OWNER REVIEW - TNF Dark Star -40 F Sleeping Bag
- The North Face Dark Star
Name: Jonathan Cunha
Height: 6 ft (1.83m)
Weight: 165 lbs (75kg)
Email address: Jonathanmcunha@...
City, State, Country: Boston, MA, USA
Date: January 23, 2009
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking for 4 years now; I
started as a 3 season hiker, going out over long weekends and
holidays. I have advanced to week long excursions and recently
purchased cold weather gear for more extreme hikes. I like to keep
my pack as light as possible, but I also like to be prepared for the
changing weather, which tends to weigh down the pack a bit. I travel
up and down the east coast and encounter all types of terrain.
Manufacture: The North Face
Manufacture Website: http://www.thenorthface.com
Temperature Rating: -40F (-40C)
Listed Weight: 5lbs. 12oz.
Actual Weight:6lbs. 10.5oz
Listed Length: 84in (213cm)
Actual Length: 84in (213cm)
Height: 12" (30cm)
Circumference: 41" (104cm)
Length: 84" (213cm)
Chest: 33" (84cm)
Foot: 20" (51cm)
Fill: Climashield Neo Synthetic
I brought this bag on many fall trips in the White Mountain Range.
The climate there ranges from 30-20F (-1-(-) 7C) with wind of 30mph
on average. The temperature rating on this bag is -40F (-40C) which
was more than adequate for these trips.
On one occasion, I was caught in a rain storm with 60mph winds. Cold
and wet, I set up camp and crawled into my bag. It was inevitable
that the inside of my tent got wet while setting up and to top it off
water seeped through the seems of the tent during the night. I woke
up with a pool of water by my feet; however, my feet stayed dry and
warm. Despite the frigid, wet weather, the Dark Star kept me warm.
I wouldn't have known water was in my tent if it weren't for the
occasional drip on my forehead. The top of the bag was damp by
morning, but the moisture didn't seem to permeate the firestorm top
Because this bag is too warm for the hikes I took it on, I constantly
fiddled with the zipper to regulate ventilation in the bag. The
zipper is designed with a stiff cord to prevent snagging. I zip and
unzip this sleeping bag more than any other sleeping bag I own and
have never had a problem with snagging.
One problem I have run into with this bag, especially over long
trips, is space. The synthetic filling is not very compressible.
When the bag is stuffed in its stuff sack I cannot fit it in the
sleeping bag compartment of my 4500 cu in backpack. I have to remove
the bag from the stuff sack and stuffed it in the compartment, which
takes up almost twice the space allocated for a sleeping bag.
The Dark Star comes stored in a 36" X 27" mesh storage bag. It is
equipped with a differentiated chest and hood cord. Both are easy to
use. It has a thick draft collar which lines the entire length of
the zipper. The chest pocket is large enough to fit small
essentials, such as a watch, keys, tissues etc.
I have not yet had the chance to test this bag in weather it is
intended for. It has performed well in the conditions I have used it
in. I would recommend this bag to anyone looking for a cheaper
alternative to an extreme winter bag and doesn't mind the added what
and loss of space.
Warm, even when wet
No-snag zipper cord
Heavier than traditional down sleeping bags with same
Not very compressible
- Welcome to BGT Johnathan.
Thank you for your Owner Review, and your interest in becoming a
tester. Unfortunately, as it stands now your review is lacking in
some areas and cannot be accepted for editing at this time. One area
needing more attention is your measurement conversions. There are a
few missing and several that have not been converted to metric.
Additionally, in your repost please clearly state how many nights
this bag has been used. If you are unsure of the exact number a
fair estimate will suffice.
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--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "jonfish818"
> The North Face Dark Star
> Name: Jonathan Cunha
> Age: 25
> Gender: Male
> Height: 6 ft (1.83m)
> Weight: 165 lbs (75kg)
> Email address: Jonathanmcunha@...
> City, State, Country: Boston, MA, USA
> Date: January 23, 2009
- PAM - Jonathan Cunha(1) - The North Face Dark Star Posted Feb 3(msg#77118), Revised Feb 16, Taken Feb 21, Edit Feb 21(77202), Follow up Mar 13
Following a review of our Owner Review queue at BackpackGearTest.org I noticed you have not responded to the Edit notice given for the above Owner's Review, which was posted by Pam back on Feb 21st. Please refer to message number 77202 at
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