Review: Chill Gorilla Pro Tarp

 

Chill Gorilla Pro Tarp

Product Description

The Chill Gorilla Pro Tarp is a hex-style tarp with four perimeter tie-outs and two ridgeline tie-outs. The perimeter is edged and there are metal grommets on each tie-out point. The fabric is polyester with a generous PU coating. The tarp comes complete with guyline, plastic line locks, four aluminum stakes and stuff sacks.

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Overall Impressions and Updates

When I first opened the tarp I was accosted by a strong chemical smell. I had to air out the tarp a few days before I could really get too close to it. When I spoke with the manufacturer, they told me it was related to the PU coating. They pride themselves on their waterproofing process, but they admitted some batches probably get packaged up without airing.

The tarp itself is generously sized: the ridgeline is 142 inches long and the side panels are 54 inches wide each. The tarp held up well to some wet, sticky snow, and with a tight storm pitch, works well at shedding snow as well. This really is a great bargain tarp for new hammock campers. It provides a lot of coverage and room. You could easily stack or V-up two hammocks underneath.

The plastic hardware is usable, but it isn’t my favorite. I find these line locks are tricky to use in the field and provide limited adjustability. For my part, I would remove them and prefer using knots.

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Recommendations and Review

Criteria Rating Notes
Suspension and Anchor System ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The guyline has tracers and is tough and durable for most uses. I’m glad it includes the stakes as well!
Construction and Craftsmanship ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Very good construction with taped seams.
Modularity ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ A hex tarp is one of the best, most versatile designs for hammock camping.
Aesthetics ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Black is a good neutral color, but there aren’t other options.
Price and Value ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This one is hard to pin down because while the MSRP is on par with similar tarps on the market, it is sold discounted nearly everywhere I look.

Available Features/Specifications

Features

  • Hex design
  • 2000 mm hydrostatic head rating
  • PU-coated ripstop polyester
  • Metal grommets and reinforced webbing loops on each tie-out point
  • Guyline and stakes included

Specifications

  • Weight: 26 oz (731 g)
  • Dimensions: 142 × 54 in (361 × 137 cm)

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Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear. I was under no obligation to publish a review of this item.

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