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!

Lightwish 45M (150 Feet/50 Yard) Underwater Diving Waterproof Housing Protective Case Accessory Kit With Bracket For GoPro Hero4 session (Black)

Another review from my short review series of inexpensive items!

Good little dive housing.. yes, the GoPro Session is already waterproof BUT when using it for long periods of time in the water, or when diving, I still want to use a waterproof housing.. if you are diving, the housing is a must! The session, just can’t go deep enough without it.. This case is high quality, and I have never had an issue with it leaking! I do test it before every use (everyone should). I highly recommend this

Tips
1.) Test before every use! I have had even GoPro branded cases fail in the past! Normally they fail from being dirty, not being used in a while, etc.. Basically, if you test the case by putting a napkin inside it before every use, you will save your camera when and if the case does fail! Just or napkin in and submerg in water and see if it leaks!

NEXGADGET Powerhouse 210Wh /42000mAh Laptop Power Bank, Portable Outlet Lithium-ion Power Supply for Camping Emergency Backup with DC, AC & USB Output

210WH (Watt Hours) is a lot of Energy packed into a small device such as this.. Think of 210WH as being able to power 2 100Watt light bulbs for a little over and hour each.. That’s a lot of energy considering most TVs, Laptops, Tables, and other devices are well under 30Watts and most under 15..

For example, this SHOULD be power my 28Watt TV for nearly 8 hours if all goes well! (Keep in mind, the powerhouse itself does require some power to operate it’s fans, sensors, and other parts). With that being said, I only expect to get 6 – 7 hours using my TV with this..

Here are my actual results

1.) TV – I got a little over 6 hours using my TV with this.. Pretty good eh?

2.) Mobile Phone – I got over 8 charges and still had power left, a lot of power.. I also charged one tablet during this time.

3.) Laptop – 3 Full Charges

Pros
1.) Small Size – This is the smallest form factor for this capacity I have seen

2.) Silent operation

3.) Works Very Well

4.) Includes carry case

5.) Charges virtually anything

6.) Powers virtually anything under 100Watts

Cons
1.) TSA – This is over the 100WH TSA rule meaning it shouldn’t and probably won’t be allowed on a plane

Overall: Excellent Device, so far I am very happy

Solar Charger RAVPower 24W Solar Panel with Triple USB Ports Waterproof Foldable for Smartphones Tablets and Camping Travel

Short Review: Wonderful Solar CHARGER that will quickly charge 3 devices at once.. I quickly charged 3 battery banks with this charger today and within a few hours all where 100% charged.. One of the battery banks is a Goal Zero Venture 30 which is a 7800mAH battery bank. Another is the Griffin Outdoor 10,000mAH battery bank and the smaller one is just an inexpensive 2500mAH bank.. On a sunny day in TN, this charger had no issues fully charging all the banks AT THE SAME TIME in under 5 hours.

Tips: Before I get into the rest of the review, let me share a few “Solar” “Tips” with you
1.) While you can charge your devices such as phones and tablets from the solar panel itself, I recommend charging power storage devices like I did in the photos.. Two reasons for this.. Depending on external factors, this charger might not always offer enough power to charge your high usage device.. And second, its not good for your phones to stay in the sun all day

2.) Remember, weather (Even on sunny days), time of day, location, and other factors will affect output wattage.. I always recommend that a buyer only expect a charger to charge with ON AVERAGE half its capacity.. So with this charger, I expect it to average 12 watts on good days. I have received as much as 18 watts from this charger but it does only average 12 watts but that is standard!

Pros:
1.) Very HIGH output! – I average at least 12 watts out of this charger but have hit as many as 18 watts.. This is fine and is actually EXCELLENT from a charger of this size! Don’t expect 24Ws all the time, it will never happen even with $1,000 chargers

2.) Wonderful BUILD Quality

3.) 3 USB ports – Most of these chargers on the market only have 2 ports

4.) RACPower offers excellent support

5.) The pouch that houses the USB ports seems to be waterproof – It has a DWP coating on the inside!! Excellent

6.) Simple to use

Overall: Great charger!! I love it and highly recommend it!

