Chill Gorilla Pro Pocket Blanket. 78” x 56”. Compact, lightweight, waterproof. Big enough for an ELEPHANT yet fits in your pocket. RIPSTOP nylon

Use:  My planned use for this Pocket Blanket is my yearly trip to Disney and the Space Coast area this Holiday Season.  Last year I took a pocket blanket of another brand, used it at the Magic Kingdom and Cocoa Beach, and honestly, it wasn’t big enough! This one is perfect!

Short Review:  This blanket is AMAZING and is the ONLY TRUE pocket blankets that is actually a usable size that I have owned!! I work for an organization that promotes being outdoors so I don’t recommend crap gear. I have had gear fail on me before and it isn’t fun, especially 30 miles into a hike on the Appalachian Trail, your day at the beach, or whatever your planned use is!  This blanket won’t fail! It folds small enough to fit into your pocket (See Attached Photo) but is large enough to fit 3 – 4 maybe even 5 people sitting Indian style or 2 – 3 laying!  The blanket is made from a very unique material, the BEST material I have ever seen on a pocket blanket! The material almost feels like a thin rain fly! This is because this blanket IS WATERPROOF!! WOW!!  ENO, Monkey Mat, and others can’t even say that! This can be used on a wet stadium seat, wet ground, or even tossed over you to protect from the rain in a worst case scenario!

Comparisons:  To help you decide if this is the blanket for you, I have decided to compare it with several other blankets!  You might notice, these AREN’T ALL Pocket Blankets! Why compare then? The Chill Gorilla is a pocket blanket that competes in size with REAL Ground blankets but fits in a pocket. THAT’S WHY!!

1.) Chill Gorilla Blanket: Size is 6.5 FT by 4.6 FT weighs 6.3 ounces and IS WATERPROOF! Fits in Pocket! Price $20

2.) ENO Islander Blanket: Size is 6 FT by 6 FT which honestly isn’t much more space when side by side BUT IT WEIGHS 15 ounces and DOES NOT fit in your pocket. Also it is not waterproof!  Price is around $60. While the islander is a GREAT blanket, it’s too large packed for most of my uses and I find myself not using it often.  I actually end up using the Monkey Mat below but its quality is much lower than Chill Gorilla or this ENO

3.) Monkey Mat (As Seen on Shark Tank): Size 5 FT by 5 FT, Weighs 10.4 Ounces and is not waterproof.  Might fit into your pocket but it will be hard. Also, I am not sure how well the material will hold up as this blanket has the lowest quality of all I own.  Honestly, it just looks like no though went into the design and they are just tossed together. Price is around $25

4.) Kahuna Pocket Blanket (True Pocket Blanket): Size 3 FT by 5.3 FT.  Fits in Pocket but VERY THIN. Not Waterproof and MIGHT fit one person comfortably.  Price is around $20

5.) No Names (True Pocket Blankets):  I own several no name brands and they try to impress with “Packed Size” but don’t fall for it. The blankets themselves really aren’t big enough for one person!  Most are smaller than Kahuna!  If they are large, the material is so thin that I wouldn’t trust them out in the woods like Chill Gorilla!

So WHO Wins out of all these?  I feel that the Chill Gorilla BEATS all the above blankets due to its price and features!  Being the only one on my list that is fully waterproof, being one of the only USUABLE blankets that actually FITS in your pocket, and being the lowest priced!  It is also durable enough to use in the woods!  The others really can’t say that SO CHILL GORILLA WINS!

Pros:

1.) Backpacker Friendly with a WEIGHT UNDER 6.5 Ounces!
2.) Extreme Quality:  This blanket is good quality! I have no worries that the material will fail on me in use!  I can walk on it, lay on it, put it on concrete (Tried with all) and it not harm the blanket. Aside from the ENO above, Chill Gorilla is the only one I would trust to be used in the woods!
3.) Waterproof:  The Chill Gorilla blanket is the only one that is waterproof!  That will make it perfect for using on wet stadium seats, wet benches, wet ground, and even tossed over you to protect you from the rain!  Believe me, the others I listed and others I have tried DO NOT KEEP you dry from the ground
4.) Corner Pockets: Use the blanket upside down and use the Corner Pockets as “Stash” pockets. Using it normally, right side up you can fill the corner pockets with sand and use it to weigh down the blanket or even toss gear in the corners!
5.) NO WASHERS: A lot of pocket blankets I own, especially the no name ones (And Monkey Mat) put washers in the corners! WHY!! That is UNEEDED WEIGHT! I usually end up cutting them out.  Pockets on the corners are PLENTY to weigh the blanket down, most of the time the washers aren’t heavy enough!
6.) Loops for tent stakes!
7.) FINALLY THEY INCLUDE A STICKER: Gear junkies, like myself LOVE Stickers!  Why do you think ENO, Chaco, Patagonia, and all those companies always give free stickers? I place them on my RTIC coolers, my pelican camera cases and everything else! Thank you for the sticker Chill Gorilla!
8.) Easy to Repack
9.) Fits in Pocket
10.) Wonderful Price
11.) Great Company that REALLY does a good job designing their gear to be functional!! Their gear is tested and is built the way it should be! Built with outdoor use in mind!

