The North Face Elkhorn

Specs

Regular Long
Temp Rating 0° F / - 18° C 0° F / - 18° C
Total Weight 4 lb 10 oz / 2085 g 4 lb 12 oz / 2150 g
Fill Weight 3 lb 2 oz / 1410 g 3 lb 3 oz / 1450 g
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 9.5 in x 18 in / 24 cm x 46 cm 9.5 in x 18 in / 24 cm x 46 cm
Fabric 100% Polyester Enduralite 100% Polyester Enduralite
Price $109.00 USD $119.00 USD

Reviews

1

I just gave this bag its first real test in subfreezing…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: "Heatshield Optimal Technology"
Temperature Rating: O Fahrenheit
Weight: 5 lbs, roughly
Price Paid: $50

I just gave this bag its first real test in subfreezing temperatures in the Great Basin. The Elkhorn kept me plenty warm, though without a sleeping pad (oops) I found it difficult to keep the ground side of things from getting a little numb. Woke up with the bag covered in ice but didn't once feel any concern over my comfort, let alone safety. The temperature was moderate at about 18-degrees Fahrenheit/-8 Celsius.

Interestingly, my friend was carrying a 'Cat's Meow' (20 F rating) from the same company and nearly froze to death while wearing full thermal gear(seriously)! A last note: the head cover felt difficult to adjust and it is a real pain to fiddle around in windy, sub-freezing air for more than a few moments.

I too picked up this bag on sale at a Big Outdoor Store. Due to its poor compression and weight, this is not a great bag for long hikes, but it is warm and cheap. For the price, this is an outstanding bag that I will continue to keep in the truck for spontaneity's sake-that is, so that I know I have the gear to keep me warm and safe whenever I decide to spend the night out.

However, as a rule, I assume that temp-ratings for bags err on the optimistic side, and based on my experience I would not rely on this bag alone in 0 F/-18 C temperatures. Finally, for long treks I would continue to use something less bulky.

1

Bought my Elkhorn in Jan 2008 and used it in a camping…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Temperature Rating: 0 farenheight -18 celsius
Price Paid: $100

Bought my Elkhorn in Jan 2008 and used it in a camping trip at Lac La Biche Alberta Canada. Temps dipped into the -25 Celsius -13 Fahrenheit and I was toasty warm. I did use a fleece bag liner made by Mountain Equipment Co-op which I purchased for $40 cdn. I would recommend using a liner as the inside of the bag is a poly type material and would be pretty cold to first crawl into.

Other than that this is a great winter bag for casual use especially for the price. It compacts well and is lightweight.

1

Great bag for the money. My wife and I picked two…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Weight: 4.4
Price Paid: $50

Great bag for the money. My wife and I picked two up at Joe's for $50 during a sale they had they last summer. The few times we went hiking/camping they worked perfect.

The temperatures were in the 30-40 range at night and we were nice and cozy without being extremely hot. Although, I do not recommend this bag if you go hiking with a Boston terrier.

My Boston went on a pretty tough seven mile (14 round trip)hike with us and decided that she wanted to sleep in the sleeping bag near my feet. This bag obviously doesn't have much room down there, so it was a wee bit uncomfortable.

All in all, awesome product for the price and you get a solid brand name instead of the crappy Wal-mart Coleman bags.

0

Great bag. Warm, durable, and priced reasonably. I…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $105

Summary

Great bag. Warm, durable, and priced reasonably.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Durable
  • Price

Cons

  • Doesn't pack well for backpacking.

I bought this bag new from a BPS store in 2010. I still have it, and it's still in good condition which is a testament to its durability. It has gotten dirty, but never ripped or had another significant problem. 

All in all I love this bag. It's my go-to winter camping bag. (My other bag is a Kelty Cosmic 21.) My wife has a Marmot Trestles 0 bag and I wouldn't trade her. The Trestles bag is nice, don't get me wrong, but even in the compression sack it came with it's larger than the 0F Elkhorn. 

Here in Colorado this bag (the Elkhorn) has done serious winter camping in altitudes ranging from 9000ft to 11,000ft and nighttime temperatures varying between 20F and -15F. It has been extremely comfortable in all conditions I have used it in, including some serious blizzards. The bulk of its duty has been done with a cheap roll out foam pad inside of an REI Mountain 3 four-season tent.

I used to take this thing out EVERY weekend in the winter, conditions be darned. Not once was I cold. Generally I was wearing boxers and a t-shirt in the bag as well as a watch cap or beanie style winter hat. Use it properly and it will serve you extremely well.

