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

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!

GOAL ZERO NOMAD 100 Solar Panel

I really enjoy this panel! Very durable and wonderful output

Example: One day I was cleaning my panel inside.. I noticed the “power light” was on.. I measured it’s output and I was receiving 13 Watts inside my apartment from the sun shining through the windows! Outside on a good day I average about 45 – 50watts and it has peaked at 62 Watts.

Tips: Remember, a 100watt solar panel will probably never hit 100watts! Atmosphere, weather conditions, time of day, and even the length of your cord all affect the output of a panel.. a good panel, you can expect about 50% of it’s output on average.

Pros
1.) Durable!
2.) Works well with Goal Zero Yetis
3.) Excellent Output
4.) Long cable (about 6ft)
5.) Extension Cables available (keep in mind, the Goal Zero brand cables lose about 1% output per ft)

Cons
1.) Price – However, I own several 80 – 100 Watt panels and the Goal Zero is built better than any of them! Plus, it is full of technology and great American support.. A lot of my other panels have Chinese support and while there is nothing wrong with that, I simply can’t pick up a phone and call.. With Goal Zero you can

Overall: Great Panel, I highly recommend it

Tips
1.) This is designed to charge battery generators or other power packs.. Works much better if you do! I can charge my Yeti 150 fully in about 4 hours with this

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

Skullcandy Barricade Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon Review

Short Review: Excellent, Rugged, and AMAZING speaker that doubles as a power bank! 100% waterproof. Amazing Sound! Great price! I purchased this after owning the mini which is also awesome, but what are the differences?

1.) This one is waterproof, the mini barricade isn’t. It’s only water resistant
2.) This one has a 10watt speaker meaning louder and deeper bass and better sound quality overall
3.) The mini does NOT double as a power bank, this one does
4.) The mini does not have a microphone, but this one does

Both are very well built and durable. My mini goes backpacking with me and places when I don’t have as much space

Pros
1.) Waterproof: IPX7 meaning it can be dropped in water less than 3 FT deep for a Max of 30 minutes. So this is 100% waterproof!
2.) Battery Bank: Doubles as a battery bank so if your hiking or camping this can charge your GoPro or phone! A phone might drain most of the speakers battery but it’s a good feature
3.) Easy to Pair
4.) Best sounding speaker for this price! This puts to Shane even $100+ speakers
5.) 10 Watts meaning plenty of sound and bass
6.) Skullcandy Quality and Support which is awesome! Anytime I have had issues, I just send them the speaker or headphones (whatever failed) and they just give me a full value gift card for their site! You can opt for an exchange but I just opt for the gift card.. I have only needed this option twice and both times where on headphones older than 4 years old so yeah their warranty rocks (keep in mind, Bluetooth devices do have a shorter warranty)

Overall! Simply awesome speaker!

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

Chill Gorilla Defender 11′ Bug Net. Compact, Lightweight. Fits ALL Camping Hammocks. [Essential Camping and Survival Gear]

Short Review:  Those that follow my reviews, or those that are shopping for hammocks and hammock gear may have seen my reviews.. I have 5 brands I REALLY LOVE!! Chill Gorilla, Bear Butt, ENO, Kammok, and Grand Trunk (Although I am not really into Grand Trunk as much as I used to be).  Anyways, with that being said they are all GREAT BRANDS but all have something that stand them apart.. Chill Gorillas difference is their size!!  This big net is not only LONGER than ENO and Bear Butt, but it is also much roomier giving you plenty of space inside the net..  The vertical zipper is actually MUCH easier to use, and the materials of the Chill Gorilla seem to be just as good, if not better than ENO!!

Pros
1.) LONG –  I have longer hammocks that don’t fit as well in ENO and Bear Butt bug nets due to their length.. This net is at least a foot longer than most making it fit better around long hammocks..  Please note, it fits just as well around the shorter hammocks such as ENO as it does long!

2.) Vertical Zipper – The Vertical zipper is actually very nice.. I took my hammock out this weekend to and tried out the bug net and found it much easier to get into the hammock with the vertical zipper.. BUT THE BEST PART, its much easier to ZIP and CLOSE the bug net..  Those that hammock camp know it takes a few minutes to get situated in your hammock..  It then sucks when you realize you have to uncover and reach to the FOOT of the hammock to grab the zipper of the bug net and close it.. Not with the vertical zipper!!  It’s actually very genius!

3.) Great Quality – Built just as good, if not better than ENO.. Quality is GREAT

4.) Easy to Pack

5.) Fits MOST hammocks – Should fit short hammocks just fine.. I checked it with Bear Butt, ENO, and Kammok and had no issues with fit.. It fits and worked wonderfully well.. Being longer, it also fits longer hammocks GREAT such as the longer Chill Gorilla Hammocks!!  I am sure Chill Gorilla would rather you use this with their branded hammocks but just know, it will work fine with ENO and other brands!! (WINK WINK, I do recommend Chill Gorilla Hammocks a lot though, especially if you need a budget hammock that is GREAT quality)

6.) Net closes NICE and tightly around your straps keeping bugs out!

7.) Backpacker Friendly – Even though the net is a little larger than most, it weighs nearly the same as other brands if not lighter!!  Very friendly for backpacking

8.) Includes Paracord for setup! YES PARACORD!! not that cheap NYLON junk other brands include

Overall: Excellent bug net!! I recommend this to ANYONE

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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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Sharpal Sharpener 5-in-1


Short Review: Amazing Sharpeners at an even better price! Easy to use, easy to hold, and full of features!!! Great for anyone who loves the outdoors or great for anyone who needs a small emergency sharpener in their car!

Pros
1.) Very EASY to use – This style sharpener is much easier to use than a stone.. No skill required!! Just keep in mind that this CAN AND WILL cut a new blade if you sharpen to hard with it!

2.) Great EMERGENCY Features! – The built in line and cord cutter can even be used to cut a seat belt!! Like I said, this would work great as an emergency sharpener for a car!

3.) Easy to hold and grip

4.) Compass works GREAT

5.) Outstanding QUALITY!!

6.) VERY EASY to get a razor sharp blade!!

Tips

1.) Skim the instructions! Even though it is easy to use, you should still look over the instructions for best results!

Overall: Makes a GREAT GIFT and the sharpener overall works very well! I have been VERY VERY impressed with the attention to detail that Sharpal puts into their sharpeners!! They are built to last! Built to be easy to use! And very well thought out!

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