User Review: The North Face Men's Aleutian 3S Bx (20 degree bag)
Temperature Rating: 20
Price Paid: $89
This is not a 20 degree bag. IMHO, this is not even a 35 degree bag even with thermal underwear, a pair of socks and a winter hat.
Bought the bag brand new, let it air out, packed properly. I was surprised at how little loft there was. Took it up to Glacier National Park this fall for some camping. Nights were from 30 to 45 degrees, and I was quite cold in all of them using this bag, thermal underwear(top and bottom), sweatshirt,socks and two closed cell camping pads. I needed to grab my other sleeping bag that I brought for a comfortable nights sleep.
I understand this is an entry level bag (my previous bag was a ten year old REI -20 down that was about $250). However, that is really no excuse for mislabeling this bag. I would expect a lack of longevity, not false temp ratings. Normally you expect a bags ratings to be about 10 degrees off (on the warmer side). That's acceptable. This isn't. Also, a few days into the trip the zipper started snagging constantly right at the shoulder point.
Those complaints aside, I like the look of the bag, and the materials feel nice. It's a nice bag ONLY if you plan on using it during the summertime in the mountains. Do not trust it for spring and fall anywhere above 3000 feet.
At this point I may just create some sort of fleece liner for the bag to make it reach the advertised rating.
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