Reviews and Problems with The North Face CAT'S MEOW
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I just spent 2 nights in the Black River State Forest,…
30 April 2011
Summary: I just spent 2 nights in the Black River State Forest, Wisconsin. I took the Cat's Meow out for the first time, expecting to be disappointed with all the complaints about temperature rating. Most of the night was around 32F, but around 3am it dropped to 26F. The humidity was 100% most of the night (didn't find this out until I got home). I was comfortable all night, only felt slightly cold when I woke around 4am.
Great piece of gear! I am delighted with this purchase.…
Pete Staehling, Trailspace.com
13 April 2011
Summary: Great piece of gear! I am delighted with this purchase. I used this bag on a month long bicycle tour in the Sierras and was very pleased. It exceeded all expectations. It will definitely be going along on many future bicycle and backpacking trips. It is now my primary sleeping bag. It packs reasonable small, is very light, and is warm enough.
This bag is not as warm as other 20-25 degree bags.…
11 April 2011
Summary: This bag is not as warm as other 20-25 degree bags. Over the years, I've found that a new 20-25 degree synthetic bag will keep me warm when temperatures are in the low 40s. This bag did not. I'm wondering if some of TNF's recent modifications to reduce weight removed necessary insulation. I think temps would need to be over 45 for me to be sufficiently warm in this bag. I did find the glow-in-the dark zipper pull annoying, but it is easily removed.
I bought the (Polarguard fill at that time) bag a…
14 March 2011
Summary: I bought the (Polarguard fill at that time) bag a few years ago for use in the Cascades and Olympics in the iffy early and late seasons. First time I used it was on a 6-day trip through the Baily range in ONP in early fall. Weather was fairly good so I slept under the stars each night. I never even unpacked the tent. Temps were down to frosty in the morning, and one night the wind just howled- blowing loose items away.
Funny enough the ratings of this bag is either very…
Sam Samson, Trailspace.com
10 February 2011
Summary: Funny enough the ratings of this bag is either very high or very low which makes you wonder how consistent the quality of the bag is. For my part this must be the worst bag I've ever owned. It's nowhere near it's comfort rating and should be sold as a summer bag.
I'm not sure this bag needs yet another "it's not…
24 November 2010
Summary: I'm not sure this bag needs yet another "it's not a 20 degree bag" review, but I'm going to add one. I recently purchased a Cat's Meow because it seemed like a good bag and I figured that it should at least be comfortable to 30 degrees (and it was on sale). The first night I used it it got down to around 40 and I was slightly chilled. I wore socks, light silk long underwear tops and bottoms, and a light fleece cap.
How many stars should you give a bag that only keeps…
4 November 2010
Summary: How many stars should you give a bag that only keeps you warm at room temperature? I'd give it fewer but at least the bag is lightweight. This bag is very, very cold. I am always the last person to get cold. I have spent a lot of nights in the Cascades and Sierras and never been cold, until I got this bag. The first time I slept in this bag I was in a wooden shelter in the Berkeley hills.
I have no complaints beside the glow in the dark zipper.…
16 September 2010
Summary: I have no complaints beside the glow in the dark zipper. I wake at night to this glow in my eyes. Maybe I'll tape it. As for being cold I wonder what other people are using. The temp rating is based on the user wearing a base layer and sleeping on a pad. I have slept in this in late fall in Colorado at 11,500ft. It has been down to 20degrees with snow on the ground. A little chilly when I wake up but I tend to kick socks and sometimes longjohns off during the night.
Some bags, and manufacturers, rate their bags conservatively:…
2 April 2010
Summary: Some bags, and manufacturers, rate their bags conservatively: this is not one of them. 20 degrees is TRULY a survival temperature on this entry-level bag. It is thoroughly enjoyable as a 50 degree, but in the 40's, if you're a cold sleeper you'll will be chilled, by 30 you'll need copious layers (read: down sweater, cap 3, pants, down booties, double socks.....