HOKENA LED Road Flares Car Emergency Kit – Roadside Safety Beacon Warning Disc Lights for Vehicles Truck Boat – 3 Pack with Seatbelt Cutter

Short Review: I have never been a fan of regular flares.. they are messy (leave black marks), they can be dangerous, and they aren’t reusable! I saw these and had to give them a try! Yes, some improvements can be made (I’ll mention those below) but overall they are a solid design and a design that has multiple uses! Not just as a flare!

My planned uses include emergency kit in the car BUT I also plan to carry one while hiking, take them camping, and so on! These things are great and will be great for all activities!!

Pros
1.) Battery Powered – They operate on regular batteries so they are easy to change (includes the took to change) but this is also one of the improvements I can suggest.. Ever seen what happens to those batteries in emergency kits that are never used? They corrode! I would suggest maybe future versions use some sort of Lithium Battery that has a longer shelf life and less chance to corrode. But other than that, battery life rocks and this does include the battery! I would just suggest checking them from time to time and maybe running the flare for five or 10 mins to prevent the batteries from potential corrosion.

2.) Wonderful Quality

3.) Not heavy at all, they actually weigh less than real flares.. it’s going to make these great for camping! Or Hiking

4.) Get lost in the Smokies? Well hopefully not but if I do I will have one of these in my pack and one in each pack of folks with me!

5.) Carry case is very nice and will provide great protection in my vehicle

6.) Emergency hammer is a nice plus, howerver, mine didn’t come with any mounting hardware other than a mount.. this is one of my other suggestions for this product.. toss in a few screws to help mount the hammer..

7.) Value – I don’t know what I was expecting for the price, but not anything of this quality! I can actually see the seller getting more for this product.. these are nice

8.) Very bright! LEDs

9.) Each flare includes a hook and magnet so you can hang

10.) Mode includes a memory.. they will power on in the last mode you used. Great when using this as a tent light or something

11.) Includes flashlight mode so you can toss that crappy flashlight in your trunk

12.) Reusable and Environmentally friendly

13.) Rubber outter protection which is needed for any emergency or outdoor use

Feedback (Improvements):

1.) Battery – I suggest maybe using some sort of Lithium battery in future models.. not button cell but like a small CR123 battery or something

2.) Mounting hardware for the hammer

Asside from that, these seem perfect so far! A great idea very well done

CHILL GORILLA 10′ SWALLOWTAIL RAIN FLY TENT TARP Waterproof Camping Shelter. Lightweight RIPSTOP NYLON & Not Cheap Polyester. Stakes Included. Survival Gear. Backpacking Hammock & ENO Accessory. BLUE

Short Review (Summary): Another GREAT Chill Gorilla Product here!!  They have made some GREAT improvements over some of their other tarps and have managed to keep the price down!!  This tarp includes everything you need to get out and about!  Who hates buying new gear only to find out that you have to buy something else to make it work?  I know I DO!!!!  Not with Chill Gorilla!  It includes everything you need to get out and into your hammock!

Pros
1.) Waterproof – Why make a tarp that’s not waterproof?  Exactly BUT some companies make some that aren’t or maybe they just make some that suck.. Not Chill Gorilla, theirs rocks and is fully 100% waterproof!

2.) Curved Edges –  During my test I did find that the curved edges helped keep me cool! Although, it has been cold around here, today we did have a 70 degree sunny day!! The curved edges allowed the breeze to blow keeping me cool while the sun was beating down on top!

3.) Reinforced Corners – These things blow away the competition!!!  Very strong, no worries about them failing!! Can you believe I had a name brand tarp fail! Shame on you ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) your tarp cost over $100 and failed due to weak corners!!

4.) Plenty of tie down points!!

5.) Weighs under 1.5 pounds! Pretty good right?  Great for backpacking!

6.) Packs small!! Smaller than my HydroFlask! (See photos below)

7.) Will work with ANY HAMMOCK.  ENO, Grand Trunk, Yukon, Bear Butt, other brands?  No worries!  This will work with ANY HAMMOCK!!

Overall:  Great tarp and like all Chill Gorilla Products, I highly recommend this!! I only recommend camping gear I use myself and this is that gear!  You never want gear to fail on you while out and about.. I trust Chill Gorilla 100% of the time and know it wont leave me stranded!

Specs

BEAT THE RAIN!
Do you need sound, foul-weather protection? Chill Gorilla’s SWALLOWTAIL FLY sets up fast, packs light, and keeps you dry.
BETTER THAN COMPETITORS
EVOLUTION – Designed better to last longer
DESIGN – Quick easy setup. Reinforced corners. 9 anchor points.
PRECISION MANUFACTURING ensures dependable gear
PRICE – An eagle breaks the bank and gives you less
QUALITY – We’ll take on any competitor in a side by side comparison – Bear Butt, Vigor, Ultimate Survival Technologies, Kelty, W-UpBird, Triwonder, Krazy Outdoors, ENO, Hennessy, Rolling Fox, MaxiCamp, Eagles Nest Outfitters
MULTIPLE USES
Camping Rain Shelter | Shade | Wind Break
Backpack Tent Tarp
Hammock Rain Fly
RAIN FLY PACKAGE (INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED)
1 X RAIN FLY – Chill Gorilla SwallowTail Fly with Reinforced Corners.
6 X 3 Meter Guy Lines
6 X Guy Rope Tensioners
4 X Aluminum 6″ Tent Stakes
9 X Tie Down Points
1 X SMALL STUFF SACK (guy lines, tensioners, and stakes)
1 X STUFF SACK for easy storage and organization. 12 x 4 x 3″
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONSMATERIAL: Polyurethane-treated ripstop nylon
SHAPE: Square with catenary curved edges
REINFORCED CORNERS with 9 tie downs
RAIN FLY WEIGHT: 1.3 lbs.
CENTERLINE: 170″
LENGTH: 10′ WIDTH: 10′

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!!

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

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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