User Review: The North Face Men's Cat's Meow
Fill: Polarguard Delta
Temperature Rating: 20F advertised 50F as tested
Weight: 2.14 lb
If temperatures were above 50F this is the bag I'd use, I slept in it last night for the first time at about 40 degrees and I was cold all night long, there was a cold spot running the along the side opposite the zipper, although I couldn't feel any deficient stuffing with my hand I could feel it with my entire body. I just exchanged a REI Mojave, that also failed to keep me warm, for this bag and figured it had to be a good bag, The North Face is one of the most respected brands. The 20F rating is a lie, I'd rate this bag at twice that.
Make no mistake I am not a novice backpacker. I removed all my clothes and changed into clean, dry long underwear before crawling into the bag. I wore a beanie cap and slept on a good quality ground pad inside a tent on a mild spring night at about 5000 ft. There's absolutely no reason I should have been cold. I guess for 3 season use I'll have to buy a bag rated to 0 deg if I actually expect to be warm. It's a shame when reputable companies have to rate their bags so far below their actual warmth.