is not an affiliate for the company.
If you purchase a blanket through this link, HFH will receive a small amount of your purchase price without costing you anything extra.
Every review on the HFH website is written with you, the end user of the hiking gear, in mind.
Let's start off this Pike Trail pocket blanket review with a few words about this company.
Hiking For Her is a big fan of innovative outdoor gear that springs organically from a genuine need.
And keeping your gear (and backside) dry and clean when surrounded by trail debris is right up there on your to-do list as a hiker.
Josh Hendershott decided to launch his Pike Trail company with a blanket:
The name Pike Trail grew organically out of his efforts to build a trail to access the Missouri River from the land he lives on with his family.
Are you pulling my leg?
The name should let the cat out of the bag (or backpack):
Well, sort of.
There's more to it than that, as these specifications will show.
The blanket is available in two colors:
Important user note:
Folding this blanket up again and getting it back into the carrying case was much easier than expected.
Hiking For Her unfolded it and doubled it back on itself (use the leaves on the ground in this photo for size comparison).
Then the blanket was opened up to its full dimensions.
A 24 liter day pack was tossed onto it, to give you an idea of how you can use this blanket as a rain fly for gear you want to shield from moisture while you huddle under a nearby cedar tree.
Use this set up, and then sit on your pack, to give yourself lots of insulation during trail breaks.
That depends on how hard you push it.
Ripstop nylon has a reputation for being tough.
But because this blanket is thin on purpose to save weight and bulk, you can't expect miracles.
This "pocket" size blanket would not fit into a woman's hiking jacket pocket, unless the jacket had some pretty huge pockets.
So I'd consider this a backpack pocket blanket.
For its modest price point (around $20 U.S. at the time of this writing), you can get a lot of mileage out of this blanket.
And don't overlook off trail uses for all the times you need to stay warm and dry, like sports events and music festivals.
Hiking For Her's weatherproofing strategies make good use of space blankets, either the thin mylar ones as part of an emergency/survival kit, or thicker versions for all of the uses listed above.
But this little blanket has earned a place in an outer pocket in the day pack, starting today.
If there are any durability issues that arise after using it a few seasons, they will be reported here.
Or have I done such a stellar job of explaining how many ways you can use this blanket on the trail that you're all set?
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Pike Trail Pocket Blanket Review
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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