Klymit Inertia XL

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5

Very light, very compact, minimalistic sleeping pad…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $68 via groupon

Summary

Very light, very compact, minimalistic sleeping pad for someone willing to try something different.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Small pack size
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Too thin overall
  • Bulky hand pump
  • Difficult to deflate

So the idea behind the Klymit Inertia XL is to provide support under all the key pressure points that your body uses when lying on the ground. For any point that is not a key support point, Klymit has left a cutout in the baffles. This is to allow any loft if your sleeping back to fill the void and give you additional warmth rather than flattening your bags loft as traditionally happens.

I can't tell you that this additional warmth is true in practice, however I can attest that design of this pad and reduction of material used has made it extremely lightweight and compact when packed. The pad is also designed to be placed either inside or outside of your sleeping bag. I'm not sure I subscribe to the practice of putting the pad inside the bag. I use a very lightweight and thin skinned down bag and I want to protect it from the ground usually. The pad is that protection.

The XL weighs a mere 16oz. without the included bulb style hand pump and 1lb 1oz. with it. I know why they included the hand pump. The pad is can be difficult to inflate to the full volume with just human breath. Klymit intended for the pump to be used to fine tune the pad to the users liking and add that added final rigidness to the pad that you may require. Unfortunately, the bulb style pump is cumbersome when compared to the sleek design of the pad. I typically opt to leave it at home.

The construction of the pad seems very sturdy. Nice even seams all around. That is saying a lot considering the very odd layout of baffles on this pad.

Because of those baffles, deflating the pad is a challenge as well. The air is trapped in very narrow paths that lead in a variety of directions throughout the pads surface. This makes chasing the air out much more difficult than that of a traditional pad. It usually requires that I fold and roll 2 to 3 times, usually in varying directions to get all the air out before making the final packing roll up into the stuff sack.

Also of note, the valve that Klymit used seems a little too easy to depress. It's a simple push button, with a ridge of plastic to keep it from getting pressed unintentionally, but it's almost like that's no tension behind it at all. I'm still afraid it will deflate if it touches a piece of gear in the tent on accident.

On a positive note, I find this pad very comfortable. I'm one that likes to lean my head against something when lying down, or at least have it cradled in place. This pad has an excellent bowl shape built into the baffles around the head that cup the skull and keep it perfectly in place. I've never had a pad like it and it all but eliminates the need for a pillow. Very nice!

Despite some of the complaints, I still highly recommend this pad. It's kind of quirky, but in a functional kind of way. You get the benefit of an ultralight sleeping pad but with out all the crinkly, loud noise of some of the other brands.

jboothmtnbkr

Thanks for the review. I almost bought one of these several times last year but just wouldn't do it. I'm a side sleeper and I was concerned how it might feel on the hips. Does it work OK that way or is it better for back sleepers?


8 months ago
thetentman RETAILER

I love my Klymit pad. Very light, comfortable and compact. At first deflating and packing was an issue but I can now get on the first try most times. I use mine in the bag and use a 2.5 x 7 coated nylon sheet underneath.


8 months ago
kkpro

Good question regarding side sleeping... I've been able to do it, but it requires quite a bit more pressure as with any pad. All your weight goes into a smaller area on the pad. The bad part is that with this pad you pretty much have to use the hand pump to be able to get the pressure that high. It's just too thin otherwise to be able to pull it off. This pad is definitely designed for back sleepers, those are the users that will get the most out of this it. If you still need lightweight I'd probably go with the NeoAir or equivalent, better R rating too.


8 months ago

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Like its nimble little brother the Inertia X Frame, this Inertia XL is the lightest, most compact and technically advanced camping pad in its category of oversized camping pads. The Inertia XL offers increased support, body mapping, coverage area, tossing room, and even an integrated head cradle pillow. The Inertia XL accommodates more body shapes and sizes with its more neutral body map design. The Klymit Inertia XL offers the same technologies as the Inertia X Frame, such as loft pocket technology, customizable pressurized comfort and support, ultralight and compact, and low volume for inflation. This is the ultimate pad for those looking for a little more comfort and support but still want the smallest, lightest thing out there.

- CampSaver.com

Similar to other Klymit sleeping pads with a unique cut out design and high pressurized comfort, the big brother Inertia XL is wider and more supportive to accommodate more body shapes and sizes.

- REI

Klymit InertiaXL X-LargeThe Klymit InertiaXL X-Large is a camping pad worth its mettle. This camping pad in extra-large size offers body mapping, for best comfort. The coverage area on this pad is ideal for larger people or even those who want more space when they camp, but don't want to lug around a tent. The Inertia X frame has been used here, so you will still have features such as loft pocket technology and customizable pressurized comfort. There is an integrated head cradle pillow to make sure your neck gets all the rest it deserves. This has very low volume for inflation, which means that inflation here will be child's play, taking very little time. This is an extremely lightweight product which is extremely portable and easy to carry around with you. For those who want comfort with portability, the Klymit InertiaXL X-Large is a great choice.

- SunnySports

The Klymit Inertia XL is a step up in size from the Klymit Inertia X Frame without adding much weight. Inflates in less than 7 breaths!. Ergonomic Head Cradle gives your head a comfortable platform. Body mapping puts comfortable padding where you need it. Pockets save weight and allow your sleeping bag to loft for extra warmth. Includes a dry air pump, stuff sack and patch kit. Made with tough 75D Coated Polyester. A no compromise backpacking sleeping pad for those who want light weight, comfort and durability. Weight: 16.8 oz (411 g). Size: 25x78x1.5 in (WxLxH). Packed: 4x9 in (101x228 mm)

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

CLOSEOUTS . The Klymit Inertia XL sleeping pad is a wider and more supportive pad that suits more body shapes and sizes. The unique cutout design reduces weight in your pack and allows the insulation in your sleeping bag to remain lofted and for improved warmth during nights in the backcountry. Available Colors: BLACK.

- Sierra Trading Post