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Kammok Firebelly Review

A technical, do-it-all blanket that doubles as a poncho and triples as a quilt
Kammok Firebelly
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Price:  $300 List | $299.95 at REI
Pros:  Highly versatile, lightweight, good features, water-resistant
Cons:  Expensive, slippery material
Manufacturer:   Kammok
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 18, 2022
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  • Comfort - 30% 6.0
  • Warmth - 25% 7.0
  • Versatility - 20% 10.0
  • Packed Size - 15% 8.0
  • Features & Design - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Kammok Firebelly is one of our absolute favorite camping blankets. It has four modes: traditional blanket, camping quilt, hammock underquilt, and poncho. It makes use of strategically placed snaps and included conversion straps to achieve the highest degree of adaptability we have ever seen in a blanket. It's lightweight, packs down small, and has generous dimensions. Its ripstop exterior has a water-repellent coating that maintains its warmth even if it gets a little damp. At a top-tier price point, this blanket is great for backpackers who need a medium-loft lightweight cover for sleeping but also want the flexibility and versatility to use this cover in any number of ways.

Editor's Note: We added the Kammok Firebelly to our fleet on August 18, 2022.

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Pros Highly versatile, lightweight, good features, water-resistantSofter underbelly, weather-resistant, great features, feels warm, easy to cleanLightweight, compressible, cape clipVersatile, weather-resistant, less costly than similar performersLarge dimensions, soft underside, inexpensive
Cons Expensive, slippery materialA bit large and bulkyExpensive, smaller dimensions, slipperyA little bulky, nylon underside gets sweatyHeavy, bulky, not many features
Bottom Line A technical, do-it-all blanket that doubles as a poncho and triples as a quiltIt's large, seriously cozy, and it offers solid comfort, warmth, and protectionA compressible, lightweight, and adaptable blanket for when space is at a premiumA functional blanket with a hood and snap closure great for bundling up in a variety of settingsThis comfortable extra-large blanket is big enough for two and luxurious for one
Rating Categories Kammok Firebelly NEMO Puffin Rumpl Down Puffy REI Co-Op Camp Wrap Kelty Biggie
Comfort (30%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
Warmth (25%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Versatility (20%)
10.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Packed Size (15%)
8.0
6.0
10.0
6.0
4.0
Features & Design (10%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Kammok Firebelly NEMO Puffin Rumpl Down Puffy REI Co-Op Camp Wrap Kelty Biggie
Filling Type Down Synthetic Down Synthetic Synthetic
Measured Blanket Size 55" x 88" 54" x 78" 52" x 75" 54" x 72" 80" x 82"
Compressed Size 4 L 4 L 1.8 L 5 L 15 L
Weather Resistance DWR treatment DWR treatment
(water resistance)
DWR treatment DWR treatment None
Weight 28 oz 36 oz 19 oz 28 oz 47 oz
Stuff Sack Y - roll-top Y - zippered Y - roll-top Y - drawstring Y - drawstring
Exterior Material 20D ripstop nylon 30D nylon micro-ripstop 30D ripstop polyester 100% Ripstop Nylon 75D polyester
Insulation Material 750-fill duck down 600G Stratofiber (synthetic) 600-fill duck down (80/20 down/feathers) Polyester fibers Cloudloft
Manufacturer Temp Rating (F) 30°F Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
Pocket No Yes - 1 zippered near feet No No No
Machine Washable Yes Yes - front load only Yes Yes Yes - front load only
Available Sizes One size only 1-person (tested), 2-person 1-person (tested), 2-person One size only One size only
Additional Features Hands-free poncho, minimalist sleeping bag, top quilt, hammock underquilt Foot Nook foot box created by three buttons and holes, outwardly curved edges, sewn through in horizontal bars, contrast-colored top edge Cape clip, corner loops Snaps, armloops, built-in hood Soft-brushed fabric, comfortably fits 2 people

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kammok Firebelly is a lightweight ripstop blanket that is machine washable, which makes it relatively simple to take care of after a long spell on the trail or in camp. It comes with some extras that elevate it well above the typical blanket.

Performance Comparison


Kammok Firebelly camping blanket - the firebelly is a versatile all-around favorite for backcountry...
The Firebelly is a versatile all-around favorite for backcountry camping.
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Comfort


The Firebelly is a fair comfort contender. Its 55 x 88 inch dimensions are generous and earn it points in this metric. We love being able to wrap this blanket completely around our bodies without any gaps. The 20D ripstop nylon is soft, and the down is cushy. On more than one occasion, we found ourselves just basking in the luxury of this blanket. It is even large enough to share if two people need to stay warm at an outdoor gathering.


Our primary complaint about the comfort of this blanket is that the fabric is the same all around. That is, there is no special interior liner, which makes for a very synthetic feel against bare skin. In warmer weather, when we started to sweat under the blanket, our skin stuck to it, making it a less decidedly less comfortable experience.