CHILL GORILLA 12 kN WIREGATE CARABINERS Heavy Duty Lightweight Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy for Camping, Hammocks, Hiking, Backpacking & Key Chains. Black [Essential Camping and Survival Gear]

Short Review: Photos don’t do these justice.. You really cant see how much better these are until you hold them in hand.. Once you hold them you will feel the quality difference.. They beat even the standard free ENO wiregate biners that come on the ENO hammocks.. (Maybe not the ENO deluxe wiregate, I don’t own those so IDK.. I do know I will not pay $8/Biner $16 total for the deluxe ENO version though.. Especially when I can get a whole set for $10 here!!)

I purchased these because I hate “Standard” biners that are on hammocks.. The heavy steel ones.. They pick at straps, they are heavy, and in general, they are hard to use.. ENO uses Wiregate now.. Bear Butt doesn’t but they offer some which I purchased for my Bear Butt Hammocks.. Most other hammock companies offer these as an ADD-ON so I was FINALLY glad to see Chill Gorilla has came out with their own! I can now take my generic wiregate biners off my Chill Gorilla hammock and replace with these!

Like I said, these are AMAZING!! Putting these beside my other wiregate biners, I can 100% say, these kill all of them in QUALITY!! and only $10? What’s not to like about them!!

Pros
1.) Branded – I am not really a gear snob, but I do try and match brands.. So I love the fact that I can now use Chill Gorilla wiregates on my Chill Gorilla hammock set

2.) VERY SIMPLE and easy to use!

3.) No springs to break like on steel biners! Not saying springs normally break BUT I have had some fail in the past

4.) Doesn’t pick or damage straps (Steel biners are sometimes sharp and pick at straps)

5.) EVERY OUNCE COUNTS!! Cutting ounces on hammocks is hard! The easiest way to do it is with the carabiners!! These save weight!

6.) Wonderful Value

7.) Multi-Use – I use these biners on my Goal Zero solar panels, the Nomad 100 is fairly heavy so I don’t trust it with the cheap 15 pound biners that come with it (The panel weighs right over 10 pounds).. Use them for keys!! Use them for pretty much anything other than climbing! (With climbing, I would trust these to hold my gear onto my packs though so I guess you can use them for PART of climbing)

8.) These are rated for A LOT more weight than any of my other biners (Over 2500LBS each).. The only biner designed for hammocks that is rated for more are the expensive ENO Wiregate Deluxe.. Again, who wants to pay for those though? Who needs more than 2500LBS for hammocks and anything other than climbing? Exactly, so why spend more money on the ENO Deluxe!

Overall: I highly recommend these for your Chill Gorilla hammock or for any hammock that has heavy steel biners

SUNKINGDOM newest and highest effiency 80Watt portable Folding Solar Panel Charger with fluorescence and Dual voltage controller with wide application for laptop,phone, battery for outdoor

Short Review: One of the 80Watt panels on the market!! I own several Goal Zero products, and several solar products in general.. Right now the Goal Zero 100W folding panel is just way to much (About $800) so I decided to try a few of these 80W generic ones.. I went with a cheaper brand as well but it didn’t really perform much better than most of my 20W panels.. With this Sunkingdom panel I can average 40+ watts even when the sun isn’t at it’s fullest! On a very beautiful sunny day I got 68watts once!! Remember, it will ALWAYS be hard to get the full wattage out of any solar panel so 68Watts is AMAZING

Pros
1.) Folds SMALL
2.) Powerful
3.) Will power my Goal Zero Yeti!
4.) Includes multiple ports

Overall: I am still testing this product a little more but right now I am very very happy with it! Out of all the 80+ watt panels I decided to try, this one is by far the best! I highly recommend it

Kavu Yukon Wallet

Short Review: Excellent Wallet that last! Very well built with Kavu Quality! Awesome outdoor wallet! Plenty of card slots and room for other goods.

Pros
1.) Durable – I have had several of these and they all last for years! They are one of the best Nylon wallets you can buy!

2.) Plenty of room – Tons of credit card slots! Plenty of room for IDs (two ID slots)

3.) Holds cards nice and tight!

4.) Very comfortable wallet

Overall: I highly recommend this wallet! It rocks! I love the Kavu brand and this wallet is made very very well..

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