User Review: Klymit Static V
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $54.49
Wow! Talk about comfort!
- Very comfortable
- Side sleeper friendly
- Enough cushion for shelter floor or tent sleeping
- Fast deflation — easy packing
- Small and extremely lightweight
- Minor - Takes about 18-20 deep breaths to inflate
- (not 10-15 as advertised)
OK, so I've run the gamut from closed cell to self-inflating...tried all the major brands. I've always been skeptical of the blow up pads because of the inherent thicker fabrics, extra bulk and heavier packable weight. I read several reviews and tried the Static V pad at a local retailer, and I was pleasantly surprised!
With the size of the closed cell foam pads, and the thin fabrics and faulty valves of even the higher priced self-inflating brands, I was never able to find a pad that met all my needs. I usually opted for the "shorty" or "scout" versions just to save a bit of pack space and weight.
Store branded items from recreational equipment and camping "outfitters" are a joke....just a cheaper version of the name branded models, with what seem to be mythological "features" described by marketing execs instead of real world backpackers. If you've ever had a self-inflating pad spring a leak or mysteriously deflate in the middle of the night, you know what I mean.
So I bought the Static V and gave it a try. At 72"x23"x2.5", it's the largest, thickest pad I've used, but it packs down to a mere 2.75"x 8" and weighs only 18.15 ounces in its stuff sack. My lightest self-inflating "3/4" pad is a 48"x20"x1.5" tapered pad with two valves and tips in at 23.2 ounces. Other 48" pads (all thinner, some narrower, one wider) have all been around 26-30 ounces - still not "heavy", but on longer expeditions, ounces add up quickly in a pack.
The Static V is by far the lightest, loftiest, most compact and comfortable sleeping pad I own. I've used it on hard, wooden AT shelter floors and in tents set over rocks and roots. In those two weekend trips, I'm sold.
This thing ROCKS! (even on rocks)