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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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2 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We guarantee complete satisfaction and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If at any time -- now, next month, in 30 years -- you're not 100% satisfied, send your gear back for a full refund. No questions asked."
That is how described their warranty when I purchased I pair of ski pants five years ago.

I just went through a nightmare warranty battle with I have purchased thousands of dollars of gear from here over the years and I have even recommended this site to friends. That all changed today. I purchased a pair of $500 norrona ski pants when backcountry offered lifetime warranty on all their products. The issue I had with the pants is that the inseam tore and the stitching came out resulting in a hole in the crotch. No problem I figured, this is the first time I have needed anything repaired or returned that I purchased from here, the item has a lifetime warranty and it should be a simple fix, so I gave them a call. To my dismay I discovered the warranty was false and that backcountry essentially sold me on a lie. On the phone I was told by three different people that the warranty policy had been changed and there was nothing they could do to compensate me besides giving me the contact of the manufacturer, but they were even unable to do that. The pants I had purchased were from a subsidiary of Norrona called Whiteout. I made three calls to backcountry and no one could even give me a number for the manufacturer because they didn't know who made the pants. I guess I had to find that out on my own. The person I talked to the first time said they did not know the manufacturer's contact but they would send an email to me of proof of purchase so I could show the manufacturer since I no longer had a receipt. I never got an email. I called again and still no information on who to contact however I did get an email this time but it was from a different purchase I had made and the pants were not on it. The third time I called I had already figured out who made the item and just wanted the contact information for the manufacturer. I was advised I should just try contacting gore-tex to get the problem fixed even though it was a seam that went bad and not the fabric itself. At that point I gave up talking to them and never did I receive the reciept or proof of purchase.

I understand that backcountry probably did need to get rid of the no questions lifetime garuntee because it was being abused or they were getting way more returns than they had expected. However, for them to make no offer to compensate a loyal customer on an item with "no questions lifetime warranty" who had never claimed warranty before. Refusing to even take a look at a simple problem to see if there is anything they could do to help is arrogant. What backcountry has done is unethical and I will no longer do business with them. I advise doing business with local retailers who actually care about their customer, stand true to their word and know their product inside and out, in the long run it will be worth it. And you won't feel guilty about trying it on locally then turning around and buying it online! If you still choose to shop here because they have a lot of good brands be forewarned of the slippery policies and lack of warranty. I have no affiliation to active junky but if you still are going to shop here get an account with them and get an additional 12% back. I'd rather see you with the extra cash! This is the first time I have ever written a negative review on anything but I feel that it is well deserved.

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.

5 5

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.

4 5

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?

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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.

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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.
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800.409.4502 ext 4055

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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.

5 5

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!

5 5

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.

5 5


  • 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.

5 5

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 .

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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?

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.

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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.