So pleased by how it takes so little space, and the unique foot box closure saved the day when I had an oops with how I rigged my underquilt, leaving my feet unprotected otherwise. Kept me snug on a windy rainy 38⁰ night in my doorless hammock setup. My stepson was a complaining chilly mess in his less expensive competitor 30⁰who was in a tent.
The flex of it being able to fully open makes even a 30⁰ very versatile for warmer eves, and saves your bones having that warmth available when the weather man is, um, "surprisingly" wrong about the next morning.
tested out my new 900fp hyperdry flex 22 6'6" wide this weekend. temps down to mid 20s. plenty warm in a pair of boxers, and the pad attachment system is an ingenious way to keep the heat in, block the drafts, and provide a ton of room. don't think i'll ever use a traditional sleeping bag again during the spring/summer/fall. well done, katabatic.
I camped at Mt. Rainier National Park in March 2022 in the snow at Paradise (over 5200 feet elevation) and this hood kept me warm and cozy at camp. Temperatures were in the high teens/low 20s and I even slept wearing the hood. My fellow campers were jealous and now they want their own hoods! I highly recommend.
First night out with 26 degree temps I was actually too hot with mid-weight merino thermals - I had to vent some heat multiple times! Second night at 20 with a t-shirt and thermal bottoms, I was very comfortable - my head needed some extra layers, but that can’t be helped (I’d rather not carry a hood). At about 45 deg I had it loosely connected and opened the footbox, and by 60 deg, fully opened - which is why I wanted a quilt for the flexibility.
For sleeping pad, I have the thermarest z-lite foam pad that the quilt connects to and a Thermarest Uberlite small that I put inside the quilt with me - partially inflated for extra comfort. So my r value isn’t super high, and I’m so impressed with how warm this keeps me.
Anyway, huge upgrade for me, and that this is stil ~30oz mark for that kind of warmth is awesome. I got this with an extra 2 oz of overfill. I got the wide/tall - I’m 6’ 200# and active sleeper, so the space is great and clearly not affecting my warmth. Excited to continue using this.
It shipped within the time frame, and the build quality looks amazing. I would recommend this to anyone looking to get a quality quilt!
Took the quilt out on a short two night trip on the AT. First night temps got down to low 30s and I was plenty warm in just the quilt and shorts/t-shirt. The next day was freezing, with snow and high winds all day. Temp got down to 13 with a feel of the negatives. I slept in baselayers and a bag liner and was perfect. I normally do sleep a little hot, but this is a well designed quilt that will be super versatile for you throughout the seasons. WISH I HAD BOUGHT SOONER!
This quilt is awesome!
Besides being made with an actual durable fabric, Pertex Quantum ripstop (0.85oz/yd), rather than the extremely fragile 7D fabrics (Zpacks 0.51 oz/yd) other cottage makers use that will leak down (because they are on the edge of being calendered/downproof), the design/baffle engineering of this quilt is much better than its competitors (including Nunatak). This means it wraps around your body in a 3D fashion much better than the flat made quilts (like Enlightened Equipment) retaining its loft better and making it easier to move within it. This generates a small increase in weight for the shell material but reduces the down fill weight even though Katabatic bags give you an extra 0.25" of loft for a given temperature rating compared to the competitors (2.25" for 30 degrees compared to 2.0").
All this enables Katabatic to mark their quilts with a "comfort" temperature rating rather than the safety or "transition" temperature rating everyone else uses. A Katabatic 30 is the same warmth as everyone else's 20 rating. Additionally, Katabatic does all the details better, the collars, the zippers, snaps, and reinforcements, and the pad attachment system are more functional and durable than the competitors.
I recommend the Flex 30 as your main quilt (with the NeoAir UberLight pad). How often will you be sleeping on snow in the winter? If you don't plan to do that then the Flex 30 will keep you comfortable from 60-25 degrees if you have a jacket/puffy and beanie with you. In mild temps it is really nice to just use it as a blanket. If you are sure the night time lows will be >50 degrees go buy a sub 1 pound sewn through down blanket off of Amazon for
I never thought I would be a bivy type. After hiking with a friend that used one on a trip that had no rain for 45 days, I was very jealous. So I took the leap and got myself the bristlecone. I used it on the Colorado trail which rained practically every night. I am now obsessed with the bivy and its versatility. The bristlecone has more room than other bivys which is its major selling point as bivys can be a bit claustrophobic. I also chose this because of the zipper design that runs down both sides, so when using a tarp you can enter either side of the bivy. All in all I cant say enough about this bivy and its design. Just breathable enough to keep you cool on hot nights and protective enough for cooler nights with great splash protection during heavy rain. I know there are a lot of other options out there but this is going to be my go to bivy. The build quality and performance is just great.
