The North Face Dolomite 20 Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Dolomite 20 was a solid performer, but, in our opinion, didn't quite live up to the insulating power that its 20-degree rating boasts. This is still a great, well-constructed bag, made with quality materials. However, after the tests we performed, we fill a more realistic rating would be 35 degrees. In that temp range, we found the Dolomite to be warm, inviting and cozy. Additionally, we were impressed to find that the bag's Heatseeker Eco synthetic insulation is composed of 30 percent post-consumer recycled material. While this bag is incredibly warm, it was bested by the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1, Coleman Brazos, and TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0.
This is not the largest rectangular bag on the market, so if you're a larger or taller person, you may feel a little cramped in this bag. Overall, we found it to be relatively comfortable, easy to toss and turn in, but somewhat tighter feeling than we were expecting. When lying flat and empty, it appears to be roomier in the shoulders and hips then it actually was. Our testing indicated that the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1 was the most comfortable competitor in our fleet.
The Dolomite doesn't offer as many features as some of the other bags we tested. However, we did like its drawstring adjustable opening, which allows the user to cinch the bag around their shoulders. It also has a nice Velcro closure tab at the top of the zipper; a very nice zipper handle; and a large interior pocket.
We were also impressed with the bag's limited lifetime warranty and its excellent water-resistant shell. Overall, we feel this is an excellent all-purpose camping bag.
The Dolomite is the second lightest bag we tested and fits easily into its stuff sack. The Dolomite can also easily fit into various backpack sizes, down to a 58-liters, making it a good option for doubling as a backcountry bag in a pinch.
We really don't have a best application for this bag. It pretty much could be used for anything. It is NOT the absolute perfect bag for, really, any type of camping. But it does work well in just about any situation. The only things to keep in mind are it's not a really large bag and it's not really designed for weather colder than 30 or 40 degrees. Other than that, this an excellent multi-purpose bag.
As with most North Face products, this bag is filled with class and quality. After hours of testing, we feel it's worth its price tag.
When it comes to bedding down for the night in a chilly mountain valley, bags like The North Face Dolomite 20 really can't compete with our Editors' Choice, the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1. However, in all fairness, that isn't really the Dolomite's niche or design. This is more of an all-purpose bag that's designed to be a lighter, stylish, modern take of the warmer, heavier, flannel bags. We hope our review gave you insight as to whether you are leaning to old school or new school.
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