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Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad – Gear Review

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The Test 

The Klymit Static V2 sleeping pad accompanied me on two camping trips, one backpacking in the Mt. Baker backcountry, and one car camping in the Teanaway Community Forest. Setting up site at 5450ft near Park Butte fire lookout, rangers alerted me that temperatures would be dropping below freezing on an already rainy night giving me the perfect chance to test the insulation of the mat. Two weeks later in Teanaway it was tested in much more pleasant late summer/early fall temperatures.

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Taking a closer look at the Klymit Static V2, the V chamber provides excellent support with minimal air movement. Teanaway Community Forest, WA.

Sleeping

In both instances the Klymit Static V2 provided for a comforting night’s sleep. The mat is equipped with side rails that cradle the body and provide extra support for those who experience back problems. During its time in the near freezing temperatures at Mt. Baker, the mat provided sufficient insulation from the wet cold ground. Similarly, the mat provided top comfort in Teanaway where temperatures only reached a low of about 48 degrees. The V shape design and oversized sleeping area of the mat provides support for those who like to change sleeping positions constantly through the night like myself. So if you are a side, back, or stomach kind of sleeper, this sleeping pad will be a good fit. Lastly, with past mats I have noticed they can be quite noisy while changing sleeping positions through the night, and the V2 is pleasantly quiet for toss and turners.

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The Klymit Static V2 provided a great night’s sleep. The V2 left me well rested and ready for a day full of mountain biking in Teanaway.

Packability

This sleeping pad was designed with backpackers in mind. Trading this out for my older, larger mat has saved me considerable room in my backpack thereby making it lighter as well. This to me was surprising because when rolled out, the mat itself is larger than my old mat, so it is the best of both worlds. The weight of the pad is a little over 1lb which is reasonably less than other pads of this size and thickness. Additionally, the storage bag has a built-in patch kit for any emergency repairs that can come in handy in those type of backcountry setbacks.

Drawbacks

As it is an oversized mat it can be slightly more challenging to roll up than other mats. For me it required rolling it up beforehand in order to get all of the air out before folding it into fourths to roll up for packing into the storage bag.

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Rolling up the Klymit Static V2 in Teanaway Community Forest.

Overall

Overall this mat has been a great addition to my backpack. The fact that it is lightweight and easily packs into small places comes at no sacrifice to nightly comfort. And for the price of $65, this mat goes above and beyond in comparison to competitors of similar weight, material, and size.

Klymit Pad Reviews

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Klymit Pad Reviews:

I’m going to be up front about these Klymit pad reviews. I am an ounce-counter, and I am a Neo Air fan. After years spent side-sleeping in the wilderness on Therm-a-Rest Prolite pads, lying down on a Neo Air when it came through the REI studio the was a game-changer. Plus the fact the regular weighed in at fourteen ounces and packed down to the size of a quart Nalgene added to an arsenal of über-light overnight gear (bag and stove-pot-combo primarily). This pad meant I had even fewer reasons to never not spend the night in the wilderness.

So when I tried these two Klymit pads they were in for a challenge: beat the Neo Air. Oh – and impress me. One did. One did not. Here then are my thoughts …

Klymit Inertia XL

Klymit Inertia XL

This one had me skeptical. Granted – once inflated – it was roughly the same thickness as the Prolite pads on which I had come to rely but did not look promising. I cherished sleeping on the seemingly über-posh Neo Air with its two-and-a-half inch thickness and all. But I had to give the Inertia XL a shot, and a run for its money.

What I noticed immediately was how quickly it inflated. It took so little time I had to deflate it and dig up the stop watch to time just how little it took to inflate. Twenty seconds. Insane! And there was Kylmit’s valve; I instantly appreciated how easy it was to blow up and then seal (as opposed to the now-outdated-same-as-they-have-been-using-since-the-1970s valve on Therm-a-Rest’s Neo Air. Both have to be threaded down to tighten, all while trying not to let any of the compressed air escape which is just downright awkward).

But it was nice in the fact it was wide (I measured it 24″ across at the shoulders) and that it packed down about the same size and only weighed a few ounces more than my Neo Air (a 72″ long 2011 model).

When I went to lie down on the Inertia XL I also appreciated the nice little pillow at the head. The pad did an adequate job of keeping me off the ground – until I rolled onto my side. And that is where this one fell flat and lost my vote, especially given the price tag (retail about $130).

I should note that I did not have the extra pump Klymit says can be used to top the pad off with higher pressure than can be achieved by blowing. I figured if I was spending this kind of money on an ultra-light pad I would not be hauling up an extra pump into the backcountry, and so felt the test was fair.

Klymit Inertia XL w/ sleeping bag for comparison

Pros

  • took a mere 20 seconds to fill up!
  • valve is awesome! – much nicer than the threaded kind used by Therm-a-Rest
  • nice pillow – would allow me to leave my (necessary-to-me) inflatable pillow at home and save a few ounces
  • comfortable if sleeping on my back

Cons

  • if you’re a side sleeper you could save the weight and sleep on some pine needles (but to be fair – the Inertia XL is on par in thickness with a Therm-a-Rest Pro Lite pad)
  • not meant for nor would work on snow (where the Neo Air does quite well – but not necessarily a con since the Inertia XL is not designed for snow use)

Click here to Purchase the Klymit Inertia X Frame Air Mattress
Technical Data: 

Manufacturer: Klymit
Date Available: Available now
Manufacturer’s Website: Klymit
MSRP: $129.95
Listed Weight: 16.8 oz, 476 g
Actual Weight: 1 lb 1 oz (sans the 1 oz stuff sack)
Materials: Not available at this time
Dimensions: 77″ x 25″ x 1.5″, 2 m x 0.64 m x 3.81cm
Measured Dimensions: L x 24″ W x 1-1/4″ H, 3-1/2″ W x 9″ L 80″
Packed Size: 4″ x 9″, 101mm x 228 mm
Includes: Dry Air Pump, Stuff Sack, Patch Kit
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Colors Available: Black

Klymit Static V

Klymit Static V valve detail

Using the same valve as the Inertia XL, (and still being just as impressed with it!) this time I started the timer before I blew it up (novel I know!). It took a not-too-shabby fifty seconds for me to inflate it without the risk of passing out (for the record it took a minute twenty to inflate my Neo Air).

