The North Face Inferno 0 Review

May 19, 2016
The North Face Inferno 0
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
90
Compressibility
8
Warmth
8
Comfort
8
Durability
8
Features
8

The Good

  • Lightweight
  • Front zipper is easy to use
  • Good warmth to weight ratio
  • Glow-in-the-dark zipper pull

The Bad

  • Front zipper too short
  • Front zipper pull-tab sticks out
THE VERDICT

The North Face Inferno 0 is a 4-season sleeping bag that is lightweight enough for backpacking or alpinism in colder temperatures and incorporates some great technical features like a front zip although the zipper could be a little longer.

FULL REVIEW

Compressibility
The North Face Inferno 0 compresses well and easily fits into a medium sized compression sack. It does not compress as small as the Valandre Shocking Blue Neo. 

Warmth
The North Face Inferno 0 is rated at a comfort level of 13 degrees Farenheit, which I found to be pretty accurate. I used the bag in temperatures to 12 degrees and found that I needed another layer of clothing to retain my overall comfort level. With the extra layer, I was comfortable for the rest of the night. 

Overall Comfort
The Inferno 0 has a roomy fit to allow you to wear more layers if desired, but not too roomy to make dead space. The 800 fill down is comfortable, the large hood fits well and adjusts easily. The front zipper is great and allows for easy entry and exit from the bag, but adding two more inches to the zipper would make it even better. The front zipper also added to the comfort of the bag by making temperature control much like a jacket and eliminating any zipper snag due to the zippers location. 

Durability
The Inferno 0 did not suffer any noticeable wear and tear and held up very well to the testing phase. 

Features
The Inferno 0 comes with water repellent Pro Down to help protect the down from the elements, but it also has water-resistant Neovent Air fabric on the hood, foot box and back to provide extra protection in these moisture-prone areas. An internal pocket allows for storage for batteries, phone and other items that you would like to shield from the overnight cold. The center zipper allows for easy access in and out of the bag, prevents zipper snag, and even has a glow in the dark pull-tab. I especially liked the zipper since it allowed me to vent the bag just like I would a jacket. The draft collar makes a full circle in the bag, helping to prevent heat loss around your neck and at the same time provides a barrier for the front zipper so that is does not ride on your chin or face. I found that sometimes as I moved at night, the bag and zipper would move with me and the zipper would occasionally be against my chin. I simply moved the draft tube to fix the problem and went back to sleep. Overall, I really liked the front zipper. 

 


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