Kelty Galactic Down Blanket ($130)

From warm and cozy down-insulated models to budget-friendly synthetic and fleece options, we break down the year’s top camping blankets

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550-fill-power down

1 lb. 12.6 oz.


Excellent price for a durable, down-insulated camping blanket.

Fairly heavy due to the lower-quality insulation.

Down camping blankets are a pricey lot, as evidenced in the 399 Rumpl Featherlite above. However, budget-friendly Kelty has a good option for value for its Galactic Down Blanket. To reduce costs, Kelty utilizes average-quality 550-fill-power down that is smaller and less compressible than Rumpl’s high-end 800-fill version and weighs significantly more to provide the same amount of warmth (thereby making it less suitable for use in the backcountry). To give you an example the Galactic weighs 1 lbs 12.6 ounces that is heavier than the other synthetic options in our selection. However, it is surprisingly compact, and, most importantly (unlike the Featherlite) unlike the Featherlite, the Kelty is remarkably durable with the thick 50-denier shell which will last longer over time.

If you’re looking to save money and would prefer a loftier down to synthetic and synthetic, Kelty Galactic Kelty Galactic has a lot of appeal. For just a couple of ounces more it’s better to stick on the most rated Rumpl Original, which also is the more weather-proof choice. In some tests conducted in mid-October within this region of the Pacific Northwest, the Kelty’s down fill got clumped together as it was exposed to the elements, however, the Rumpl was a bit more high. The Galactic is also a bit more expensive in overall feel and doesn’t have the softness and comfort of the Rumpl. However, it is smaller in size and is more durable, with the slightly thicker shell (50D instead of. 30D as the Rumpl) Additionally, it is three inches larger (length is roughly identical). The question of whether these benefits are worth the price change is up to you However, the Kelty nonetheless is a great comfortable and cozy down blanket that is a great price.