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The North Face Cat’s Meow (Courtesy Photo)
The North Face Cat’s Meow
“In the mid-90s, when I first tested this 20°F synthetic bag in New York’s Catskills, I was impressed by its warmth (the temperature rating is conservative), its durability (I carelessly bivied among rocks and roots), and its killer price ($159). Since then, several aspects of the Cat’s Meow have been elevated: It’s now insulated with Climashield Prism, which is warmer, lighter (by two ounces), and less bulky than the old fill, and the hood has been retooled for a better fit. But the price on this inflation-buster has miraculously stayed the same (since 1993!). $159; 2 lbs. 10 oz. (reg.); thenorthface.com.
—Jonathan Dorn, Editor-in-Chief (and tester since 1995)