A fun print, cosy down filling and a surprisingly sturdy ripstop outer material make this soft and silky little number a decent choice for camping weekenders with mates.
Warm and lightweight down filling
Not all the colorways are attractive
Doesn’t double up as a sleeping bag
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Kelty Galactic Down Blanket: first impressions
All things bright and beautiful – Kelty’s Galactic down blanket stands out for its fun, futuristic tie-dye design. This oversized quilt approaches a double duvet in length, so it’s good for two people to share, and can be popped on top of a double air bed if you’re off glamping.
But how did it fare under test conditions for our best camping blanket buying guide? Read on…
• RRP: £84.95 (UK)
• Insulation: 550 fill power down
• Weight: 810g / 28.5oz
• Blanket size: 183cm x 140cm / 72in x 15.7in
• Packed size: 18cm x 31cm / 7in x 12in
• Colors: Cranberry / Grisaille / Cathay Spice
• Compatibility: A packable, lightweight option for summer weekend camping
Kelty Galactic Down Blanket: in the field
On test, we found the pleasingly soft ripstop fabric stood up well to rips, tears and uneven ground. Kelty call this blanket “super compressive” – it’s not as tiny as that makes it sound, but it does stuff easily into a stuff sack for storage, and this would double up as a pillow in a pinch.
We also like it as an extra layer over a sleeping bag on chillier nights, as it’s easy to tuck in and adds welcome warmth and weight on shoulder-season camps. Inside the silky-soft but durable outer fabric are pockets of down, which do a great job of trapping warmth in quickly while still feeling pleasingly light and airy.
We love the bright, bohemian design in purple and red, but would avoid the cream/brown version, which just looks a bit muddy. It’s also a pity this blanket doesn’t pop- or zip-up into a makeshift sleeping bag.
Kelty seem to have aimed this design firmly at campers heading off on relaxed summer weekends in the wild, and I’d say it’s a great choice for that kind of adventure, especially if you like a bit of bright color in your kit bag.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.