User Review: The North Face Women's Cat's Meow
Source: Bought by sponsor
Best synthetic bag for the price.
- Price is right
- Not true to rating
- Packs large
I got this bag for my first 'real' backpacking bag and used it over 1400 miles on the PCT (border to Sierra City). Overall I think it's a great bag for the price and it will remain a staple in my gear for excursions that could be moist or chilly.
Having said that, I have to agree with other reviews that I've read in that it is not quite a 20° bag, more like 30 or 40, but this can be easily mended with any liner really (I just use a poly one). This could be a little biased too, as I tend to sleep freezing cold no matter what, but I do use a closed cell foam sleeping pad. My BF has the men's and he complains it's too hot!
I'm a small woman (5'2" ~120lb) so I have no complaints about size or snugness. The main reason I chose this over an Ultralamina was to be able to mate mine and my partners bag, so I love the opening zipper — very easy to use and can be opened and used as a quilt if it's pretty warm, a feature I definitely prefer over the Ultralamina's awkward half length zip.
Also I chose this bag because I have an unnatural fear of my bag getting wet and this has definitely kept me warm even when drenched, and it dries super quick so that takes care of that quite well. Synthetics are simply inferior in packability compared to down, but for me I'd rather know that I'll be warm despite damp conditions and IMO this bag is pretty packable for a synth. Not great, but doable.
It's certainly not for UL hikers, weighing in at about 2lb10oz. It does well in not losing loft though either for a continuous fiber synth. All in all I may have to give this bag the title of best synthetic on the market, it has done me well thus far! It truly is the Cat's Meow and I would surely recommend it to anyone looking for a solid synthetic 3-season sleeping bag.