Overall:  I have found my NEW favorite pocket blanket! The materials this blanket is made of is top notch and this is a VERY WELL designed blanket! I highly recommend it to anyone

 
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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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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!

Chill Gorilla Rain Cover for Hammocks

Short Review: Unfortunately we are in a drought here and it hasn’t rained much this month so I can’t really test it’s waterproofness BUT from the materials to the build quality I feel 100% Safe saying this is 100% waterproof!! I have a big campout planned in two weeks and this IS THE FLY I will be taking! Everything about this fly is simply AMAZING!! It is made of the same PU Coated Nylon Tafetta Ripstop that the ENO Profly is made of BUT IT IS MUCH LARGER AND MUCH less expensive!! This fly even has reinforced corners (The ENO Profly doesn’t).. It also comes with stakes and cord! (ENO comes with cords but no stakes) With that being said, I am a huge fan of ENO products but their Profly left me wanting a lot more for the price.. (I do however like their profly sil but only when I am using my featherlite setup).. This Chill Gorilla rainfly I think MIGHT BE THE ONE I take on my regular campouts!!! This is a very nice rain fly for hammocks.

I even took this to show one of my outdoor friends today at work and he was ALSO very impressed with the size (He is another ENO fan like me but has also been wanting a larger tarp). Needless to say, he will be ordering one of these next paycheck he says! Its a very NICE fly!

Pros
1.) VERY LARGE – Provides PLENTY of coverage.. The ENO Profly was GREAT in the rain but in storms I always got a little damp.. It just wasn’t big enough to stop the blowing winds.. This is MUCH LONGER and wider and I can keep my hammock VERY high in this fly and it goes down much further WAY past the hammock.. It is also MUCH longer than my hammock so I feel safe saying that blowing winds wont be an issue..

2.) Protects from the RAIN & SUN – I use rain flys for more than rain!! I set them up high to block sun on sunny days when I am just relaxing in my hammocks!! This fly is plenty large enough to setup and block the sun!! Being a dark color it will block most of the sun and heat!!! Set it up high enough and you wont feel any heat coming off the fly! I have had plenty of black tarps and they never make me hot in the sun

3.) Reinforced corners – Always an added durability plus!

4.) Includes Stakes – Making this an even better value!!

5.) Lightweight – Weighs only 1.68 pounds.. Being 24% larger than eno this is to be expected but I figured it would weigh even more! The ENO Profly weighs 1.31 pounds.. My Profly SIL only weighs 1 pound BUT it is a much thinner silicon infused nylon and it doesn’t provide nearly as much shade as the material is very thin!! I only use it on featherlite trips.

6.) Excellent Value – being made from the same 210D PU coated nylon as ENO, being LARGER than most other tarps on the market, including stakes, and ALREADY costing less than half of the big boys MAKES this a GREAT choice and excellent value

7.) Awesome LOGO – I still love the amazing Chill Gorilla logo

8.) All packs down in a bag about the size of a football.. So slightly larger than other tarps for hammocks but again, this is a larger tarp!! It still packed into my 85L Osprey with ease along with hammocks, sleeping bags, clothes, food, and other stuff I place in my bag (Already packing for my campout in a few weeks).. Size is not an issue unless you have a small pack BUT if that is the case, you are probably featherlite backpacking anyways

Overall: This is the BEST fly I have used and seen!! It might not be the best on the market but IT IS THE BEST I have used or seen and I have used several from even the large companies!! I own a Profly from ENO and a rain fly from Grand Trunk.. I also own a Kelty Noahs Tarp and a few others.. This Chill Gorilla blows them all out of the water!!