The North Face Beeline
Price Paid: $220
This bag is sweet! packs down to a grapefruit and is properly rated for temp. I can even squeeze colder temps if I layer up and boil water to snuggle with.
I don't mind the short zipper situation for weight and insulation boost. It may take a sec to adjust from a full zip, but warmth to weight/pack size makes up for the lack of a "quilt" style full zip.
For ultralight this is the way to go. this bag makes the top 10... in fact i think it's 6th for sleeping bags on backpackinglight.com gear reviews.
To sum it up this is a great bag to add to a COLLECTION of bags so you can choose depending on your trip. Price point is very comparable to others of its own class.
Fill: 900 fill down-highest rated
Temperature Rating: 30F
Weight: 1Lb 3oz
Price Paid: $260
Beeline faces heavy competition to be the lightest down sleeping bag on the market. I think 30F bags are probably the best choice for three seasons especially warm sleepers. I have tried 35F and 40F bags, but I did get cold during late fall season.
Marmot Atom is top rated by Backpacker Magazine and Outside Magazine for quality, weight, and performance. But it is rated down to 40F. This was the ultimate factor which Beeline was my final choice.
I am 5'11" and about 168Lbs and although this bag is zipperless, I can easily slide right in and wiggle around at night. I don't miss the zipper at all. The elastic cords around the hood easily shortened or elongated. This bag is so light it feels like I am floating (little over 1Lb). The shell is so soft it looks delicate, but it is tough enough for me.
Well made bag. I think 30F is a bit overrated for warm sleepers. I did sleep one night when it was about mid 30's and I was little cold (I am a warm sleeper). I would rate this bag as a 35F bag. It compressed to size of a large grapefruit.
I love this bag. Beautiful, well made, light, can't go wrong! Marmot Atom, you have met your match! :)
Fill: 900 fill power down
Temperature Rating: +30
Weight: 1lb 4 oz
Price Paid: Pro Deal
Quite possibly the perfect bag for quick and extremely light weight assaults in mild conditions. This bag has a TON of Pro's!
What weight? It is so light you don't even realize you have it in your pack and I carry it on most mountain assaults just in case I want to stay warm on the summit. TNF even heat transfered their logo onto the bag to save threadcount weight.
You can pack this bag down to the size of a softball if needed.
It is cut a bit tight to save weight and maximize heat so I would NOT recommend this bag for anyone that is claustrophobic. With NO side zipper this over sized potato sack could give you the impression of a straight jacket if you are not use to close quarters. There is however a vaulted footbox with a half dome zipper so you can sneak your toes out on warm nights or maneuver around the camp fire without fully exiting the bag (great touch).
Other Cool Features:
The hood cinch cord truly is a one hand operation. No zippers = no draft issues = better night sleep
All around this is an amazing bag and is exactly what I was looking for when I was looking for a lightweight bag.
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If you are the type to take a quick run from the office to the outdoors Friday at 5pm, The North Face's Beeline sleeping bag was made for you. Ultra-light, downproof, durable HelioLite fabric surrounds 850+ fill European goose down that insulates your body from the elements.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face Beeline 30 Degree Sleeping Bag (Fall 2010) DECENT FEATURES of The North Face Beeline 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Ultralight 15D nylon shell and 20D lining Open hood Third-length zip Footbox zip venting Down-filled draft tube around face opening Heat transfer logos save weight Glow-in-the-dark zip pulls Nylon mesh storage sack and silicon zed nylon stuffsack included 850+ Eastern European goose down fill the lightest, most efficient down on the market Trapezoidal baffle construction Ultralight 15-denier HelioLite HD ripstop shell Soft and supple 20-denier lining Vaulted footbox for ergonomic comfort Footbox zip venting Down-filled comfort tube One-hand pull cord for easy hood adjustments Imported The SPECS Temperature Rating: 30deg F / -1deg C Stuffsack Size: 7in. x 11in. / 19 x 28 cm Fill Weight: 11 oz / 321 g Max User Height: 6'6in. / 198 cm Shoulder Circumference: 62in. / 157 cm Foot Circumference: 38in. / 97 cm Fabric: Shell: HelioLite HD The SPECS for Regular Average Weight: 1 lb 6 oz / 620 g Hip Circumference: 58in. / 147 cm The SPECS for Long Average Weight: 1 lb 7 oz / 660 g Hip Circumference: 60in. / 152 cm This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
The Beeline is an Ultralight, thirty-degree 900-fill down bag for weight-sensitive pursuits.
The North Face Beeline 900 30-Degree Down Sleeping Bag is a lightweight sleeping bag designed to keep you warm on fast-paced cool-weather expeditions. The North Face uses the lightest, highest quality, most compressible goose down available. This all-natural, 850-fill power down provides excellent warmth without the weight or bulk of most bagsthe regular size Beeline weighs in at just over a pound. The 100% nylon HelioLite ripstop shell is soft, easily compressed, and contributes to this sleeping bag's overall light weight. As further testament to The North Face's obsession with creating the lightest cool-weather bag possible, they used a heat transfer logo instead of embroidery to save thread weight.