The North Face Snowshoe +0 Sleeping Bag - Regular Specs
3 degrees Fahrenheit
16 degrees Fahrenheit
0 degrees Fahrenheit
-18 degrees Celsius
(Top) 57% polyester/43% nylon / (bottom) nylon
Climashield polyester fibers
9.5 x 18 inches
EN lower limit (rating for men)
EN comfort (rating for women)
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The North Face Snowshoe +0 Sleeping Bag - Regular
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Rated 3.8571/5 based on 14 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by The kensofromNot a Zero Degree BagI slept in this bag on a 35 degree night in Pennsylvania in October. This is not a zero degree bag. Not even a twenty degree bag.
Bought a Big Agnes Zirkel (20 degree) which is warmer and lighter -- but a lot more $$.
Date published: 2009-02-04
Rated 2out of5
by PaveLeahfromCold (7-10F' degrees) sleeping outside.Slept in a shelter on LaConte (Smoky Mountains),TN. Used Sleeping pad, was wearing no clothes inside the sleeping bag.
Outside Temp was 7-10 F. Got very cold.
Date published: 2009-02-02
Rated 3out of5
by zmxnfromnot +0 for meWas out for a few consecutive nights with lows around 40F. Was reasonably comfortable, but bordering on a bit cold, despite a light layer on underneath, hat, and everything cinched down. Admittedly, I'm a cold sleeper, and actually chose this bag to be conservative, but I'd say it's more like a 20F rated bag than a 0F.
Other cons for me: don't like the double layer velcro closure for the neck draft tube, which could also be puffier. Seems like unnecessary weight and bulk. Don't like the cinch drawstring for the hood -- the lock button is covered by fabric and hard to find to press to unlock the drawstring. Hood is otherwise quite comfortable. Zipper is a bit fiddly; often not running smoothly. Doesn't pack down particularly small, though what do you expect with synthetic.
Date published: 2010-08-22
Rated 3out of5
by DanneauxfromNice bag compromised by over-engineeringI am a high-mileage, self-supported solo adventure cyclist whose lengthy trips usually center on alpine regions and high deserts, so when my old synthetic bag died, it was essential the new one have a similar temperature range to cope with near-zero nighttime temperatures and the moisture one can expect from freezing or wind-driven rain and surprise snowstorms in use with and without a tent. After careful research, I selected The North Face Snowshoe.It has many features seemingly tailored for my use:- An EN-certified zero-degree temperature rating (~3F for men, ~16F for women)- A fully-adjustable hood- A closeable chest-level draft flap- A very nicely-executed zipper draft tube and (for me) an exceptionally free-running and snag-free zipper- The use of long-strand ClimaShield Prism synthetic insulation. Unlike short-strand batting, it should better resist long-term breakdown from stuffing cycles and compression while on tour, and its loft resembles that of premium down bags rated for 15 degrees. It feels immediately and aggressively warm on entry, and has remained so during my use in warmer nighttime temperatures. I have not had the chance to use it near its lower temp rating. It vents very well by opening the foot zipper or leaving the hood and/or chest-level draft flap open.- A DWR coating on the outside of the bag that sheds water like a duck.- It includes loops to tether the bag to a pad, as well as a zippered stash pocket on the outside top of the bag near the zipper.- The overall workmanship is very high, the foot section is nicely executed, and the hood section abounds with many thoughtful details, including a nice fleece cover on the chest-level draft flap and shaped hood that has a generous puff of insulation over the drawcord.Unfortunately, the bag also abounds with a number of details that seem pointlessly over-engineered and compromised the basic use of the bag for me:- The zipper draft flap has a persistent gap near my elbow that lets air into the bag.- The hood is shaped in such a way that if I use it at all, it completely covers my eyes.- If I draw the hood closed with the drawstring, the edge forms two uncomfortable lumps over each eye, while the drawstring cuts into the bridge of my nose. The square shape of the hood creates a "draft-channel" at each lower corner when closed, requiring use of the chest-level draft flap.- The hood drawcord works with such friction, I question how long the cords will last; they are showing considerable wear and strain already. It works counter-intuitively -- the lower part of the cord adjusts the upper part of the hood and vice versa. Both can be pulled at once with great effort. The hood cord release is a small button that resides beneath a panel of black knit fabric, difficult to identify at night and to reach from inside the bag. Because of excess friction, it requires one hand to hold the button while the other expands the hood perimeter.- The zipper pull is parked under a little "garage" formed by the hook-and-loop flap closure at the top of the bag. While this keeps the cord away from one's face, it makes it very difficult to open the zipper, as the pull is stored on the outside of the bag. The only way to reach it is by putting an arm up through the hood opening -- hard to do when the hood or chest draft flap are closed.