User Review: The North Face Women's Cat's Meow
Fill: Climashield Prism
Temperature Rating: 20 F
Weight: 2 lbs. 14 oz.
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.....), and by 20, despite donning every piece of clothing you brought including a hat and stuff sacks modified as gloves, you'll spend the later a.m.'s awake and shivering.
Of course, this is very basic bag (while still being legitimate, read: not from a big-box). And, if used in appropriate temperatures, the bag does have a some decent qualities. For a synthetic it does stuff down rather small - a bit smaller than a volleyball, and is relatively light.
My favorite quality, and the reason for choosing this particular synthetic over others, is its ability to zip into it's partner (the men's and women's come in both right and left-handed zippers, not to mention regular and long sizes). Of course, the zip-in option causes a big gap as the hoods can't cinch down so it really only does apply in warm climes.
Overall, this bag is ok in warmer temperatures, certainly the temp rating is anything but conservative. It is of decent, albeit entry level, quality which is reflected in the relatively low price. Good for wet, warm climes when down just won't do.