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Klymit Double V

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Klymit Double V air-filled sleeping pad

Specs

Price Current Retail: $129.95-$139.99
Historic Range: $92.99-$139.99
Reviewers Paid: $65.00

Reviews

1 review
5-star:   0
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Decently comfortable, UNINSULATED pad for two. Great for summer adventures. Bad for cold temps!

Pros

  • Mid-weight 40.08 oz—without the pump sack
  • Includes pump sack
  • Wide—46" (spec is 47")
  • Cheap
  • Durable 75 d fabric
  • Not as loud as potato chip pads

Cons

  • Summer (>50 degree) only!
  • Pump sack takes 16-18 pumps to get it inflated
  • Bulky
  • Lighter options available
  • Single chamber is single point of failure and both sleepers get the same firmness

This was our first Klymit and first double pad. We got a great deal on this pad and figured we would try it out. This was before we bought insulated pads—and really the reason we bought insulated pads!

The pad is a little smaller than the specs at 46" wide by 73" long.

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73" by my tape measure
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46" wide

 

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Weight without sack
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Weight in sack

I guess the listed weight is that without the sack. Interestingly the insulated model's weight is that of the pad and the sack.

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Definitely less bulky than the insulated version, and less bulky than two separate pads

The sack is a nice addition and works well to protect the pad and inflate. But I have no idea how on earth you could fill the pad with only 8-10 pumps as the instructions state. I tested this twice for this review and 16 was the minimum. Out in the field or in a cramped tent, expect to spend some time inflating.

The deep welds in this (and most of Klymit's pads) make the pad colder than most. You can feel air blowing down the channel and coming in from the welds. We attempted to use the pad in colder weather—summer in Utah's high Uintahs. This was a serious error. At 45 degrees, using 40 degree bags, we were cold all night. And the coldness was coming in from our backs. So as a warning the 1.5R that Klymit advertises is probably a little generous. DO NOT use the pad in cold weather unless you have something under it or very warm bags. 

In warm weather, or sleeping in the back of our car the pad is great.

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Klymit Double in the back of our Mazda CX-5—a perfect pair

We don't bottom out on the pad when lying down, but when flipping or putting lots of pressure on a single point of the pad, you may.

Heavy side sleepers may not like this pad. But for me at 150 lbs and wife at 110, we find the pad quite comfortable. Waking up without back/hip pain is really quite nice and something that our closed cell foam pads no longer afforded.

The pad is relatively quiet compared to others. Loudest when tossing and turning, but not enough to wake the other sleeper.

Just like the insulated version (reviewed here), there is only one chamber, so how you sleep will impact the other person. Big differences in weight will also impact the other sleeper—the lighter person getting a much firmer pad.

I tried to figure a good way to demonstrate the capability of the pad and this is what I came up with. The weights below kind of emulate the pressure your shoulders and hips would put on the pad.

It's a bit hard to tell from the pics, but the pad is not bottomed out, there is still 2 inches of loft left in the pad.

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70- and 65-lb weights on the pad with a CCF to distribute the weight

 

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A few more weights just for fun.

We have spent at least 40 nights on this pad and have not had any leaks. As with our insulated version, we have had to top it off if used over multiple nights. The valves are difficult to close if not wet down or lubed (lip balm is our go-to) .

So who should buy this pad?

1.Those comfy sharing space with their partner.

2. Summer campers, or if you have extra insulated pads under this pad. 

3. Car campers—that is those sleeping in the back of your car, this is an excellent pad for this purpose!

Don't buy this pad if you:

1. Have been canoeing/tandem kayaking/ tandem bicycling with your partner and it ended badly.

2. Mostly cold camp.

3. Are heavy side sleepers, as you may bottom out.

Experience

We have had this pad for four years as of 2021. Prior to this we used 1.5" self inflating pads, and the difference in comfort is amazing.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Another great review, Brian! I especially like your warning for partners who've shared other gear (canoes etc).


1 month ago

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