Home 2 to 3 Season Down Sleeping Bags The North Face Blue Kazoo

The North Face Blue Kazoo

 £250

The Blue Kazoo is a nice looking and comfortable bag that oozes quality. But at 1170g, it’s one of the heaviest of the down selection, and also one of the bulkiest when packed down. Yet surprisingly I didn’t find it the warmest, and the manufacturer’s numbers don’t give much away either, referring to an extreme lower limit of -9°, quoted as a temperature at which heat damage could occur but the sleeper will survive – not the best way to spend an adventurous Saturday night! I’d suggest the main difference between this and the slightly lighter Mountain Equipment or Rab bags is in the fill power of the down, which is just 600 – basically less effective down. It’s also a fair bit roomier, which is comfy for bigger folks but makes it less warm and of course means you have more to carry. I liked the single-adjuster for the hood and baffle – easy to use, even in a sleepy state – and also the small security pocket, which is great for keeping valuables close. A decent 3-season bag but a little too heavy for big backpacks or long treks.

www.thenorthface.co.uk/

Review by Tom Hutton @mtbguiding