Should I get a bag from the Elite or Flex series?
Both series have great options. It just depends on your personal preferences and needs.
Benefits of the Elite series:
• Differential cut in every baffle: reduced likelihood of cold spots due to jutting knees/elbows
• Secondary attachment clips: more contact surface between the quilt and your pad
• Mummy shaped fit: snugly wraps you and results in weight savings without being too constrictive
Benefits of the Flex Series:
• Opens to a blanket: increased versatility, especially in warmer weather
• Zippered footbox: the zipper, snap, and down filled draft blocker allow you numerous options for ventilation, or entirely blocking out the cold
Both series feature our patented pad attachment system, as well as a comfortable down filled collar, and elasticized edges to keep out drafts.
Should I get the WIDE or the REGULAR width?
Our “shoulder width” measurement reflects the width of the quilt when it is spread out flat. When drawn in for cold weather, we have found that our regular width ELITE bags fit comparably to traditional mummy bags with a 61” shoulder circumference. Our wide width bag fits comparably to a 67” shoulder circumference. Our FLEX series of bags are about 2″ wider than the ELITE.
Potential reasons to get the WIDE:
• Particularly broad shoulders (see below)
• Large or wide build (see below)
• Storing gear inside the bag while sleeping
• You just like to have extra room when in your bag
A good way to decide: measure your shoulder circumference. If it is at 50”, the ELITE regular width will be a snug fit, and the wide will be a roomy fit. If you are below 50”, the ELITE regular width will work, unless you prefer the extra room. Above 50”, you’ll be more comfortable in the wide. Again, the FLEX quilts run about 2″ wider than the ELITE, so use the same rule as above, except a measurement of 52″.
I am just over 6 feet tall. Do I need the 6’6” length?
You can probably get away with using the 6’ quilt if you are up to 6’ ½”. Anything over that, you might feel a bit truncated in the 6’ length. The same rule applies to the 5’6” size. If you are more than a ½” beyond that, you probably will want to size up.
Which bag (temperature rating) will be best for my needs?
The temperature ratings for each bag are considered to be comfort ratings for most people. Everyone is different. You should consider the climate in which you do most of your camping, and whether you are a warm or cold sleeper.
I want a three-season bag. Which one should I choose?
You should consider a few factors when making this choice: the climate in which you do most of your camping, how far into the shoulder seasons you plan to camp, and whether you are a warm or cold sleeper. Our most popular choices for a three-season Elite Series bag are the Palisade, Alsek, and Sawatch. The Flex Series offers more ventilation options in the foot box, and the Flex 30°, Flex 22°, and Flex 15° are the most popular in that category.
Should I order overfill, or just go up to the next warmest bag?
Each bag is designed with the ideal baffle height and differential cut (in the Elite series) to accommodate for the amount of down it needs. Adding a little overfill will get you a few more degrees of warmth, typically 1.5 – 2.5°F per ounce. However, at a certain point there is no real benefit to continuing to add overfill. If you are considering adding more than 2-4 oz. of overfill, depending on the model, we suggest ordering the next warmest bag.
For more information or to order overfill click here.
Do you recommend the 900 fill power down or the 850 Water Resistant down?
The water resistant down can be useful for people who
• Do a lot of camping in damp/rainy climates.
• Spend a lot of consecutive nights in cold temperatures where the dew point of their perspiration may be reached inside the insulation. In other words, the vapor from your body condenses to liquid as it is moving from the inside of the quilt, and then cannot pass through the shell fabric of the bag. Typically, this is not an issue above freezing, and generally not a concern unless you’ve been out for 4-5 nights without a chance to dry your bag.
What is the benefit of the 850 Water Resistant down?
If it gets damp, the water resistant down will be able to maintain loft easier compared to the non-treated down. Please keep in mind that this down is not water-proof or comparable to synthetic insulation. If it gets soaked, the down will not loft properly or insulate until dry.
What kind of pad can I use with a Katabatic quilt?
Most sleeping pads will work well with our Cord Clip Attachment system. You just need to be able to tie the supplied 2mm cords around the circumference of your sleeping pad. Pads that don’t work very well are thin, closed cell pads (1/4″ thick or less) and Klymit pads that have openings in them. Our favorite pads are the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir and ProLite.
Can I get a different color than what I see on the photo?
Unfortunately we are not able to offer any custom colors.
Do you do any custom work?
Unfortunately we are not able to offer any custom work, other than down overfill.
When will my goods be delivered?
If the item you ordered states “Ships in two weeks,” or something similar, it might require some finishing specific to your order. It will leave our shop within the stated time frame after the date your card was charged, usually via USPS Priority Mail. Otherwise, your item will leave our shop in one – two business days.
Do you ship to addresses outside of the US?
We use USPS Priority Mail Express International for all international orders. Typical delivery time is 1-2 weeks, but can be longer if there are delays in customs. Be aware that you may be responsible for import duties / VAT. We recommend checking with your local customs office to find out if these apply in your country.