The North Face Superlight

15 reviews
5-star:   6
4-star:   6
3-star:   3
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Reviews

1

I write this review more from a point of nostalgia…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: down
Temperature Rating: 30 F
Weight: 3 pds.
Price Paid: $75

I write this review more from a point of nostalgia than for its current relevance. I purchased a North Face Superlight in the spring of 1971, at the original Eastern Mountain Sports store in Boston, for the price of $75. It weighed three pounds.

I realize that the Superlight of 1971, which had a temp rating of 30 degrees, in no way compares to the Superlight of today, as today's model is rated as a 0 degree bag. But nonetheless, my old Superlight is the ancestor of today's model. With a cold weather North Face Ibex, I had my entire temperature ranges covered.

I still occasionally use the Superlight; it has sprung a few leaks but what the heck, it's 37 years old. I have always been impressed by the quality of this bag; even though it was a little snug. But talk about brand loyalty, since 1971 I have pretty much stuck to The North Face for sleeping bags and I have several.

1

Good construction, a bit tight for me. Kept me warm…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: Down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Price Paid: $115 on sale

Good construction, a bit tight for me. Kept me warm down to about 25F but cold below that. I went to another store and looked at another Superlight and it had probably 2" more loft than mine. I've since noticed with any TNF product with down that the loft really varies from bag to bag, or jacket to jacket, of the same model, so check the bag before you buy to make sure it has the proper loft.

0

Easily the best "Value" of any outdoor product I've…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Approximately $160

Summary

Easily the best "Value" of any outdoor product I've ever purchased.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Packable

Cons

  • Nylon cold initially in the wintertime, clammy in the summer

I've had the privilege of owning the North Face goose down Superlight since 1976. It's served me well ever since then. As my body changed, and it was too tight to zip around my torso, I found it works just fine zipped to the knees and used like a big down blanket.

Utilizing an Exped down mat, I've used this 0 degree bag in single digit temps as recently as last winter. On summer trips, it makes a nice goose down pillow.

Only thing I'd change is to make it wider and use an interior material that feels nicer on the skin than nylon. But I feel I've easily got my money's worth!

0

I've owned this bag for 3 yrs and taken it through…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Fill: 600 (they say?)
Temperature Rating: 0

I've owned this bag for 3 yrs and taken it through its paces. It is compressible, and comfortable/roomy interior, with a nice fleece inner collar and a good functional cord system. What it doesn't have is 0 degree warmth! I've never been warm in this thing below 25 degree temps.

0

After reading Rich's review I thought about my North…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 600 fill
Temperature Rating: 0 farenheight
Weight: 3+ lbs
Price Paid: Replacement bag

After reading Rich's review I thought about my North Face Chamois down bag I received as a Xmas present in 1972. Don't know what it was rated at but I slept comfortably in it at 13 degrees back in 1976 (and I am a cold sleeper)

Two years ago the baffles started to tear and the down migrated to various parts of the bag. I sent the bag to North Face to see if they could repair it. To my surprise they replaced the bag with a brand new Superlight at no charge (other than the cleaning cost of the old bag) something about the bag has a lifetime warranty. I was totally blown away. Talk about a company that stands behind it's product!!! I was very impressed with their customer service.

As for the new Superlight bag it is 600 fill down and a little heavy for my backpacking use but it is good for car camping. My 13 year old daughter has used it in temps down to the low 30s in Yosemite and has been quite comfortable in it. Nice product!

0

I have no serious complaints with the bag. It's not…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 600 Down
Temperature Rating: 0 Degrees Farenheight
Weight: 3.5 lbs
Price Paid: $200

I have no serious complaints with the bag. It's not as light as they would imply using the "Superlight" name but it's not heavy either. The goose down isn't the highest quality and I personally don't feel the bag keeps me warm below around 10 degrees farenheight, but it does compress well and takes up very little room in the pack. Also, I've had mine for a number of years and it has proven to be far more durable than any synthetic bags I have owned as far as loft retention goes. For the price, it's not a bad bag, but I wouldn't willingly use it at 0 degrees.

0

The Superlight is an honest serviceable bag for moderate…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars

The Superlight is an honest serviceable bag for moderate winter conditions. Contrary to its name, it is not really that light for a 0F bag. It weighs only a little less than my Marmot Couloir, which is a -20F bag. It also would not be my choice to use in temps as low as 0F. I choose it for winter mountaineering in the Cascades when I expect temperatures no lower than mid teens.

