Review: North Face Gold Kazoo

I’ve never kept up with gear trends too well. I blame my college and post-grad budget—or maybe I’m just cheap. Nevertheless, I’m quickly learning the importance of quality products. Take the North Face Gold Kazoo, an ideal candidate for backpacking excursions. This lightweight yet durable bag stuffs down to the size of a volleyball, and weighs about the same. The Gold Kazoo is made of real goose down, and although it can feel like holding a sheet of paper, its insulation is detectable in a matter of seconds after crawling in. It’s rated at 30 degrees, but can keep a cold sleeper warm down to 15. Grab a Kazoo for your next backpacking trip; you won’t know it’s there until you need it. Available at Northern Lights and Bob Ward's. $229;