I've been camping intensely for most of my life, but it took one sleep in this quilt for me to say I'll never sleep in a mummy bag again. Wrapped up the AZT 800 with this quilt. It was literally my favourite thing about the trip. Every night was pure joy climbing into this thing. I like it more than my bed! Most nights it dropped below 0 celsius- often to the rating of the quilt and I was always warm. Don't think I can say that is true for any bag I've owned before. But I've never dropped this kind of coin before either. Zero regrets!!!!
I bought a Flex 15 quilt about 2 years ago. I recently experienced a 12F night and was so nice and warm that I guessed (before I checked the temperature) that it had only gotten down to the upper 20’s. The quilt was very warm even though I am a very cold sleeper. I was only wearing a thin long sleeved tee shirt, summer weight cotton PJ bottoms, and thin cotton socks.
I have spent about 20 nights with the temperature down in the 20’s and have never been cold at all. Prior to getting this quilt, I always had cold feet when camping in colder weather. My feet are always nice and toasty with this quilt.
The customer service was also great. I originally bought a 6’6” with the “normal width” based on the size recommendation. I tried the quilt in my living room and I felt a bit confined like I do in a mummy bag. Katabatic Gear let me return the quilt and get the “wide” quilt. It is great, no claustrophobic feelings. Great customer service and a great product.
I’m rather a “tight wad” but some things are worth paying for. This quilt is one of them. Every cold night I am so thankful that I spent the money to get a quality quilt that delivers even more than I expected. I’m sure I would be comfortable to temperatures much lower than the 15F rating.
I used the “pad attachment system” for a while and it works well. I found that I don’t really need it since I can just tuck the sides of the quilt under my sides or back. There are no air leaks. This leaves me completely free of any attachments and there is no confined feeling. I love it!
Ótimo produto! Muito quente e confortável. Leve e bem construido, pode ser usado em diversas situações. Estou muito feliz com a compra e recomento para todos que frequentam ambientes frios.
I've had a sawatch for a couple of years now and have loved it but wanted something to use in the warmer months that was a little more flexible. This is the answer! I've brought it down into the 20s and up into the 70s and have been comfortable during it all. I love this quilt!
I got this quilt as my warm weather option for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Im a very cold sleeper (I had been carrying a 0 degree bag for the desert through the Sierra) so I was nervous that I would not be warm enough with this 30 degree bag but I have to say I didn't have a single cold night. I used this bag for the rest of the trail all the way through Washington and it was perfect. Very happy to have this addition to my gear. Oh and I got the duck down option and there is no smell whatsoever.
This quilt is effing amazing. I'm 5'10", 140lbs and went with a regular length and width after calling them (I toss and turn a ton and was concerned I might need more width, but they said regular would be plenty of room and they were right) :)
A horrendously cold sleeper, I added 2oz extra downfill. I just tested this out at South Colony Lakes in CO with a night temp in the upper 30s with some wind. Not a terribly frigid night but this thing had me sweating in just base layers! My sleeping bag, a Marmot Helium, rated to 10 degrees (their temp ratings are total BS), would have left me shivering.
I'm a huge quilt convert now. The attachment system is super easy to use, and I felt zero drafts as I moved around. I will definitely leave it open next time I go if the temperatures are the same, and am totally confident this will keep me warm in below-freezing temps.
If you are vacillating about your decision to purchase a Katabatic quilt, go ahead and order. I have had a 22 Flex since spring 2021, Exceptional customer service, impeccable quality, superb warmth. It fulfills my needs down to sub 30s and as a quilt over my wife and I (using liner) to 50 degrees, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. THANK YOU KATABATIC!
This is my first quilt and I think I am forever hooked. So warm (accurate), flexible, cozy, just everything about it is excellent. The quality and craftsmanship is second to none. I have full confidence that this will last me a long time….may need to grab a colder one soon! Thank you guys! Awesome work!
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.