I bought this after comparing and contrasting many brands of backpacking quilts and decided on Katabatic for its high fill power down, excellent customer service, and high degree of versatility. I took this out of the box to look at it and naturally spread it out on my bed. The next thing I knew I was asleep beneath my new quilt! That’s how warm and cozy it is. Can’t wait to test this on my upcoming Lost Coast Trail hike and PCT thru-hike in the future.
Just setup my bristlecone bivy in the yard. I usually find areas I think can be approved on but not on this The zipper design is especially noteworthy. No concerns of left or right entry. Enough space behind your head for some gear which will also keep the net off your face if you don’t want to use the tie off loop. I removed the pad tieouts . Don’t think I need them. Saved 11 grams. Perfect size bug netting. I’ve had quite a few different bivys but this is by far the best.
I was desperately in need of a new sleeping bag/quilt before I departed for the PCT since my original sleeping bag was on it’s last leg. 2 friends both highly recommended a Katabatic quilt, especially since I’m really tall. When I got to their website I saw 3-4 weeks until shipped, but started my PCT hike in two weeks. So I called their customer service, explained my situation to Kris, and she could not have been more help. I called on a Wednesday, my order was shipped the next day and I received my quilt on Monday. I will forever recommend Katabatic, not just for the best quilts EVER, but also the best customer service.
Flex 15°F Quilt
Last night I slept in my tent using my new Sawatch 15° quilt on top of an R5 pad. The temperature was in the 20’s and I was comfy and a happy camper. Thanks Katabatic Gear!
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
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.