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Whether hunting, fishing, or camping, a week in the Wyoming mountains will bring weather challenges.

Last week, our evening campfire session was cut short by a sudden storm. Laying in my warm Grizzly sleeping bag and watching the lightning flash through the Freestander Turbo Tent was exhilarating. The electrical storm had plenty of flash, followed by hail and a pouring rain for the next two hours. The sound of big drops on canvas was both soothing and scintillating.

This was my first storm sleeping in a Turbo Tent, and the experience was very comfortable — and dry! First, the tents go up quickly and can be “popped” by a single person without the worry of losing poles, since the tent comes connected. Inside the tent, we had sturdy cots and the most comfortable sleeping bag I’ve ever encountered: The Grizzly.

Here’s a quick summary of each product:

The author's elk hunting camp consisted of two Turbo Tents that easily handled the Cowboy State's fickle weather.
The author’s elk hunting camp consisted of two Turbo Tents that easily handled the Cowboy State’s fickle weather.

Freestander Turbo Tent by Black Pine Features

  • Color: Beige and Green
  • Lightweight aluminum poles, jointed and connected
  • 150-denier ripstop polyester with Thermoguard lining
  • 210-denier nylon bathtub-style floor
  • Rainfly with front awning
  • Two side windows with zippered storm flaps
  • Zippered pockets for stow-and-go guylines
  • Heavy-duty MAX zippers
  • Electrical power cord inlet
  • Footprint: 10′ x 10′
  • Center height: 7′
  • Wall height: 5′ 6″
  • Wind rating: 60 mph
  • Weight: 32 lbs, including tent, rainfly, stakes, and canvas carrying bag

The full-size comfort of the Grizzly sleeping bag made sleeping cozy and relaxing.
The full-size comfort of the Grizzly sleeping bag made sleeping cozy and relaxing.

Grizzly Sleeping Bag

Mummy-style sleeping bags are a great idea if you were a Pharaoh in your former life and need to sleep a thousand years. If you just want a great night’s sleep, the full-sized Grizzly sleeping bag is ideal. My hunting buddy John and I had each climbed about 2,000 feet at nearly two miles of elevation the first morning of our elk hunt. Returning to camp in early afternoon, we had time for a short nap. The Grizzly sleeping bags quickly got us sleeping and nearly consumed the day. The soft flannel lining and the large space of the bag had me sleeping like a king. Here are the details.

  • Color: Olive with plaid lining
  • Shell: Duck canvas
  • Insulation: Microfiber
  • Flannel lining
  • Double-layer offset quilting
  • Oversized draft tubes and chest baffles
  • Big, heavy-duty MAX double zipper
  • Stuff sack included
  • Machine washable (gentle cycle), hang to dry
  • Length (outer): 90”
  • Width (outer): 40”, shoulder to foot
  • Fill weight: 5 lbs
  • Bag weight: 9.7 lbs

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SOURCEBlack Pine Sports
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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.

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  1. I bought a Coleman 8-man “Instant tent” last year and used it on two different hunts. So nice to be able to get these tents up and down in a heartbeat!

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