User Review: The North Face Men's Cat's Meow
Price Paid: $130
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. Hmmmmm, how could I have started to get cold at that temperature?
I continued my trip and we had several more nights in the 40's and I was fine. Then heading back though Colorado we stopped several nights in the mountains at various parks and forests and experienced lows in the high 20's - low 30's ... now I was cold. Adding a heavier pair of socks, a heavier silk top, and a fleece vest helped a lot, but it was still far from ideal. I would rate the bag at 35 - 40 degrees.
Compared to being cold, the fact that the zipper snagged on the lining pretty much every time I opened or closed it was a minor inconvenience.
The bag is well made, the compression sack is nice as is the mesh storage bag, I found it comfortable (a long version - I'm 6' 2" and 185 lbs), and it packs down nicely for motorcycle travel, so I would recommend this bag on quality as a 35 - 40 degree bag.