Warmth when you need it most.
Even though you’re not sure what to expect from Mother Nature this weekend, you can expect a good night's sleep from The North Face Blue Kazoo 15-Degree Down Sleeping Bag. The lofty 650-fill down is supplemented by strategically placed synthetic insulation that keeps cold spots under you at bay.
- The 650-fill down insulation retains your body’s warmth and provides a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than synthetic-fill insulation
- 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
- Synthetic anti-compression pads are strategically located in areas where your body typically comes in contact with the ground to create more durable insulating layer and reduce heat loss through convection
- Trapezoidal-shaped baffle system ensures a consistent fill volume to reduce cold spots
- The grey goose down in this bag is purchased from small, family-owned farms that do not live-pluck or force-feed the geese
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Share your thoughts
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I love this bag. I have always owned synthetic bags because they were cheaper, but after owning a down sleeping bag I will never go back. Not only is this bag light, but it is like an oven. I have had temperatures in the teens several times with only a base layer, and have never felt cold. This bag also packs down to around 9x10 in. The only noticeable problem that I have encountered is that it looses plums almost every outing. I have never owned a down bag before, so I'm not sure if that is normal. Other than that this is a great bag!
I am highly allergic to feathers and down. What do you recommend that is just as good as this bag but hypoallergenic?
You will want to look at bags with synthetic fill in the same temperature range. For something comparable to this maybe check out the http://www.backcountry.com/the-north-face-aleutian-3s-bx-sleeping-bag-5-degree as an option. It won't be as compressible as this bag but at least it won't affect your allergies.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
It's light, it's warm, and it's comfortable. I slept out for a couple of nights in this bag to test it out. The system used: a small tarp to keep precipitation off of the face, a sleeping pad, and an old military bivy bag. The first night was in the thirties (F) I believe. The bag was soooo hot that I had to unzip it from the bottom to stick my feet out and had to have my head outside. This was in less than a base layer. It felt like it was 100 degrees! Everyone said it had been 30 degrees, so I must believe them. The next night the temperature was around the 9-12 degree F with the windchill at 3 degrees F. I was warm in just a base layer. I slept comfortably through the night and did not even notice that an inch and a half of snow had fallen on my bivy sack that night.
What is the coldest temperature anyone has used this bag in and stayed comfortable?
That is somewhat of a subjective question. I would say it is ok down to 10-15 degrees F if you run a relatively normal body temperature or just dress appropriately for the evening.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love this Sleeping bag, and find it perfect for three season usage. It's simple, ultra light, and my go to sleeping bag for everything but winter conditions. I'm a huge fan of full zip bags because you can use them in warmer weather as a blanket.
I need a sleeping bag for mountaineering and winter camping and so,i'm to choose between the Blue Kazoo and the Superlight.I'd just like to know if the Blue Kazoo's 15F rating is reliable(because the tag inside the bag says the comfort temp is 28F) .Thanks in advance
A sleeping bags rating is typically a low temp where it will still keep you warm, but not a comfortable warm. If your going to be sleeping in the 15 deg range, look into a zero deg bag or lower to give you a good comfort level. Regardless of which bag you purchase, I recommend you also get a sleeping bag liner. It will add some warmth to the bag and will also protect it's inside from dirt and is easy to clean. Also be sure to have an adequate sleeping pad for cold ground/snow.
trying to figure out what side the zipper is on....if I am on my back in the back....I want to reach across my chest and unzip the back from my left side?....which side would I speck for the zipper?
You can select either left or right side zipper when you order. If I'm reading your question correctly, you want a left side zip.
This bag is good for early spring or cooler summer nights but I feel that it does not meet the posted cold rating. I used it in a van one night it was in low 30's and I was cold all night. It does pack small enough for most peoples needs it also zips into other TNF bags my gf and I would zip ours together she had the cats meow. I just feel for the money there's better choices.
Do you have both left and right zip in regular? Or recommend a combo similar to this for my wife and me?
Yep, they do have both left and right zip in regular. A good alternative I suggest is the Marmot Sawtooth 15 Degree bag. Either way, you can't go wrong.
What sleeping bag would be a better choice? I have been doing some research and I am deciding between this bag the TNF Blue Kazoo 15, or the TNF Nebula 15. I will be 3 season backpacking manly in the Appalachian regions, and was wondering what bag would be a better choice? Is the extra 100 for the Nebula really worth it? If so why? Thanks for any help!
In this case, I recommend the Blue Kazoo. The advantages for the Nebula are the waterproof shell and draft collar. If you're going to be sleeping in a well-ventilated tent, the waterproof shell won't be doing much for you. It's best for frost or dew. The draft collar is nice for cutting off cold from making it down to your core, but the hood design on the Nebula leaves a lot to be desired. I have the Nova, which is the same design but warmer, and I definitely find cold sneaking in after a few hours along the sides of the hood. The 800 fill down makes it more compressible than the BK, but that is offset by the HyVent shell, which is less compressible.
The new fitted hood on the Blue Kazoo is superb, and will largely offset the need for the draft collar. The Blue Kazoo is now lighter than the Nebula. The hood, weight, and price definitely make the BK a shining star this season.
Unless you're planning on sleeping out in frost or dew, the extra money for the Nebula probably isn't worth it.
Are there two versions of the Blue Kazoo? The BK with 650 fill down isn't on The North Face website. TNF lists only one version with 600+ fill. And the pics here and on TNF show slightly different bags, one with an exterior "650" label. Anyone know what's up?
Backcountry has received the new version, with 650 fill down and a number of other updates (the new hood design is awesome!) and the TNF website still has the old style, with 600 fill down. TNF will likely update their site soon.