Katabatic Gear Palisade
Well made, high quality product, but just not warm…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450 or there about. I forgot
Well made, high quality product, but just not warm enough.
- High quality construction
- Good connection points to sleeping pad
- Not warm enough
- Regular size is a little snug when winched down on pad
I read all the reviews there were for quilts in general, this brand and the Palisade specifically. I settled on a quilt to lighten up my gear for three-season use. So far I've used the quilt four times in temps ranging from 30 to 50 degrees.
I'm not going to re-write the pluses and minus I noted above, but will say that sleeping is not warm enough. As a baseline, I slept in long underwear (SmartWool merino wool lightweight top and bottoms) and a hat, between 30 and 40 degrees I wasn't warm enough. I believe if it says 30 degree bag, you shouldn't have to wear extra clothes to be warm at that temp.
At 45 degrees, I still had to cinch the bag down on my pad pretty tightly to be warm, which I was, but the bag was pretty tight and left little room to move around. A 50 degrees I was very comfortable all around. I debated getting the wide version to have extra room when the bag was cinches to the pad but went with regular to save weight.
All this said, I would buy it again. It's about 18 ounces with the cords and straps and is very light and checks the box for General three-season use. I live in the Northeast and if I were heading to the Adirondacks in fall or spring, I'd take a warmer bag. I have an arsenal of Western bags which are great and have 20 years of heavy backpacking experience to base this on.
In the end, I'm not sure if it's the quilt design that makes me cold (air does get in underneath) or this particular bag needs more fill, but it's not warm enough for 30. I know I can and need to use additional clothes to sleep in, but when they say 30 degrees, it should be good to 30. Again, I would buy it again and will bring it on most of my trips because it's high quality and light.
One last thought. I sleep in a Hilleberg Akto tent, which is a true 4-season double wall tent. NO air circulates in this tent at night. If I were to use a tarp tent or tent with netting low down, which I plan on doing when it warms up, I think this quilt would have an even narrower range of temp use. That said it's light and serves a purpose in particular situations. Hope this helps.
P.S. I'd like to see Katabatic figure a way to open the foot box for nights when it's warm. While most of the quilt can be lightly draped over the body in warmer weather, you still have to stick your feet in the foot box or have them outside. No middle ground.
The Palisade weighs in at a scant 17.5 ounces, yet is warm to just below freezing. This bag is a great choice for spring in the desert, a thru-hike of the JMT, or a blitz around Mt. Rainier’s Wonderland Trail.