Kelty Galactic 30 Hoodless Sleeping Bag Review

Kelty Galactic 30 Sleeping Bag Review

The Kelty Galactic 30 is a hoodless rectangular sleeping bag that compresses down to a surprisingly compact size. It is insulated with water-resistant DriDown with a full-length side zipper, which also makes it possible to combine two bags to create a double. I’ve taken it down to 35F and think it’s a great value, especially if you dislike mummy bags, but don’t want to spend big bucks on a custom-made quilt or one of the premium hoodless sleeping bags I recommend in Hoodless Ultralight Sleeping Bags: Pros and Cons. 

Specs at a Glance

  • Temperature Rating: 30F / -1 C
  • Weight: 2 lbs 7 oz
  • Fill weight: 17.6 oz
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Type: Hoodless
  • Insulation: 550 fill power down (actual 650 fill power)
  • RDS-certified: Yes
  • Construction: Sewn-thru
  • Length: 76″
  • Shoulder Girth (Width): 68″
  • Stuff sack size: 8L
  • Shell and Liner: Polyester Taffetta

Hoodless rectangular sleeping bags are a lot easier to use than backpacking quilts because they block drafts without the need for a sleeping pad attachment system while providing the freedom to sleep on your side without the awkwardness of a mummy hood. While you can spend an arm and a leg on an ultralight hoodless sleeping bag from the likes of Feathered Friends, Western Mountaineering, or Zpacks, I’ve found the Galactic 30 to be a surprisingly good value (and 1/3 of the price) if you don’t mind carrying a little more weight. It also makes an awesome bag for car camping, whether you’re sleeping in your car or outdoors in a tent.

Curved baffles are designed to drape over your body
Curved baffles are designed to conform around and over your body.

The Kelty Galactic 30 is insulated water-resistant DriDown, so it will dry more quickly than untreated down if it gets damp or wet. The bag is spec-ed for 550 fill power down, but mine turns out to have 650 fill power down instead, which is substantially warmer by weight. The manufacturer tag comes with a code that you can look up at Trackmydown.com,  My tag reads “1104L20F2618”, if you want to try looking it up. If you can find the Galactic 30 in a store, it might be worth checking each of the bags on display with a Smartphone browser to find the ones with the highest fill power down.

The Galactic 30 is generously dimensioned if you like space to stretch out. It has a full two-way zipper (so you can vent your feet) that runs down the side and along the bottom that’s backed by a down-filled draft tube to prevent cold air from leaking past the zipper. Being hoodless and rectangular, you can simply flip the bag over if you prefer a right or left-hand zipper, or on top or beneath you, which is one of the perks of using a hoodless sleeping bag.

The top of the bag closes with a drawstring and a cord lock which you can cinch above your shoulders to lock in its warmth. It doesn’t have a dedicated draft collar like a premium hoodless sleeping bag, but there is a baffle of down at the top hem, which does a pretty good job as is. If you still feel a draft, a good hack is to wrap an insulated jacket or fleece hoody around your neck and upper chest, which will seal in the warmth. With hoodless bags, many people wear a hooded jacket or sweater, to insulate their head, which can have the same effect. The interior is lined with Polyester Taffetta which is quite comfortable to the touch. I still recommend that you sleep in lightweight long underwear because it will keep you warmer, and keep the inside of the sleeping bag clean.

The top of the sleeping bag closes with a drawstring and cord lock.
The top of the sleeping bag closes with a drawstring and cord lock.

A nylon storage sack is included with the Galactic 30, but it also fits into an 8L Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Stuff Sack with room to spare. It really is surprisingly compressible, making it a viable but low-cost option for backpacking and other adventures where space is at a premium.

Recommendation

The  Kelty Galactic 30 is a rectangular hoodless down sleeping bag that’s surprisingly warm, compact, and inexpensive. While somewhat heavier, it’s a great alternative to a more expensive backpacking quilt or premium hoodless sleeping bag that’s perfect for car camping and more casual backpacking trips. A reader suggested I review the Kelty Galactic 30 as a lower-cost option for people wanting to give hoodless sleeping bags a try and I’m glad I did. It’s really an excellent value.

Disclosure: The author purchased this sleeping bag.

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Last updated: 2021-05-10 02:32:07

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