User Review: The North Face Men's Nebula (Long)
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $265
Top performance 3+ season bag that's a lightweight, durable product — as expected from TNF.
- Warm night's sleep over full rated temperatures
- Durable, water repellant externally
- Light weight
- A little tight around the shoulders
- Compression sack could be lighter
I have had TNF sleeping bags on my trips for 30 years, and my purchase of the Nebula was specifically to meet a need for a late winter camping trip. I sleep cold typically, but even at 18 degrees in the early morning, the Nebula was a cocoon against the cold and I slept soundly, with no cold spots.
I'm 5'11" 195 lbs and I bought the Long. I had enough room for my boots at the bottom of the bag, but the bag is a bit snug at the shoulders once I'm inside and everything zipped and cinched shut for the night. Getting out of the bag requires that you remember to uncinch the draft collar then unzipping the side. I think that the glow in the dark side pulls sound useful, but they really aren't since you have to unzip the bag by feel anyways.
I pack the bag in an ultralight stuff sack since the one that comes with it is pretty beefy. When unpacking, the bag lofts up right away after a good shake. The bag is well made and all seems are tight. This bag is so durable and water repellant that after a 40 degree tentless night under the stars turned into a night under a light mist then snow — enough to permeate most bags and potentially cause a hypothermia situation — I was snug and completely dry inside this down bag. I shook the bag in the morning and all of the beads of water on the surface of the fabric just flew off.
I gave it 4.5 stars because of the snugness around the shoulders for me and the compression sack seems to be made very heavy for trail use. I bought the bag new because of an incredible online deal I found. The price and my past experience with TNF were the deciding factors.