This is really well constructed! I wanted something that was going to be versatile for different types of weather and this is perfect. Before putting it to true use, I wanted to practice setting it up with my sleep pad... it’s so warm and cozy, I ended up falling asleep every time I took it out. If you are trying to budget, this is one item that I would highly recommend splurging on. It hurt a bit when I pressed the buy button, but I have not regretted it for a second. When I was deep in backpacking research, one thing that really stuck out, was someone who talked about how sleep/comfort are the most important parts of hiking. I went with this quilt to help regulate my body temp in different seasons and to keep me comfortable so that I can get the proper sleep that I need to be able to wake up and hike the next day. It hasn’t failed!
I used this for the first time for six nights in southern Utah. It was easy to set up, easy to enter and exit, and provided amazing warmth when needed. There was rain one night and the foot end got wet. There was moisture inside in the morning, but I can’t say whether it was from the rain or from condensation. Regardless, I really like this bivy.
Quilt is very warm when used in milder temperatures. I have camped with it 4 times now and have enjoyed it every time. Notable evening out in the back country when it was raining and the bag got mildly damp. I did not find that the thermal power went down significantly. Another night the temp went down to 39 degrees and I was perfectly warm.
Quality of the quilt seems to be very good. The down fill has not migrated around and the loft is still very high. Also have not seen any of the down coming out of the quilt outer covering.
Super light weight for the warmth it provides.
Ordered the wide long version and I still wish that there was more coverage. On a few occasions last weekend I felt a bit drafty on my lower back and had to re-configure the quilt to give better coverage.
Suggestions: Wish that Katabatic would offer a super extra wide version for all those human beings out there that have a waist over 40 inches...
feel that when the zipper is zipped all the way up that this may be a weak spot for the quilt. I noticed that the zipper slowly zipped down by itself while I slept. Concerned that the zipper might rip if I put too much pressure on it during my slumber.
Overall I am happy with the purchase and look forward to more adventures with this quilt. It is my new number one for spring/summer/early fall outdoor camping.
First use was early May in northern WI on an island on an inland lake. Temps were mid 20s at night, was a little worried about staying warm but just a few minutes after crawling into the quilt I was unbelievably toasty. Stayed very warm all night, not too warm though just at a perfect temperature. I couldn’t believe how well the quilt stayed in place as I would rotate from side sleeping to back, and to other side. Never had to readjust. If I ever wear this one out, I will 100% be buying another.
I decided to write a review after coming back from hiking when I realized that I slept all night untangled and draft free. When you wake up in the morning and realize you slept like you do at home, it says a lot about the quality of this quilt. The pad attachment seems like a pain at first but it breaks in and is in fact easier to use than the one I have on my EE quilt. The comfort rating is spot on. I won't say conservative. I will just say that all other company are REALLY optimistic with their rating. I am 5'9'' and the 6 foot/regular fits fine even when I am lying on my stomach. I have more room in this quilt than I do in my 59 inches shoulder girth mummy bag. Get one, leave you some time to familiarise with the pad strap attachment system and you will not regret.
Warm, cozy, feels like nesting your head in a fluffy cloud. Made my chilly nights toothless. Do your head a favor with this delightful hood!
Just used on a week off trail in Escalante Utah. The light weight didn’t slow me down, but the quality build handled the rough sandstone and bugs.
I had my eye on this quilt for a long time before pulled the trigger. I wish I hadn't waited so long. Quality is outstanding and the reinforcement around the snaps adds peace of mind when I toss n' turn at night. I was toasty down to 35* with my summer Tensor pad and 1/8th in CCF underneath. The sleeping pad straps add a little bit of fiddle factor but hopefully they get easier to use with time. I would like to see a strap system similar to EE's quilts. The deciding factor that pushed me over the edge to buy this quilt was their customer service when I reached out with questions. OUTSTANDING customer service! I felt better making such an investment knowing if I ran into an issue I wouldn't be left high n' dry waiting on someone to reply to my email.
Really stoked on the design and detail. Only spent one night in it so far camping on the west coast of Canada.
Humidity/moisture wasn’t present so I can’t comment on its performance with dew/condensation just quite yet. Love how lightweight and compact this is, it kept the bugs out and the mesh seemed to stay off my face even without using the tie-out. The top material is really light and looks like it warrants being pretty careful with but that’s the trade off for ultra light weight!
