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The “My Kids Love Their Sleeping Bags” Review – Kelty Woobie and Big Dipper

Posted in Backpacking, Camping, Gear Reviews, Kids Gear, Outdoor Gear by Eric Miller - 12.03.2012

When it comes to camping with the kids they have to sleep warm or everyone is going to be miserable. When it comes to kids’ sleeping bags Kelty crushes it. The Kelty Woobie 30 Sleeping Bag and the Kelty Big Dipper 30 Sleeping Bag sleeping bags knock it out of the park!

Kelty sent me these bags to test and review this summer and after they arrived my girls were so excited that they slept in them for a week on their bedroom floor! That helped bring the stoke when it was time to take them camping.

Kelty Woobie 30 Sleeping Bag Review

The Kelty Woobie 30 Sleeping Bag is quite possibly the cutest sleeping bag ever made. My 3 year old loves hers. Kelty really hit what is important to kids and what’s important for the parents.

For the kids: good colors. Sure they don’t have the rainbow spectrum but simplicity is good, pink for the girls, green and blue for the boys. The inside is cozy and fun. The flannel doesn’t feel as cold as nylon when your first get it and plush fleece helps them slide down into the bag. Its also soft on the face so your kids won’t mind being zipped all the way up.

For the parents: the Woobie is rated to 30 degrees. The coldest night we had was close to 32 degrees and my 3 year old stayed warm and cozy all night. Dual zippers make it easy to help the little ones in and out of their bag, no matter what side you af sleeping on. The bag is well made and will keep up with the use that only little kids have a way of bringing.

If you’re going to get the Woobie, get it while your child is young. At 36 inches long, they will outgrow it quickly. Next summer our three year old will be too big.

The full feature set is included at the bottom of this review.

The Good

  • Warm and cozy
  • Great Price
  • My daughter loved having “her own little sleeping bag”

The Bad

  • I didn’t pick it up sooner!

Bottom Line:

For your small kids, the Woobie is the sleeping bag to get.

Buy Now: Pick up the Kelty Woobie 30 Sleeping Bag

Kelty Big Dipper 30 Sleeping Bag Review

The Kelty Big Dipper 30 Sleeping Bag hits the young kids market well. For the young girls (like my five year old) it has a few small touches that made her excited about her new sleeping bag. The faux fur hood gives a little bit of “grown-up” appeal and of course the two-tone pink. For the young boys it’s straight, simple blue. Both feature an internal pocket to stash a headlamp or other items. They also include a velcro pillow pouch on the underside to keep a pillow in place. Throw in some loops for keeping a sleeping pad in place and your child is going to sleep comfortably.

As a parent my favorite part is the zippered extension. The foot of the bag has a circular zipper. When your child is small, zip it up to shorten the bag by 12 inches to keep her warmer. As she grows taller, unzip it and you’ll get a few more years out of the bag. One bag, lasts through a few years of use before they outgrow it. Hands down the best feature.

My next favorite feature is the stuff sack. It is sewn to the foot of the sleeping bag so there’s no losing it! It also features a carry handle which also hits the “I’m bigger and I can help out by carrying my own stuff” mentality.

The Big Dipper is also rated to 30 degrees. On the same 32 degree night my 5 year old was nice and toasty inside with her jammies on. It does seem fairly wide which is good for wild sleepers but could produce cold spots. Keep that in mind.

The full feature set is included at the bottom of this review.

The Good

  • Zippered Extension
  • Attached stuff sack
  • Good Price

The Bad

  • Nothing, this is a great bag

Bottom Line:

Get the sleeping bag that grows with your kids!

Buy Now: Pick up the Kelty Big Dipper 30 Sleeping Bag

Kelty Woobie 30 Sleeping Bag Features

  • Two-layer off-set quilt construction
  • Top baffle collar
  • Zipper draft tube with anti-snag design
  • Dual-sided locking zips aid in temperature control
  • Playful colors and patterned liner
  • Stuff sack included
  • Temp Rating: 30° / -1°C
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Fits to: 3′ / 91 cm
  • Length: 42” / 107 cm
  • Shoulder girth: 44” / 112 cm
  • Fill weight: 15 oz. / .42 kg
  • Total weight: 2 lb. 0 oz. / .9 kg
  • Stuffed size: 8″x 15″ / 20 cm x 38 cm
  • Insulation: Cloudloft™
  • Shell material: 66D polyester taffeta
  • Liner material: Plush polyester fleece and cotton flannel
  • Price: $44.95

Kelty Big Dipper 30 Sleeping Bag Features

  • Two-layer off-set quilt construction
  • Zipper draft tube with anti-snag design
  • Sleeping pad security loops
  • 3/4-length, two-way locking zipper
  • Sized to fit juniors
  • Pillow pocket
  • Drawcord replaced by elastic for child safety
  • Includes integrated compression storage sack
  • Internal storage pocket
  • Expandable foot section lengthens the bag by 12″ (Patent#US 6,073,282)
  • Temp Rating: 30° / -1°C
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Fits to: 5′ 4″ / 163 cm
  • Length: 72” / 183 cm
  • Shoulder girth: 56” / 142 cm
  • Fill weight: 35 oz. / 0.98 kg
  • Total weight: 3 lb. 9 oz. / 1.60 kg
  • Stuffed size: 11″ x 20″ / 28 cm x 51 cm
  • Insulation: Cloudloft™
  • Shell material: 50D polyester taffeta
  • Liner material: 66D polyester taffeta
  • Price: $69.95


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  1. CampingMaxx

    Our family has been a Kelty family for years and we too couldn’t be more pleased. Their sleeping bag line is fantastic and we love all the different options they offer. Once you go Kelty, you never go back.

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