Browning Hawthorne

I don’t know about you, but as the doldrums of winter start to lift, I start dreaming about bowhunting adventures in far-flung, off-the-beaten-path locales. Few things get my blood pumping like glassing up a muley bedded in an alpine basin or calling a screaming bull bowhunting-close.

As I ponder my still-to-come Western adventures, I’m also on alert for exciting new gear that heeds the Western call.

I’ve spent enough nights in a tent with nothing separating my back from the uneven, rocky ground than my sleeping bag to make me cringe. Yuck. Nowadays, I will pack the extra weight to ensure comfort, and the Tundra 4s from Browning Camping is sure to offer comfort in spades.

Available in regular ($120) and long ($150) models, the 4s provides extra warmth thanks to its revolutionary PrimaLoft Silver Insulation. Constructed from ultra-lightweight Ripstop fabric, this small-profile pad was designed to be dependable and packable, and it comes with a stuff sack and repair kit.

Of course, a great sleeping pad is only as good as the bag you place on top of it, and I’m eyeing Browning Camping’s Refuge sleeping bag. The mummy-shaped bag offers comfort and versatility, and it comes in two temperature ratings: 15 degrees Fahrenheit ($100) and -10 degrees Fahrenheit ($130). Center-zip design means the bag can be zipped from the bottom for additional venting, and TechLoft Gold insulation promises warmth. The durable separating zippers are said by Browning to glide smoothly, and the outer fabric is nylon Ripstop.

Lastly, I’m always scanning for a new shelter, and Browning Camping’s Hawthorne tent series caught my eye. Offered in four- ($150) and six-person ($200) models, the tents feature a free-standing two-pole design vwith shock corded fiberglass poles. Entry and exit is sure to be a breeze with the single-zip two-door option, and a full-length waterproof fly and tent floor provide superior weather protection. The side walls offer mesh panels and zippered windows to provide ample air ventilation, and each tent door is covered with an awning for added rain protection.

So if you’re looking to add to your backcountry arsenal, give this trio from Browning Camping a serious look.