It’s so light, I take it everywhere. F, 60* with my feet out OR 18* with a few layers a hood, mummy liner and a few hand warmers got me threw a MT snow moon. I’m impressed this quilt can handle anything I want to throw at it. Excited to see what the heavier versions can do.
Exactly what I expected based on the many reviews I read prior to buying as it is expensive…went with the extra 2 overfill and wide as I tend to sleep cool and appreciate the room to move. Love that my feet can be out at the bottom or easy close with colder temps. Very pleased and cannot wait to get it out there.
Very pleased with the build quality and the strap attachment system!
I just want to say thanks for the amazing customer service. Tre responded to my questions about the Flex 30 quilt promptly and smartly. I mentioned a desire to get the quilt within four weeks (for by my birthday) and it literally arrived within a week! I can't wait to give it a go. Thanks!
My quilt came in just in time for a camping trip we had planned where the weather forecast predicted low 20’s at night. I was excited to try out my new quilt but also a little nervous putting it to the extreme on my first go. This would be the first time I’d camped with a quilt and the coldest temperatures I’d camped in to date. The quilt blew my expectations out of the water. The temps ended up being 23 felt like 16 with windchill. I stayed warm and comfy the whole night. Best sleep I’ve ever gotten in the backcountry and I had no issues keeping the quilt cinched down with the lock system that comes with the quilt! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a sleeping bag after how great this quilt preformed.
I got the Flex in long and wide because I am not a small person. I think that I made the correct decision, more expensive than some of the other choices. But I think that when I get into the backcountry, I will not regret spending the extra money rather than having to do an upgrade.
Even though I have not yet tested my quilt yet, I know you guys make some if not the best quilts on the planet. If you didn't I would not have bought it in the first place anyway! :). Thanks a lot for your great work. I am sure this piece will not dissapoint me!
Im 6ft 210lbs and got the long/wide. The more I use this bag, the more I love it. It's a pretty amazing feeling when you buy the right gear the FIRST time. I could not have picked a better choice. I will be a life-long customer!!!
After much deliberation I ordered my Swatch 15 regular / wide. I am a 6’ 185 pound side sleeper and the fit is ideal. Roomy enough in the hips/shoulders to toss and turn in with just enough extra width/length to really wrap up in. I generally sleep cold but during some backyard cowboy camping tests I was very warm down to 22F with just a beanie, base layer top and tights without socks. No cold spots when I extended a knee or an elbow to get comfortable and the pad attachment system is just the best.
Very satisfied and happy to get off the merry go round of trying to find the ideal cold weather quilt for me.
Backpacker Long Trails - Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike
I took this on a late January camping trip with scouts in Maryland. The low was 23 that night and it started to snow on us around 4 a.m. I slept in an OR Alpine bivy. I had my r1 Patagonia zip fleece on with a short and long sleeve shirt underneath. I threw on my pj fleece pants over my hiking pants (yup- I sure did) and snuggled in for the Night. I wore an OR down Bennie to top off my base layer. I slept the entire night - never being cold nor hot. Just right! It was my first time clipping the quilt onto the cords and locking them into place (I did a quick practice before I left the house). I was a bit slow and felt there had to be another way!! Thanks to Trey at Katabatic and the short video he sent- I am now pretty good at it. Long story short- I was impressed! The warmth in low 20s with a less than excellent base layer made me most happy with my purchase. I am sure the bivy helped, and Thermarest Xlite was a good match for ground warmth ...so to be fair- I’ll review again without a bivy after I use it on my next trip. Great quilt. Looks to be put together beautifully. Color is very nice and I am confident that the Flex 22 will be a great addition to my gear closet!
Was nervous about purchasing my first quilt and thought it was a lot of money - especially because of the risk of success. I sleep very cold but do not tend to camp out much under 40 but sometimes hit as low as 30. After talking to customer service, I settled on the Alsek 22 and, at 5’ 6” and a shoulder circumference of 50”, took their suggestions and ordered a Reg Wide. Took out on our trip to Florida, when nighttime temps dropped into the low 30s, and slept unbelievably comfortably. It was so warm inside, I only fastened the clips on one side most nights. No more getting tangled in sleeping bags - awesome - and only 1.5lbs. I could probably have got away with the shorter style but the regular left plenty of room in the foot box for drying socks and keeping clothing warm. Another unseen bonus was the dryness of the bag. Although it got damp nightly from my tiny single wall tent, the dampness never penetrated the bag even when we had to pack up in a hurry not allowing time to air. I have never been so warm and comfortable sleeping outside - and I’m 54 lol. I expect this bag will enable me to tolerate even lower temperatures if necessary and the fastening system was quick and easy to learn.
I have used the Alsek on several hikes now, including Australian alpine (out of Thredbo) and much warmer Wolgan Valley. The Alsek has been outstanding; the quilt is versatile and the product quality is sensational. Highly recommended!
I did a lot of research before buying this quilt and the consistent feedback on this quilt is that the temp rating is a comfort rating. The night I received my new quilt I set up my tent in the yard to test it out. Temps got down to low 20’s and I was toasty warm. I was sleeping on a Nemo Tensor pad and had base and mid layers on. I do sleep in a thin Sea to Summit bag liner which supposedly are dds around 10 degrees to rating, but it didn’t help with the 20 degree bag the Katibatic quilt is replacing. This week on an overnighter at 4200 ft with same set up again in the lower 20’s with some wind, again toasty warm. I’m 6’4” and have the long and wide version. I didn’t even have the quilt tied to the pad. Just wrapped it around me. I’m an active sleeper and manage best with few constraints. I couldn’t be happier with this quilt as my go-to sleep system for 4 season camping here in Southwest Virginia. Well done Katibatic!!!!
I already have a Palisade, Alsek but wanted a little warmer bag, so got a Sawatch. Very happy about the bag, just a couple ounces heavier than the Alsek, but noticably warmer, great quilt.
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 5°F weighs less than two. Most of our backpacks weigh in around 2 pounds, yet offer features like a supportive frame, comfortable hipbelt with roomy pockets, and side pockets you can reach without taking your pack off. Combine features like these with our incredibly detailed and precise manufacturing standards, and the result is 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.