- The chest-level draft flap is the most problematic for me. Though beautifully executed, it is hideously complex to operate from within the bag, and especially in the dark. The free end is closed by a 3-part hook-and-loop closure. When inside the bag -- whether closed or open -- it snags shirts and tops, and ruined my expensive new bicycle jersey. It must be released and refastened every time one leaves and re-enters the bag...or when you wish to free the zipper pull to vent the bag. When the bag is opened, the draft collar fastener snags anything within reach - including the mesh inner liner of my new tent. The free loop of the elastic chest cord runs through a little nylon loop to keep it captive and the cord lock itself is also captive. While this appears convenient at first, it requires two hands to fully open or close and is far harder to release than designs where the cord lock is free to slide on the cord. It seems these design elements are working their way through most of TNF's 2010 bag line. A careful reading of other reviews reveals others have not shared my difficulties, so perhaps it is best to take this review as simply one more data point when considering this bag for your own use.As a result of these problems with closing and adjusting the top of the bag, I have decided to return it to REI, since it has proven nearly unworkable for me. This is a shame, as the rest of the bag appears to beat pretty much anything else on the market for warmth and loft at this price and weight, which in my sample is about a quarter-pound more than the published average. I am 5'11" and 155 pounds, and the bag is *just* a fit for me in length, bordering on too-short. At the same time, I wish it had more of a "performance" fit with width at the shoulders and thighs and a narrower footbox. As it is, my arms fall off my REI pad at the sides and it is a lot more bag to heat than I'd like.I have since purchased a Marmot Never Summer down bag from REI. It will be my first down bag, and I am concerned about how well it will fare in wetter conditions, but it just plain works with no fuss and addresses every single shortcoming I experienced with the 2010 TNF Snowshoe, and I expect it to be a more usable design for me overall. It makes nocturnal sojourns a pleasure rather than a complicated, wakeful nightmare.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 4out of5
by mikaels19fromNo regretsI have used this bag on several backpacking trips this winter. The coldest trip was up Cameron Pass in CO- single digits, steady snow, sleeping under a tarp on a sleeping pad and i was very comfortable. It's almost too warm to use in more mild conditions. Used it this past week in the Chisos and was even in temps hovering around freezing at night i was hot. This bag packs up pretty small and is light for a 0 degree synthetic bag. I use a different compression sack than the one it comes with but it compresses well.
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 4out of5
by outdoorfinaticfromAwesumthis is a great bag alittle on the heavey bulky size but fits in my backpack(z65)and alot better than the down bag i bought last year.Great bag and price can't be beat.Good for the North face good bag
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 4out of5
by MKreesefromWell worth it for an adventurer.I've used this bag for many trips now and have only been left wanting a couple times. My biggest complaint is weight but I decided to save a few dollars and get this bag over a lighter model. I have found that I'm rarely comfortable temperature wise. Usually I am too warm on milder nights. My wife has a Kelty 0 degree bag that has served us well so we went ahead and bought her this same bag. She loves it too, especially that she gets a little extra room.
Date published: 2010-07-15
Rated 4out of5
by Danny the GreatfromGood Job North FaceI backpacked around Kenosha Pass late September and the bag did everything that I asked it to do. The nights were just above freezing but with the snowshoe I was very warm (I did not have to zip the bag all the way up or secure the hood). I go backpacking at least two or more times a month, so when it starts to get cold I prefer to be warm and the snowshoe gives you this ability.This synthetic bag is a good subsitute to a down bag. The price is affordable at [$](regular)has a nice loft and it did not have cold spots. The foot of the bag got damp but didn't absorb any water (I donn't know if it was from over the night or when I pulled it out of the tent the next morning to pack away). I did not give this bag 5 stars because nothing especially gear is perfect! However I do think the snowshoe deserves 4.5 stars but as we know you cannot rate as such. Wether you are casual or avid, car camper or backpacker this is a very good bag to have in your "repertoire of gear". I used to be a minimalist but I have turned into a quasi minimalist/comfort driven backpacker and I can honestly say if you can get the bag to pack down a little bit more it would be worthy of a minimalist! Also i am 5'11 165lbs and I had room enough to turn to my side or stomach from laying on my back. I hope someone will find this review helpful and happy trails.(if you are worried about the water you can treat the bag as well as the rain fly with a water repellent and seal the seams on the tent for added protection. Read the manufacturer's guidelines prior to seal because it may void the warranty).
Date published: 2010-09-19
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The North Face Snowshoe +0 Sleeping Bag - Regular Customer Reviews