Outdoors 345

Published on March 31st, 2009 | by Greg


Outdoors with North Face’s Kazoo

It’s a bit of a silly name for a sleeping bag, to be sure, but it kind of fits. This baby is bright green, the sort of green that makes your bag easy to spot from a distance. You might think the bag itself glows in the dark, but nope- the zipper pull does though! It’s been a while since our last sleeping bag look, but as Spring comes, so does our renewed desire to commune with mosquitoes and sunburn.

North Face makes a wide variety of excellent gear, and really, this sleeping bag felt kind of like stepping into one of their comfy down-filled jackets. They claim to use only Eastern European goose down, and the green color represents the interesting fact that 100% of the fabrics are recycled. We really liked the silky interior (thankfully, not green), and what they call the “No Snag stiffener in the zipper column”- basically what it sounds like, and it makes the package feel solid and durable.

Unlike some bags, this one offers a storage sack that is a cinch to roll up and put away, though that means the bag is a bit larger than you may be used to (also included is the more traditional siliconized bag). The Kazoo is a three season bag, meant for weather above 15 degrees F or -10 degrees C. We didn’t try it out in cold weather, but cool nights were totally comfortable. Taller folks (those above 6 foot) should consider paying the bit extra for the long version. At around $225, this is a nice all-around sleeping bag, and you can feel a bit better knowing that even your sleeping bag is eco-friendly.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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