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TETON Sports Deer Hunter Review

It's not as rugged as it looks in photos, but we still really like this bag and feel it is a good buy
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Price:  $90 List | $92.78 at Amazon
Pros:  Large, warm, lots of extra features, catchy look
Cons:  Synthetic flannel liner, doesn't have a full-length zipper
Manufacturer:   TETON Sports
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 14, 2020
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RANKED
#6 of 12
  • Warmth - 35% 8
  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Features - 25% 7
  • Packed Size - 10% 3

Our Verdict

The TETON Sports Deer Hunter is an over-sized new take on the old school rectangular, canvas sleeping bag. Measuring in at a whopping 90 X 39, this bag dons a catchy tan canvas exterior and a deep red and black, brushed 100% poly-flannel liner. A sizable, cinchable hood gives this bag makes a nice fashion statement but also goes a long way to keep you warm on a chilly night. This take on the past is a great bag for tent or RV camping. It rolls up full-width, giving it a bedroll look that you'd expect to see on the back of a cowboy's horse. We love this bag, but it's not the heavyweight it appears to be in its online glamour shots.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

We were very excited to unpack this bag the minute it arrived on our porch. It has a unique design and color scheme. The Brawny Paper Towel guy would certainly like this bag. We loved it as well, after we reconsidered its place in the world of rugged canvas sleeping bags. Although well-made, warm, and full of features, we soon found that the Deer Hunter is more of a basic camping bag with a bit of an edge. It doesn't directly compare to more expensive, heavier, more rugged, flannel/canvas sleeping bags.

Performance Comparison


The Deer Hunter offers ample SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber insulation that keeps you warm when temps start to take a turn for the worst.
The Deer Hunter offers ample SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber insulation that keeps you warm when temps start to take a turn for the worst.

Warmth


Combined with some extra clothing, like long underwear and a beanie, the Deer Hunter does an adequate job at living up to its 0-degree F warmth rating. We stayed warm during 20-degree F evenings, and certainly feel this bag could fend off colder temps. The bag's generous, cinchable hood is amazing at trapping heat around the head. Its interior liner is brushed poly-flannel, instead of pure cotton flannel, making it silkier but more prone to cold spots. Cotton simply does a better job of maintaining even warmth, most noticeable when you move around at night and find the cold spots in your sleeping bag.

A fully cinchable hood and insulated shoulder baffle help to ensure this bag performs as closely to its 0-degree rating as possible. Features like these are becoming more rare in the world of traditional sleeping bags.
A fully cinchable hood and insulated shoulder baffle help to ensure this bag performs as closely to its 0-degree rating as possible. Features like these are becoming more rare in the world of traditional sleeping bags.

True to form with most TETON Sports bags, the Deer Hunter has a generous adjustable shoulder baffle that goes the extra mile preventing heat from escaping from the bag's large opening. In short, this bag looks a little warmer than it actually is. We've slept in plenty of old-school canvas bags during past years of testing, and there are several 0-degree F bags that were warmer than the Deer Hunter. That said, this bag is still a very solid choice for basic camping and would be well-suited for the majority of consumers.

We didn't like that the Deer Hunter's zipper stops short. Instead of rounding the foot box  the zipper only runs the side length of this bag. We found the bottom stitching allows just enough air in to chill our toes from time to time  depending on the temps.
We didn't like that the Deer Hunter's zipper stops short. Instead of rounding the foot box, the zipper only runs the side length of this bag. We found the bottom stitching allows just enough air in to chill our toes from time to time, depending on the temps.

We don't like this bag's zipper. It only runs along the side of the bag. It doesn't continue along the foot box, leaving the bag with a stitched seam along the bottom. This seam is well-secured but not well insulated. The simple gathered and stitched fabric allows air to penetrate, giving us cold toes during colder nights. Wear your socks to bed, which is a good idea anyhow to maintain the cleanliness of the bag.

An over-stuffed design and hearty polyester canvas and flannel give this bag enough fluff that you could almost sleep right on the dock without a sleeping pad.
An over-stuffed design and hearty polyester canvas and flannel give this bag enough fluff that you could almost sleep right on the dock without a sleeping pad.

