CHILL GORILLA 10′ SWALLOWTAIL RAIN FLY TENT TARP Waterproof Camping Shelter. Lightweight RIPSTOP NYLON & Not Cheap Polyester. Stakes Included. Survival Gear. Backpacking Hammock & ENO Accessory. BLUE

Short Review (Summary): Another GREAT Chill Gorilla Product here!!  They have made some GREAT improvements over some of their other tarps and have managed to keep the price down!!  This tarp includes everything you need to get out and about!  Who hates buying new gear only to find out that you have to buy something else to make it work?  I know I DO!!!!  Not with Chill Gorilla!  It includes everything you need to get out and into your hammock!

Pros
1.) Waterproof – Why make a tarp that’s not waterproof?  Exactly BUT some companies make some that aren’t or maybe they just make some that suck.. Not Chill Gorilla, theirs rocks and is fully 100% waterproof!

2.) Curved Edges –  During my test I did find that the curved edges helped keep me cool! Although, it has been cold around here, today we did have a 70 degree sunny day!! The curved edges allowed the breeze to blow keeping me cool while the sun was beating down on top!

3.) Reinforced Corners – These things blow away the competition!!!  Very strong, no worries about them failing!! Can you believe I had a name brand tarp fail! Shame on you ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) your tarp cost over $100 and failed due to weak corners!!

4.) Plenty of tie down points!!

5.) Weighs under 1.5 pounds! Pretty good right?  Great for backpacking!

6.) Packs small!! Smaller than my HydroFlask! (See photos below)

7.) Will work with ANY HAMMOCK.  ENO, Grand Trunk, Yukon, Bear Butt, other brands?  No worries!  This will work with ANY HAMMOCK!!

Overall:  Great tarp and like all Chill Gorilla Products, I highly recommend this!! I only recommend camping gear I use myself and this is that gear!  You never want gear to fail on you while out and about.. I trust Chill Gorilla 100% of the time and know it wont leave me stranded!

Specs

BEAT THE RAIN!
Do you need sound, foul-weather protection? Chill Gorilla’s SWALLOWTAIL FLY sets up fast, packs light, and keeps you dry.
BETTER THAN COMPETITORS
EVOLUTION – Designed better to last longer
DESIGN – Quick easy setup. Reinforced corners. 9 anchor points.
PRECISION MANUFACTURING ensures dependable gear
PRICE – An eagle breaks the bank and gives you less
QUALITY – We’ll take on any competitor in a side by side comparison – Bear Butt, Vigor, Ultimate Survival Technologies, Kelty, W-UpBird, Triwonder, Krazy Outdoors, ENO, Hennessy, Rolling Fox, MaxiCamp, Eagles Nest Outfitters
MULTIPLE USES
Camping Rain Shelter | Shade | Wind Break
Backpack Tent Tarp
Hammock Rain Fly
RAIN FLY PACKAGE (INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED)
1 X RAIN FLY – Chill Gorilla SwallowTail Fly with Reinforced Corners.
6 X 3 Meter Guy Lines
6 X Guy Rope Tensioners
4 X Aluminum 6″ Tent Stakes
9 X Tie Down Points
1 X SMALL STUFF SACK (guy lines, tensioners, and stakes)
1 X STUFF SACK for easy storage and organization. 12 x 4 x 3″
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONSMATERIAL: Polyurethane-treated ripstop nylon
SHAPE: Square with catenary curved edges
REINFORCED CORNERS with 9 tie downs
RAIN FLY WEIGHT: 1.3 lbs.
CENTERLINE: 170″
LENGTH: 10′ WIDTH: 10′

BittBoy Portable Video Game Handheld Device | Retro Games Included

Short Review (Summary): Great little NES emulation device and the few games you will play are great.. Screen is good and it serves its purpose.. If this was only twenty or so dollars it would be a five star device. BittBoy is lucky I am only knocking 1 star bc BittBoy is not completely truthful when it comes to describing this product. However, the product is fun, it works, and I am enjoying it so I am giving it 4 stars.. With that being said it brings me to my cons first

Cons
1.) Not all games are in English – Description says ALL Games are in English but I have found several that aren’t.

2.) Mine arrived with scratched screen.. I have seen this in several other reviews

3.) I would bet to say around 75 percent of the games are homebrew or games you would never play..

4.) Price – It’s way overpriced!! Quality Control isn’t there, my faceplate is off-center.. Scratches on the screen.. I would be happy if this was $20 but its not

Pros
1.) Rechargeable – No need to carry around batteries!

2.) 300 Games – Mine IS THE 300 game version but like my cons, over 75% will never be played

3.) Great SCREEN (Aside from the scratches)

4.) Volume is decent

5.) Buttons actually feel GREAT in hand!!

