Outdoor Vitals Aerie 30°F Down Underquilt

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Short Review: Very packable (About the size of a small football packed) down feather underquilt at an awesome price!! I would compare this to the ENO Vulcan (ENOs high end underquilt that cost around $200) but it is only HALF the price of the Vulcan (I do own a Vulcan as well from ENO).. I am glad to see companies such as Outdoor Vitals making underquilts! Really, until now they where only made by the large hammock companies.. The quality of this underquilt is OUTSTANDING and this is a double duty item!! It would also make a GREAT fall/spring ultralight sleeping bag for backpacking because it is FULLY zippable into a full rectangular sleeping bag! From the fill power, the fluff, and the design of this bag, I do feel safe saying it is a 30 degree bag!! It does have a sewn through design and if it was a baffled design I bet this would be a 20 degree bag.. I have no issues with the sewn through design because this will be mostly used UNDER my hammock while I am using my Outdoor Vitals 0 degree bag (Paid full price for it) inside my hammock during cold nights! I will also be using this as my Spring/Fall backpacking bag! It’s TINY packed!

Note & Tip: The head and feet of this bag do CINCH together around your hammock without anything extra BUT you must provide your on bungee cord or para cord to create your ridge line. One should always examine your gear BEFORE you take it camping but just in case you don’t, please make sure you take cord with you. You will need it to make this work as an underquilt

Pros
1.) Soft & Strong Materials – The 20D ripstop materials (Even though it looks thin) is VERY SOFT and VERY Strong! The 380T inner feels AWESOME on your skin if used as a regular sleeping bag! This is a durable bag and I wouldn’t worry about any rips! 20D ripstop is a GREAT material!

2.) Double Duty – The ENO underquilts plus other underquilts I have owned are ONLY underquilts.. This quilt can double as a rectangular bag! I love how this is a jack of all trades.

3.) Double Bag – Buy two and they are designed to be zipped together as a double bag!

4.) Great Size – I am 6FT 190 pounds and I have plenty of room using this as a sleeping bag.. Also, using it in my hammock my feet DO NOT hang out! Great Size

5.) SMALL Packed Down – About the size of a SMALL (Not NFL sized) football packed

6.) Takes up NO ROOM in your pack!! Would also make a GREAT Spring/Fall ult alight sleeping bag!!!

7.) 800 Fill Power – The ENO Vulcan is only 700 or 750 (I can’t remember off the top of my head but I know its only in the 700 range)

8.) Each grid (At least on mine) seem to be filled equally with down

9.) No funky smells out of the bag!

Compared to ENO Vulcan
1.) Packs MUCH Smaller
2.) Less Expensive
3.) Can be used as a sleeping bag and underquilt
4.) 30 Degrees (The Vulcan is rated at 35 – 40 degrees)
5.) DOES NOT include bungee cords like the Vulcan (But remember the Vulcan doesn’t include zippers like this)
6.) Does NOT include a long term storage bag like the Vulcan does.. It DOES include a stuff sack but long term storage bags are much larger (See my tips for solutions to this issue)

Tips
1.) Always remember to hang your bag when in storage or store it in a pillowcase, large laundry bag, OR special sleeping bag storage bags such as the large cotton bags you can buy from REI.. This helps increase the life of the bags filling! Basically you DO NOT want to store your bag compressed.. It needs to breathe and be stored fluffed.

2.) Use a sleeping bag sheet inside your bags! This keeps you from having to wash your sleeping bag. You can find sleeping bag sheets for about $10 here on Amazon.. They are WELL worth it.. Comfortable, Soft, and it always smells and feels like you are climbing into a nice clean bed!

3.) If you plan to use this in very wet conditions you can always treat it with nikwax down wash to help waterproof it! You can buy nikwax here at Amazon or at outdoor stores such as REI. Works well, I treat most of my bags with it.. Tennessee is very wet during the Spring/Fall when I do most of my camping and it has always worked well

*I did receive this in exchange of honest review but the owner also wants my feedback on this item. He found me because I have purchased over $300 worth of bags from him at FULL PRICE before I started reviewing some of his products.. The owner loves the outdoors just as much as you and I, that are shopping for GREAT quality outdoor bags such as this*

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LinenSpa 8" Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress, Queen

***Received in Exchange of Honest Review***

Updates (At bottom of review):
1.) 11/20/16 – After several months of use, the mattress is still performing VERY WELL and holding its shape GREAT!!

