JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Today my Gear Shade showed up at my door, I couldn't wait to open it! First, impression...it was much heavier, and thicker than I thought it would be, and the pockets are cool! I am very happy with the quality.
Riveted holes in the mesh top, with some small bungees make the install a snap. It's very intuitive so anyone can do it. All you do is lay it out, and bungee it down...done.
The front of the top does connect with a small caribiner and some straps, but those are as easy as the bungees, so don't sweat it.
Ok...I Finally decided to try a mesh sunshade! Man I'm glad I did too! What the heck was I waiting for?? This thing is outstanding! Ok, ok, I'm getting a head of myself just a bit. Let me tell you about my experience...
When I decided to go for it, I looked at every option I could find I really wanted to find a good one. One for me obviously, two to connect you guys with a great product.
Believe it or not...most of companies wouldn't even respond to me or my questions. Well, that right there disqualified most of them. I mean if I can't even get an easy response or a simple answer to an easy question, how can I expect any kind of customer service if needed, right?
I narrowed it down and decided to go with Gear Shade. Two main reasons...one, the guy I spoke to was a really nice guy. At least through my experience with him. I not sure if he was the owner or what, but he was good. Two, for $110 bucks, the Gear Shade top seemed like The best bang for the buck. Not touching it yet, I only had pictures to go off of. They even took the time to see on some pockets, which told me they wanted to put out a product to be proud of.
The Gear Shade mesh top is a must if you own a Jeep. Small enough to leave in the Jeep, and easy enough to install in minutes. I only wish I would of had one a couple weeks ago when my top was off and at home, and I literally got sun poisoning for being stuck on the road with no protection. This thing could of saved me!
Great price, great quality, great protection. There's even a 5 year warranty on the sun shade. Check them out!
Order one up at www.gearshade.com
Sometimes I sit back and watch some Jeep expedition from some awesome trail somewhere and realize...I SUCK!!! I am committing right now in front of the world, to live more freely, to find more adventure, to take on the day as if were my last! Now...who's with me??!!!
Josh...these AEV videos get me every time!
I am an "expedition" guy all the way, one of the reasons I love AEV. I think they are at the top of the food chain when it comes to conversion companies. Every product I have checked out of theirs up to this point have been fabricated to excellence. This front bumper is no different...
• Auxillary light mounts
• 2 stage paint process
• Factory fog light mounts
• Polyester textured black powdercoat finish
• Decorative stainless steel mesh
• Reinforced flat area on underside for hi-lift jack
• Airbag crush cans
• 1/2" steel, chassis-mounted tow points
• Optional Winch Mount
• Max approach angle fits 37" tires with no rubbing
• Optional Skid Plate
• Fits most low mount planetary winches
up to 9,500lbs
All that sweetness does come at a price however. Quality isn't cheap. The MSRP on this thing is $1269 bucks, and worth every penny if you're looking to move towards that "best of the best" category.
To get more information on AEV products:
Check out this easy how-to video from AEV. Now, that we all know how to install them...let's get to purchasing...YESSS!!
Recently, a friend and I decided we needed to get ourselves a couple home defense shotguns. We did some homework, and narrowed it down to three. Mossberg 500, Benelli Nova Pump, and the Remington 870 Express Tactical.
When I left the house I was sold on the the Mossberg, sweet gun, decent price, and a good reputation. That sounds like the perfect combination to me!
Then we decided to check out what Benelli had to offer at an entry level pump shot gun. Their Nova Pump felt really nice. There was a small bump in price, but if it's right... It's right.
At the end of the day however, I just couldn't walk away from deciding on the Good old American Classic... Remington 870 Express Tactical. All three were great shotgun choices, and for the money, there wasn't a bad choice in the batch. Today however...Remington wins. There is just something about it and what it represents throughout American history. It was just to...Red, White and Blue to walk away from that day. I was sold!
The bigger point here is this...
We are living in a crazy time these days here in America. Still, by far the best place to be, but we have an ever growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, eliminating our true middle class. (the middle class is what made this country so great, thats another long story though). So, on one side we have a government trying as quickly as they can to disarm American citizens. On the other side we have criminals arming up, being bolder, and taking things to a whole new level. Where does that leave the the rest of us honest, hardworking, family orientated folks that believe in doing what's right? In a word...SCREWED!!
All I can tell you is what Ibelieve on this subject, and that is this...
NEVER OUTSOURCE YOUR FAMILIES SECURITY! Be prepared, be responsible, and of course never do something like purchase a firearm without being 100% comfortable with it. (Safety and use classes are great for this part).
The Jeep Life can be a very contagious one. It's very addicting, but...we wouldn't want it any other right? I mean think about the time you got your first Jeep. It wasn't just a car, or a way to get around, it represented freedom, and expression of our individuality. Think about all the little (or big) things you did to make it your own.
Meet Phil Triano. He's a 17 year old high school student with a passion for Jeep and has come up with a creative way to express that passion with the Jeep community. How?? Grab Handles!
Made from 550 Paracord, tough won't be an issue here. Phil makes each set by hand, so customize your order with any color you want, and he will even whip you up a custom keychain to match. Now, Phil does offer a few different products, and I'm sure he would be open to creatively trying to come up with anything you might want made from paracord, but for me...it was a set of front grab handles.
After opening the package, I was honestly was a bit disappointed that they were the type of handles that mounted using an existing screw up but the sunshade...and then I installed them! That is the perfect place for it to be installed. In fact, not only does the grab handle fit perfectly there, it also gives a custom, "non-off the shelf" look.
So, guys...this Independence Day weekend what better of a way to celebrate than to express yourself with an inexpensive Jeep ad-on, AND support a home grown, Made in the USA, product and young businessman who is representing living the Jeep Life and The American Dream.
You can find Phil Triano on Twitter for orders at @jeephome1