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I have had the Cat's Meow sleeping bag by North Face for several years now. I bought it for the equivalent of £120 when I was travelling in North America and needed a good bag for camping in the state of Michigan.
The Cat's Meow sleeping bag is for 3-season use which means that it should provide as much comfort as any sleeping bag can from spring through to autumn. I backpacked around some of the US during my time there and I found this bag to be lightweight and compact. It also comes with a compression sack for packing it away tightly into your backpack.
The sleeping bag is made of synthetic materials and filled with polyester. It also boasts Climashield Prism insulation and comfort in temperatures as low as 6 degrees centigrade. The sleeping bag comes with a hood that closes almost all the way and a glow in the dark zip, which can be an annoying surprise when you wake up in the dark to be honest so I have taped over it with a bit of duct tape. It also has a zip pocket on the outside, though I have never had use for this.
There is a small draft tube that covers the zipper area which is meant to keep out cold air but doesn't work very well at doing this. It is also uncomfortable for sleeping against, however if you avoid using the bag in colder weather you should have no need for the draft tube anyway.
I did quite a lot of research on sleeping bags at the time of purchase and I was unsure how I'd get on in the varying climates I camped in in the States. I remember some people complaining of cold in the bag but I tend to get cold feet very easily and I never had that problem in this bag. I also camped with it in autumn one year in Devon and although the temperate dropped to about 8 degrees I still felt comfortable in my Cat's Meow sleeping bag.
The bag is good at repelling water and I have been able to use it in wet weather and- in the States- in high humidity where the outside of the bag has become wet from condensation. The wetness has never leaked through to the inside of the bag and it is also quick to dry once given an airing.
The bag is designed to be cosy and because it is made of polyester rather than, say, down, it is not particularly stretchy. This might bother some people but I have had no problem sleeping in it, probably because I have only ever used it after a good long hiking session and therefore been in a deep sleep rather than fidgeting about a lot in the sleeping bag. The only thing I haven't liked is getting a bit too warm in the bag on some camping trips and then having to extricate myself from it in that heat- that has, quite literally, not been cool. But I have learned from this and when the weather at night has not been due to drop below 14 degrees I have used the sleeping bag, unzipped, as a blanket on a sleeping mat, instead of zipping myself into it.
Having had this bag for so long I can attest to its durability and report that it is very well made and therefore an excellent investment for the price. It is well designed to withstand most weathers except winter, but then who wants to go camping in Britain in winter? I am giving the Cat's Meow 5 stars then, because despite minor niggles I have no complaints and as much comfort as anyone camping on rough terrain can expect or hope for. I have never worked out, though, why the bag is named Cat's Meow, so anyone who can shed light on that for me, please feel free to do so!
The North Face Cats Meow Blue. Product details:The Cat-s Meow is a classic synthetic filled bag designed for three season mountaineering and cool weather expeditions. The combined properties of Climashield- Apex and Prism insulation deliver durability, co