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Kelty Biggie Review

This comfortable extra-large blanket is big enough for two and luxurious for one
Kelty Biggie
Credit: Kelty
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Price:  $50 List | $49.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Large dimensions, soft underside, inexpensive
Cons:  Heavy, bulky, not many features
Manufacturer:   Kelty
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 18, 2022
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#6 of 13
  • Comfort - 30% 8.0
  • Warmth - 25% 6.0
  • Versatility - 20% 5.0
  • Packed Size - 15% 4.0
  • Features & Design - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Kelty Biggie is a jumbo blanket that offers a lot of value. It is wide enough for two people, and its interior liner is soft and comfortable against bare skin — more similar to regular bedding than any other blanket in this review. Though it isn't water-resistant, it is still burly enough for the outdoors when the weather cooperates. It comes at a comparatively inexpensive price and is a great option for families and kids that like to camp out in the backyard or go car camping in the summer. It is somewhat bulky but has a stuff sack and playful patterns on the topside. It is hard to beat for the price and is one of our absolute favorite inexpensive options.

Editor's Note: On August 18, 2022, we added the Biggie to our fleet. It has been crowned the new winner of our value award.

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Pros Large dimensions, soft underside, inexpensiveCompact, inexpensive, large dimensionsImpressively lightweight, compresses small, great weather resistance, becomes a poncho, quite affordableInexpensive, soft underside, packableGood "bed weight", fairly warm, can launder at home, inexpensive
Cons Heavy, bulky, not many featuresNot weather-resistant, no cross-stitchingSlippery material, thin-feeling, unimpressive durabilityNot water-resistant, thin material, narrowScratchy, particular home-care, collects hair and debris easily
Bottom Line This comfortable extra-large blanket is big enough for two and luxurious for oneA super compressible but warm blanket with a unique look and feelA super portable and packable blanket that's affordable but lacks some durabilityAn inexpensive and comfortable blanket great for children and outdoor social occasionsAn inexpensive 100% wool blanket that works well as a mid layer for a bed
Rating Categories Kelty Biggie Snugpak Jungle Horizon Hound Down Kelty Bestie EKTOS Wool
Comfort (30%)
8.0
6.0
5.0
7.0
3.0
Warmth (25%)
6.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Versatility (20%)
5.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
2.0
Packed Size (15%)
4.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
4.0
Features & Design (10%)
5.0
4.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Specs Kelty Biggie Snugpak Jungle Horizon Hound Down Kelty Bestie EKTOS Wool
Filling Type Synthetic Synthetic Down Synthetic Wool
Measured Blanket Size 80" x 82" 64" x 76" 50" x 76" 42" x 76" 71" x 80"
Compressed Size 15 L 2.1 L 2.1 L 3.5 L 14 L
Weather Resistance None MicroDiamond DWR treatment
(water resistance)
None None
Weight 47 oz 25 oz 17 oz 25 oz 94 oz
Stuff Sack Y - drawstring Y - compression Y - roll-top Y - drawstring N
Exterior Material 75D polyester 100% polyester with Paratex antibacterial treatment 20D ripstop nylon 75D polyester 100% wool
Insulation Material Cloudloft Travelsoft (synthetic - resinated polyester fiber) 650-fill RDS duck down
(80/20 down/feathers)
Cloudloft 100% wool
Manufacturer Temp Rating (F) Not specified 45°F Not specified Not specified Not specified
Pocket No No No No No
Machine Washable Yes - front load only Yes Yes - front load only Yes - front load only Yes - front load only
Available Sizes One size only Regular (tested), X-Large One size only One size only One size only
Additional Features Soft-brushed fabric, comfortably fits 2 people Antibacterial treated fabric Can become a poncho, has handles for wrapping around body or hanging, sewn through boxes hold down in place Lightweight None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kelty Biggie differentiates itself on its size and price. It is safe to go in front-loading washing machines, so it's quick to clean. The CloudLoft insulation doesn't have the same loft as down, but it's plenty warm as an extra layer on a brisk night.

Performance Comparison


Kelty Biggie camping blanket - the biggie is great for those times when you need an extra large...
The Biggie is great for those times when you need an extra large blanket.
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Comfort


The Biggie is among the most comfortable that we tested. It is one of the few models that has a soft interior-facing liner. It is still synthetic polyester, but it has a feel that is most similar to natural fiber. Because of this, there's no cold-on-contact sensation when you first wrap it around. It is nice against bare skin, and even when we got too toasty, the blanket didn't stick to us, which is a huge plus.


At 80 x 82 inches, it is also the largest blanket in this review. It lives up to its name and provides ample coverage for two adults. If you just use it as a single, the extra blanket makes for a cozy cuddle that you can really bury yourself in. If you go car camping with an air mattress and don't want to bring your comforter from home, this is a great stand-in that is well-suited for lowkey camping.

