Buying a camping pad is a complex gamble that will often take an avid backpacker years of expensive trial and error to win. Every pro has its con; foam pads are cheap, light and durable, but at the same time are bulky and are often uncomfortable. Inflatable pads are light, compact and can be extremely comfortable, but they are expensive, delicate and cold. Rarely do you find a pad that does everything right, yet does not cost the moon. In the Klymit Insulated Static V Lite, I have found that balance.
I am a restless sleeper, and there are few pads that can contain my thrashings. If I’m lucky, I’ll wake to find that only my head and shoulders remain padded. However, the Kylmit’s clever system of ridges does a marvelous job of cradling me in its center. I was also surprised by how warm it was, the insulation being good enough to keep my back from freezing too badly in the middle of a 15 degree night that left my tent coated in frost.
The Klymit is a cushy pad, despite its minute dimensions when packed. Lumps and bumps beneath me just disappeared. This is especially impressive considering the comparatively minimal amount of breath it takes to inflate it (a big deal to anyone who has had to inflate an oxygen greedy pad after a long day’s trek).
In the time I used it, I never experienced a puncture; the material seems hardy enough even when put to the test by my clumsy treatment. To test its durability, I tried sleeping on it on the floor in leiu of a mattress at home for almost a month. Not only did I sleep well, but I inflated and deflated it every day without any trouble. An included puncture repair kit means that you won’t lose the use of your pad mid-trip even if it does come into contact with the business end of a sharp stick.
In all my time using the Static V Lite I couldn’t find a single thing to complain about. Even the list price of $100 is cheap in comparison with other high-end inflatable pads which can easily go for twice that sum. I can’t think of a pad that I could recommend more highly than this.
In conclusion, this is a fantastic pad in every way. Whether you’re on a budget or looking for high end comfort you can’t go far wrong with the Klymit Insulated Static V Lite.
Weight: 19.6 oz
Inflated size: 72 X 23 X 2.5 in
Packed size: 5 X 8 in
Material: 30 D polyester fabric.
R Value: 4.4