The bag has a serious zipper on it that doesn't snag on the bag itself, so getting in and out is a breeze. For someone my size (5'10") there's enough foot room in the regular size to put tomorrow's clothes in the foot of the bag as well. The material outer material of the bag seems to be extremely resistant to abrasions and cuts. I abuse my gear pretty badly and it's still like new once it gets washed.

The mummy "hood" is also well done, though even with it in seriously cold weather you may want to wear a watch cap or something similar. It resists moisture pretty darn well, when the entire inside of your tent and the contents are covered in frost just take the bag out of the tent, shake it really well and hang it on a tree for awhile. 

As for storage, for a long time we didn't have a large house. This thing went back into the stuff sack it came in 200+ days a year. Loss of loft is not noticeable, nor is a loss of warmth.  

Long story short: Not a great backpacking bag, more of a car camper due to the packing size. You might be able to make it smaller with a compression sack though, or you can do what I did and put it on the bottom of your pack with some elastic bands. Either way, it's large and in charge.

On the other hand, if you're doing serious hiking when you need anything more than a 20°F bag, you're a nutjob or a serious mountaineer. For either group this bag isn't recommended unless you can't afford something that packs down better.

This bag is, in my experience, very warm, very durable and you can't beat the price. I paid $105 for this thing at regular price and my wife's Trestles was something like $249 when it was on sale at REI. 

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Wilson. Thanks for sharing your Elkhorn review. I'd love to see some pictures of your bag in your review, if you're willing to share them.


24 days ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Wilson, welcome to Trailspace! Thanks for the review. Sounds like a good bag.


23 days ago
0

Bought this bag from Cabela's. Used this bag in warm…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $109

Bought this bag from Cabela's. Used this bag in warm weather (50 degs) to cold snowshoeing camping 3 days 2 nights (15 degs). Great bag.

I have a close foam sleeping pad under it. I have fleece PJ's and stayed warm with no problems. As far as being a bit heavy, it's fine. For the money is a great bag.

3.5 stars because the zipper does stick a bit.

0

Bought the Elkhorn several years ago for early spring,…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $120

Bought the Elkhorn several years ago for early spring, late fall multi-day canoe trips in Ontario.  Salesperson talked me out of the Marmot Sawtooth for this bag.

The plus: a very reliable, warm bag in sub 0 degree Celsius weather. I use a hammock and pad. 

The minus: As noted,  a compression sack is a must buy. As well, as noted, the zipper can be troublesomely sticky and I've had a few nights fumbling in the dark trying to get back in the bag after taking a pee.

0

North Face Elkhorn 0 degree: I bought two of them…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $90

North Face Elkhorn 0 degree:

I bought two of them from Campmor "on sale". My son and I have used them extensively in varied weather conditions over the last three years.

Pro's:

It is an inexpensive bag that appears to be well made. I have had the bag to the very low teen's with thermal underwear/pad and was fine. (May recommend a liner if you go below low teens.) Additionally easy to care for.

Con's:

I do a lot of long distance hiking and would like it to lose +/-2 lb.s.

In short for the money you can't beat it!

0

I live in the Adirondacks and have always loved backpacking…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: Hollow core synthetic
Temperature Rating: 0 degrees Farenheight
Weight: 4lbs 10oz
Price Paid: $100

I live in the Adirondacks and have always loved backpacking and camping. This past fall I wasn't ready to hang my gear up for the winter so I decided it was as good a time as any to get into winter camping.

Needless to say I started looking into a winter bag and the prices amazed me. Since I wasn't sure how I'd enjoy winter camping I opted to go with an entry level, inexpensive bag, and this was the one I chose.

The first trip out temps were in the low 20's high teens. I slept in nothing but a pair of boxers and was still nice and toasty inside. Next trip out my partner and I failed to find the lean to, seeing we'd never been there before, it was 7pm when we hit the trail and it was snowing rather hard. I threw an emergency blanket down and by bag right on top of it, I woke up to freezing rain on my face, the outside of the bag was rather wet, yet inside I was warm and dry.

Needless to say this bag has already seen over a dozen nights ranging from mild winter nights in the high 30's, to snow,to temps well below 0. It has always performed amazingly. I can't understand why anyone would pay three times as much for another bag. This bag is truly perfect for the weekend warrior on a budget.

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I was given this sleeping bag as a gift for Christmas…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $120

I was given this sleeping bag as a gift for Christmas of 2008. I liked it from the start. It is very warm and comfortable, although if you use it it warmer weather you will feel like you are in an oven. I do recommend taking a sleeping pad with you because you back will get really cold. Nice bag, great price :)

The North Face Elkhorn

Discontinued

The Elkhorn has been discontinued. It last appeared in The North Face's 2011 product line.

MSRP:
$109.00

The North Face Elkhorn is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 23, 2013 at Altrec Outlet.

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