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The North Face Dolomite One Review

The layered versatility of this bag should appeal to campers who want a bag that can adapt to an array of climates, elevations, and seasons
The North Face Dolomite One
Photo: The North Face
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Price:  $140 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Very versatile, warm, comfortable fabrics
Cons:  Higher priced, a lot of zippers, gap in foot box lets in cool air
Manufacturer:   The North Face
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 12, 2021
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#3 of 11
  • Warmth - 35% 8
  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Features - 25% 7
  • Packed Size - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Stackable and interchangeable top quilts give The North Face Dolomite One impressive versatility in a wide cross-section of climates and temperatures. Its simple zipping system gives the user a choice of three distinct layering options with temp ratings of 15, 30, and 50 degrees. No gimmicks here, these layers are easy to add and remove and they measure up to their respective warmth ratings. The Dolomite One is a legitimate choice for campers who enjoy a wide variety of climates and seasons or who sleep outdoor in a wide range of shelters such as tents, campers, RVs, or boats.

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Pros Very versatile, warm, comfortable fabricsVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesLarge, warm, lots of extra features, catchy lookTrue all-purpose bag, rare-to-find down-filled rectangle bag, warm, lightweightSurprisingly warm, inexpensive, interior pocket, patented zipper system reduces zipper snags
Cons Higher priced, a lot of zippers, gap in foot box lets in cool airGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesSynthetic flannel liner, doesn't have a full-length zipperMore expensive than synthetic bags, loses all insulation when wetSmall, catchy/scratchy interior lining
Bottom Line The layered versatility of this bag should appeal to campers who want a bag that can adapt to an array of climates, elevations, and seasonsThis bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options to adapt to varying climatesIt's not as rugged as it looks in photos, but we still really like this bag and feel it is a good buyDown-filled and rectangular, this is a rare bag and we love itWarm, comfortable, and great for kids or adults, this bag's price tag makes camping outdoors an affordable affair
Rating Categories The North Face Dolo... TETON Sports Polara... TETON Sports Deer H... Kelty Galactic 30 Coleman Brazos
Warmth (35%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Comfort (30%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Features (25%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Packed Size (10%)
6.0
5.0
3.0
9.0
7.0
Specs The North Face Dolo... TETON Sports Polara... TETON Sports Deer H... Kelty Galactic 30 Coleman Brazos
Temp Rating (F) 15 degrees 0 degrees 0 degrees 30 degrees 20 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 5.8 lbs (long) 8.3 lbs 8.5 lbs 2.1 lbs (long) 4.1 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle No Yes Yes No No
Shell Material Polyester Taffeta Canvas 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta Polyester
Lining Material Polyester Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
100% Brushed Poly Flannel 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta Tricot knit
Insulation Synthetic SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber 600 Fill Dridown Polyester
Measured Size L x W 84" X 32" 82" X 36" 90" x 39" 73" X 34" 75" X 33"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 5-Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Simple layering options make the The North Face Dolomite One a contender for one of the better 3-in-1 camping bags on the market. We feel its only limitation is its coldest warmth rating stops at 15-degrees. If this bag offered a range from zero to 50 degrees, we feel it could rival any multi-layered sleeping bag out there. That said, the warmth ratings it does offer make it very versatile and appealing to a wide range of campers who want a bag that adapts easily to climates and temperatures.

Performance Comparison


We feel each layering configuration performed well against its...
We feel each layering configuration performed well against its listed temperature rating. We found the 30-degree, yellow quilt (seen here) was perfect for shoulder seasons when temps remain colder at night.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Warmth


We tested each layering option in a variety of climates, temperatures, and elevations and found them each to adequately measure up to their individual warmth ratings. In fact, after several nights in this bag, we can honestly say it's one of the more versatile we've seen when it comes to warmth. Even better, this bag's Heatseeker Eco Synthetic Insulation consists of 30% post-consumer material. This bag also offers a drawstring opening which allows sleepers to completely enclose the bag above their shoulders by cinching the bag around their neck. This simple feature (often missing on basic camping bags) was instrumental in keeping our testers warmer when nighttime temps inched closer to the bag's lower warmth ratings.

