Best Mosquito-Beating Hammock

Ultralight Skeeter Beeter Hammock

When the weather turns warmer and flowers start to bud, Spring is here.  And that means Summer is just around the corner.  If you’re looking for a great way to relax in Spring and Summer, we recommend getting a hammock.

When most people think of a hammock, they envision a thick-roped hammock hanging between two palm trees on a beautiful blue beach.  When we think of hammocks, we think of Grand Trunk Goods.  We have considered recommending hammocks from a variety of companies.  But Grand Trunk Goods outshines them all.  The design of their products is superior–and they are especially appealing to the adventure traveler because they are lightweight, durable, and bear a design that takes all your travel needs into consideration: comfort, weight, and economy of space.

We recently tried the Ultralight Skeeter Beeter Hammock.  On first glance, we liked the way it is packaged.  The Ultralight Skeeter Beeter comes in a mesh sack which easily contains the hammock, mosquito netting, and net suspension kit.  It only weighs 20 oz.

This amazingly lightweight hammock can hold up to 250 pounds.  It contains two interior storage pockets which provide a handy corner to store small essentials.  Another cleaver feature?  You can just flip it over and lay on it without mosquito netting as well.  The mosquito netting fastens to two lines that overhang to create a mosquito net canopy.  Then, you can read a book without being draped in mosquito netting.

As we said, Grand Trunk Goods designers think of everything when they design gear.  The Ultralight is also great for backpacking, hiking, and taking anywhere, really.  And don’t forget you can even just use it in your backyard!

Grand Trunk Goods has also recently come out with 9 new, innovative products.  We know many of our readers have inquired to know what we think of them.  We are on a waitlist to test them.  We will let you know our findings as soon as possible.  Thanks for your patience.

Find this great hammock and more at www.grandtrunkgoods.com.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

 

 

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Best Adjustable Kids Sleeping Bag

Big Dipper Jr.

If you have kids, you know that they quickly outgrow their clothes, shoes, and even beds!  But when it comes to camping supplies, we found one product that will last them for years to come: an adjustable sleeping bag.

Kelty makes an adjustable sleeping bag called the Big Dipper Jr.  The Big Dipper Jr. is a sturdy, lightweight sleep sack made of two-layer offset-quilt construction for warmth and durability.

We kid-tested the Girl’s Big Dipper Jr. This sleeping bag provided the cozy warmth and extra insulation. The Big Dipper Jr. has an expandable foot section which lengthens the sleeping bag by 1 foot.  The extra 12″ makes for plenty of years of use.

What kids had to say about the Big Dipper Jr.:  “It is the greatest sleeping bag I have ever tried  in my life!”. ~Sarah, age 5

This sleeping bag makes a great gift for little ones.  It’s sturdy, well-made, and warm.

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very good!

You can find the Big Dipper Jr. and more here at www.Kelty.com.

 

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Get A Great Night’s Sleep Camping With This!

El Diente

Nothing beats a cozy night’s sleep when camping.  Yet when cold weather sets in, not all sleeping bags will provide equal warmth.  When camping in cold weather, we strongly advise taking a down-filled sleeping bag.  Doing so will guarantee a great night’s sleep snuggled in feathery warmth.

We recently tested the El Diente by Mountainsmith.  This great sleeping bag provided optimum coziness and warmth.  El Diente is designed for people as tall as 6′ 4″.  Yet it fits quite compactly into its own sack.  The El Diente also provides mummy-like protection to your head by containing a form-fitting adjustable hood.

When our reviewers tried it, no one wanted to get out of it!  The snuggly warmth of El Diente envelopes you and you feel like you’re in heaven!

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

You can find it here at www.Mountainsmith.com.

 

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A Travel Chair That’s Man-tastic!

Life is a game. Those who play the hardest win the most. The average person, works 40-60 hours a week, makes time for family, carves out a little time to exercise, and oh yeah, rests. Lounging outdoors with family is one of my favorite past times. The rest and relaxation is much more enjoyable since I discovered “Big Bubba” by the Travel Chair company. This is not one of those cheap, flimsy chairs you see at the grocery store for five dollars. This is a heavy duty, very comfortable, man-sized chair. It has a removable head rest, reclining capability, and a trusty cup holder for a cold one. The Travel Chair even has a foot rest. The chair collapses and the carrying case makes for easy transport. When I use it in public, people look at my chair with envy. Some ask about it, but most just have a look on their face that let’s me know that they wish it was theirs.

