The Aleutian 3-season synthetic sleeping bag has a slim mummy shape and feels warm. The full-length zip has a draught baffle behind it, runs smoothly with few instances of snagging and has Velcro at the top to keep it secure. The hood is well-shaped and protective, cinching in around the face via a bungee cord to keeps its shape and remain comfortable. The outer fabric is highly water-resistant. It has a small pocket for essentials. It’s a simple, functional design that compresses down well to a reasonable size and would be ideal for general backpacking on a budget. For £65 this is an excellent compromise on cost without losing too much performance. But there’s no shoulder baffle, which means relying on tightening the hood to keep the heat in. The inner stitched seams are quite noticeable against the skin, and the inner fabric and insulation don’t feel as soft as most others in the test. The temperature rating of -2 is not ideal for 3-season use.
Shell polyester Enduralite
Inner silky polyester
Construction overlapping shingle
Insulation HOT SL
Packed size 37x20cm; 30x20cm compressed
Weight 1629g (bag only); 1785g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100
Stockists – tel. (01539) 738882; www.thenorthface.com
Verdict: The Aleutian’s temperature rating together with a lack of shoulder baffle reduces the weight but also reduces the comfort of this The North Face 3-season synthetic sleeping bag for some.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2009