User Review: Klymit Static V
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $48
Stacks up against the big boys at a fraction of the price! Durable, small pack size and lightweight. Back or stomach sleepers welcome, side sleepers resume at your own risk!
- Small pack size
- Great price
- No warmth reflective inner layer
- Not necessarily for side sleepers
What a great inflatable (not self-inflating) pad from Klymit. It stacks up against the other big companies' air pads and at about $50, it is a steal.
I was looking for an inflatable pad, durable, and a combination of lightweight and small pack size. This is definitely it. Packs similar to other pads (trifold and roll up). It takes about 10-12 reasonable breaths to fill it up. I've used it on 3 trips over the summer and have enjoyed it.
This has a unique design. It feels great as I normally sleep on my back in my mummy bag, but I do occasion sleep on my side. Unlike other "straight and flat" pads, the grooves may cause issue with your body. I am 5'9, athletic and along with the padding from my bag, normally don't have any issues. I can see this causing discomfort or feeling the tent floor if you are above average weight. Again, for me, no problem.
Since I've only brought it out in the summer with nights only in the 50s, I can't speak for the heat reflectivity. Other pads have an inner lining of mylar or similar warmth reflective surface so you don't loose any heat between your body and the ground. I can only say, this doesn't have any such feature and I anticipate won't be as efficient as other pads.
This pad packs down to the size of a 1L Nalgene, is lightweight (18oz if I remember) and is great for the backpacker who wants comfort without the huge foam pad!