User Review: The North Face Men's Aleutian 3S Bx
Temperature Rating: Rated 20. Actual 30-55
Weight: >3 lbs
Price Paid: $80
It's a pretty decent bag for the money. However, the trade off for the cheap price is poor durability and weight. This was my first mummy bag and I was amazed how much warmer it was than my old flannel/canvas Coleman. It really a step up from that. The material is durable and feels nice against the skin.
I used mine mostly for car camping and for a few backpacking trips. After about 10-12 trips with it, it had noticeably lost much of the loft and warmth it once had. After a few more trips, it would barley keep me warm on a 55 degree (F) night. I was meticulous about storing this bag so I was very disappointed how quickly the insulation broke down.
Earlier this year, I was able to pick up a Marmot Pinnacle at $100 off retail. Now this is a fantastic bag! Like much of the bargain camping gear I have purchased, I'm finding I would have been better in the long run to buy the expensive, high-end model from the beginning. You really do get what you pay for with outdoor equipment.