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Pros: Durable, great temperature range.
Cons: Does not compress small, a little heavy.
Best Uses: Backpacking, camping, wet climates.
This is the old Cat's meow page, as this product has been updated and the original version discontinued. The new one is here North Face Cat's Meow 20
The Cat's Meow is a durable sleeping bag at a great price that works in most camping and backpacking situations. I have had one for 15 years and still use it. After hundreds of times through the washing machine, it is surprisingly lofty and warm. It is a great value and is ideal for spring, summer and fall camping. However, any time I know the temps will be below freezing I bring a warmer bag. The one downside to this bag is that it does not pack that small and is not that light or warm compared to a down bag. For Sierra backpacking trips where I don't expect much weather, I would bring a down bag. For really cold winter camping, I would bring a heftier down or synthetic bag. But 90 percent of the time, whether it is sleeping on the side of EL Capitan or car camping, I reach for this bag. I know I can sleep in the dirt and abuse it, then toss it in the washer and it will be almost as good as new. In comparison, I have to baby my down bags to keep them lofty. For $160 it is hard to beat this bag for an all-around camping and outdoor sleeping bag.
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: March 11, 2010
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