As a Dyrt Ranger gear tester, I was offered an opportunity to evaluate one of the sleeping pads offered by a newer but very innovative outdoor gear company named Klymit. ( https://www.klymit.com). They do other things like sleeping bags and backpacks but I believe they are best known for their pads.
- WIDE! Allows for a restless night without falling off.
- Durable. Made from a rugged polyester fabric that has a substantial feel to it.
- Thick. This thing is flat out comfortable.
- Easy to inflate.
- Easy to deflate.
- Easy to roll-up
- Valve system takes a little getting used to.
- Noisy if not fully inflated.
I’m not an ultra light backpacker so do keep that in mind regarding my evaluation. First the specs. The bag weighs in at 35 oz and offers an R value of 5. It is a wide 30 inches and a long 76.5 inches. It is designed with V chambers to limit air movement and comes with a cinch down bag and repair kit.
Again, not being a hardcore, ultra light backpacker, the 35 ounces wasn’t a concern. As long as it is durable, warm and comfortable, a few extra ounces are worth it to me.
Being 5’9″, the 76.5 inch length was more than adequate and the 30 inch width allowed me to do my normal tossing and turning without hitting ground. Fully inflated, the pad is a whopping 3 inches thick and extremely comfortable. Being so thick, I felt no discomfort when I was side sleeping. Something other pads fail at. I believe it has to do with the design as there didn’t seem to be any air movement between the chambers when fully inflated.
I read somewhere that it takes 50-60 breaths to fill it up but my experience was only 25-30. You’ll be blowing in and not seeing much happening and then all of the sudden it’s full. Not sure if you would be able to use a pump to air it up but don’t know why you would. 25 puffs and lest than 2 minutes and it is fully inflated ready for sleeping. Deflation is as simple as releasing the valve and pressing the air out.
The valves are very durable looking. I was inclined to try to “unscrew” them to open an close and that caused me some confusion in the beginning. It’s more of a push/pull and a twist maneuver. Guess they expected me to be smarter that the pad!
This trip was my third opportunity to use the Insulated V Luxe. Man have things improved since my first sleeping pad! I highly recommend the Klymit Insulated Static V Luxe
pad. Durable, comfortable, warm and affordable – all good things in my book!
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