The North Face Blue Kazoo

14 reviews
5-star:   4
4-star:   8
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   2

Specs

Regular Long
Temp Rating 15° F / - 10° C 15° F / - 10° C
Avg Total Weight 2 lb 12 oz / 1253 g (Regular)
Fill Weight 1 lb 7 oz / 624 g (Regular)
Max User Height 6 ft 0 in / 183 cm 6 ft 6 in / 198 cm
Shoulder Circumference 62 in / 157 cm 64 in / 163 cm
Hip Circumference 58 in / 147 cm 60 in / 152 cm
Foot Circumference 40 in / 102 cm 40 in / 102 cm
Stuffsack Size 8 in x 17 in / 20 cm x 43 cm 8 in x 17 in / 20 cm x 43 cm
Shell Fabric Shadowlite™ Shadowlite™
Price $249.00 USD $259.00 USD

Reviews

1

Light, warm, and user friendly! Extra fiber fill in…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Light, warm, and user friendly! Extra fiber fill in just the right places. Unique stuff compression sack allows it to fit well in bottom section of pack.

Pros

  • Down warmth with fiber fill under hips and shoulders help keep loft.

Cons

  • Same as most lightweight bags, zipper flap gets caught sometimes.

This is one of the best bags I've owned. Lightweight, warm down fill is supported by fiber fill in the typical compression spots (hips, shoulders, feet). Comfort range is great; from snow to stars, it keeps you comfortable.

The unique stuff/compression sack is such that when utilized properly compresses bag in to sort of a U-shaped football that fits well in the lower storage pocket of my Osprey by "curving" around my waist.

You can spend more, but unless you're planning on sub-0, no tent weather this bag is truly an "all season" bag.

XenoRed

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2 years ago
0

Quality construction, great value. I purchased my…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Quality construction, great value.

I purchased my Blue Kazoo in 1986 (yes, almost 29 years ago) and have used it, on average, 10 nights a year for backpacking. It has failed to keep me warm only once while winter camping in the Rockies when temps dipped outside my tent to about -10°F.

Granted, on nights when temps dip below about 25°F, I start putting on long undergarments to sleep, but doing so has kept me toasty in this bag down to about 0°F. Most recently I slept outside at about 11,000 feet on a night that dipped to about 20°F with one light layer of thin long underwear and was a bit too warm! And this without ever having washed the bag...

The only minor hassle I've had with this bag is that the zipper frequently catches the draft collar; perhaps the newer design improves on the ease of zipping. It packs into a fairly small (6-1/2" x 14") stuff sack (my regular size Kazoo weighs a true 3# 2oz), and lofts quickly when removed.  

I use my gear, but treat it well — this bag has returned the favor.

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15 days ago
0

Good bag, true to temp rating, excellent durability.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 (on sale at Campmor)

Summary

Good bag, true to temp rating, excellent durability. Would take it anywhere.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Light
  • Packable/ compressible
  • Dependable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Eventually I will have to replace it
  • Can be too warm

The Blue Kazoo is a great bag. I can't say that I have a strong basis of comparison because I have been using the same Blue Kazoo since college 10 years ago.

I believe it is true to its 20-degree rating and I have taken it much lower than that by wearing clothes and using a tent and sleeping pad. To attest to its durability, not only have I stuffed it in my pack on numerous treks, and used it to crash on couches, it it was my actual bed for an entire year and a half.

I washed it recently using Nikwax and restored its loft to about 95% of original. It's like having a new bag again.

0

I've had this bag for over 11 years now. Doesn't have…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: Can't Remember

I've had this bag for over 11 years now. Doesn't have the loft it used to, but it's still warm. 

I find it's very versatile. Mine doesn't have closed baffles front to back so for summer camping I'll shake the down so that most of it is on the back of the bag.  When things start getting cold, I'll shake the bag so more of the down is on the front of the bag. 

In those 11 years I've grown a bit, and now the bag is starting to feel a little cramped, but when it's really cold out it doesn't feel cramped at all.

It's been a great value for the money! 

0

Good bag for three season camping. Long bag has plenty…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 650 fill down
Temperature Rating: 20 Degree F
Weight: 2 lb 12 oz
Price Paid: $140

Good bag for three season camping. Long bag has plenty room for a 6'1", 180 pound guy. Kept me warm well below freezing (I'm a warm sleeper). Nice quality for a mid-priced bag.