Comfort


Although it doesn't compare to the richness of pure cotton flannel, we must admit the Deer Hunter's synthetic brushed poly flannel liner does have its own pleasing feel. It's soft and silky and doesn't feel like polyester. The manufacturer uses this liner in many of its bags and we've always enjoyed its pleasing properties. Additionally, this bag is 39 inches wide and 90 inches long, making it one of the largest and most spacious bags tested.

It's not cotton flannel  but the Deer Hunter's brushed polyester-based flannel liner is very pleasant in its own right. We found it comfortable and pleasing against the skin  but a little more prone to cold spots.
It's not cotton flannel, but the Deer Hunter's brushed polyester-based flannel liner is very pleasant in its own right. We found it comfortable and pleasing against the skin, but a little more prone to cold spots.

Overall, the Deer Hunter does a splendid job of swallowing a sleeper whole and cradling them in pleasant fabrics and thick insulation. We did have one disappointment. This bag appears thick and heavy, but it's not. We were hoping for more weight. Most traditional canvas bags are heavier, allowing the top layer to press down on you during the night, naturally folding around your body and tucking you in. We didn't feel that with the Deer Hunter.

Teton Sports is well-known for incorporating more unique features in their bags than most manufacturers. These features add function and value the Deer Hunter.
Teton Sports is well-known for incorporating more unique features in their bags than most manufacturers. These features add function and value the Deer Hunter.

Feartures


The Deer Hunter has unique extras that many manufacturers have simply stopped offering. Rarely do traditional rectangle bags offer fully insulated shoulder baffles, padded hoods, interior storage pockets, or a Velcro zipper closers. The Deer Hunter offers all of them and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Not many rectangular sleeping bags have a hood  but this one does.
Checking for water absorption readiness. The polyester external fabric won't soak up as much water as a cotton bag will.
Three buckles replace the need for a stuff sack. Just roll it up and buckle it.

There were a few things we didn't like about the Deer Hunter's features. At the top of our list is the need to hand-wash and air dry. Washing an item of this size by hand will certainly be a bit of a chore; however, it is common for this type of sleeping bag. Additionally, we don't like that the Deer Hunter doesn't fully unzip at the bottom of the bag, which prevents it from being a picnic blanket or being zipped together with another Deer Hunter to make a double bag. Lastly, we were a little disappointed that the bag's liner and canvas exterior appear to be polyester-based. This results in a less dense bag that has a less comfortable feel. However, one positive of this type of material is it's more water-resistant than 100-percent cotton canvas.

The Deer Hunter rolls up large  but it's still relatively light and easy to transport.
The Deer Hunter rolls up large, but it's still relatively light and easy to transport.

Packed Size


When fully stowed, the Deer Hunter is quite large, but still relatively easy to carry from car to camp. It rolls up full-width and is held in place by three buckles, making it super easy to pack up, but maybe not so easy to store if you're tight on space. Overall, we feel what the Deer Hunter offers is worth the trade-off in packed size. Note that this sleeping bag does not have a stuff sack, which means you might not want to just roll it up and store it in your garage or attic without slipping it inside a large garbage bag first.

The Deer Hunter rolls up easily and stows into place with three nylon straps and plastic clips.
The Deer Hunter rolls up easily and stows into place with three nylon straps and plastic clips.

Value


Overall, we really love the Deer Hunter for its style, features, and function. It's perfectly priced for a bag that offers its level of exceptional warmth and comfort. If you're looking for a really good, all-purpose sleeping bag that won't break the bank, this is a very legitimate choice to consider.

Conclusion


The TETON Sports Deer Hunter is more trendy and stylish than it is rugged and brawny. It's online marketing photos present a bag that is thick, dense, and heavy, when in reality its made of primarily synthetic fabrics and is fairly light for its size, not to mention a little less hardwearing than we initially thought. The Deer Hunter is still well-made and fun to use. In fact, it competes very well against most of the bags on our list. It's just not as heavy-duty as we thought it was going to be. All said, this bag is ideal for traditional car camping or RV traveling. It should perform well and outlast several years of use with proper care.

The Deer Hunter is a great companion to most camping adventures. It kept us warm and comfortable and is a better-than-average value.
The Deer Hunter is a great companion to most camping adventures. It kept us warm and comfortable and is a better-than-average value.


Jason Wanlass