Review of the Kelty Big Dipper 30 Junior Sleeping Bag

We recently received the Kelty Big Dipper sleeping bag to test out and our 8 year old has been using it all summer. This junior sleeping bag grows with your child so they stay warm and toasty even as they get taller and taller. My son’s gotten so possessive over it, I am pretty sure we’re going to have to get one next summer for little brother.

Kelty Big Dipper Sleeping Bag


  • Grows with your child
  • Can be used in most weather conditions
  • Integrated stuff sack cannot be lost
  • Very comfortable material


  • Could be a little more compact





Unlike other kid-size sleeping bags, the Big Dipper sleeping bag by Kelty will grow with your child.  It fits our 8 year old perfectly right now, but as he gets taller, there is a zipper at the bottom of the bag that unzips and expands the bag an extra 12 inches.  Previous to this, we had our 8 year old in an adult sleeping bag which we had to stuff with extra blankets on cold camping nights.  When a sleeping bag isn’t snug enough, your child will loose body heat to the air circulating around his sleeping bag.

The Kelty Big Dipper is rated as a 30 degree bag, so you can be sure that your kids will be warm and toasty even when the temperature starts to dip in during the wee hours of the morning.  We really appreciated it when we were camping at Joshua Tree this summer and the desert temperatures plummeted as the sun went down. If the weather is warm, you can easily unzip the bag and just use it as a cuddly warm blanket.

Another nice feature about the bag is that the stuff sack is attached to the sleeping bag and tucks neatly into the bottom of the bag when you’re using the bag.  I loved not having to hunt high and low for the missing stuff sack.  The opening to the sack is also on the side instead of on the top, making it so easy for my son to pack up independently.  The handle on the bag makes it easy for him to throw the bag over his shoulder and carry it on his own.  It doesn’t fold up quite as compactly as expedition sleeping bags, but works great for regular car camping.

Best of all, inside of  sleeping bag, the lining is incredibly silk and comfy. I was secretly wishing I was small enough to fit into it.  All in all, at the price of $57, I would highly recommend this sleeping bag for your child.  You won’t have to purchase another one until your child is over 72” tall.  The Big Dipper sleeping bag comes in pink and blue.

The one improvement I think Kelty might consider is a having a pocket at the back of the sleeping pad that you could slip a compact sleeping pad like the Kelty Recluse into.  My kids sleep have a knack of turning a 180 degrees in their sleep and we’ve found that it can be hard for little kids to stay on top of their sleeping pads throughout the night.  When we’ve had sleeping bags with pads that slip into the back of the bag, they end up sleeping much better.





*Disclosure:  I recieve a sample of the Kelty Big Dipper to review, but no other compensation. The company did not request that I express any particular point of view, so always, these opinions are entirely my own.

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About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl (13, 11, and 3) currently traveling through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2.5 year old.

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