Kelty Biggie camping blanket - the underside of the biggie is soft against bare skin which makes it...
The underside of the Biggie is soft against bare skin which makes it super comfortable.
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Warmth


This blanket really covers a lot. Though it is relatively thin, for one person, it can easily double up or bunch up to create another layer of protection. Though the outer polyester fabric doesn't have the wind resistance of ripstop nylon, it can wrap around multiple times.


The square baffles also keep the CloudLoft insulation securely in place so that it doesn't bunch up over time. One of the main downsides to this model is that it doesn't have a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, so it isn't waterproof. Because the insulation is synthetic, the whole thing dries out relatively quickly if it does get wet, but it's not an outdoor blanket for a rainy day.

Kelty Biggie camping blanket - square baffles that hold the insulation securely in place, combined...
Square baffles that hold the insulation securely in place, combined with its large size make this blanket extra cozy.
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Versatility


The Biggie is as simple as blankets come. Having said that, there are a few different ways that we preferred to use this model. Its size and comfort make it a good option for staying cozy on the couch on a rainy day. It's also good for a kids' room if you are looking for a playful blanket that can pull double-duty when the family goes on an adventure.


It thrives outdoors during social gatherings that extend into a chilly evening or happen in the shoulder seasons when you still need an extra layer to stay warm. Having said that, because of its lack of water resistance, it doesn't make a great picnic blanket if the grass or ground is damp at all. Otherwise, it is liable to absorb a lot of moisture, and dirt would certainly work its way into the soft underside. On the other hand, it has the durability to stand up to outdoor use. It's still a blanket, of course, but we were much less concerned about damaging the thick polyester than we would have been with thinner ripstop nylon.

Kelty Biggie camping blanket - it does well outdoors, but this blanket is large enough that it...
It does well outdoors, but this blanket is large enough that it makes for a decent indoor quilt too.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

we also found a use for it as a seat cover as well. If you have a wooden outdoor loveseat (like one of those swinging ones that hangs on a covered porch), you can spread it out over the seat, which adds just a little extra padding.

Packed Size


This is one of the bulkier blankets that we tested. No surprise, given its double-wide dimensions. The synthetic fill is also less stuffable than down, adding to its heft. With all of that in mind, it still fits in the included 9 x 16 inch drawstring stuff sack.


The bag also has a large handle which makes it easy to tote around. With its 75D polyester outer material, it has a correspondingly lofty weight of just under three pounds. This pretty much disqualifies it from practical use for overnight backcountry travel, but it's great to have on hand in a car trunk or stored in the mudroom for easy access when a cool afternoon turns into a chilly evening on the deck. Though it doesn't stack up in terms of weight or space savings relative to other camping blankets, if you plan to use it as a replacement bedspread for air-mattress camping, then it is worth considering that it is significantly lighter and less bulky than a traditional comforter — that is, it's all relative, and the large dimensions of this model have us considering it as a potential contender as regular bedding.

Kelty Biggie camping blanket - the carrying handle is a nice addition but this blanket packs up in...
The carrying handle is a nice addition but this blanket packs up in pretty bulky, chunky way.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Features & Design


The Biggie is straightforward with minimal features. It's just a large rectangle — no special cut, no straps, clips, or zips. It comes in a few different playful patterns that are more interesting to look at than the neutral solid block colors of most others. The underside is soft, and the dimensions large. There's nothing especially fancy about it, it's just an inexpensive blanket that delivers on value. Because of its price point, we would even consider having multiple around for different occasions or to have in rotation.


We appreciate that it is machine washable, making it easier to take care of it, especially if its primary use is for parties or sticky-handed children. Though it is susceptible to clinging pet hair, it can serve as a makeshift animal bed in a pinch if you didn't happen to bring one along on a camping trip and your four-legged friend is looking for somewhere cozy to relax.

Kelty Biggie camping blanket - this simple blanket maximizes its value with maximum dimensions and...
This simple blanket maximizes its value with maximum dimensions and playful patterns.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Should You Buy the Kelty Biggie?


The Biggie is one of our favorites for affordability. It offers big coverage with a small price tag. Though its heft precludes it from going on long backpacking adventures, we would highly recommend it for any activity closer to home, including backyard campouts with the kids, staying warm in the bleachers at a ball game, or car camping. It'd be good to have on hand when the sun goes down during an outdoor party or concert.

What Other Camping Blankets Should You Consider?


If price is your primary consideration, the Kelty Bestie is an even less expensive option. Though its dimensions are meant for one, it comes with the same comfort liner and a different set of playful patterns to choose from. If you want size and affordability, the Snugpak Jungle is worth a look. Though it's a little less comfortable, it packs down much smaller, and the price is right.

Kelty Biggie camping blanket - this oversized blanket is relatively inexpensive and provides a lot...
This oversized blanket is relatively inexpensive and provides a lot of value for those looking for a no-frills cover.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

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