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- ClimaShield Prism’s densely packed synthetic fibers trap more heat than standard synthetics and help the insulation retain greater loft despite repeated compressions
- ClimaShield Apex’s fine-denier fibers reflect radiant heat back to you for a warmer night's sleep
- Vaulted footbed won’t constrict your feet, and it helps promote circulation to your lower extremities
- Ergonomically shaped hood provides extra comfort, improves the bag’s warmth-retention, and reduces its overall weight
- Internal draft tube pockets keep your snacks and batteries warm and within reach
- Included compression stuff sack helps you minimize the bag’s size in your pack
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have used this sleeping bag in all 4 seasons - great in the summer, fall and spring - it was a little cold for winter camping - but if you have a good sleeping mattress than you are golden. Great Bang for your Buck! Highly recommended
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Did not even notice it was 30 degrees out. Slept through several chilly nights. Slightly bulky when pack in the stuff sack but well worth it for the warmth.
really nice bag, the only things are is that if your not a little skinny guy it dose not leave much wiggle room. also it has velcrow to close up the bag at the top and if you want a little air ciculation then that scatches you all night.
What's the size of this bag fully compressed in the compression sack? That's not the "stuff size" is it? 7x23 seems awfully large...
7x23 is indeed the stuffed size with the included stuff sack, you can probably get it a bit smaller with a different compression sack. A 0deg. bag tends to be somewhat sizeable.
Agreed. I have a different North Face 0 degree bag. It's a monster. I only use it snow camping and it gets dragged on a toboggan with the rest of my gear, but the point of the bag is warmth, not compactness.
Used on a climb of Mt Shasta last year (May 2011). Woke up at 3:00AM at Bunny Flat, checked the phone and it showed outside temp to be reported at 9 degrees. I was warm and snug all night and the next night at Helen Lake. The bag is relatively lightweight for its price and packs well. Remember that when camping on snow, your bag is only as good as your sleeping pad. If you are sleeping directly on snow, knock off about 20 degrees of your bag's rating.
This one or the cats meow? same price range what bag is better?
It depends what you need. The Cat's Meow is only rated to 20 degrees but it is significantly lighter. You should usually buy a sleeping bag that is rated to colder than you will need. If you plan to use the bag on 20 degree nights I would get the Leopard. But if the coldest you think you'll be camping in is 30-40 than I would get the Cat's Meow. It also depends on how cold you usually are, are you a warm or cold sleeper? Hope that helps.
What are the EN ratings? I've only found the lower limit at +12 degrees. I was wondering what the comfort limit and extreme limit are.
Generally TNF goes by the EN Lower Limit for their bag ratings, so this should be a pretty solid estimate.
based on the en limits for the tundra -20 bag, tnf appears to be overrating their bags by about 15-20 degrees.
I asked the same question to TNF customer service. They told me that "The North Face has tested and labeled all of our sleeping bags -- globally -- according to European Standard EN 13537 since Spring 2010".
What is the smallest (liter) size backpack I can fit this bag into?
without using a compression sack you'll need at least an 18L bag, at least that is the volume of the bag in the stuff sack. If all you need to carry is the sleeping bag, go for a 22-25L bag.
This bag is light, compressible, and warm. The snow leopard is the best "The North Face" bag I've had yet. The zipper never snags and it glows in the dark so you can zip and unzip in the dark. A+