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 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

Bear Butt Rain Fly Better Alternative Than ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters)



First, to truly review this I must tell a story!! I now own two of these and love them!

Short Review: Performs GREAT, easy to setup, and includes everything you need!! I have used it ONCE so far as an emergency shelter during a hike and it performed better than almost any tarp I own (See short story below)

Short Story: Earlier this month I went on a hike, short hike, but hike!! It was a nice and sunny day.. My GF said, “Hey we forgot rain jackets lets take this umbrella”. I was like “Umbrellas are for pansies hiking, plus it’s sunny”.. The hike was short but ALL UP HILL!! At the top of the mountain (End of the hike before we turned around) my GF was like “LOOK AT THE FOG! IT’s SO BEAUTIFUL”.. I was like “Thats why they call this the Smoky Mountains” (Keep in mind, this was a few days after the Gatlinburg Fires so it could have been real smoke).. It wasn’t!! I put my Scouting background to use and was like “CRAP THIS IS A STORM coming over the mountain and its moving FAST” (Again we were high up so it was the CLOUD not fog!!).. She said “You will be single after this hike I told you to bring the umbrella”.. Pancaking to save my relationship, I remember I told my GF to carry the “Bear Butt” bag! We always carry it hiking because hammocks are the BEST way to relax and the bear butt hammock is big enough for the two of us!! I use the bear butt branded backpack with the hammock and straps and just leave it in my trunk! I always have it.. BUT I remembered just tossed this fly in the bag to keep it all together!! Quickly putting it up, it saved us and about 6 strangers from a downpour!! It saved my relationship and performed very well!! All of us remained dry while other hikers looked like they had been swimming..

Pros
1.) Includes EVERYTHING you need – This is a MAJOR PLUS!! If it didn’t include the rope and stakes, it wouldn’t have saved me from the downpour! Plus I hate buying budget gear only to find out I have to spend $20+ on the other items I need to use it! NOT WITH THIS, it includes everything!

2.) Large enough to cover a hammock plus gear and even a chair!! But if you set it up as a tarp it can protect 5 – 6 people comfortably! And more crammed like sardines!

3.) VERY Waterproof! This is another must for a rain fly!

4.) DURABLE – Reinforced tie spots! NOT EVEN ENO HAS THESE!!! Quality is excellent!!

5.) Tons of colors available – Match your hammocks, biners and even straps!!

6.) Packs Small!! – Smaller than a BEAR BUTT HAMMOCK

7.) Setup in under 1 minute!!

8.) Wonderful PRICE

9.) Taped Seams

Cons
1.) Dirty looks from other hikers when they found out the couldn’t fit under it because I already had around 6 strangers!!

Overall: Great brand and great quality gear!! Wonderful price! I highly recommend this tarp PLUS any bear butt product!!


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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!!