Gear Review: Coalatree’s Kachula Blanket

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Before I tried Coalatree’s Kachula blanket, I had the pleasure of lounging in two Coalatree hammocks: the GrandView, with its cool geometric pattern and perfectly autumnal coloring, and the Loafer, a simple and straightforward single-person hammock.

Coalatree clearly makes more than hammocks, and the Kachula blanket is perhaps their best invention yet. 

It’s quickly become a go-to piece of gear for chilly hikes, all-weather camping trips, weekend picnics, whatever. I keep it in my trunk 24/7, as you never know when you might need it—as a blanket or a poncho (spoiler alert).

Why’s the Kachula so kool?

Coalatree’s big selling point with these blankets is that both sides are coated with an eco-friendly DWR (durable water repellent) finish that keeps you dry and the blanket clean.

Water and other liquids truly do bead right off, and this coating helps prevent stains. Brilliant!

It also has a stash pocket with a zipper so you can use it as a pillow while traveling. I mean, have they not thought of everything. It’s hard not to resent regular blankets after this…

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A wearable blanket?

My favorite feature of this multi-faceted blanket is the removable hood and snap system that lets you wear it as a poncho. The hood is stored in the secret pocket when you don’t need it, and when you do, take that bad boy out and snap it in place.

I will say, it’s not a very form-fitting hood, so if it’s really cold, double down with a proper hat. But it’s a nice touch and certainly does help keep you warm (and look cool).

Two sides of the blanket have snaps so you can wear it as a poncho, OR connect multiple Kachula blankets together, OR convert it to a “light sleeping bag.” While the poncho style helps keep you cozy on a cold night around a fire, I wouldn’t say it’s thick or big enough for a proper sleeping bag. It’s more like a light… blanket. But I do appreciate the versatility and convenience to use it how you want.

Coalatree Kachula blanket specs

The blanket is made of soft brushed nylon flannel on top with a durable ripstop nylon on the bottom. Both are made from 100% recycled materials. It measures 50” x 72” when flat and weights 1 lb 9 oz.

Yay or Nay?

Absolute yay. I’m a sucker for awesome, practical gear. So aside from my camp lantern, this is right at the top of my list when it comes time to pack for a camp trip. And I often bring it on hikes, to the park or beach, etc. I truly love it.

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