Field Testing The OZTENT Bedding System Product Line
By Dan Wennerlind
On a recent winter elk hunt to the high mountain range of northern Colorado I had a chance to put the OZTENT bedding system to the ultimate test. On this trip we were placed in a drop camp set up high in the rocky mountains for 8 nights with nothing more than our clothes and personal bedding system, along with a 48 quart cooler full of food in a wall tent set up. With temps dropping down into the teens each night along with blowing winds and snow, although we did have a wood stove inside as an external heat source, this was the ultimate test of the new product line.
On this trip I was able to pack in the OZTENT Rivergum Sleeping Bag- with Canvas Outer Shell and Zip Out Fleece Lining (rated for -10 c), along with the Rivergum Self Inflating Mattress. Although I was unable to bring along the extra wide King Goanna Cot, I did have ample opportunity to try that out with the above named bedding system on several occasions prior to the hunt using the cot on a summer camping situation.
On the winter elk hunt, I quickly found that after several long days of hiking in the mountains it was apparent that a well put together sleeping system was going to be imperative to sustain a hard hunt for the full 8 days. The first couple nights I was able to sleep like a baby using the self-inflating mattress and sleeping bag. I found the fleece lining of the bag to be very, very comfortable and slept in my underwear every night and never once got cold, no matter what the temps outside dropped down to. I feel that the sleeping bag itself did an excellent job of keeping me warm throughout the night. I felt the fleece lining made it very comfortable and cozy to sleep in the bag with no rough edges or hard lines found inside the bag. And just as importantly I found that the self-inflating mattress was a necessity to provide a comfortable night sleep each and every night without waking up to any sort of back pain or muscle soreness from sleeping in an awkward position. Together I felt these two items provided much needed comfort and rest that was a must after hunting the mountains day in and day out for a week. It was also imperative that both the bag and mattress roll up into a small efficient packing system, which they do. I also really liked the fact that the fleece lining of the sleeping bag unzipped for easy cleaning after the hunt was over.
Overall after both the winter elk trip and the summer camping trip, I was 100% satisfied with the sleeping set up and found that the oversized King Goanna Cot was a great add on when more gear was applicable for travel. Together all three items made for a most rewarding sleeping situation with fast and easy set up and take down. I would highly recommend this entire sleeping system to any avid outdoorsman.