Kammok Firebelly camping blanket - this blanket has good coverage front and back in poncho mode.
This blanket has good coverage front and back in poncho mode.
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Warmth


This blanket is rated to 30 degrees, and it mostly lives up to its billing. Though we wouldn't want to use it as our only insulator in a tent when nighttime temperatures hover around freezing, with a base layer underneath, this blanket can certainly keep you warm during waking hours. It has a nice moderate loft, and we appreciate that the poncho mode provides significant coverage in the backand front, which is not the case for other models that have more of a cape style. Snapping up the edges also helps significantly with heat retention.


Typically, down loses its insulative property when it gets wet. However, between the DWR-coated ripstop exterior and the treated down on the inside, this model can stand up to mist and humidity without sacrificing any warmth. These moisture-repelling properties, along with its light weight, also allow it to dry out very quickly even if it does get damp.

Kammok Firebelly camping blanket - the horizontal baffles mostly keep down in place but sometimes it...
The horizontal baffles mostly keep down in place but sometimes it needs a little shakeout to redistribute the fill.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Our only complaint about the warmth factor is that the baffles, while narrow, are only horizontal, not boxed. Functionally, this means the down sometimes shifts around and bunches to one side and needs to be redistributed to reduce the number of cold spots. To be clear, if you are a cold sleeper or know that you use a sleeping bag or quilt with a warmer temperature rating below the conditions you usually sleep in, this blanket is no different (i.e. it's not a zero-degree sleeping bag). However, if you are an avid summer backpacker and want to lighten your load, this is a great blanket that can keep you warm while doing it.

Versatility


This blanket is absolutely tops in versatility and can do so much more than keep your lap warm during a chilly outdoor gathering. Snaps along the side can be utilized in a couple of different ways. The bottom sets can be buttoned up and the cinch cord closed to make a cozy footbox when sitting in an Adirondack or camping chair. Or the blanket can be fully snapped and cinched at both ends to create a sleeping bag. But wait, there's more! It also comes with a pair of straps that fully convert this blanket into a lightweight quilt that can be used in place of a sleeping bag. The straps loop around a sleeping pad and attach to the snaps along the edge of the blanket to hold it in place.


If you are more of a hammock camper, this blanket also has you covered there. It comes with an additional set of hooks that convert it into a hammock quilt, or it can be used as an underquilt to keep your backside warm. In the chill of the early morning, the zipper in the middle of the blanket can be opened up, allowing it to be worn as an insulating poncho to keep you toasty while packing up camp or eating breakfast.

Kammok Firebelly camping blanket - this blanket has a zipper in the middle that converts it into a...
This blanket has a zipper in the middle that converts it into a wearable hands-free poncho.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Other models have a poncho or 'cape' mode, but this one is made more effective because of the elastic cords and snaps, which can be done up to help reduce the size of the openings that would otherwise allow heat to escape.

Packed Size


The down Firebelly packs down small. This super compressible blanket can be stuffed around other gear to fill in the gaps in a backpack. It comes with a waterproof roll-top stuff sack and a large laundry-sized bag for long-term storage.


At one pound, 12 ounces, it is also super lightweight, providing yet another reason why this one is a top choice for long outings in the backcountry.

Kammok Firebelly camping blanket - the stuff sack doesn't have compression straps but it is water...
The stuff sack doesn't have compression straps but it is water resistant and has a roll-top clip closure.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Features & Design


As noted elsewhere, the features of this blanket are phenomenal. From the elastic cords and snaps that make it possible to cinch up tightly, to the zipper opening that converts the blanket into a full coverage poncho, simple additions really up the expectations of what a blanket can be.


The elastic at both ends makes it easy to close up gaps where heat would otherwise escape, and the host of conversion straps and stuff sacks elevate this blanket above the rest.

Kammok Firebelly camping blanket - the bottom cinches closed and the blanket attaches to a sleeping pad...
The bottom cinches closed and the blanket attaches to a sleeping pad to convert it into a viable quilt.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Should You Buy the Kammok Firebelly?


This blanket is definitely at the front of the pack. It's adaptable, lightweight, and wind and water-resistant. With that in mind, it is a niche, pricey product, so we recommend it for those who know they need something beyond a traditional blanket. It's great for people who go backpacking with a hammock or want a lightweight sleeping quilt instead of a sleeping bag. It will definitely serve you well as a regular around-the-house blanket, but there are other models that will do that too at a fraction of the price.

What Other Camping Blankets Should You Consider?


If you like the versatility that the Firebelly has to offer, but the price point is outside of what you're looking for, we recommend the REI Camp Wrap. It's less expensive and doubles as a wrap that's great for outdoor gatherings. If you want a more technical blanket, the Rumpl Down Puffy is another great option. It doesn't have quite the same versatility, but it packs down small and has nice loft. However, if we are being honest, no other blanket comes close to having the versatility that this one does, so in that sense, if that is what you prioritize above all else, there is no other blanket to consider.

Kammok Firebelly camping blanket - we love the kammok as a regular blanket, poncho, and quilt.
We love the Kammok as a regular blanket, poncho, and quilt.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

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