User Review: The North Face Cat's Meow
Temperature Rating: 15 F
Weight: 3 lbs +
Price Paid: $160
Overall, this is a good all around synthetic three-season bag. I have had it for over five years now and am happy with how the construction has held up.
However, this bag has lost a LOT of loft. It is not anywhere near its original 15-degree rating. I don't think I would use it for anything much less than 40-degrees now. I recently slept in it during a 25-degree night, and was very cold.
It is my feeling some of this loss in loft is due to compressing the bag in a compression stuff sack for hikes (always stored it loose). At first this seemed like a good way to gain some space in my pack, but now I would highly advise against this practice. I feel sure that if I had let the bag take up lots of space in my pack, it would have retained much more of its loft. I think compression and bag longevity are definitely at odds with one another, for any type of bag fill.
The Cat's Meow is definitely a good bag for a synthetic and for the price range. As with all TNF products, I wonder if the quality is what is use to be. I have seen some of their gear fail under minor conditions.
Have moved on to a Western Mountaineering Apache which is a world of difference. But that's another story.