Inflatable Pad Review - Klymit Insulated Static V

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite

4 out of 5 stars

For the price, I don’t believe you can find a better inflatable pad. But you get what you pay for, which is why this pad does not receive 5 stars from me. That being the case, unless I find some extra funds, I will continue to use this into 2021. It is a very good sleeping pad.

While I find this easy to inflate, it still requires a good 10 or 12 normal breaths, with a rest in between.

The Klymit Insulated Static V, in use in an AT Shelter in Georgia. A quick nap before setting up my tent.

Some of the higher-priced inflatable pads come with lightweight air pumps (the stuff sack doubles as the air pump). The Big Agnes comes to mind (from reading those reviews). This one is a little tricky to deflate and pack away, but not too bad.

I have my eyes on the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite, which currently retails at $184 on Amazon and at REI. The Klymit Insulated Static V Lite is currently selling for $70, though I’ve seen it as high as $90 on Amazon.

This inflatable pad packs down to the size of a very large water bottle (5” by 8”). Total weight is 25 ounces. Some higher priced pads are as light as 12 ounces (NeoAir Xlite). This Klymit inflates to 2.5” width, and 73” by 22” length and width.

This inflatable pad is very quiet. I rollover often while sleeping, and I don't like to bother my fellow campers. I very much appreciate how quiet this pad is.

Comfort is not an issue. If I am sitting up then my elbow might touch the ground. And when I shift, portions of my body briefly touch. In a resting position this pad is very comfortable.

With an R-Value of 4.4 this sleeping bag works for temperatures down to the upper 20 degree range, assuming you have a suitable sleeping bag, of course. I prefer my pad to have a R-Value above 4.0 so I can use them for all three seasons.

I've used this inflatable pad on multiple long distance backpacking trips. It is durable.

I purchased this for $65 back in August 2019, which apparently was a steal for me. As I wrote above, the price can fluctuate. Still. At less than $100, I don't believe you will find a better deal.

Note. I am budget conscious in all backpacking gear purchases. My reviews are based upon multiple uses, spanning months or years.

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My name is Jerry. My trail name is Monsoon. In addition to running a hiking club, I also own and operate a coffee shop & bookstore. Check it out here.

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