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For such a cool cat, you look pretty warm.

There's a reason The North Face's Cat's Meow 20-Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag has been a classic for years: it boasts an unbeatable combination of warmth, durability, light weight, and compressibility, at a price that seems like it should get you maybe two of those things. No wonder it's a favorite of three-season backpackers, campers, and mountaineers.

Synthetic insulation will never be as light or as packable as down, but what it sacrifices in weight, it more than makes up for in durability and wet-weather performance. The North Face used two different kinds of Heatseeker Pro synthetic in the Cat's Meow to achieve the ideal blend of warmth and compressibility, and the bag's mummy design increases warmth while decreasing weight and size. You'll stay comfortable down to 20 degrees even if your bag gets soggy, and a shaped hood, collar, and no-snag draft tube seal in warm air while keeping drafts at bay. There are pad loops, too, so you can make sure you don't slip off your sleeping pad in the middle of the night and wake up with a root sticking up your nose, and even an internal pocket to hold stuff (or things, if you prefer).

  • Synthetic Heatseeker Pro insulation
  • EN-rated comfort to 20F
  • Superlight mummy design
  • Shaped hood with drawcord
  • Draft collar and no-snag draft tube
  • Pad loops for sleeping pad attachment
  • Internal pocket
  • Anti-snag zipper with glow-in-the-dark zipper pull
  • Compression and storage sacks included

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Reliable and Ready

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is my go-to general sleeping bag since I got it years ago, and it has kept up to snuff the entire time. For most of the year this is a bag I can take camping pretty much every where; although it does get a little warm in the summer months. During the cold winters I usually switch it up to a different bag, but I have used this one a handful of times and stayed warm. It comes with both a storage sack and compression sack, which are very durable. It stuffs down to a very small size, that can easily fit into a bag pack or be strapped onto it.


First impressions.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Let me start by saying, I am a large dude, the length is awesome, but is a bit snug in the shoulders, but nothing I cant get used to. It is definitely warm enough, and overall I am happy with the bag.

What water proof stuff sack are you guys using with your meow? What size?


For a water proof compression sack, I'd recommend looking at the Sea To Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack (item # STS0002)

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead


Best Answer

Perfect... been considering that one. The factory stuff sack is a bit too big imop. I think it could benefit from a bit smaller. So probably a MED.


over priced

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

While this is a somewhat light and kind of warm bag, it just feels cheap. The zipper is awkward to use when you zip it all the way up and lacks features such as a neck draft collar. The included compression sack works, but I couldn't get it to compress much. It did not feel like it lived up to its 20 degree rating, but that can vary from person to person. I'm 5'9 135lbs and the regular fit nicely. I'm glad I spent a bit more in the end and went with a tried and true Swiss alpine brand.

Unanswered Question

What type of insulation does the bag use? I know its synthetic, but is a branded isolation? chopped short staple or a continuous filament? Thanks.


Comfortable and Affordable Starter Bag

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So after spending my last night in a no-name, hand-me-down sleeping bag, I decided it was time for an upgrade.

After doing some research, I thought the TNF Cat's Meow bag really fit the bill.

From my initial impressions, the bag seems spacious enough for me (I'm 5'7", 160 lbs), and held up well on my first trip out using it on a 2 night trip to the Adirondacks for some canoe camping. The overnight temperatures were in the mid-to-upper 40s and fog in the mornings was extremely heavy and the bag stayed dry despite some humidity in the tent.

Overall, I think this is a good entry-level bag, as I know that there are many more expensive/lighter options for the long-distance / ultra-light crowd out there. Otherwise, I think this is a great choice for more humid climates, without breaking the bank on a pricey down bag with the same temperature rating.


Reliable bag

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I acquired one of these bags through a friend a few years ago. I don't like synthetic but this is a decent bag, especially for the price. My complaints are only complaints that would be found with a synthetic bag:

Doesn't compress down that well in the compression sack

Not super comfy

Little on the heavy side

Not as warm as the comfort rating suggests

I would recommend this bag to people that are just getting into backpacking or people that camp in wet/rainy regions.

what is the difference between right or left zip? Is it based on what hand you use?

Yeah it's just a preference. So, I choose to get the left zipper since it's my right hand reaching over to open/close it.


It is also important to factor in what the zip is of the bag in the event you are using a bivy along with the bag. Making sure the zipper is on the same side of the bag and bivy is super important!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead

800.409.4502 ext 4055

Best Answer

Also if you camp with a significant other, it can be handy to have 2 with opposite zips (one left, one right). You can then zip two bags know...for the warmth.

*on a more serious note: in truly cold weather camping, you'll actually be colder if you zip them together as you can't cinch up the top and prevent drafts

Does this come with a true compression sack or just a draw string bag ?

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Hey Ryan-

This bag comes with both a mesh storage sack and a compression stuff sack. Slept in this bag in Montana and Washington this weekend and slept better than I do in my own bed. Packs to a fairly impressive size in the stuff sack as far as 20 degree synthetic bags are concerned.


Solid bag

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I sleep hot, but this bag has lasted me in all 4 seasons when used with bivvies, shelters, etc. Also the most comfortable bag I've slept in! No complaints at all!


Great bag.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Great bag. Very comfortable. I went on a week long whitewater trip in and it kept more than warm, even though the temps dipped into the low 40's.



  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Love this bag! Roomy, lofty, comfortable, warm, stays dry, packs small & tight. Love that it comes with a big, mesh storage bag to keep its integrity.


very warm roomy

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

i have the cats meow sleeping bag long. its very roomy and comfy. i take this sleeping bag everyhwere with me wether its a road trip, camping, hiking, and even sleeping over a freinds house. small pocket just enough room for phone and money clip. i highly recomand this sleeping bag .

I am 6'2 200lbs, just wondering how roomy this is for my size, and how big is it packed up. Does it take up a lot of room in your pack?

because of your height this sleeping bag might not be for you i believe the north face has a taller bag.

Im 6' 195lbs and I fit perfectly, I'm not sure you would want this bag. I have room in the long, but I feel if I was any taller I would be cramped. Go a next size up, but not sure if the Meow has one.

Well, looks like there is an XL version. And after seeing that the CM Long is 83.5 inches long, giving me basically an extra foot, I don't feel like I have an extra foot of wiggle room.

Is the short version ok for my 170 cm...

Is the short version ok for my 170 cm height, or I should better prefer regular? Thank you.

Best Answer

Hi Leaxfm,

If you are 170 cm (~5'6) you'll fit in a short but just barely and not happily as the max height in a short is 5'6. For overall comfort and warmth, I would recommend getting a regular.