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Weighing in at about two pounds, The North Face built the Gold Kazoo 30-Degree Sleeping Bag to be your go-to bag for light-and-fast summer backpacking trips. Its lightweight down fill provides plenty of insulation your keep body warm during those cool summer nights, and you may even find it will suit your needs for late-spring and early-fall trekking.
  • The 650-fill down insulation retains your body's warmth and provides a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than any synthetic-fill insulation
  • Grey goose down in this bag is purchased from small, family-owned farms that do not live-pluck or force-feed the geese
  • Synthetic anti-compression fill is strategically located in areas where your body typically comes in contact with the ground to create more durable insulating layer and reduce heat loss
  • Vaulted footbed won't constrict your feet and helps promote circulation to your lower extremities
  • Ergonomically shaped hood provides extra comfort, improves the bag's warmth-retention, and reduces its overall weight
  • Trapezoidal-shaped baffle system ensures a consistent fill volume to reduce cold spots
  • Internal draft tube pockets keeps essentials warm and within reach

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5 5

Solid 3 Season Bag

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Only used it twice so far but it got the job done in sub 30 degree temps both times. I wore some silk weight underwear when it dropped below 20 degrees up in the GSM and I had to kick a leg out. When I first saw the bag and held it, I did not think it would get the job done at 30 degrees but I was wrong. Super soft and fit my 6'1'' frame snug, which I like. Less to heat up than a larger bag. Paired it with the Klymit Static V and slept like a baby.

5 5

Packed size

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bag is very soft and warm and packs down smaller than advertised. Using the enclosed compression sack gets the bag to~9"x9"x5" which is pretty small. I'm 6' even, and fit with just a touch of room to spare. Keep it dry, and this is a great bag!

5 5

Glorious, Soft, and Toasty.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'll preface this review by saying that I am a VERY cold sleeper. That being said, I took this bag out over the weekend and was not disappointed. The first night the low was 33 and I was a bit chilly, but by no means uncomfortable. The second night the low was 40 and I was nice and toasty! The bag is super soft and high quality. Great bag for the price, I would definitly recommend!

5 5

crazy good price for light down bag

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

purchased this for my bf who will be hiking the AT nobo this year. based on our research, best price for lightest lightweight down bag we could find. silky smooth material and it fluffs up nice when left to air out. love the fact that the geese are not live-plucked. cheery color to get you up and moving in the am :) bf purchased a waterproof compression sack for this bag, as the supplied compression sack isn't clearly marked as such.

considering getting one for myself...

I'm about 6'1". Will the regular be too...

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I'm about 6'1". Will the regular be too small for me or should I go for the large?

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So basically we are deciding between two different kinds of comfort here. Being 6'1" this Regular sized bag is going to be a little too small for you and you are going to be a little cramped inside. Going with the Long size its going to be a little big for you and its going to take longer to heat up all the extra air inside the bag, especially down in the footbox. Now, unless you like being wrapped really tight and with your knees bent when you sleep I am going to suggest going with the Long and on those really cold nights kick your pants off inside the bag and stuff them down by your feet to take up the extra room so you can warm your bag up faster.

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couldn't agree more. the trade off of cooler feet (shove pants in the footbox and put on socks) vs. cramped positions and poor night ssleep is no contest.

I love comfortable warm bag. I read the...

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I love comfortable warm bag. I read the reviews and realize this is a excellent sleeping bag. I just wander is it OK for temperature 40 F to keep comfortable warm.

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Don't we all? A 10 degree margin is going to be fine, but if you're a cold sleeper, go to a temperature rating that's 20 degrees and use the zipper for adjusting your comfort level to what you need. You can always cool down, but without getting "dressed" for bed, it's hard to heat up if your bag isn't cutting it for you.

If you're a woman, you want to use the European norm comfort rating, and that's only a 36 degrees F....a full 6 degrees higher than the stated 30, and only 4 degrees below the temp you're wanting to use it at. Not a big enough margin if you ask me. For men, use the lower limit of 25 degrees F. With a layer on, and a fairly high metabolic rate, you should be good.

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Yes, it is rated to be warm enough for that temperature.

5 5

Good price on a quality down bag

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I bought this for my Dad who needed a decent priced, lightweight (around 2 lbs) down sleeping bag in the 30 degree comfort range. This bag fit the bill perfectly. Perfect enough to make me question the $200 more I paid for my western mountaineering megalite down bag last year! Don't get me wrong, I love the megalites warmth & 1.5 lbs weight but this north face bag certainly gives it a run for its money. When the bag was delivered (8 days after ordering), I carefully opened it up, unzipped it and got inside to feel it out. I really like the ultra soft material, it has a nice silky feel that combined with the down makes for a very warm and comfortable sleeping bag.

The bag weighed in at just a little over 2 lbs, not bad for a 30 degree bag, especially for under $200. It also packs up very small with the included compression sack. Like most other down sleeping bags, it also comes with a large, long term storage bag.

The old guy loves the bag and after one use in the Shining Rock Wilderness, has nothing but praise for it. I'm sure it will get plenty of more uses. Thanks North Face for the quality down sleeping bag, and thank you Backcountry for the amazing price (best around).

5 5

Great bag!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I moved from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest recently. I purchased a Kelty Cosmic down (which) is great, but this year I purchased the Gold Kazoo, and love it. Going from the regular to the long only added 2 ounces. The bag has performed very well. This bag comes with both the compression bag and the storage bag. I also like the built in pocket, it?s a great place to store my ear plugs!

5 5

so light, such a delight

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

i found the gold kazoo to be the best priced and best feel of all the down bags it its weight class. i look forward to using it for years to come! (and i hope the north face continues to make it.)

5 5


I nominate it THE down-sleeping-bag value of the year. High-quality, substantial loft, accurate temp rating, and a bargain price. The Gold Kazoo is vastly superior to the Stoic Vamp 30.

5 5

Everything I expected

- Has two zippers on the side, one bottom one top. Top one is glow in the dark. The zippers operate very smoothly. Almost impossible to get them hung up on the inside, but they can get caught on the outside material if you are pulling at an angle.

- Drawstring cinches down easily.

- Inside and outside material is very smooth and soft. The down is very fluffy and comfortable. Fluffs up very quickly out of the stuff sack.

- With the supplied stuff sack, it compresses down to a little bit bigger then a volleyball. The adjuster are maxed out though, so I imagine you could get it a bit smaller with an aftermarket compression sack.

All in all, it seems to be a very well made bag. I generally buy stuff for the long haul, so I'm looking forward to see how it holds up over the years.

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