Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Tundra
Manufacturer The North Face
Page By Bryan W
Page Type Jun 5, 2003 / Jun 5, 2003
Object ID 742
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Trekking in damp, sub-zero temperatures? The -20° Tundra is suited perfectly for expeditions in such conditions.

High-performance Polarguard® Delta insulation offers lofty warmth with less weight

Overlapping shingle construction evenly distributes insulation for consistent warmth

Firestorm™ Iridescent cross-dye shell fabric is lightweight, wind- and water-resistant; silky nylon lining is soft and durable

Full-length draft tube prevents heat loss through zipper; adjustable insulated draft collar with microfleece cord tunnel for additional heat retention

Nylon packcloth-lined zipper columns prevent zipper snagging; easy-grab zipper pulls

External pillow pocket can be stuffed with clothes to make a comfortable pillow; bag can also be tucked away in the pocket during the day

Head-level watch pocket ensures alarm will be heard

One-hand color-coded drawcords allow easy adjustment when in bag in the dark; flat cord for hood and shockcord for chest

Comes with nylon stuff sack and nylon/mesh storage bag



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Alpinist - Dec 5, 2003 8:48 pm - Voted 5/5

Nice bag
This bag is a little heavy at 4 lbs. However, it is an excellent value for the temperature rating. And it is very comfortable. The coldest temperature that I've used it in so far is about 4 degrees (F), but it kept me quite warm. It has excellent features; the draw strings for the hood and chest are different colors and thickness, so even in the dark you can feel which cord is which. The pillow pocket holds clothing or a jacket nicely in place. The watch pocket is a little small though. There is no fabric next to the zipper like most older style bags, which should completely eliminate snagging. The bag also comes with a compression sack and it compresses pretty well.

IdahoClimber - Dec 9, 2003 6:11 pm - Voted 4/5

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Very affordable comfort. Not sure if it will live up to it's neg 20 rating though. Have been cold in it when it was ten above, (Corrected by wrenching down the hood)

I like the different drawstrings at the top to mummy the bag. It is water resistant (Spent a night inside a very wet tent and was plenty dry)

The watch pocket is a joke . . . too small for anything other than spare change.

Bryan W - Nov 7, 2004 10:12 pm - Voted 5/5

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I have had this bag for 2 years now. I find it to be a pretty good bag, but I do agree that I am not real sure that it would hold up to minus 20F. I was cold at around 15 degrees, but that may have been due to my thermorest going flat while camped on a glacier. However, I have been very warm (almost too warm) while at 30 degrees, but not on ice.

JonW - Dec 7, 2007 11:48 am - Hasn't voted

It Does Fine
I have remained warm in this bag down to -5°F or so. My only complaint is the bulk, which is not surprising for sythetic bags. Though better than Polargaurd 3D, the Polargaurd Delta is considerably more bulky then down. But at a fraction of the cost, it is worth it. I use a compression sack with this bag, otherwise I don't think it would fit in my pack.

Drunkcaballo - Apr 9, 2008 1:30 am - Voted 4/5

Not bad for what I paid
I picked this bag up for just over $100. It does well for that price. At the full retail of +$200 I would look elsewhere though. Id have to agree the rating is not down to -20. The coldest temp Ive been in with this is in the low teens and I was still quite warm. This is in my double wall 4 season tent and with a Prolite4 Thermarest, as well as sleeping in Capilene 3 (Im a very cold sleeper). The bag doesn't pack small in the least. As JonW mentions the compression sack is essential, and even with that it is a bear to squeeze into a mid size pack.

Josh Lewis - Feb 6, 2012 9:30 pm - Voted 5/5

Simply Amazing!
This is by far the greatest sleeping bag I have ever used out in the alpine. It dries you out when your soaking wet, it can help dry out team members gear, and pretty much never stays wet if you get wet. I do admit though that the -20 degree rating is perhaps an over statement, but does very well in the Cascades. At 0 degrees I was feeling quite warm in this bag and hope never to go without this bag for a Cascade winter ascent. Worth every penny I spent on this bag.

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