The Klymit Static V2, a.k.a. What are you looking for in a sleeping pad?
Recently I have been testing a new product that we are carrying here at the Huntsmen Outdoors store, the Klymit Static V2 sleeping pad. This general testing got me thinking about sleeping pads in general, because the Klymit isn’t usually the sleeping pad I would use.
I mean it is a durable, inflatable sleeping pad, so why is the Klymit not something I would usually use? I am kind of an odd hybrid of modern and old school camping thought processes. My usual setup for sleeping outdoors is a closed cell foam mattress, mini cot, and wool blanket. I chose this setup for ridiculous longevity. Everything in this setup will probably be left to my firstborn in my will. Even my packable pillow is expanding foam instead of inflatable, because I can just run it through the wash when it starts to lose some of its loft. I will be the first to admit this has a use case that is quite specific to me and the way I like camping. I am not usually hiking very far to my campsite, so heavier loads and multiple trips aren’t a problem for me.
My usual set-up, not light or small at all. This is what got me thinking about where I would carry the Klymit, or who would carry the Klymit, and what situations they might use it in.
In my opinion the Klymit shines for hunters and distance hikers. This sleeping pad adds a significant amount of durability with only a small increase in weight and cost.
If you are looking for the absolute lightest pad for your next through hike, you might not be looking for a pad like this. But for your next boy scout hike, or for hiking into an elk camp? This will be basically unnoticeable in your pack.
I set up several different sleeping situations and got Travis’ opinion on them. In order of preference he chose; Klymit with cot, closed cell pad with cot, and then Klymit without cot. He definitely preferred the loft and comfort from the inflatable. He also said that the cot helped with side sleeping, but that the Klymit performed well enough on its own.
Let me talk about longevity for a minute. Inflatable pads do last. Some long distance hikers will use the same pad everyday for months, year after year. I wouldn’t be surprised at the Klymit lasting for many hunting seasons with any reasonable amount of use. Even if you encounter a problem, the Klymit comes with a repair kit in its little stuff sack, and (from what I have read) an excellent lifetime warranty. Which means you can repair your pad to last until you get home, and then hopefully replace it once you do, which I feel is essential in an inflatable pad.
I think that I am going to keep using this inflatable pad. It probably won’t replace my heavy duty kit, but I think it will make a great light option, especially if i’m hiking any distance. This will also make a great setup for loaning out if I go summer camping with someone who might not want to break their back carrying my usual gear. If you’re looking for a lightweight option, you just might want to give the Klymit a try!
Hope you guys stay safe, and have fun in the backcountry.