ACRATO Sleeping Pad TPU Thick Lightweight Air Inflating Camping Mattress Camp Pad attached Pillow For Outdoor Camping Hiking Backpacking Tents

Short Review: Saw these pads (They are actually a Nature Hike pad) and having good success with Nature Hike before, I figured I would give them a try.. I go camping about 3 times a month and backpacking for most of those trips.. I have VERY HIGH END pads but I always have friends who don’t have a sleeping pad. This will make a GREAT pad for them when we go hiking!

Why do you need a sleeping pad?
1.) Comfort – But this isn’t the only reason
2.) Warmth – Did you know that when you sleep on cold camping trips, you lose most of your warmth to the ground? Your sleeping bag flattens and the ground sucks the heat out of you!! The main purpose of a sleeping pad is to insulate you from the ground!! Now this pad doesn’t have an advertised “R-Value” (Which is how real camping gear companies measure warmth).. This will keep you warm BUT I would caution using it in the “teens” unless you have tested it beforehand.. I will say, it is fine in the 30’s (The temp it is around here currently)
3.) I promise you, after hiking 10 miles a sleeping pad is a luxury you don’t want to be without!

Pros
1.) VERY Compact! – Not bulky at all! This is smaller than MOST water bottles meaning it wont take up much room in your pack

2.) Lightweight – Every OUNCE counts!! This doesn’t weigh much so no worries there

3.) THICK

4.) Includes Blow Up Bag (Think Pump) – YEAH you can probably blow it up quicker by mouth BUT the moisture from your lungs is VERY VERY bad on sleeping pads.. The pump bag will prolong the life of your pad

5.) Same materials as my REI and other name brand pads! This should last!!

6.) Durable – I took this out this weekend and had no issues.. It stayed aired up.. It seems to be well made.. And quality is great.. I wouldn’t worry about the durability of this pad (If it ends up failing, I will update my review)

7.) Quite Pad – Ever had a noisy pad that wakes up the entire campsite? DON’T BE THAT GUY!!! This pad is quite

8.) Includes Pillow

9.) Easy to inflate by mouth or pump bag (Again I Recommend using pump bag

10.) Pump bag works on my thermarest pads!!

11.) Includes one way valve for inflating PLUS a quick deflate by opening the valve the rest of the way up!

12.) Wonderful VALUE – My REI pad is over $100! Most of my other pads are to.. This pad is a GREAT VALUE

Cons

1.) No advertised R-Value – Meaning I really don’t know how warm it will be.. Again, it was fine in the 30’s.. I have reached out to Acrato to see if there is an R-Value for this pad

Overall – Simply amazing for the price!! I highly recommend it

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Outdoors Portable Lightweight Single & Double Camping Hammocks with Stretch Resistant Parachute Nylon Ropes and Steel Carabiners for Backpacking, Travel, Beach, Hiking, Yard

Background: I love hammocks an own all the major and popular brands (ENO, Grand Trunk, Bear Butt, Chill Gorilla, Kammok, and others).. I only recommend hammocks and gear that WILL NOT FAIL YOU while being used outdoors!! I have had gear fail on the AT (Appalachian Trail) and it is not fun so all gear I recommend will last!

Short Review: Awesome and WELL BUILT hammock that includes straps! The straps that are included are similar to the Grand Trunk Tree Slings!! Basically its a “Hybrid” rope/strap combo that still protects the trees and allows easy hanging!! The materials of this hammock are the same of the big boys so the hammock should last for a very long time! It is a very comfortable hammock!!

Pros
1.) Includes Straps – Straps not only make it easy to hang the hammock but they also make hammocks safer for the user and for the trees! Keep in mind, a lot of campsites now require some sort of “Tree” strap and the included straps with this hammock will work out fine!!

2.) Holds OVER 400 pounds!

3.) Awesome HIGH QUALITY materials!!

4.) Straps fit inside stuff sack with hammock!

5.) Durable Carabineers

6.) Easy to hang

7.) WONDERFUL PRICE!!!

Overall: I highly recommend this hammock! its a great deal and a great way to save money VS some of the others on the market.. Don’t get me wrong! I love ENO hammocks and love the expensive hammocks BUT not everyone can afford them.. This hammock by PolarBear will give you a hammock that is JUST AS WELL MADE for a much lower cost!! I highly recommend it

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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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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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