When Linenspa asked me to review this, I had actually been in the market for both a bed and mattress upgrade.. I was tired of my feet hanging off my full sized bed.. PLUS my current bed/mattress was over 15 years old. SO I decided to purchase a Zinus 2000H platform bed (Modern Studio design which looks awesome in a smaller apartment) in queen size to go with this and requested that LinenSpa send their Queen sized mattress.. They agreed!

After First Nights Sleep – If you are used to one of those fancy $1,000 mattresses this might not be for you.. BUT it was an upgrade for me, one I could feel and tell during my sleep.. Keep in mind, I moved out of my parents house about 12 years ago! BUT spent 4 years in dorms (Furnished crappy mattress) and 2 years in a fully furnished apartment (Decent but not fancy mattress) BEFORE moving to my current unfurnished apartment.. The mattress and bed I have now is a hand me down that is over 15 years old.. Needless to say it was time for a new mattress BUT also keep in mind that I have never owned one of those fancy $500 – $1000 mattresses either.. With that being said THIS IS THE MOST COMFORTABLE mattress I have used! Its VERY springy and bouncy like a spring mattress should be HOWEVER it still has a nice firm feel to it! The memory foam top is perfect! I do not feel the springs in the mattress and the foam conforms to my body WITHOUT me sinking into it like a lot of memory foam mattresses I have read about. Two people sleep on this without any issues! One of the best nights sleep I have had in a VERY VERY LONG TIME!! (Will update this review if my sleeps end up becoming worse)

Delivery: Was quick VIA UPS (for me). It arrived in a box that I could easily move and position.. The box was large and over 50 pounds BUT not hard to move alone. It was packaged well vacuum sealed with an extra layer of plastic around the mattress for protection! This was great because it was delivered in the middle of a storm but the mattress stayed 100% dry the entire time it was out on my patio waiting for me to arrive home.

Pros
1.) Fine for two people – Doesn’t sag or break down with two people.. Very comfortable with two people..
2.) True QUEEN size mattress
3.) Full 8 Inch mattress like described! It did take about 3 hours to reach the full 8 inches though.. After I opened the mattress it quickly raised to about 6.5 inches in under a minute!
4.) Mine wasn’t delivered with any funky smells or anything
5.) Cool mattress – Being a hybrid, it didn’t seem nearly as hot as the few memory foam mattresses I have spent the night on here and there visiting people and places.
6.) Seems to be well made! Thick materials.. Nice stitching. It looks very high quality!
7.) No boxspring is needed if used on a platform bed
8.) Delivered to my home in an easy to move box! Lay the wrapped up mattress on the finished bed and cut it open! It fully expanded and no need to try and maneuver a large mattress all over the place!

Overall: I have only had this mattress one night but so far I am in love with it! It is a great budget mattress and is very well made!! If anything changes and the mattress fails or starts to sag or even becomes uncomfortable I WILL update this review but as of now I am very happy with it!! If you are used to one of those $1000 mattresses you probably wont like this, but it is an upgrade for me and one I can tell and feel during my sleep.. It is a great upgrade!

Update 7/31/16: I wanted to update this review after 4 nights of sleep and I wanted to say I still love this mattress.. It is still fully expanded.. It is holding it’s shape well on the Zinus platform bed with slats.. I am waking very rested without any aches or pains.. I sleep better on this than my old mattress!! So overall STILL Very happy with it.. I will try and update again in a few weeks so that new customers can see how it is still performing!

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ENO Solopod Eagles Nest Outfitters

**Received at a VERY GOOD discount for review**

Short Rewiew: Awesome Hammock Stand! Very easy to put together, although it is a little heavy it is still easy to carry!! I purchased a large 50X30 canvas bag from Stansport (Found here on Amazon) and it allows for easy transport of this stand!! Great for a patio, car camping (I call dump camping) or even a day at the park or beach! With a good canvas bag, this is super easy to travel around with you! I tried a few hammock stands and ended up sending most back because they didn’t work well with my ENO style camping hammocks.. This one works GREAT with those and I have tested it with several brands of hammocks (ENO, Grand Trunk, Bear Butt, Kammok, and others). I highly recommend this stand!

