User Review: The North Face Women's Cat's Meow
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: I don't remember what I paid for it.
I bought the Women's Cat's Meow several years ago, so this may be an older version than the one you may be considering for a purchase. I am a 5'2" woman with a frame to match and my sleeping bag was said to be designed for a 5'6" woman. I am also a Southern Californian who is less adaptable to weather changes.
- Glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls
- Flannel like material at feet and as a muff like pocket for warm hands
- Material feels clean
- Feels cold at 50 degrees
- Too much space to heat up
- Zipper snags
The zipper pulls have glow-in-the-dark tabs, making it easier to find in the evenings after a long hike when I just want to crawl in my bag and sleep. Unfortunately after about a year, my zipper began snagging on my bag. There were days I thought I was going to be trapped in my sleeping bag or feared that I would tear my bag while trying to get in. It's also harder to ask for help unzipping your sleeping bag if you are in a bivy.
The designers put a lot of thought into the construction with the warm flannel bits protecting and warming your extremities. I have crawled into the bag and stuck my cold hands in the nice muff area and had them warm up fairly quickly compared to staying outside and trying to rub them together and blow into them or shoving them in jacket pockets. The material they used on the inside of the bag other than the flannel-like sections feel clean even after a 9 day trip after having been glopped in mud, rolled in sand, waded in a semi-mucky creek.
Unfortunately for me my non-standard physique this is less like the tight mummy bag one would expect making my body work harder to warm up more bag space, which could be a positive for you if you don't like tight spaces. Additionally, my short legs only allow part of my feet reach the warm flannel region designed to keep your feet warm. I have also gotten cold while desert and mountain camping. On "colder" nights (55 and below) if I don't pull the the strings on the hood in, my shoulders can get cold too.
Overall, it is the best and most comfortable sleeping bag I've ever had.