Heaven exists and its hanging in a Hammock

Hello everyone. I would like to tell you about my most relaxing piece of gear. It is of course my double nesting 450lb PARACHUTE HAMMOCK. I absolutely love this thing. There are at least 2 in my car basically all the time. As well as a few others waiting to be used. I have to tell you there is nothing more comfortable and relaxing then swinging in a hammock. It’s amazing what happens the moment you get in, your body and mind just slow down. You can just look at the sky and listen to the different sounds of nature for hours. I have so many different memories in these things that it’s hard to pick one to talk about. Here is one that really sticks

When we get together for a any kind of family function there are anywhere between 28-36 people. That’s either 12-14 Adults and 16-22 Nieces and Nephews. Back to the story, we were all together having a BBQ and I decided to relax. I went to the Xterra and grabbed my hammock. It was a damn good thing I had about 4 others in there as well because everyone wanted one. No joke I was worried there would be complete anarchy when I said I only had 5. We tied 3 off to the roof of the Xterra and then to some near by trees and the other 2 where just hung between trees. We set up a timer and started taking turns in them. Imagine if you will seeing 14 adults having to take turns like little kids just for a few minutes of relaxation. And getting told by a group of children under 16 that there turn was over. Best part they actually had to listen to their kids. So here we are 5 hammocks hung up and an whole mess of people playing what essentially came down to musical chairs with hammocks. I will say though that was a hell of a time that I will not forget anytime soon. I also learned on that day that even adults hate sharing.

Now that our trip down memory lane is over, I have to say that I have used my hammock in every situation from backpacking on the hunt, to relaxing on my lunch break at work. They are so versatile and I would dare say an essential piece of gear. (You guys may think I am lying about the work part but notice the pictures below.)

It’s incredible to think that in just a few seconds you can have everything you need for a night of rest or a few hours of relaxation in such a such a tiny package. Here are the specs on the hammocks:

Made form 100% 210T Breathable Nylon.

Packs away into a 6″ by 8″ Permanently attached stuff sack.

8′ long by 6′ wide when fully deployed.

Weighs in at less than 1 pound. And has a 450lb weight capacity. (That’s a good thing for a big guy like me)

This 2 person Parachute Hammock is designed for outdoor recreation enthusiasts and adventurers who like to travel light and want a comfortable place to sleep and relax. Small enough for a backpack or large pocket, yet large enough for you and you better half to relax comfortably, It is the ultimate in lightweight, portable comfort. Quick Drying, easy to hang, and even easier to use, this hammock makes anywhere as comfortable as home.

Did I forget to mention you can pick one up for yourself in the Crucible Outdoors store. Click here to check them out.




Viair OBA System

Viair Heavy Duty On Board Air System

Hello From Crucible Outdoors,

Let’s talk about the VIAIR HEAVY DUTY ON BOARD AIR SYSTEM pt# -10005. I installed my Viair system in the Xterra for several reasons: airing down and up on the trail, air tools, as well for future use with air lockers. This thing is awesome it has helped me out in a few situations. For example I was headed out to my friends bachelor party, about 30 min into the drive, Pop!  a tire gave up on holding air. No big deal right? Unless the spare is flat as well, and wouldn’t you know it that is exactly what I was facing. It’s 11:30 at night and I’m sitting off to the side of the freeway trying to solve my predicament. About the time I start getting my tools out to start fixing the problem, a Highway patrol car pulls up to check in on me. I don’t know if they do that all over the country but here in Utah they do. I start talking with the officer and removing my spare tire, He was the first one to notice it was flat. Being a nice guy he started trying to figure out a way to help me get off the road and into the next town. I grabbed the air hose and chuck, plugged it in to the tank, and started going to work. I am not joking but that officer walked back over to me and chuckled, tapped me on the shoulder and said “Man what else do you have in this thing?” Naturally I had to get the air wrench out just to show off a bit more. It wasn’t 5 min later and the Officer came back over and told me he had called off the incident management truck. Telling them I was more equipped to handle the problem than they were.