I’ve had “waterproof” bivy sacks before but I always ran into internal condensation problems as they didn’t breathe properly. I plan to pair this with a tarp/shelter when moisture may be an issue so hopefully with that combo the condensation that accumulates in the less breathable ones will be a non issue in this more breathable one.
I ordered the long, wide 22F. I'm 180 pounds and 6'3" and F. The bag is really nicely made and finished, the down is lofty and luxurious. I've used it for 4 nights. I'm using it with a MEC sleeping pad with an R rating of 5. The only night I was cold under it was the night I was forced to set my tent up on gravel in -2C weather, so I was losing a lot of heat through the pad, but also some through the bag. I was only wearing wool long johns and found I could have used another layer of clothing at least. Otherwise, it has been warm, and pleasantly not sweaty or un-breathable feeling like cheaper nylon can be. On nights close to 0 I have thrown my down coat inside of it over my hips, as I've found this is the only area that I get a little cold. I got a zippered footbox and have been using it with the bottom cinched all the way shut. The way it attaches to the sleeping pad has worked well to prevent drafts, and the snap and drawstring at the neck work well with the draft collar as well. None of the hardware gets in the way or is noticeable when sleeping except the drawstring at the neck is in the centre and so theres no choice but to have the excess cord drape over your neck. It is a minor thing. I'll be keeping it and hope to use it as my sole sleeping bag, as I'm a 3 season camper.
I did a LOT of research before I decided on Katabatic. Overall their products seemed better quality and I wanted the extra baffles at the feet and head. I decided on the 6', standard width, 22 degree quilt, I'm petite-ish, 5'7" and figured this would be fine for me, and I was right, its perfect. There is enough width that I can attach it to the cords and have enough room to turn over, and enough length that I can pull it up over my head when its cold. I've taken this out on two backpacking trips so far, each time the temps were freezing (32 or below) at night. I get cold easily and have never been warm at these temps out camping before but I was this time! Shipping was much quicker than stated, it got here well before my trip. By far my best camping purchase! I can't recommend these guys enough!
It fits! Keeps my head warm during those chilly nights. You need this!
Super light and super warm, high quality material. Wish the straps would be better resolved
Arrived very quickly and appears as advertised. There are two stake loops on each end which was a pleasant surprise. Weight on my scale was 7.5oz with stuff sack. I’ll try to update after it’s intended use with Zpacks Hexamid pocket tarp with doors.
I needed the quilt for my pct thru hike and rhe guy's got it to me in time. Super warm and great craftsmanship as usual 😀
The movement toward ultralight backpacking is growing, and we’re glad you’re joining us. Maybe you’re planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and need to cover maximum miles. Perhaps you want to continue backpacking into your golden years without your joints and muscles lecturing you along the way. Whatever your reason for reducing pack weight, we know you’ll be happy with the change.
So, why choose Katabatic Gear over all the other lightweight backpacking gear companies out there? Because we were founded on the premise that you should not have to sacrifice function, comfort or design to use ultralight backpacking gear. In fact, we believe your lightweight gear should function better than its traditional counterpart.
Years ago, as a backpacker switching to ultralight gear, our founder was dissatisfied with the lightweight gear that was available to him on the market. It seemed like most lightweight backpacking and hiking gear addressed weight reduction by stripping away features. This often resulted in gear that was light, but didn’t function well. He had ideas which he thought could solve many of the issues that seemed inherent in ultralight backpacking gear. Through innovative, thoughtful design and the use of cutting edge materials, Katabatic has aimed to create backpacking and hiking gear that functions better than traditional gear, at significantly lighter weights. We believe that features such as our patented quilt attachment system, down filled collars, and differential cut (to name a few) make our backpacking quilts the best you can find. The 30°F hovers just over a pound, and even our 15°F weighs well under two. Features and weights like these, combined with our incredibly detailed and precise manufacturing standards, results in gear that is going to exceed your expectations and last for years to come.
Whether you’re considering one of our award winning flagship models like the Palisade mummy-style backpacking quilt, or our highly versatile Flex series of blanket style sleeping bags, we are confident that you’ll be well rested for your next day’s adventure. And we’re honored you’re considering Katabatic Gear.