We started Katabatic Gear because we were unsatisfied with the available options for ultralight sleeping bags. In fact, we had some of the same concerns you may have about making the switch to a quilt style bag. We felt that many quilts reduced weight, but made for a drafty, uncomfortable night’s sleep. So, we set out to design the best backpacking sleeping bag available.
Our backpacking quilt designs remove what is unnecessary without losing warmth, comfort, or versatility. Like most quilt style sleeping bags, the bottom insulation you would normally compress by lying on it is removed to save weight. So, how do you keep warm with a gaping hole in the bottom of the sleeping bag? Well, some companies’ quilts wrap around the bottom of your sleeping pad, leaving large amounts of dead air space inside the bag, as well as potential abrasions where the bag contacts the ground. Other designs have you tie or use straps to hold the two edges together. But this allows the opening to lift up or roll to the top whenever you turn or move. Our design addresses those issues by wrapping the quilt between you and the top of your sleeping pad, while also keeping it in place when you move, toss, or turn. This unique design not only solves issues of traditional quilt sleeping bags, it offers significant advantages. It allows you the ability to easily adjust the girth and inner volume of the bag, and the level of warmth you need. In warm weather you have more room and ventilation options than a traditional mummy bag. In cold weather you can close the bag securely around you for maximum warmth.
Our Elite series features the reigning champ of OutdoorGearLab’s Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag “Editor’s Choice” since 2011, as well as BackpackingLight.com’s “Highly Recommended” status. It’s mummy shape, differential cut, and secondary attachment points make it the best backpacking sleeping bag on the market. For those looking for even more versatility, our Flex series has a zippered foot box, allowing it to be completely opened to a blanket, or snugly closed for warmth. All of our ultralight sleeping bags are built from the best available lightweight fabrics and ethically sourced goose down, by the most meticulous staff you’ll ever find. See our product pages for more details.
It’s time. No more excuses. Get into a Katabatic Gear ultralight sleeping bag, and feel how comfortable lightweight backpacking can be.