CHILL GORILLA FORTRESS HAMMOCK RAIN FLY WITH 4 DOORS. Tent Tarp Waterproof Camping Shelter. ULTRALIGHT SILNYLON. Easy to setup. Essential Survival Gear. Stakes Included. Green

Short Review (Summary): This is the best Ultralight Fly for hammocks on the market!! Can even be used for survival and without hammocks!! Quality seems better than my Warbonnet Fly and the Chill Gorilla comes in much lighter!

Test: I used this weekend in the great Smokies! Beautiful weekend BUT it did rain Saturday night! Did I get wet nope! Not even a drop!

Pics Coming soon (Hopefully) – I am traveling for work and can’t upload them at the moment.

Key Points
1.) Has doors on both sides
2.) Bigger than Warbonnet and other brands that have similar flies

Pros
1.) Doors – I remember a campout about 9 years ago where it rained cats and dogs! I was in my ENO Hammock and was using a Hennessy Rain Fly with it.. The rainfly was large but by the end of the night I was wet.. I had the fly stretched down to the ground on the sides but the wind still managed to blow rain in on the ends… After that I knew I needed a fly with doors! I tried several brands and while most actually performed well, most were heavy and expensive! I knew one thing though, I needed doors!

2.) Price – A hundred bucks sounds like a lot but for the quality, the size, and the support Chill Gorilla gives, $100 is an excellent deal!! My other flies, such as Warbonnet, cost me a lot more and really, they aren’t any better.

3.) Size – This thing is huge! Much longer than any others I own, which is the main reason I purchased.. as I said in my story above, I hate rain coming in on the ends and that doesn’t happen with this

4.) Backpacking Friendly – Lightest full fly with doors I have ever owned! It weighs less than most of my flies without doors!

5.) Easy Setup

6.) Like all chill gorilla products, I’m sure they want you to use this with their hammock BUT it is designed to be large enough to work with any hammock on the market.. Have a Bear Butt? And ENO? How about Grand Trunk? How about Kammock? I have them all and this works with them all! Even my long hammocks! (Although most of my long hammocks are made by chill gorilla! They have a thing with size and that’s a good thing! )

7.) Top Not Quality

8.) Excellent Support – I have never had a quality issue with a Chill Gorilla product but they have always been there to answer and and all questions I have! They will also listen to you if you have suggestions and ideas for their products!

9.) No issues with it leaking! I had rain when I used it this weekend and was very dry

Overall: I am very impressed with this fly and this will be my main fly this fall! I already have 3 or 4 trips over the next month or so planned for it.. I will be sure to update with photos and how it’s performing over the next few weeks! One trip in and I’m sold and impressed! My Warbonnet will probably end up for sale this week because I have no need for it anymore

Tips: Chill Gorilla stuff goes out of stock a lot so grab it when you see it! You will be happy! I have missed stuff from them I wanted so I the to buy right when it’s listed!

Beacon by Barebones Living | Bronze Rechargeable Outdoor Lantern

The Beacon is a GREAT, very small, simple lantern! It uses the same batteries as Goal Zero Products (A dual polarity 18650 battery) and it charges in a snap!! Battery can be changed and extras can be purchased!! The USB cable is built in which makes it very simple to charge anywhere! No need or no worries about forgetting your cable or even bringing it with you. Quality is outstanding and this sucker is VERY BRIGHT!!! I would recommend this to anyone needing a simple light outdoors!!

Tips
1.) Remember, this doesn’t take NORMAL 18650 batteries.. It takes the Goal Zero version that is dual polarity! Search Goal Zero 18650 to find them

CHILL GORILLA OUTDOOR BEACH & PICNIC BLANKET. Huge 9′ x 10′. Fits 7 adults. Ideal for Travel, Hiking, Festivals. Soft Fast Drying Ripstop Nylon. 5 Weightable Pockets, + 4 Anchor Loops & Stakes

Short Review (Summary):  I want to first bring attention to the size of this.. The outdoor photos DO NOT do it justice!  To help with a size comparison I have placed this on top of my Extra Long Queen Size bed…  Yes IT IS MUCH MUCH BIGGER!  9X10 is actually larger than some bedrooms!!  Quality is AMAZING and this has been designed VERY WELL!

USE:  I purchased a new car last week and it is a crossover so I can’t “hide” all my junk in the trunk!  I needed a “smaller” tarp/blanket that could be hidden in the storage compartment in the back..  This blanket fits the bill perfectly while remaining the same size as the tarp I used to carry! 

Having a tarp of some kind in your car saves the day all the time! At the park?  Going to a local sports event?  Camping?  Going to the beach?  I don’t know how many times I used to bring out my old tarp to keep folks off the ground! Keeps the dirt and grass off!  This new blanket will fit the bill perfectly and do the same thing!

Pros
1.) Includes Stakes and Stake Loops – Great for windy day at the park!

2.) Includes “Sand” pockets – At the beach feel the pockets with sand and you are good to go! 

3.) HUGE – 90 SQ FT, or 9X10, or the size of a lot of bedrooms!! BIG!

