The North Face Homestead Twin 40 is one wide sleeping bag. Touted by the manufacturer as the largest single bag on the market, we concur. Measuring in at just a spider's eyelash wider than a twin bed, its roominess and silky lining, made it difficult for us to get up in the morning. On the other hand, we didn't sleep in long on colder mountain evenings. If you buy it, stick to warmer sleeping temps.
The North Face Homestead Twin 40 Review
Cons: Not for colder temps, very bare bones design
Manufacturer: The North Face
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The North Face Homestead Twin 40
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|Pros||Very roomy, lightweight, the stuff sack functions as a backpack, fun color schemes||Very warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature ranges||Durable design, completely zipperless, lots of practical features, seemed warmer than 35-degree rating||True all-purpose bag, rare-to-find down-filled rectangle bag, warm, lightweight||Roomy, comfortable, soft synthetic lining, small hood for warmth, water resistant|
|Cons||Not for colder temps, very bare bones design||Grabby liner, may be confining to larger body types||Narrow design may not fit two larger bodies, extra effort to get into its stuff sack||More expensive than synthetic bags, problematic when water-soaked||Doesn't unzip into a blanket, poor quality construction, hand wash only, machine washing voids warranty|
|Bottom Line||Watching a kid pull the Homestead's backpack stuff sack over a shoulder and head to a friend's house is pretty priceless.||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||Homestead Twin 40||TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1||Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo||Kelty Galactic 30||TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||Homestead Twin 40||TETON Sports...||Frontcountry Bed...||Kelty Galactic 30||TETON Sports...|
|Temp Rating (F)||40 degrees||0 degrees||35 degrees||30 degrees||0 degrees|
|Measured Weight (lbs)||4.2 lbs||8.3 lbs||8.2 lbs||2.3 lbs||7.1 lbs|
|Draft Tube||No||Full length||Full length||Full length||Full length|
|Neck Baffle||Drawstring only||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Shell Material||Polyester taffeta||Taffeta||50d polyester ripstop||50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta||Taffeta|
|Lining Material||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 40"||82" X 36"||87" X 50 "||73" X 32"||90" X 39"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
It's not the warmest bag we tested, but you may not need something that will get you through a winter in the Arctic. The North Face Homestead Twin 40 has enough insulation to keep you warm in the Summer months in temperate climates. It's a perfect bag for warmer camping, whether that pertains to the outside temps or the temps inside your RV.
Are you sleeping in a heated camper trailer? If you're not, you may not have an enjoyable night in this bag, unless you're in a tent on the beach in Hawaii. Out of the all the bags we reviewed, it scored dead last for warmth. However, this isn't necessarily a drawback. This bag was never destined for a two-month stint at Everest Base Camp. The Homestead 40 is exactly what it should be: A fun bag for warmer-weather camping, sleepovers, heated camper trailers and backyard campouts.
Roomy. Roomy. Roomy. The manufacturer touts this bag to be the "largest one-person bag on the market." We haven't verified their claim, but we can say that we were very impressed with the overall size of this bag. Measuring in at a width of 40 inches it provides ample room for nearly any body type. The Slumberjack Country Squire is wider, at 42 inches.
The silky nature of the bag's polyester interior allows for the twisting and turning of even the busiest sleeper. But its thin insulation does land it near the bottom of our list for a natural pillowy feel. You'll want to pair it with a sleeping pad, camper bed or a luscious, green, backyard lawn.
Scoring relatively high in the features metric, this bag doesn't come with a lot of extras at first glance. One thing we thought was kind of cool is the bag's stuff sack doubles as a simple backpack with its own storage pocket.
So why did it score higher than average? We look at many things in our features testing including ease of washing, warranty, and water resistance. This bag scored high in those areas but did produce lower scores in areas like draft tubes along the zipper, shoulder baffles, and zipper function. Overall, this bag is fairly bare bones, but it is part of the manufacturer's Homestead collection, so there are several colors and prints available. The collection also offers matching tents, tots, canopies and more for shoppers who are into matchy-matchy stuff.
We rated this bag well for packed size. It is easy to pack, compact, lightweight, can be carried easily, and in a pinch could double as a backcountry bag if the temps are favorable. We love the backpack stuff sack, which could double as a very simple daypack for a short, basic weekend camping trip.
After using this bag for weeks, we feel it is a great bag for summertime, backyard campouts, sleepovers and warm weather or heated-trailer camping. If you're headed out for a summer weekend at Lake Mead, Nevada or any other warm destination, this bag will serve you well. It fits a great niche for simple, basic camp gear.
This bag is a little overpriced. It's within a few dollars of the much larger and warmer Teton Sports Celsius XXL 0, as well as other bags that are warmer and stouter. However, the Homestead Line does offer a certain style, and the manufacturer does use 30% recycled material in its insulation.
The manufacturer never intended this bag to make its mark on polar expeditions. This is strictly a warm-weather bag with minimal features. Still, we enjoyed using the bag and really like its generous size. We also give props to the manufacturer for using 30% post-consumer recycled material in its Heatseeker™ Eco synthetic insulation.
Other Versions and Accessories
This bag is available in regular and long lengths. It also offers a warmer 20-degree version. Additionally, the Homestead Twin is available in four different colors and prints. The Northface Homestead Collection consists of more than sleeping bags with matching tents, canopies and more.
— Jason Wanlass