6.) Decent battery life

7.) Includes popular Marios, Chip N Dale, Contra, Excitebike and more

8.) Includes fake marios, some which I have found decently fun

9.) Overall it is fun!! I am enjoying my time playing it

10.) Good size! I know some folks complain its small but I like the size

Tips
1.) Cant save games but most NES games couldn’t be saved anyways! Just something to remember

2.) Use a Credit Card to buy and not PayPal.. As you can see from my review and other reviews, bittboy isn’t 100% honest.. At one time they were shipping units with under 200 games on them. With a credit card you can do a chargeback if they don’t honor their side of the purchase

Overall: I am hesitant to give this 4 stars but I do enjoy playing it and I am having fun with it.. Meaning to me, it is a 4 star product.. Bittboy has a great idea and a great start on something here but they need to step up their game and be a little more transparent about their device. All in all though, I know I am harsh on this device but overall it is fun and does emulate very well.

Pelican Micro Cases

While I wait on more review products to arrive, I wanted to write a review on a product that I used a lot at the National Scout Jamboree!  That would be PELICAN MICRO CASES!! These things ROCK, are very cheap on Amazon (Don’t buy anywhere else, they cost a lot more), and are available in 7 or so sizes!!

I own over 10 of these cases.. price can’t be beat! Much less expensive than the new OtterBox versions! American made, and I have never had one fail! They have been underwater, in water, in rain, dropped from 15 feet or higher and have always protected my expensive electronics, and other items that need to stay dry! They make a size that fits anything!

Tips
1.) Keep the gaskets clean – Dust, sand, and other fine particles can cause these to leak, just like any waterproof case

2.) When sizing, make sure you read interior demensions! Your device or other items fit on the inside so those are the important measurements!

3.) Amazon’s price beats anyone on these!

I highly recommend these cases! Pelican has been around much longer than all the new companies making waterproof cases.. they know how to do it correctly

CHILL GORILLA 10 PACK TENT STAKES – Heavy Duty Lightweight Strong Aluminum Alloy Pegs for Camping, Rain Tarps, Hiking, Backpacking. [Essential Camping and Survival Gear] RED

For one of my first reviews back, I will start with a simple but VERY NICE ITEM from a BRAND I LOVE!  One that I wish I had with me at Scout Jamboree! (They were delivered while I was away so I didn’t have them at Jamboree)

Badass tent stakes! Strong, lightweight, and work well for tarps, tents, blankets, and more! Grat addition to the chill gorilla line and great for use with other brand products as well! I highly recommend these

Chill Gorilla Defender 11′ Bug Net. Compact, Lightweight. Fits ALL Camping Hammocks. [Essential Camping and Survival Gear]

Short Review:  Those that follow my reviews, or those that are shopping for hammocks and hammock gear may have seen my reviews.. I have 5 brands I REALLY LOVE!! Chill Gorilla, Bear Butt, ENO, Kammok, and Grand Trunk (Although I am not really into Grand Trunk as much as I used to be).  Anyways, with that being said they are all GREAT BRANDS but all have something that stand them apart.. Chill Gorillas difference is their size!!  This big net is not only LONGER than ENO and Bear Butt, but it is also much roomier giving you plenty of space inside the net..  The vertical zipper is actually MUCH easier to use, and the materials of the Chill Gorilla seem to be just as good, if not better than ENO!!

Pros
1.) LONG –  I have longer hammocks that don’t fit as well in ENO and Bear Butt bug nets due to their length.. This net is at least a foot longer than most making it fit better around long hammocks..  Please note, it fits just as well around the shorter hammocks such as ENO as it does long!

2.) Vertical Zipper – The Vertical zipper is actually very nice.. I took my hammock out this weekend to and tried out the bug net and found it much easier to get into the hammock with the vertical zipper.. BUT THE BEST PART, its much easier to ZIP and CLOSE the bug net..  Those that hammock camp know it takes a few minutes to get situated in your hammock..  It then sucks when you realize you have to uncover and reach to the FOOT of the hammock to grab the zipper of the bug net and close it.. Not with the vertical zipper!!  It’s actually very genius!

3.) Great Quality – Built just as good, if not better than ENO.. Quality is GREAT

4.) Easy to Pack

5.) Fits MOST hammocks – Should fit short hammocks just fine.. I checked it with Bear Butt, ENO, and Kammok and had no issues with fit.. It fits and worked wonderfully well.. Being longer, it also fits longer hammocks GREAT such as the longer Chill Gorilla Hammocks!!  I am sure Chill Gorilla would rather you use this with their branded hammocks but just know, it will work fine with ENO and other brands!! (WINK WINK, I do recommend Chill Gorilla Hammocks a lot though, especially if you need a budget hammock that is GREAT quality)

6.) Net closes NICE and tightly around your straps keeping bugs out!

7.) Backpacker Friendly – Even though the net is a little larger than most, it weighs nearly the same as other brands if not lighter!!  Very friendly for backpacking

8.) Includes Paracord for setup! YES PARACORD!! not that cheap NYLON junk other brands include

Overall: Excellent bug net!! I recommend this to ANYONE

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