Once inflated I took the liberty of collapsing onto the Static V. I was impressed! In fact, I was really impressed. So much indeed that I immediately grabbed for my Neo Air to compare the two for comfort (and the Inertia XL too, actually).

The Static V was similar in dimension to the Neo Air – two-and-a-half inches thick – but a couple inches wider which was much appreciated and gave me more room to move when rolling over from one side to the other. One of the clear differentiators between it and the Neo Air were the way its chambers were shaped (which apparently Klymit calls its ‘V chamber design’).

Most sleeping pads’ chambers are just parallel to each other running horizontal across the pad, meaning there really isn’t any give on the pad when I lie down and shift to my side. The Static V though, with the way its chambers are shaped, cleverly fills in the gaps as I change positions, providing my lower back with support that the Neo Air does not. With an immediate comparison I felt downright uncomfortable on the Neo Air!

And then I roamed the internets for the price. $60! I thought this might be a joke, so I looked some more. Nope; this thing really retails for $60!

Now granted it isn’t rated with as high an R-value as the Neo Air (Klymit makes an insulated version) but if you never intend to sleep on the snow this pad is hands-down the best, most comfortable and lightweight pad for its price I have ever come across!

Klymit Static V w/ sleeping bag for comparison

Pros

  • took 50 seconds to fill up (a half-minute quicker than the Neo Air)
  • valve is awesome; much nicer than the threaded kind used by Therm-a-Rest
  • very comfortable
  • great for side sleeping
  • 22-inch width is great

Cons

  • not likely great on snow – though I did not officially test this and Klymit may not intend it to be so I do not really count this as a con

Click here to Purchase the Klymit Static V Air Mattress
Technical Data:

Manufacturer: Klymit
Date Available: Available now
Manufacturer’s Website: Klymit
MSRP: $59.95
Listed Weight: 25.0 oz, 709 g
Actual Weight: 1 lb 1 oz (interestingly – the same weight as the Inertia XL)
Materials: Primaloft
Dimensions: 72″ x 23″ x 2.5″,183 cm x 59 cm x 6.5 cm
Packed Size: 5″ x 9″, 12.7 cm x 22.8 cm
Measured Dimensions:  71″ L x 22″ W x 2-1/2″ H, 4″ W x 10″ L
Packed Size: 4″ x 9″, 101mm x 228 mm
Includes: Stuff Sack, Patch Kit
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Colors Available: Red
R-Value: *4.4

 

Bottom line: Being a side-sleeper I was not impressed with the Inertia XL’s thickness. If you only sleep on your back the pad is perfectly comfortable. The Static V though, given how it is more-or-less the same weight and packed size as the Inertia XL and a bit more than half the cost, is a clear winner!

I would purchase this pad in a heartbeat and highly recommend it to anyone counting ounces that enjoys a pleasant night’s sleep (on one’s side even) in the backcountry. Reminiscing, I think I paid that much for my first über-ginormous inflatable pad when I first started climbing that likely weighed five times this and could only be strapped to the outside of my pack. Either of these pads give anyone just another reason to spend the night in the wilderness!

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Mummy Pad

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As a person with sleep issues in the most comfortable of conditions, being a backpacker has always meant coming to terms with the fact that I would sacrifice restful sleep in exchange for the fresh air, the unfettered sunrise and the alarm clock of birds rousting for their breakfast.  I had tried closed cell pads, self inflating mattresses (full and partial torso) and combinations of the two with little practical effectiveness.  The mattresses were heavy, the pads were space-eaters and neither provided much semblance of comfort.  The question in my head was what product gave greater depth than the self inflating option and yet offered the weight efficiency of closed cell foam without needing its own zip code in my pack.  The answer that was suggested to me was the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Mummy Pad.

The pad sports an average weight for the full length size of 21 ounces and packs down to the size of about half that of my Alps Mountaineering  full length self inflating mattress.  Inflation is on the user for this one, but in less than 5 minutes, you should be able to puff your way to 2.5 inches of cushiony goodness.  I was very impressed with the comfort overnight as I experienced no pressure spots on my pelvis, shoulders or elbows.  Normally one who needs to reposition frequently, I was very peaceful and relatively unmoving on the Agnes overnight.  No issues with cold either as it sports an R-value of 4.1.  Some owners have expressed concern with reducing the R-value by using your breath to inflate the mattress and thus introducing moisture to the insulation.  Because of this, some have created billows-type inflation devices that use ambient air to inflate.  I have not experienced this but the coldest temperatures I used the mattress in have been ~25 degree lows.  At sub-fifteen degree temperatures, I can understand the concern.

Pros for the pad are its weight, pack footprint and significant comfort over closed-cell foam or self-inflating options.  Cons would be the cost compared to foam pads ($65-$85 for the Agnes), need to be inflated by human effort and the difficulty pulling moisture from the insulation once it is introduced.  A great splurge add for any packer who values their rest and has tired of strapping on a 4”x22” roll onto their pack exterior.

 

 

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