Just used my Katabatic Pinon bivy and Flex 30 setup for the first time on a backcountry hunting trip and it made life so easy. Just throw it on the ground at night and inflate the pad and you are done. Don't have to worry about pesky ticks or bugs on you all night. Then in the morning, just open the valve and roll the whole thing up together. This is my go-to, good weather sleep system from here on out.
Saved my b***t on the Sierra ski traverse. Sleeping bag was inadequate for cold temps so had to sleep in the puffy. Incredibly warm for its weight. Simple without any unnecessary bells and whistles. IMHO it is the best puffy for its weight, warmth and price.
I have had the Katabatic Flex 15 850FP Regular (6’) Wide quilt for about a year & used it on at least a dozen weekend trips from temperatures in the high 20s - low 30s (and windy) up to high 60s. I love it!
I’m a 5’-5” woman with large hips (43"), a side (sprawling) sleeper and sleep warm for a woman but colder than most men. I use this quilt with a 4.2 R-value pad, and I have never been cold.
The regular width would have worked for me, but I'm glad I went with the wide. I like having the extra width so I can sprawl on warmer nights, or cuddle with my kids or dog under the quilt. The wide also allows me to completely close the back of the quilt to keep all drafts out on cold nights. I definitely don't need the "regular" length and would have opted for the shorter length if it had been available in the wide width when I bought it.
The quality is excellent, Stitching and snaps are high quality & the quilt is not as fragile as other UL quilts I've used. The quilt has survived a year with 2 kids & 2 dogs with claws and stickers and all kinds of mess with no signs of any tears or blemishes. In that time, I've had to patch my tent at least 3 times.
My only criticism is that the 850FP down had a more ducky smell upon arrival than I’ve experienced with other down products in the past which I didn't love. But the smell aired out in a couple of days and is definitely undetectable a year and many trips later, so I would definitely make the same choice today rather than paying extra for the 900FP.
I absolutely love this quilt and the quality is amazing! Highly recommend! I’m definitely going to support this company and purchase another one soon, for my wife! Honestly there is too much that I could go on and on about, with the pros of this quilt! I have no regrets and will recommend to anyone and everyone who I talk to, who is looking for an amazing quilt.
As always, Katabatic build quality and craftsmanship is second to none. 100% recommend.
I love my flex 22. I’ve had it for several years. I’ve used it on countless adventures. It’s kept me warm and comfy in temperatures ranging from the low thirties all the way up to summertime warmth. The low weight, combined with the ability to keep it cinched up close to your body, or open it up all the way like a blanket, makes it the only quilt/bag you need, from temperatures down to freezing all the way up to the heat of the summer. Last week we used it to save an injured hiker on the trail in Patagonia, wrapping the quilt around him, to keep him warm and hypothermia at bay until an evacuation could be performed. If you want a comfy nights sleep or your life depends on it, you can’t go wrong with the flex 22.
Just what I was looking for for 3 season alpine backpacking. A tad toasty for mid summer but warm enough for those last trips before winter. Sizing is just right for light layering and a little room to move. I'm 5'-11", 175#, square shouldered, 40" chest at rest, 34" pant waist. The hood adjustment is most excellent. An extra inch in the torso length would be good for my build (I run 20" torso sizing in backpacks). My Large size scaled at 12.2 ounces. Amazingly warm for the weight! Only improvement would be a true red color offering...but that is just a selfish request. Good job Katabatic...the bar has been raised.
For ultralight, three-season backpacking, look no further.
This jacket is awesome, from its construction to its warmth. I'm 5'10" / 185 lb and have the jacket in a large. I also tried on a medium but it was uncomfortably small. If you're on the fence, I would recommend sizing up.
The elastic cuffs can fit easily over my large Garmin watch and pockets are warm and comfortable.
One complaint? Wish it had drop pockets.
The Tincup is the warmest, lightest jacket I've ever owned. Fit is definitely technical so size up if you plan to use casually. I am 6' tall/190lbs and the large is perfect over a base layer or thin mid layer. I bought this jacket based on my experience with the Katabatic Flex 15 Quilt and I couldn't be happier with the product and product quality. Keep up the great work Katabatic Gear!
i picked up the tincup in medium. i'm 5'9 150lb and the medium fits great. weight comes in at 11.71oz, so about 0.31oz (or 9g) over the claimed 11.4oz. overall, this is a very well thought out jacket and a complete bargain.
what i love
* it's designed very elegant with just two pockets. no inner pockets or chest pockets that i never use on other jackets, especially when i'm wearing a backpack.
* material and sewing are both top notch.
* box baffles on shoulders and hood are very functional. the top baffle on the hood is about 1.5" thick!
* cinch system on the skirt and hood are very smartly implemented in how they do not at all reduce loft around those areas when cinched.
* wrists are constructed in such a way that allows for full loft.
(very minor) complaints
* i wish there was a quarter to half inch or so more length in the body and arms. i think this might be due to the baffles lofting so much and i may not have had this complaint if i picked up a tarn. overall length is fine, though.
* the pockets could be a little deeper. the pocket bottom is about a half inch below the zipper stop and i worry about things (like a phone) accidentally falling out.
* would have loved for one of the pockets to have a reversible zipper to be able to use it as a stuff sack.
* elastic around the wrist could be stretchier/tighter.
I love this jacket. As with all Katabatic Gear products, it's high quality and well-made. I've found myself putting this jacket on nearly every time I leave the house this winter. It's a very effective insulating layer and if I wear it while exercising vigorously, it's not uncommon for me to overheat, even when temps are in the single digits.
In terms of the fit, I bought a size larger than what I normally wear so that I had plenty of room to layer underneath. It's a tiny bit bigger than I'd prefer but not excessively so.
Worth noting is the excellent warmth-to-weight ratio of this jacket. It's also very reasonably priced compared to similar products. This is the lightweight insulated jacket I've been waiting for and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!
Very lightweight and warm jacket. Strongly recommended, very happy with this purchase.
This jacket is basically the perfect lightweight down jacket. It's stuffed the right amount, the down/total weight ratio is as good as it gets, and the cut is superb. I particularly like the hood. If I were forced to have a complaint, it would be that I would trade one more ounce for another inch of length, but I'm quite tall. Overall A++
This is the toastiest warmest puffy I’ve ever worn. It keeps me comfortably warm in sub zero temps. Wore it in -16 degree weather the other day and felt cozy!
For reference I am 5’6 and 135 lbs and got a medium. It was roomy enough to layer underneath. I could have sized smaller and it would have probably been form fitting but preferred a looser fit
The jacket is super lightweight, I can never tell if I actually packed it 🤣 For how light it is, it’s very durable. I’ve stuffed it in my backcountry ski pack alongside my avi gear, my dog has burrowed into it, and it’s already gone thru the wash a few times. Still performing amazing!
I received my women's XL Tin Cup just before the recent cold snap into the single digits. This is a great jacket! It is even warmer than any other comparable jacket I own and blocks wind better. Best of all, it packs down really small. I also like the length in the back and that it is a little more fitted so I don't look like the Michelin woman. Since this is Katabatic's first jacket, I would change these things. Elastic at the end of the cuffs and not under them. This keeps my natural skin oils from darkening the fabric when the fabric brushes my arms and hands. A deeper hood. I sleep in mine when it is cold and like pulling down the hood. The current hood or wearing a climbing helmet is too shallow for this hood. Overall though, one of the warmest jackets available right now, and I also have a FF Eos and Ghost.
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.