4.) Very HIGH QUALITY and durable material

5.) Tested on damp ground and I stayed dry!  This is not waterproof but it does dry quickly and if the ground is just damp you will probably be ok..  If its wet or puddled, you might get a little wet but that’s the tradeoff for size..  I used at the park yesterday, very muddy but my butt was dry

6.) Cleans easily

7.) Machine Washable – I purchased 3 Chill Gorilla products this week but it has been raining all week so very hard to have fun with them.. With that being said it was fairly muddy when I used this at the park yesterday..  Took it home, tossed in the washer and WOW Cleaned right up! Looks BRAND NEW again

8.) Packs small

Overall: Excellent blanket!  Size matters! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS

CHILL GORILLA GEAR SLEEVES – SNAKESKIN. Instant Stuff Sack For Your Hammock, Rain Fly, or Tarp. 173" Total. Tube Packs or Unpacks Your Gear In Seconds. [Essential Camping and Survival Gear] GREY

Short Review (Summary):  I haven’t been able to use these in the field yet (We have had MAJOR RAIN everyday).. With that being said, these are STILL VERY AWESOME!! I got to test them inside and play with them which I always do before I take any gear camping!! I would like to draw attention to the size of these, They are larger than MOST, if NOT ALL sleeves on the market which help with a couple things.. If you have a bug net or fly, one or the other MAYBE EVEN BOTH (Depending on the size of your gear) will fit in these sleeves! Basically, they are big enough for more than a hammock!
So, what is a sleeve?  Basically its a storage or protection item that helps you setup and protect your hammock!  Helping you keep it off the ground, helping you keep everything from getting tangled, and so on..  It will also allow it to be stored as one single item!  This keeps your hammock gear together and it is ready to go when you are!!

Pros
1.) Quality – I have NEVER had an issue with Chill Gorilla Gear!! You can buy their gear and feel confident that it will last!  Just like ENO and all the big brands out there, Chill Gorilla is made just as good if not better!!  You only want quality on the trail! WHY?  Have you ever had gear fail 20 or 30 miles into the Appalachian Trail or any other long hike?  I have, and it is not fun!! Quality counts! It can save your life and protect you.  Chill Gorilla is one of the brands that I have no issues tossing in a survival pack or taking on LONG (Sometimes MONTH LONG) hikes!

2.) Easier Setup – If done correctly, you can setup your gear MUCH quicker with these!

3.) Provides Storage Protection

4.) Waterproof – Will keep your hammock dry while you’re out an about, away from the campsite!! Just keep in mind, this is waterproof so DON’T STORE A WET hammock or fly in it!!

5.) Longer Than Hennessey Snakeskins!  Hennessey makes a good product, but I have never been a fan of their All-In-One design..  I only owned my Hennessey for about a month or so before trading it off.. I did keep the snakeskins though! BUT These Chill Gorilla will replace them because of two reasons! 1.) Combined they are longer! MUCH LONGER and 2.) They are also large enough to hold more than one hammock such as 2 hammocks, rainfly and hammock, or whatever!! 

6.) Excellent Value – Chill Gorilla might not beat everyone’s price BUT THEY DO have the best price for TOP QUALITY gear!!  If you find something that is cheaper, you better believe their are probably quality compromises on those items!

7.) Should fit ANY BRAND From ENO, to generics!  This is another reason their size is so awesome!

Overall:  These are great and I would highly recommend them to anyone who owns a hammock or does a lot of hammock camping!  You can buy these and confidently know they will last while you are out and about using them!! You will know they can last a lifetime!! You will know they can protect your gear GREAT!!

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

Barebones Living Safari Tent, Sand

Short Review (Summary): This isn’t a “Weekend” tent, this is a vacation tent or week+ Lodge! While the tent does take about an hour to setup, it’s very easy.. I love the pole design compared to the extra large frames made for tents from brands like diamond brand. If setup correctly, the tent will not leak a drop! If setup correctly, the tent will not let bugs in (like another review says). The tent is designed to open up sides and let breeze through if need be but is also designed to be 100% waterproof! The floor is very durable and amazing! Tent is tall enough for bunk beds and with bunk beds can easily sleep 6 people! Maybe more while still having room for gear!

Pros
1.) Easy Setup – Takes about an hour but is easy!
2.) Easy Storage – I know the pole design consist of a lot of parts BUT owning tents from brands like Diamond Brand, their frames and poles are huge and hard to store.. Barebones has fixed this with their unique design.. I feel it’s a fair trade off!
3.) Magnetic Doors are Amazing
4.) Very Waterproof – I used this tent for two weeks straight and it made it through 4 down poors and didn’t leak a drop.. one of the storms had a lot of wind and the tent stood strong! Again, I had it setup correctly, had it velcroed where needed and I had no issues!
5.) I love the Window Design!
6.) Knowing this is from the founder of Goal Zero, I know when and if I ever need customer service, it will be top notch!
7.) Plenty of vents and ventilation!
8.) Tons of accessories made for this
9.) The top of the tent holds my Goal Zero Nomad 100 great and my Yeti 400 Lithium provides power inside the tent easily! The Barebones fan works great with the Yeti and keeps the tent cool!
10.) Price is fine.. compare with Diamond Brands and you will spend $2000+ by the time you buy your frame!

Tips
1.) This is not a weekend tent! This is a vacation tent to take to the beach for a week.. to take hunting.. to use for weeks at a time
2.) Barebones offers bunk beds that work great with these tents
3.) Power your tent with the Goal Zero line.. Nomad 100 and Yeti 400 Lithium work great
4.) Setup at home to test and practice before you use
5.) If you camp for your beach trip and other vacations, this pays for itself in about 2 vacations!

Overall: Wonderful tent! Price is fine for a good tent and frame. Easy set-up and wonderful for vacations!