User Review: The North Face Dark Star -40
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: ~$250
This is a winter bag, so I didn't expect it to pack down super well. I was surprised at how easily I could get it to compress in my Granite Gear stuff sack. It's pretty roomy, so if you're small bring a liner.
- Zips together with other North Face bags
- Doesn't pack down very well
This product has kept me warm, but I haven't pushed it to its temperature rating limit yet.
The bag is very room for me (I'm 5'3"), but many of my tall friends have just enough room for their toes in the toe box. There's lots of room in the hood. I wouldn't mind more insulation around the neck area (there's a draft collar, but it can't be cinched).
The bag is easy to get in and out of.
There is no extra moisture protection on the outside of the bag. You'll have to bivy-up with this one :)
For a synthetic, sub-zero bag I was happy with how small I could pack it. You'll have to get a separate compression sack. I got a Granite Gear 31L Block Solid compression sack.
Overall, I'm happy with this bag. I've had it for a year, used it during the Arrowhead Ultramarathon and have had no problems with it so far. I have had to buy a compression sack and liner for it.