The North Face Blue Kazoo Regular
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Every feature on the Blue Kazoo works to ensure that you enjoy a better night's sleep. Both sizes have a ripple construction that ensures that the down insulation is prevented from shifting.
The North Face Blue Kazoo Regular Reviews
Reviewed by Treena (Newcastle) on 2006-06-01:
General comments: I bought this bag after nearly freezing to death in the lakes last bank holiday. Being a girl I bought it mainly for the design which is a beautiful blue.
The sales assistant recommended this to me as suitable for 3 season sleeping and 'Winter in Scotland'. This must be a new season rating I've never heard of.
As this is a down bag it is extremely light weighing around 670grammes. This is obviously a plus for back packers. It also comes with two bags, one ordinary stuff sac and an airy net bigger bag for home storage. Excellent idea as my old sleeping bag was a bit musty due to being sqaushed.
I tested it in usual Lake District May weather .i.e. wet, damp and around 14 degrees dropping to around 3/4 at night.
When you first get in it is absolutely brilliant, warm and cosy without 5 minutes of shivering like my old sleeping bag. The drawstring hood is perfect and cocoons you right in and there's even a little zipped pocket for keeping knick knacks in. The zip is a little stiff but is solid and there is a bit of material inside the sleeping bag to stop the zip jamming, great idea. You also have the choice of side for your zip.
But.... given the weather and the fact I had full clothing on (no outer fleece) I wouldn't expect it to stand the test of Winter in Scotland. To be fair this was only the recommendation of the assistant and not North Face's own claim.
I was warm as toast in the current conditions but would expect to have to wear an outer fleece and thicker socks in colder climates.
The manufacturer's claim is down to -7. I know everyone has a different comfort zone but I think this may be stretching it a little. I would suggest 3 season definately, but 3 season in Britain, so in other words down to 0 but this is obviously subjective.
Overall though an excellent, if expensive bag.
Pros: Warm & cosy
Choice of side for zip
Sturdy zip with re-inforcement
Down filled so natural
Cons: Zip sticks a bit
Not for below freezing
Reviewed by Rachel S (Stockport) on 2007-09-29:
General comments: I had been after a down sleeping bag for quite some time when I picked this up in a sale. The stats say it is comfort around -2 and transition around -9. Of course these ratings are prosduced under the assumption that you will be wearing a couple of layers inside the bag and sleeping on a mat and I have found that so long as you keep to these parameters the Blue Kazoo will not let you down. It is a pretty lightweight, well made and well designed sleeping bag. It is the small design features that make the difference, and there are several of these on this bag. The foot area is vaulted to allow you to lie on your back wand still have adequate space for your feet to be upright, there is a glow in the dark zip pull for those pitch black nights, a small zipped pocket at the top of the bag for putting your watch in so you know what time it is and a clever hood system which is easticated below your face and static above. You also get the net storage bag to prevent the down becoming compressed as well as a well sized compression sack.
Pros: Size, weight, clever design features.
Cons: None that I have found yet!