User Review: The North Face Inferno -40F/-40C
Temperature Rating: -40 C
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $600
- 700 fill power
- Versatec shell
- About 12 inches of loft
- 25 years and still going strong
I purchased this bag back in the mid 1980s when it first came out. It still has the old brown label on it and a Versatec shell. Back then the North Face worker who made it used to sign their name on the product label. The label is intact but the name has long since faded and I forgot it long ago.
Over the years I have used it on all my winter expeditions to the Arctic and it has never failed me. It is as good, as warm, and as lofty as any winter bag out there. After more than 20 years of hard use, sometimes sleeping in it for an entire winter, it has served me well and is still just as good as the day I bought it, with the exception of a few minor holes.
Of course, I always use a vapour barrier liner, essential for long trips, but this bag has been a life saver to me, literally. I have slept in temperatures below -40°C, through blizzards and endless winter nights when my tent has blown apart in the wind and lived to talk about it. The Inferno has become my single most important piece of gear.
Recently, for my job, I was issued a Woods 5 Star Sleeping bag, also rated to minus 40, but as you can see there is simply no comparison and my Inferno always travels with me in the winter.
My heartfelt thanks to the woman who made such a wonderful bag; I have forgotten her name, but her work lives on.