The Cat's Meow is a truly classic sleeping bag that has impressively withstood the test of time. The North Face has been making a version of this bag since around 1977, keeping it a robust and reliable choice at an affordable price point. Small additional features and upgrades have continued along the way also though, from glow-in-the-dark zippers, an included compression sack, and materials to keep it all at a decently lightweight. This versatile, above-average synthetic bag is a work-horse of a synthetic bag; it's not outlandishly heavier than most down bags and is lighter than many comparable warm synthetic bags. The Cat's Meow is a jack-of-all-trades for general purpose backpacking, car camping, extended kayaking trips or when extended poor weather is a possibility. When soaked, its Heatseeker Pro insulation dried in around a quarter the time of other bags during our side-by-side testing (when compared to treated "water-resistant" down).
The North Face has made a few changes to the Cat's Meow this year. See the new bag in the photo above, and scroll down to get the scoop.