We have used mine on multiple trail runs in Moab, UT as well as just in the city helping people out. There was one time I was at a gas station and overheard a women asking the attendant if they had a portable air tank or anything to take across the street to her car. Their recommendation was to go buy a new tire and take that over instead. I walked up and volunteered to drive over and fill it up, ended up pulling the nail out and putting a plug to fix the tire. She was incredibly thankful and offered to pay me for my time. To tell you the truth I was just excited to use my compressor. Having this and some of the other things that are on an in my Xterra have really made me actively look for opportunities to help others on the road and I honestly enjoy doing it.

Here are the specs from the Viair website:

VIAIR’s Heavy Duty Onboard Air System is a pre-packaged compressed air solution that provides a faster 33% duty cycle 400C compressor, 2.5 gallon air tank, and all components needed to install a working system capable of inflating tires right out of the box.

– 2.5 Gallon VIAIR Air Tank
– 400C VIAIR Compressor
– 35ft. Coil Hose with Tire Chuck
– 1/4” Quick Connect Stud (F)
– 1/4” Quick Connect Coupler (F)
– Dash Panel Gauge with ON/OFF Switch
– Pressure Switch with Relay (110 PSI on, 145 PSI off)
– Reducer: 1/8” (F) to 1/4” (M)
– 1/4” 175 PSI Safety Valve
– 1/4” Drain Cock
– (3) 1/4” Compression Fittings
– 20ft. 12-Gauge Wire with Inline Fuse Holder
– 4” Strip of Continuous Grommet Material
– Accessory Airline
– Electrical Connections


– 12-Volt
– Permanent Magnetic Motor
– Duty Cycle: 33% @ 100 PSI
– Max. Working Pressure: 150 PSI
– Max. Amp Draw: 28 Amps
– Ingress Protection Rating: IP67

I love having mine in the rig ready to go for just about anything. However these suckers draw a ton of power. Due to this you absolutely need to have your vehicle running when in use otherwise you will be facing a different issue.

Read more about this system on Amazon here.

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator.

Hell everyone,

Lets talk for a little bit about another piece of equipment we take out on every trip with us. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator. I absolutely love this damn thing, I have used it for just about everything from charging the GPS and cameras to charging the laptop for movie night in the mountains. I can not believe just how much this little guy can do, let me tell you about one trip in particular. Me and some friends went out for a four day trip and everyone ended up needing to use the Yeti at some point, we got to our location and started setting up, my one friend needed to blow up 3 air mattresses for his family, well he pulls out his little battery operated air pump and guess what the batteries were dead. He could have sat there and blown them all up by mouth although it would have been hilarious to sit there and watch him the whole time I decided to walk over with the Yeti and a plug in air pump, job was done in a couple minutes saving us all from hearing about it for the rest of the trip. OK that job was done and it was time to hang out and relax what better way then a movie, after stealing my Yeti back I set it up on a tree stump and plugged in the projector. Once everyone started noticing what was going on at my campsite everyone grabbed their dinners and migrated over, I knew we had about 12 people in our little group but some how we ended up with about 30 people at our campsite. Picture this your driving down a mountain trail looking for a camp site and you notice someone has a movie screen on the side of there tent, it was basically a 8ft wide by 7ft tall screen watching Captain America in the middle of the Uintah Mountains wouldn’t you stop in as well? So in one day we filled up 3 air mattresses, Charged who knows how many cell phones, ran a 2 hr movie and still had enough juice to run the lights in the tent when it was bed time. The best part the next morning I set the solar panel out on the hood of the Xterra and went about our day, come that night the Yeti was charged back up and we started the whole thing over again. I bought mine in a package deal that came with a boulder 15w Solar panel. I cant remember the price when I bought mine but the current deal is the Yeti generator and a Nomad 20w solar panel for $387.99. I know that is pricey but think about it you can run an entire campsite with this think and it charges up for free by the sun.

If you are ready to get one of these for your self here is a link. http://amzn.to/2p5FZNL

Ok know that you have heard a first hand account for how amazing the Yeti is here is what the Goal Zero website has to say about it.

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator A plug-and-play, silent, fume-free generator for short outages, garages, events, or wherever you need portable power. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator is a gas-free source of portable power to keep lights, phones and laptops powered on through any situation. (It has a 5 star review as well)


Battery Capacity:150Wh,14Ah(12V). Ideal for: Lights, Phone, Tablet, Laptop, DLSR Camera. Solar Capacity: 20W (18-22V). Recharge: AC,12v,Solar. Weight: 14.5lbs (6.5kg).

Video Review Here.