0

I have used this bag for almost 3 years and have not…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 600 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 3lbs 11oz
Price Paid: $143 on sale

I have used this bag for almost 3 years and have not been disappointed yet. I have used it in temperatures down to about 20 degrees and have been very warm (however I tend to sleep warm anyway). I'm pretty sure that its temperature rating is about right for me. For the price I paid for it, it was a very worthwhile purchase. I doubt that I would pay the full retail price for it, due to the fact that there are many other brands out there more well-known for sleeping bag quality and many have models that are lighter in weight with higher quality down fill than the Superlight.

0

Positives: This bag has held up well to more than…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 650 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 3lbs 7oz
Price Paid: $220

Positives:

This bag has held up well to more than 50 nights of use.

It was comfortable at 26 degrees during a week trek in July through California's Desolation Wilderness.

It was warm at 2 degrees during a two night stay at 10,400 on Mt. Shasta in November.

Compresses well and as advertised, it is very light.

Negatives:

I found this bag to be constrictive in the shoulders and hips.

I am 6' and 195 lbs. Genetics have given me slightly wider hips so that could account for that related problem.

I enjoyed this bag but have sold it and purchased SD stretch deep sleep model.

0

Even though this bag looks good by the numbers, I…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 650 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 3lbs7oz
Price Paid: $235 norm, pd. $200

Even though this bag looks good by the numbers, I can't speak very highly of its performance. Despite much effort to keep it dry, even brief contact with the moist tent floor cut straight through this bag's thin, not-waterproof-enough outshell, and went straight to the loft. With the bag only moderately damp, I was shivering in 15-20f nights, well within the bag's 0f rating. That said, i'm sure it would work well on dry approaches and powerdy dry snow, if taken care of and placed in a suffiectly dry tent.

Other than the problems with lack of waterproofness, this seems to be a good bag for the price. It has killer warmth when dry, and the fit seems good. Very lofty, especially for a bag in this price range. At just shy of three and a half pounds, I wouldn't call this a Superlight. It compresses to a fairly small package with the stuff sack included, but I feel that there is slack enough that a compression would still help significantly.

For my two cents, take the extra pound or so and buy a synthetic instead.

0

The North Face has excelled in the new design of this…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 600+ fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 3lbs 6oz
Price Paid: $245

The North Face has excelled in the new design of this bag. The "Chevron" Baffles, Draft Tube, Outer Shell Material, and Watch Pocket are testament to TNF's return to commitment to quality and design. The construction of this bag is unparalled by any other I have seen in the same price range. The bag is highly compressable and lightweight -- plus lives up to the 0 degree rating.

I use the bag for general backpacking, as well as year-round mountaineering in the cascades. Although never put to the test in temperatures less than 10 degrees F, it has kept me toasty warm in sub-freezing temps on countless nights. A "Best Buy" for anyone looking for a quality down bag in this price range.

0

An extremely light, compact, versatile bag. This would…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 550 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: about 2.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $205 on sale

An extremely light, compact, versatile bag. This would be the ideal bag for walking the Pacific Crest trail and making ascent excursions without fearing the cold. Whatever people might say about The North Face, when they say zero degrees, they mean zero degrees. No tent, no thermals, no 2-inch air pad. Just you, the bag, and the cold. Highly Recommended, long-life bag. nothing fancy. Excellent value.

0

I have owned this bag for two years now. The only…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 500 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 2LB 14OZ
Price Paid: $225 (on sale)

I have owned this bag for two years now. The only words I can use to describe it is "remarkable." I could also throw in flawless. It has kept me toasty in all weather conditions. Buy it, you will never regret it.

0

This is an awesome sleeping bag. It will warm you…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 500 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 2lbs 14oz
Price Paid: $291

This is an awesome sleeping bag. It will warm you up on the coldest of nights and will not overheat you on the warmer nights (up to about 20 to 25 degrees F). I have had zero problems with this pack except for the fact that TNF updated it with draft tubes an chevron baffeling a few months after I bought mine, but that is how it goes sometimes. Don't worry though now it is an even better sleeping bag at the same price.

One extraordinary thing about this bag is the size to which it compresses. It is so remarkable that you would have to see it to believe it. About, if not smaller, than the size of a football.

If cold weather backpacking is what you are doing then this is the bag for you; good looking, highly compressible, very warm, and backed by a lifetime guarrantee.

0

Compact and warm bag for 3 season. Comfortable and…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 550 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0 F
Weight: 2.5 approx.
Price Paid: $290

Compact and warm bag for 3 season. Comfortable and roomy even with my 6'4" frame. A bit light on the loft, will probably send it to Feathered Friends and have some more down added.

rated 4.00 of 5 stars All Superlight versions

In addition to the 15 men's reviews above, there is 1 review for another version of the Superlight. Read all reviews »

The North Face Men's Superlight

previously retailed for:
$74.70 - $339.00

The North Face Men's Superlight is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 23, 2014 at Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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