We work hard, we play hard, so why not relax in style, too? Just be sure to set an alarm so you don’t sleep too long!

~ Keith

You can find the Big Bubba Travel Chair at www.travelchair.com

Rating: 5-Stars! Best!

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Never Get Lost Again!

Bushnell Backtrack 5 Point

Have you ever gotten lost in the woods?  Lost your car?  Lost your campsite?!  We discovered a small and simple GPS device which helps you backtrack your steps.  The Backtrack Point 5 by Bushnell allows you to store five locations so you will never get lost again.  The digital device contains an electronic compass, GPS connectivity, and a mileage indicator to tell you how far you need to go to retrace your steps.  The Backtrack Point 5 functions as an electronic location pointer.  Whether you are going shopping, hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping, it will help you return to the location you left.  We tested it for a variety of uses.  It functions to give basic instruction on finding the direction you need to go and going the right way to get there.  However, the instrument functions best for this specific purpose.  It will not advise you of terrain, obstacles (such as lakes or cliffs), or any geographical specifications.  It does not recommend the best route as a normal GPS does.  However, it would be quite useful for someone who went shopping at the mall and needed to find their car.  It is also useful for hunters to return to their deer stand.

You can find this helpful  product and more at www.Bushnell.com.

Rating: 3 Stars!  Good

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Innovatively Practical Camping Supplies

GSI Outdoors Infinity 4 Person Deluxe Tableset

When camping, the greatest challenge is mastering the task of taking what you need without creating a hodgepodge of stuff.  When you learn how to do this, you achieve the camper’s rite of passage.  We have discovered four products that offer innovatively practical solutions to cooking conundrums while camping.  We have personally tested each of these products.  We highly recommend them.  Here they are:

1. Integrated cooking set and plates.  We recommend the Pinnacle Camper.  The Pinnacle Camper is a gourmet camping pots, pans, and plates integrated system.  The pieces can be used to prepare your food as well as clean up afterward.  The largest container which holds the rest functions as a welded sink.  The set also contains color-coded dishes for four people.  One of the pot lids contains a strainer.  The set also includes a frypan, mugs, and bowls.  The entire set only weighs 3 lbs., 8 oz.  This set brings camping to a new level.

2. Integrated tableware.  If you desire to carry and store your plates, bowls, and cups in one place, we recommend the Infinity 4 Person Deluxe Tableset.  This set contains complete dishware for 4: bowls with lids, insulated mugs, drinking glasses, and regular-sized plates.  Each set is color-coded so you can easily identify which item belongs to which person while camping.  Best of all, the superior materials GSI uses are non-leaching plastic.  The set also comes with a mesh stuff sack.  The sack is ideal for wash n’ go travel.

3. Integrated cooking prep set.  We recommend the Kitchen 23.  GSI Outdoors makes the Kitchen 11 and the Kitchen 23, which both contain cooking prep essentials.  These include a grater, salt and pepper container, liquid containers, cutting board, dish rag, whisk, and measuring cup.  We tried the Kitchen 11, which contains the basics.   We recommend it.  However, we especially recommend the Kitchen 23 because it also contains 4 full-sized cutlery sets.  We once forgot cutlery while in the wilderness.  We had to find innovative ways to stir our coffee and eat cereal, soup, and other items for which we needed a spoon.  The Kitchen 23 is great because it ensures you won’t have to cook like a gourmet but eat like a caveman!

4. Integrated coffee maker.   As any good gourmet knows, great coffee is essential to any gourmet endeavor.  We tested the 50 0z. Java Press. This great portable coffee pot made it possible to make fresh drip coffee while camping.  It is an extremely well-designed product which serves up fresh coffee on the go.  Although GSI Outdoors markets it as portable french press coffee, it functions in design as a drip coffee maker.  Then, all of the components fit compactly inside the thermal coffee container for storage.  The one recommendation we would like to add regarding the use of this product: make sure your water is very hot when you add it, for it takes longer to drip than a regular, electric coffee maker.

The key word here is integrated.  Every great camper knows that you need to find items that pack well and meet your basic needs without burdening you.  We have found that GSI Outdoors makes several innovatively practical camping supplies that will take the chaos out of your camping.  We highly recommend this company and its products.  You can find these and more at www.GSIOutdoors.com.

Rating: 5 Stars Best!

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper Set

GSI Outdoors 50 oz Java Press

GSI Outdoors Kitchen 23

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