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Lots of layering options results in lots of zippers. All of the Dolomite One's zippers converge in a clump at the bottom of the bag, resulting in a two-inch opening in the center of the foot box. The space is a result of the system which allows layers to be added and removed. There is a small, Velcro flap that covers the gap; however, we found the Velcro to be a bit cheap, resulting in the flap easily falling out place. It simply doesn't stay closed very well, which gives cooler air direct access to toes and feet during chillier nights.

The Dolomite's shell and liner fabrics are soft and pleasing to the...
The Dolomite's shell and liner fabrics are soft and pleasing to the touch. Although very effective, the bag's insulation isn't very thick, so a sleeping pad is a must.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Comfort


After sleeping in this bag for several nights, we found the 50-degree layering configuration to be the most comfortable; however, as a whole, the entire bag feels spacious and is easy to maneuver in throughout the night. Its entire shell system is made from The North Face's proprietary Cire Polyester Taffeta material, which is soft and cool against the skin and allows for ease of movement. The bag's interior lining also includes a thin microfleece weave from the midsection to the opening. Although warm, this bag's insulation is a little is thinner than many other bags, so it doesn't have a lot of natural padding. As with virtually any sleeping bag, we recommend using it with a sleeping pad for reasons pertaining to comfort and warmth.

Features


The Dolomite One comes with a few basic features, like a drawstring opening and an internal storage pouch. However, we feel its greatest feature is its simple layering system. A few companies have produced a layered bag; however, we feel the Dolomite One's simple design works exceptionally well.

During the early mornings and evenings, we often used the bag's...
During the early mornings and evenings, we often used the bag's blue, 50-degree layer as a stand-alone quilt. It's compact and light enough to easily drag around camp for added warmth before tucking in for the night.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

For temps near 15-degrees, zip all the layers together. If it looks like weather may hover between freezing and 40-degrees, remove the blue layer and sleep with just the yellow quilt. Finally, for temperatures that are 50 or above, remove the yellow layer and attach just the blue quilt for the evening. This bag offers an incredible amount of versatility for campers in tents or RVs who enjoy camping in a wide variety of climates and every season but winter. If your van or RV is heated, this bag could be the one you use year-round.

When all layers are combined (above), the Dolomite One's packed size...
When all layers are combined (above), the Dolomite One's packed size is large and compares evenly with similar bags. However, if one of the quilts is not needed, we found it packed down quite efficiently for a synthetic, rectangular bag.
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Packed Size


Due to its multiple layering options, the Dolomite One may also have several packed sizes, depending on the temperatures the bag will be used in. For this reason, we gave it higher scores in this metric when compared to its peers. The 50-degree configuration packs down small enough to be used for a simple weekend backpacking trip. When fully loaded for warmth, the Dolomite One still packs down surprisingly well, giving it a smaller packed size than many other rectangle bags we've looked at that employ synthetic insulation.

We liked that both top quilts came with their own storage pocket.
We liked that both top quilts came with their own storage pocket.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Value


When we scan our notes, as well as our review, we realize we have very few negative comments about the Dolomite One. Its effective layering system provides warmth in a variety of temperatures. We love its simplicity and versatility and feel it's worth its higher price tag, especially for campers who enjoy traveling a wide range of climates, elevations, temperature zones, and seasons. We would be remiss, though, if we didn't mention that our favorite 3-in-1 model costs less.

Conclusion


We were pleasantly impressed by the versatility of the The North Face Dolomite One. Its simple design is easy to use, comfortable, stylish, and effectively warm in all of its layering configurations. It's an ideal bag for campers who enjoy a variety of locations or seasons, and it could even pinch-hit on a weekend backpacking trip. Its only drawback is that its price is higher than other adequate multi-layered sleeping bags.

Not only is the Dolomite One stylish, it's warm, versatile, easy to...
Not only is the Dolomite One stylish, it's warm, versatile, easy to use, and comfortable. It's also a little higher priced than other 3-in-1's on the market.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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