Camping Gear Guide
Down Sleeping Bags

The North Face Basalt Sleeping Bag: 40 Degree Down


Product Details

Nothing beats down for warmth, weight, and compressibility, which are rad features even in a roomy, only moderately technical bag like The North Face Basalt 40 Degree Down Sleeping Bag. Prioritizing spring, summer, and fall car-camping, mellow backpacking, and backyard sleepover missions over highly-technical backpacking and mountaineering trips, the Basalt's rectangular shape provides tons of space, and the water-resistant 550-fill ProDown offers all the insulation you need without any extra weight. It also features synthetic Heatseeker insulation panels on the ground to help keep the down from getting compressed and losing its insulating power, and has a wrap-around footbox zipper so you can use it as a comforter when you're crashing on your buddy's couch.

Price : $ 178.95


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Lightweight Sleeping Bags Checklist

Sure It's Warm Enough? Lightweight bags are meant for use in weather between 30-50 degrees. But, remember, it's always prudent to add on at least 10 degrees to the bags rating. Thus, a bag rated to 40 degrees might only keep you warm in 50 degree weather.
Down or Synthetic? Each have their advantages. Down is less bulky and weighs a few ounces less. Synthetic costs less (usually) and is easier to dry - you can just toss it in the dryer.
Don't Forget the Sleeping Pad! A sleeping bag is useless without a sleeping pad. So, if you don't already have a sleeping pad, get one. For lightweight sleeping bags (thus used in warm weather), you don't need a super thick or winter-style one.
Ideal Uses for a Lightweight Bag. Where you know...for sure...that the temperature will stay at least 10-15 degrees above the sleeping bags rating. And, where every ounce and cubic inch of space is at a premium. Lightweight bags are often used by climbers and bike campers/travelers. For backpacking in the mountains, a lightweight bag is NOT recommended!

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