We’re excited to be a North Face Store this year at Tahoe Mountain Sports, with great apparel and gear from one of the industry’s top brands. Two of the backpacking sleeping bags reviewed below, the Cat’s Meow and the Blue Kazoo, have been time-tested and add an excellent option to our sleeping bag selection at Tahoe Mountain Sports.
The North Face Cat’s Meow backpacking sleeping bag has been around since the 1980s, and has been many hiker’s first sleeping bag for good reason – it’s a solid performing three season synthetic sleeping bag without any unnecessary bells or whistles. This year they further honed this classic, focusing on quality fabrics and top-of-the-line insulation. The North Face has even integrated details from those big insulation suites you see mountaineers wearing on the way up Mt. Everest – the way the hood wraps around your head to retain heat and the face gasket that keeps elastic off your forehead and chin.
The North Face Blue Kazoo backpacking sleeping bag blends the great performance of Hungarian goose down and synthetic insulation for a great 3 season package. Goose down weighs less for the same warmth, packs smaller and lasts longer – whereas synthetic insulation deals with moisture better and compresses less – staying warmer under your body against the ground. The North Face took advantage of this, placing 650 fill power* goose down on top of and around you, with pads of synthetic insulation under your head, shoulders, hips and feet where the bag is compressed the most.
* Fill power measures how many cubic inches of space 1 ounce of down takes up, so 1 ounce of 650 down takes up 650 cubic inches!
Here’s a video overview of these two great backpacking sleeping bag’s features:
We’re also excited about The North Face footwear this year, from the fast and light The North Face Singletrack TH trail running shoe to The North Face Crestone waterproof hiking boot, one of the best new hiking boots around. They’ve done a great job of coming up with useful features without over-engineering.
Here’s a video overview of the men’s and women’s The North Face shoes we’re carrying this year:
We’ve also started carrying The North Face Tents, and have a full line of The North Face clothing and apparel, from the classic The North Face Half Dome T-Shirt to the Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Green Award winning The North Face Venture Jacket. So check out our selection of The North Face gear and apparel today, and see why we’re so excited!