Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket II
I reviewed the Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket when it first came out in 2015. Much of the design remains the same, but the company has made a few updates since that first look:
- The draw string strap is longer to also function as a shoulder strap
- The stuff sack has been stitched to the middle of the blanket with an extra row of stitches for reinforcement (this was one of my frustrations on the first version because the stuff sack stitching came apart easily)
- The overall construction of the blanket is stronger and it looks like a nicer product
- The hollow-fiber insulation of the blanket was upgraded to keep the user a bit warmer
The blanket is still designed with two different fabrics for the outer and inner facing. The outer shell is made from water-resistant 240T nylon, which is also more UV resistant. The inner fabric is a softer polyester that is less stiff and more comfortable next to my skin.
Tribe provisions doesn’t provide any warmth rating on this blanket, but as a throw with sewn-through construction, it isn’t really designed for cold temperatures. In my own testing, I would say it is optimal in the 45 to 50°F (7 to 10°C) range.
Overall Impressions and Updates
There is a noticeable difference in the construction of this second iteration of the Go-Anywhere Blanket. The outer nylon feels more robust and I feel more confident in having it play “rough” when necessary. The seams and hems are covered in edging for a nice, finished look. After weeks of testing, I can confirm that the blanket is a little warmer than its predecessor. As-is, the blanket works well for indoors anytime, or in the summer outdoors. It also works well as a second layer insert.
At 68 in (173 cm), the blanket will be a little short for some folks, especially if you want to convert the blanket into a top quilt and still have a little extra length to pull over your head. However, the blanket can be converted into a number of items, including folded over and used as an under quilt (with some DIY mods) a Matchcoat, top quilt, and a throw.
During a photo shoot we got caught in a spring rain storm so we got hunkered down and used the blanket to shield us. The blanket does shed the rain okay, but it also wets through fairly quickly. It’s not waterproof, but it did keep us dry.
Recommendations and Review
I thought I’d do something a little different for this review and sneak in a little DIY project. As a flat blanket, this product has a lot of potential. With a few snaps added to one end you can add a foot box. This makes it much easier to keep your feet and legs warm and prevents the blanket from untucking in the night.
With these same snaps, the blanket can convert into a nice Matchcoat. With a belt or rope around your waist, the foot area drapes around your head to create a hood and snaps together in front. This makes the Go-Anywhere blanket a truly multi-function sleep/wear.
|Construction and Craftsmanship||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||This new version extends the quality of the first with some fine-tuning that makes the blanket feel a little more mature.|
|Modularity||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||It’s hard to get more modular with a plain blanket. Like a blank canvas, you can do pretty much whatever you want to with it.|
|Aesthetics||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||The muted earth-tones of the blanket appeal to me, and provide a natural camouflage.|
|Price and Value||♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥||It’s a great price point for a outdoor-ready throw/blanket. Lots of DIY potential.|
- Manufacturer: Tribe Provisions, made in China
- MSRP: US$39.95
- Attached storage bag for packing convenience
- Hollow-fiber insulation for compression, warmth, and mildew resistance
- Dimensions: 68 × 56 in (173 × 142 cm)
- Machine washable
- Water resistant
- Polyester and 240T ripstop nylon
- Available in blue, black/grey, and OD green/grey
- Warmth rating: ~45°F (7°C) (estimated)
- 29 oz (821 g)
Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear.
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