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Kelty Callisto 30 Review

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Kelty Callisto 30
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Price:  $65 List | $33.71 at Amazon
Pros:  Well-made, comfortable fabric allows for ease of movement, good warmth to weight ratio
Cons:  Warmth rating may be a little inflated
Manufacturer:   Kelty
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 14, 2020
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#7 of 10
  • Warmth - 35% 6
  • Comfort - 30% 7
  • Features - 25% 6
  • Packed Size - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Kelty Callisto 30 is an all-synthetic, well-made camping bag with an appealing price tag, earning it our Best Buy Award. Perfect for many outdoor adventures, it's a cozy general-purpose bag that is just warm enough to be an excellent lightweight option for car camping, outdoor concerts, backyard campouts, movies in the park, and more. Despite its lower price, Kelty didn't cut any corners. This bag boasts CloudLoft insulation, double-layered, offset-quilted construction, and a few other features that make it an incredible value.

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Pros Well-made, comfortable fabric allows for ease of movement, good warmth to weight ratioWarm, large, rugged, comfortable, built to lastVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesVersatile layering system, extremely warm and comfortableLarge, warm, lots of extra features, catchy look
Cons Warmth rating may be a little inflatedLarge packed size, heavier than many bags, not water-resistantGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesLess water-resistant, bulky, fabric is a little grabbySynthetic flannel liner, doesn't have a full-length zipper
Bottom Line If you want to maximize your dollar, this bag gives you what you need at a reasonable costDesigned with cozy warmth and top quality in mind, this bag is best traditional camping bag on the marketThis feature-laden model is versatile, cozy, and adaptable to varying tempsAdept at adapting is a perfect description for this bagThis is a nice bag with a distinctive look, but it's not as rugged as the marketing photos make it look
Rating Categories Kelty Callisto 30 ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 All-Weather Multi-Layer TETON Sports Deer Hunter
Warmth (35%)
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Comfort (30%)
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Specs Kelty Callisto 30 ALPS OutdoorZ... TETON Sports... All-Weather... TETON Sports Deer...
Temp Rating (F) 30 dgrees -10 degrees 0 degrees 0 degrees 0 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 4.2 lbs (long) 11.7 lbs 8.3 lbs 10.1 lbs 8.5 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle No No Yes No Yes
Shell Material 190T polyester taffeta Canvas Taffeta Brushed polyester Canvas
Lining Material 100% Polyester 100% cotton Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
Brushed polyester 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Insulation CloudLoft TechLoft SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Polyester SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber
Measured Size L x W 72" x 34" 38" x 80" 82" X 36" 76" X 34" 90" x 39"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 5-year Lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

Rated at 30-degrees, the Callisto is good for basic camping from late Spring to early Fall. Wider than many more expensive bags we've looked at, the Callisto offers adequate space to find your sweet spot. It then surrounds you in a premium polyester taffeta liner and shell.

Performance Comparison


The Callisto is perfect for warmer-weather camping, but also has...
The Callisto is perfect for warmer-weather camping, but also has enough grit to stave off temps and make any morning pleasant.
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Warmth


We spent chilly evening's in Utah's Rocky Mountains examining this bag for warmth. In the end, we gave it above-average scores, but we feel its 30-degree F rating is a little generous. With nighttime temps at exactly 30-degrees F, this bag was tolerable, but that's about it. However, that doesn't change our overall high opinion of the bag. One thing we noticed about the Callisto is the thickness of its CloudLoft insulation. It adds to the bag's warmth and its overall coziness.


A full-length draft tube helps retain heat. Kelty also went the...
A full-length draft tube helps retain heat. Kelty also went the extra mile by stitching the top of the tube to help reduce zipper snags.
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Kelty also went the extra mile with double-layer, offset-quilted construction. Basically, this is a fancier way of saying their quilting is layered and stitches do not go all the way through the bag. In part, this reduces heat loss through hundreds of tiny needle puncture holes. Offset construction is more time-consuming and more expensive, making this bag even more valuable when we consider its price tag. For basic camping, in comfortable to slightly chilly temperatures, this bag is an ideal choice for campers who don't want or need the bulk, weight, or warmth of larger bags. An average, tent-dwelling camper would stay comfortably warm in this bag down to a nighttime temperature of 40 to 45 degrees without putting on extra clothing layers.

The Callisto's liner and shell are 190T polyester taffeta material...
The Callisto's liner and shell are 190T polyester taffeta material, giving them a pleasant, silky feel. We also loved how the white, offset stitching pops against the darker fabrics.
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Comfort


We gave the Callisto higher than average comfort scores. This bag is a few inches wider than many other bags, making it easy to move around in. It's also chock full of CloudLoft insulation, creating a thick, cozy environment to snuggle up in.


Overall, it's comfortable and exactly what a basic bag should be — simple, warm, and easy to grab and go. Additionally, we liked the feel of its 190T Polyester Taffeta lining and shell. This fabric is thick and rugged, but soft and silky.

It doesn't have a ton of features, but for the price, the Callisto...
It doesn't have a ton of features, but for the price, the Callisto offers far more extras than many of its peers.
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Features


At first glance, you would probably consider the Callisto a basic, no-frills bag — and for the most part, you'd be correct. However, it has enough of the basic features we look for to still score a little above average in this metric. Features include a full-length zipper draft tube, an interior storage pocket, a double zipper, lifetime warranty, and a water-resistant shell. It also has exterior loops for hanging and white stitching that pops against the darker colored shell and liner fabrics.


The Callisto packs up easily and relatively small, making it a...
The Callisto packs up easily and relatively small, making it a perfect grab-and-go bag, that could even be strapped to a backpack in a pinch for a short distance overnight.
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Packed Size


We shoved our Callisto into its stuff sack more times than we can count, and we can say with confidence that its 190T Polyester Taffeta shell packs up like a dream.


For our packed size scores, we also asked ourselves whether the bag's stored size and weight would allow someone to use it in a pinch as a backpacking bag. The answer is somewhere closer to yes than to no. It doesn't have the smallest packed size, but we feel the Callisto packs up small enough and is relatively light enough to double as backcountry bag in a pinch for a weekender in the backcountry, but we wouldn't choose to use it this way regularly.

The Callisto's generous stuff sack and silky taffeta material makes...
The Callisto's generous stuff sack and silky taffeta material makes packing up a breeze.
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Value


The Callisto earned our Best Buy Award. Its quality, general warmth, comfortable fabric, size, weight, and its straightforward utility, make the Callisto an absolute bargain. There are cheaper bags on the market, but there is a moment when cheaper isn't worth it. If you're that price-conscious shopper looking for value — you've reached that moment. Buy a Callisto.

Conclusion


We said it earlier in the review, and we'll say it again: There's not much about the Kelty Callisto 30 that we don't like, and that doesn't happen very often with our discerning testers. Recently re-designed, this newest version of the bag is wider, more stylish, warm, comfortable, and perfect for basic adventures when a basic sleeping bag is needed. It's a near-perfect general purpose camping bag, making it our hands-down winner of the Best Buy Award.

The Callisto is one of the most affordable, general-purpose sleeping...
The Callisto is one of the most affordable, general-purpose sleeping bags on the market. Ready to bring warmth and comfort to any adventure.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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