When the cold bites, your cat meows.
- Women-specific design matches your body’s curves and helps eliminate cold spots
- ClimaShield Prism's densely packed fibers trap more heat than standard synthetics and help the insulation retain greater loft despite repeated compressions
- ClimaShield Apex's fine-denier fibers reflects radiant heat back to you for a warmer night sleep
- Vaulted footbed won’t constrict your feet and helps promote circulation to your lower extremities
- Ergonomically shaped hood provides extra comfort, improves the bag’s warmth-retention, and reduces its overall weight
- Internal draft tube pockets keep your batteries warm and your snacks within reach
- Compression stuff sack (included) helps you minimize the bag's size in your pack
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Keeping me warm and comfy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My parent have had Cat's Meows ever since I can remember, so when I went to purchase my own first bag, it's what I first looked at. I'm 5'4" and bought the long so that I could snuggle down when it was cold, and stuff clothing at the bottom if needed. It's been great for summer backpacking on the John Muir Trail, watching the sunrise on Mt. Whitney, and casual sleeping while traveling around. I haven't used it at sub-20 temperatures, but the nice thing is you can unzip the bottom to stick out your feet if the weather is balmy. The zipper on mine can be a little finicky, and sometimes I wish the stuff sack was more oblong and not so round, but that's easily replaceable. Overall, this bag is fantastic and I certainly reccommend it for 3-season backpacking, hiking, and adventuring.
Is the long model available? I only see...
Is the long model available? I only see the reg one and I am 5 feet 10.
Doesn't look like BC has it, but I found some other places that still stock it, albeit without a discount:
..but this site, which I've used before, does seem to have a discount of sorts going on. Check it out before you view the rest:
We currently have an order in with The North Face and we should hopefully be getting those longs back in stock shortly. It's just taking us a little while for that order to get delivered unfortunately.
Runs a little short
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My wife uses the long version, at 5'8 she uses almost all of the free space. I don't think someone 6' could actually comfortably use this bag. Pack down size is ok for a synthetic bag. She is comfortable in the mid 30's with this bag, haven't tested it below that yet.the zipper action is average, and stitching seams look good so far.
great 3-season bag!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I did a ton of research before buying this bag. Down vs. synthetic, weight vs. temperature rating ect . . . I had concerns about down bags and moisture, so I finally settled on this bag because it had a decent temperature rating for the weight. It is synthetic, so of course it's not super light or super packable, it compresses down to the size of a medium watermelon. I'm nearly 5'6" and after reading other reviews about the length, I decided to go with the long. I think the regular would have been too short, but the long is a little bit too long, particularly for colder nights.
The bag is super comfy and seems well constructed. I'm not a petite woman, weigh 155 lbs, and I felt like I had enough room around my torso and hips. It has nice little features like the glow-in-the-dark zipper pull, a baffle along the length of the zipper, and a pretty roomy toe box. The zipper is only 3/4 the length of the bag, which isn't an issue for me, but it does tend to snag and/or get stuck.
I recently tested the "comfort" rating of this bag. The temp got down into the low 30's and although my torso and my feet were toasty (the places where TNF bulked up the insulation), my hips and legs were cold, the bag felt cold against my body, even though I was wearing fleece thermals! I had to stuff my fleece jacket and a vest around my legs to keep them warm and I am not a cold sleeper. For reference, I sleep on the Big Agnes Q-core insulated pad , which has an r-value of 5 and a temp rating of 15 degrees.
I think with a fleece liner you would be pretty toasty on cold nights, but I think overall this bag is best for temps above freezing.
I really love this bag. It's an awesome value for a fairly lightweight, synthetic bag. If you plan on doing more cold camping than mild, you might want a different bag.
I purchased this as a gift for my mom, she is doing some high alpine camping with the family and opted for a bag that was more resistant to getting wet (synthetic insulation).
My river bag
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After my down bag got soaked in a rafting flip last year, I decided it was time to go synthetic. Synthetic is great because, unlike down, it can get wet and still insulate. Synthetic bags don't pack down as small and aren't as light, but it's worth it when you are camping near water. I am almost 5'5"and I went with a regular. I wish I would've gotten a long, even though it says it fits up to 5'6"because I feel like my feet butt up against the bottom of my bag all night. Also, I've used it a lot in the winter with a fleece liner, (super warm!), and when I do, I definitely wish I would've gotten a long. All in all, a good bag.
More of a summer bag..
If you are a lady who gets cold easily, I'd only stick with this bag for the summer. I just recently tested the limit of the bag in mid October at about 10,000ft elevation when it got down to more or less 20 degrees F. This did NOT keep me warm. I had to stick all of my extra clothes in the bag for insulation, used my down jacket as a blanket, and cinched the hood to a tiny hole and plugged it with a beanie. The bag has 3 temperature ratings: the comfort level being in the low 30s F, the limit level being at the 20 F range and the extreme just below 0 F. If you don't want to test the limit of the bag yourself, stick with the comfort level temperature as a guide. Other than that this has kept me warm all summer at high elevations.
anyone have the measurements on the zipper...
anyone have the measurements on the zipper length?