Cosmic 20 Updates
Kelty updated this model since our test period. The latest model has new trapezoidal baffles designed for increased heat retention and a PFC-free water repellent coating. More importantly, the down fill has been downgraded to 550 fill down, and the weight has increased significantly to 3.44 lbs. The price did drop slightly. Below, compare the version we tested (purple) to the updated Cosmic 20 (blue).
We have purchased this new bag and sent it to our testers. Until they have time to fully vet this newer version, our review and links refer to the purple version we tested. At least on paper, we feel that the previous (purple) version of the Cosmic is the better sleeping bag, but our tests will tell.
Hands-On Review of the Women's Cosmic 20
Kelty has updated its entire line of Cosmic bags, and the women's Cosmic 20 is no exception. This version features nylon taffeta fabric, 5-ounce savings in weight, and a slight price increase. We didn't notice much of a difference when field testing this product, but are happy about the weight savings!
The Kelty Cosmic has been updated and is lighter and a better value than ever.
Photo: Ian McEleney
The bag is EN tested to 26°F, so the "20" beside its name is a bit misleading as this is not as warm as advertised. We did not experience temperatures that cold while testing this bag, but this new 600 fill power bag feels quite lofty and we think it would do okay close to freezing, but not down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Cosmic incorporates a draft collar to keep warm air in and cold drafts out. We think this feature adds an element of warmth, although the Cosmic's draft collar does not have drawcords to enable you to cinch it down around your neck. Several other bags have this feature and we find it helps stay warm. We discovered that this bag incorporates synthetic materials into its neck baffle and draft tube, which could potentially be because these areas are more prone to moisture. While this ultimately provides more warmth in the wake of precipitation, it, unfortunately, contributes to its weight and bulk.
The Cosmic has an insulated hood and interior draft collar for warmth.
Photo: Ian McEleney
The women's version of the Cosmic has two ounces more down fill included, upping the warmth in a smaller package. All of the Cosmic models now come with water repellent treated "DriDown" fill which helps this bag retain its loft when it gets wet.
The Cosmic Down is among the heaviest of the down bags tested at 2.71 pounds. While most down bags boast a great warmth-to-weight ratio, we are a little disappointed by its weight. But, as we mentioned it has dropped almost 5 ounces so we appreciate Kelty's efforts to lighten the Cosmic up!
The Cosmic uses lower fill power down that is more cumbersome for the amount of warmth it provides, as well as more substantial synthetic fill components (we suspect are in there to cut costs), both of which add weight. It does have a lighter more supple shell material than previous iterations and this has helped with weight reduction it appears. A heavier bag is an unseen price you pay when getting a budget sleeping bag.
We think the latest version of the Cosmic is quite comfortable. Kelty upgraded their liner materials for a softer hand, and the bag feels lofty and cozy. It fit our 5'5" tester well, and she had enough room to put on additional layers without it feeling too restrictive. We think this bag would be comfortable for ladies up to 5'7" or 5'8".
We had a comfortable nights sleep in the Cosmic with its soft liner materials.
Photo: Ian McEleney
This bag compresses relatively well because it is down, but does not compress as well as the other down bags we tested.
The synthetically filled draft collar and zipper draft tubes make the bag less compressible as a whole and contribute to its overall packed size. It comes with a small, lightweight stuff sack, but not a compression sack. We would recommend purchasing a compression sack to keep your pack smaller. While it does get relatively small, it's not our top choice for those looking to go ultra-light or ultra-compressible. The Rab Neutrino 400 - Women's and Cloud 800 are the most compressible of the bunch.
The Kelty Cosmic packs down relatively small, but does not come with a separate storage sack so always has to be stored compressed.
Photo: Jessica Haist
The Cosmic is a smaller and narrower version of the men's version, and as we mentioned before, has two ounces more fill to add warmth. Kelty has addressed the low-quality zipper that caught on the material of previous models and improved this feature, adding tougher material to the side of the zipper. We like the different thicknesses of drawcords for the hood and chin baffle, so it is easy to tell them apart in the dark.
This bag only comes with a small stuff sack; we think every down sleeping bag should include a storage sack so that the down does not stay compressed when we're not using the bag. Compression contributes to a shorter lifespan for the down fill and it's important to store down bags fully lofted to help with their longevity. Otherwise, the Cosmic does not have any exceptionally unique bells and whistles, which is fine since often extra features add to the weight of the bag.
The Kelty Cosmic has simple, low-quality features at a low price.
Photo: Ian McEleney
The price tag on this hydrophobic down bag is hard to beat. It is a great value for a budget-conscious camper who wants a down sleeping bag and needs a go-to bag for all of her camping needs. The Cosmic wins our Best Buy Award for its unbeatable price and decent quality materials.
We commend Kelty
on the upgrades to the Cosmic
line, especially the weight savings, and think this bag is very deserving of our Best Buy Award. It is an excellent choice for someone on a budget or new to backpacking and camping. It is warm, comfortable, and versatile enough to take on short backpacking trips, in moist climates or just for camping out in the backyard. If you are looking to get yourself into a down bag that is lighter than any of the synthetics we tested, the Cosmic
could be the right choice for you.