Sometimes here at Garage Grown Gear we review products that are ideal for thru hikers, sometimes the products we review are perfect for dayhikers. Sometimes the products we review are meant for surviving in the backcountry, while other times the products we review are simply meant for your local park or beach! What do they all have in common? They are all products from outdoorsy startups!
Beachsheetz is a startup that is CRUSHING it on both Kickstarter (over 150K) and Indigogo. When they reached out about having us take a look at their newest product, we were stoked to see what the hype was all about. While simple, Beachsheetz has created a durable beach "sheet" with weighted corners that will come in handy this summer.
Beachsheetz is a 7x7 ripstop polyester sheet built to withstand sand, water, heat or any other conditions you would find at the beach. The corners of the Beachsheetz are weighed down by 4oz beanbags, and this keeps the sheet from blowing away in the wind. Beachseetz folds into a attached an integrated pouch, and this pouch doubles as a draw string backpack (with extra space for your sunscreen, phone, water bottle, towel, or sand toys - nobody is too old for sand toys!) It weighs 2.5 lbs., and (after a bit of testing) we concluded that it can fit 3-4 people comfortably!
Beachsheetz is a simple and effective product. It was created to facilitate an enjoyable beach experience, and it does just that. The ripstop polyester is durable enough for the sandy and grassy surfaces found at beaches and parks, and the sheet itself is both water and sand resistant. There are three things I like most about these sheets:
The sand doesn't cling
There are few things more annoying than bringing home gallons of unwanted/clingy sand at the end of a long beach day. Fortunately sand slides off the Beachsheetz exceptionally easily, leaving the sand at the beach where it belongs (good LNT right?!?!)!
It doesn't heat up in the sun:
Getting into a hot car on a hot day is a miserable experience. If you've got leather seats in your car, you know what its like to have a flamingly hot butt and back. Where am I going with this...? Even in intense direct sunlight, Beachsheetz doesn't heat up. This means no uncomfortably hot surfaces to sit on, and no lying down on a bed of hot coals. Beachsheetz stays at a reasonable temperature, helping to keep you from overheating, being uncomfortable, or frantically digging down for colder sand!
It folds into its own backpack:
Beaches have lots of people. People have lots of stuff. The fact that Beachsheetz is its own backpack means that you can reduce the stuff you bring, keep all your stuff in one place, and vastly increase the probability that you'll leave with everything you came with. While lying down, you can still access the pouch, and there is a zippered pocket where you can keep your phone/wallet/keys safe from the seas of surrounding sand. Its easy to pack and unpack, and once in its backpack form there is additional space for your beach accessories.
With a product as simple as Beachsheetz, I'll keep my critical feedback brief and to the point. The only real issue I encountered was in heavy winds. In light winds Beachsheetz stay plastered to the ground, but in winder conditions the sheet can lift, catch, and then move. To counter this all you need to do is simply put some of your stuff on top and everything will be fine. To fix this Beachsheetz would need to increase the bean bag weights in the corners, and that would greatly increase the overall weight of the sheet (which I'm not sure I would want).
If you are looking for a great blanket for your state park or beach trips this summer, Beachsheetz is a good buy. Its simple, practical, and easy to transport. Its currently on Indiegogo, and can be yours for $35!
***This is a sponsored post; however, as always our opinions are 100% our own***