0

I was very happy with my Blue Kazoo bag. It has kept…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $84.93 on sale

I was very happy with my Blue Kazoo bag. It has kept me warm so far even in below freezing temps. I love the fact that it has a remarkable price tag as well.

I used it up in the Sierras and woke up to about a foot and a half of snow and still was not cold. I would not have been so open to buying the bag if it was not on sale, but I must admit it holds a lot of qualities that a more expensive bag would have.

My only complaint is that it seems to shed a lot of feathers but that's not enough to keep me from using it.

0

This bag rocks!!! I used it on a backpacking trip…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 600 fill down
Temperature Rating: -7C
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $200 CAD

This bag rocks!!! I used it on a backpacking trip to Revelstoke and kept me warm at -5C/25F and I'm a cold sleeper. I have the 2003 model so not sure how the new ones fair - but coming from TNF I would expect exceptional quality, reasonable price, and really light weight. Don't leave home without this bag. Used it with the Rock 22 tent and had a comfortable sleep. You get what you pay for, and this bag is the best!

0

I have the Blue Kazoo 20. Still going on 5 years with…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 600 fill down
Temperature Rating: 20
Weight: 1 + lbs
Price Paid: $180

I have the Blue Kazoo 20. Still going on 5 years with no bad issues. Is losing some feathers. Very durable. AT thru hiked in 2002 and used it for 50% of trip from 17 degrees to 70 degrees.

Two items are not perfect. The main zipper sometimes gets stuck in the zipper cover fabric. The other is that it could use a little more knee space for us fetal sleepers.

0

I'm 5'11" and 210 pounds. The bag was cramped for…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 700
Temperature Rating: 20
Price Paid: $150

I'm 5'11" and 210 pounds. The bag was cramped for me. Big problem with cold spots due to the down shifting. Fidgety zipper. Snagged and actually came open several times in the middle of the night. Do yourself a favor, take a pass on this bag. It's not up to TNF's usual high quality standards.

0

As it is expected from TNF, this bag is superbly well…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 600+ Down Fill
Temperature Rating: 20F
Weight: 3lbs
Price Paid: $149.99

As it is expected from TNF, this bag is superbly well built. The temp rating seems accurate and it packs extremely small and actually fits my 4000cu/in frame pack that I own.

However I have one complaint: Whenever I'm wearing shorts in this bag the seams inside the bag have a rough feeling on my legs, and it will only stop if I don't move my legs at all. I was wondering it the same thing occurs with the Superlight and the Kilo Bag...

0

At 6'2" 240lbs this bag is a little cramped. However,…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 550 fill down
Temperature Rating: 20F
Weight: 2.11
Price Paid: $150 (on sale)

At 6'2" 240lbs this bag is a little cramped. However, it was my first love. Over the past five years it has performed well in all temperatures -- though it had some trouble keeping me warm when the temperature dipped below freezing (feet got cold), despite its +20F rating. Recommended for medium to large builds. If you wear XL clothing, you'll find it a bit restraining. Will work in sub 32F in a pinch.

0

This is a nice down bag at a reasonable price. I have…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 700 fill down
Temperature Rating: 15 F
Weight: approx. 2 lbs.
Price Paid: about $100 on sale

This is a nice down bag at a reasonable price. I have had it for about six months now and it doesn't have any damage yet. This bag is comfortable and roomy to sleep in. On the downside, this bag has been losing some feathers while I am bpacking, but this does not bother me much. Another issue is condensation on tent walls, when will it ever end. (If there is a tent out there without this problem, let me know.) This is a good bag and I recommend it.

0

A good backpacking bag, reasonable cost vs packed…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: Down
Temperature Rating: 20 F
Weight: 3lbs
Price Paid: about $200

A good backpacking bag, reasonable cost vs packed size and weight. My only real complaints are: the zipper sometimes hangs up, the 20 deg F rating is too low for me even though I don't consider myself a cold sleeper, and the occasional escaping feather. Even with these complaints, I would recommend it.

-1

This bag is crap if you plan to go mountaineering.

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 550 fill down
Temperature Rating: 10 F
Weight: average
Price Paid: $299

This bag is crap if you plan to go mountaineering. The condensation inside the tent compresses all of the down and then all of the down will start to come out. It did however do its job by keeping me warm though; but I don't know how long it's going to last.

rated 4.00 of 5 stars All Blue Kazoo versions

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