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The North Face Dolomite 20 Review

The Dolomite 20 is a multi-purpose bag that is designed with all the care and attention to detail that The North Face products are known for.
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Price:  $100 List | $99.90 at Amazon
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Pros:  Lightweight, compressible, comfortable, silky liner, quality construction, water resistant, fits easily in a backpack
Cons:  Relatively small, doesn't stand up to colder weather
Manufacturer:   The North Face
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 25, 2017
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  • Warmth - 35% 7
  • Comfort - 25% 5
  • Features - 25% 7
  • Packed Size - 15% 8

Our Verdict

If you shy away from early Spring or late Fall camping and are looking for a quality bag that is perfect for a little bit warmer weather, The North Face Dolomite 20 could very well be the bag you're looking for. This bag is excellent for desert or summer weather camping and could easily allow you to brave a little bit colder temps if you combine the bag with warmer sleeping attire. This bag is compressible and light but still gives you the more roomy, traditional, rectangle design of a car-camping bag. In a pinch, this bag could easily fit into a backpack and double as a backcountry bag.

Camping in a milder climate?
If you really prefer to steer clear of the cold but still want to get out there, check out the The North Face Dolomite 40. Perfect for mild nights at the campground when temperatures remain above 40 degrees, this bag is a great all-arounder with a smooth price tag of only $89.


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Pros Lightweight, compressible, comfortable, silky liner, quality construction, water resistant, fits easily in a backpackVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesDurable design, completely zipperless, lots of practical features, seemed warmer than 35-degree ratingTrue all-purpose bag, rare-to-find down-filled rectangle bag, warm, lightweightRoomy, comfortable, soft synthetic lining, small hood for warmth, water resistant
Cons Relatively small, doesn't stand up to colder weatherGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesNarrow design may not fit two larger bodies, extra effort to get into its stuff sackMore expensive than synthetic bags, problematic when water-soakedDoesn't unzip into a blanket, poor quality construction, hand wash only, machine washing voids warranty
Bottom Line The Dolomite 20 is a multi-purpose bag that is designed with all the care and attention to detail that The North Face products are known for.This bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options.This bag has no zippers, tons of features, and could fool you into thinking you were in your own bed.Down-filled and rectangular: This is a rare bag.The Celsius's massive size, mixed with its red and black colors, make it appealing at first site, but the overall design and quality have room for improvement.
Rating Categories The North Face Dolomite 20 TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo Kelty Galactic 30 TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0
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Specs The North Face... TETON Sports... Frontcountry Bed... Kelty Galactic 30 TETON Sports...
Temp Rating (F) 20 degrees 0 degrees 35 degrees 30 degrees 0 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 4.8 lbs 8.3 lbs 8.2 lbs 2.3 lbs 7.1 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle Drawstring only Yes No No Yes
Shell Material 50D ciré polyester taffeta Taffeta 50d polyester ripstop 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta Taffeta
Lining Material 50D ciré polyester taffeta Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
68d polyester taffeta 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Insulation Heatseeker Eco SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Synthetic 600 Fill Dridown SuperLoft Elite 4-Channel Hollow Fiber
Measured Size L x W 72" X 32" 82" X 36" 87" X 50 " 73" X 32" 90" X 39"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


We loved the Dolomite's versatility and construction quality.
We loved the Dolomite's versatility and construction quality.

Warmth


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, Slumberjack Country Squire 0, Coleman Brazos, and TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0.

We were impressed to find that the bag's Heatseeker Eco synthetic insulation is  composed of 30 percent post-consumer recycled material.
We were impressed to find that the bag's Heatseeker Eco synthetic insulation is composed of 30 percent post-consumer recycled material.

Comfort


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 and Slumberjack Country Squire 0 were the most comfortable competitors in our fleet.

The fabric of the Dolomite has a nice feel. However  the bag is a little tighter than it appears.
The fabric of the Dolomite has a nice feel. However, the bag is a little tighter than it appears.

Features


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.

A simple pleasure we do admit  but we loved this bag's well-constructed zipper tabs.
A simple pleasure we do admit, but we loved this bag's well-constructed zipper tabs.

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  Rei Siesta  Kelty Callisto  and the Teton Sports Celsius XXL maintained perfect water resistance for the full 5 minutes of our water test.
The Dolomite, Rei Siesta, Kelty Callisto, and the Teton Sports Celsius XXL maintained perfect water resistance for the full 5 minutes of our water test.

Packed Size


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.

The Dolomite 20 was the second most packable bag we tested. It fits easily into its stuff sack and can be shoved into a backpack for an over-nighter in the backcountry.
The Dolomite 20 was the second most packable bag we tested. It fits easily into its stuff sack and can be shoved into a backpack for an over-nighter in the backcountry.

Best Applications


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.

The Dolomite 20 has enough features to keep you happy and enough versatility to keep you on the move.
The Dolomite 20 has enough features to keep you happy and enough versatility to keep you on the move.

Value


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.

We loved the overall style  feel and appearance of this bag.
We loved the overall style, feel and appearance of this bag.

Conclusion


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 or the Slumberjack Country Squire 0. However, in all fairness, that's isn't really the Dolomite's niche or design. This is more of an all-purpose bag that's designed to be lighter, stylish and 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.


Jason Wanlass