The North Face Aleutian 2011

The lowest-priced sleeping bag on test, the The North Face Aleutian represents excellent value. It sports a close fit that feels warm but not restrictive, and a well-cut hood, which closes comfortably around the face. Drawcords are made from substantial bungee cord and are easy to operate, while the long zip is protected from cold spots by a generous baffle. There’s a small outside pocket too, for a watch. The Aleutian packs down small into an excellent stuffsack and compresses well. Although one of the lightest bags on test, it’s a snug fit and the good design makes it feel warmer in use than some others of a similar temperature rating. A longer version is also available. But the lack of a shoulder baffle makes the The North Face Aleutian less cosy and warm than it could be, and the inner fabric isn’t as soft or as luxurious as some of the others on test. Also, although good design helps make it as warm as it can be for its weight, it might feel a little too cold for true 3-season use.

Size 206x75x32cm
Outer fabric nylon/polyester
Inner fabric nylon
Construction shingle
Insulation synthetic Heatshield Optimal Technology polyester
Minimum comfort temperature rating -2 deg C
Packed size 40x71x22cm; 27x76x25cm compressed
Weight 1604g (bag); 1700g with stuffsack
Made in China
Stores in the UK 120

The The North Face Aleutian is a decent sleeping bag that feels warmer than some others thanks to its snug fit and good design. It would be one of the best on test if it had a shoulder baffle.

Review by Ben Winston
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2011