Pros
1.) Stylish
2.) Easy to Assemble – No tools required and can be put together in about 2 – 3 minutes. Everything snaps together and comes apart with a push of a button!
3.) Compact – Most hammock stands that I found on Amazon broke down to 5 or 6 ft sections.. This one is 4 ft sections making it easier to carry in small cars!! It is heavy but does pack down fairly small!
4.) Fits in the back seat of a car packed or even a trunk.. Great for traveling or dump camping
5.) VERY Durable! (THIS IS WHY IT IS SO HEAVY)
6.) Includes everything needed! (EXCEPT for a hammock)
7.) Works with all the camping hammocks I have tested with so far (Grand Trunk, Bear Butt, ENO, Kammok)
8.) Can easily attach underquilts, rainflys, tarps, or whatever else you need to make your night comfortable!

Cons
1.) Doesn’t include any carry bag YET they advertise that it is portable (As seen above though, the Stansport Delux Canvas Bag 50X30 fits fine). You can carry it around in it’s box, but the box might not last very long
2.) IT IS HEAVY (About 50 – 60 pounds packed depending on the weight of your canvas bag).. But this is very durable. I have no issues with it being so heavy BUT this might be a deal breaker for some

Overall: I really enjoy this hammock stand and would recommend it to anyone

Tips:
1.) Large military style canvas bags work great at storing this. I purchased a 50X30 bag from Stansport here on Amazon.. The bag was under $25 when I purchased it and works GREAT to carry the stand around!

Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tents for Camping & Backpacking

Short Review:  Excellent TENT!!  I just got back from a weekend camping trip (Very cold camping trip due to the burn ban in east Tennessee) and I must say, this tent performed wonderfully well and the quality it outstanding!! This tent is built just as well as my $250 tent from REI and has the features to match!  Super easy to setup and packs back down in a jiffy! 

Pros
1.) Easy to Assemble – Instructions are sewn into the bag so you can’t lose them, but the tent is a simple two pole design!  I had it up in about 5 minutes
2.) High Quality Materials – Aluminum Poles, fully taped ripstop fabric, AMAZING Zippers, and overall just a very well made tent
3.) Waterproof – Fully taped seams and a full sized rainfly help keep you dry! It did come a very short shower while I was out and nothing got into the tent.. We are in a drought (At the time of this review) so we haven’t had significant rain in a while but I have no doubt that this tent wouldn’t keep me dry! 
4.) Footprint is available for this tent and it has the places to attach the footprint!  This adds warmth and protection to the bottom of the tent

5.) Aluminum Poles – I never buy tents that have fiberglass poles anymore.. Aluminum all the way
6.) Easy to repack
7.) Perfect Size – Plenty of room for 2 (Store gear in the vestibule) or TONS of room for 1 with gear stored inside.  For solo backpacking I ALWAYS use a two person tent when I am not backpacking with my hammock.. I love the extra space
8.) Weighs under 5 pounds if you leave the bag and extras at home!  Packed weight is only 5.5 pounds so not bad their either
9.) Excellent Value –  This tent is made just as well as my $250 REI tent..  The value of this tent is great! Its hard to find an aluminum pole, taped seams, high quality tent like this for under $200 anywhere!  This tent is an AWESOME Value
10.) Vestibule Area for storing gear
11.) TWO DOORS – this is a must when you have two people!! No climbing over your tent partner when nature calls!  This tent offers two doors!
12.) Bright Color is easy to see in your campsite after dark
13.) Great Ventilation – This is important when it comes to tents..  If not, condensation KILLS!! Especially on cold nights.. This tent offers wonderful ventilation!

Cons
1.) Footprint must be purchased separately but this is common for most tents

Overall:  I am very impressed with this tent and own SEVERAL name brand tents.. This one is made just as well as all of them!! Will it hold up as well?  I have no idea, only time will tell BUT from the looks of the tent, the build quality is outstanding and this tent will last for a very long time!!  I highly recommend this tent to ANYONE!!

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