The North Face Dolomite One Review
Cons: Higher priced, a lot of zippers, gap in foot box lets in cool air
Manufacturer: The North Face
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|Pros||Very versatile, warm, comfortable fabrics||Very warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature ranges||Large, warm, lots of extra features, catchy look||True all-purpose bag, rare-to-find down-filled rectangle bag, warm, lightweight||Surprisingly warm, inexpensive, interior pocket, patented zipper system reduces zipper snags|
|Cons||Higher priced, a lot of zippers, gap in foot box lets in cool air||Grabby liner, may be confining to larger body types||Synthetic flannel liner, doesn't have a full-length zipper||More expensive than synthetic bags, loses all insulation when wet||Small, 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 seasons||This bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options to adapt to varying climates||It's not as rugged as it looks in photos, but we still really like this bag and feel it is a good buy||Down-filled and rectangular, this is a rare bag and we love it||Warm, 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|
|Packed Size (10%)|
|Specs||The North Face Dolo...||TETON Sports Polara...||TETON Sports Deer H...||Kelty Galactic 30||Coleman Brazos|
|Claimed Temperature Rating (F)||15 F||0 F||0 F||30 F||20 F|
|Measured Weight (lbs)||5.8 lbs (long)||8.3 lbs||8.5 lbs||2.1 lbs (long)||4.1 lbs|
|Draft Tube||Full length||Full length||Full length||Full length||Full length|
|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"|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Jason Wanlass
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