When I first saw Klymit’s Insulated Static V sleeping pad, I was skeptical of the ridges—or, rather, V-Chambers, as Klymit calls them. Would they be comfortable? Prove unwieldy for packing? After a few weeks using it, though, my skepticism proved unfounded.
You want your sleeping pad to be warm and light, right? But also, the easier it is to pack away in the morning, the happier your day will be. The Insulated Static V ticked all these boxes: it kept me pretty warm, but also folds up and rolls away in under a minute. It’s not the single smallest or lightest pad on the market—Klymit does however make a Lite version of this pad—but at 24 ounces and a packed size similar to that of a loaf of bread, it’s pretty dang convenient.
The V-Chambers also mean that you can set up this pad up super quick. When I make camp, blowing up the Insulated Static V pad takes half the air of something like the NeoAir. This would be my a great mat for longer backpacking and climbing trips, and anytime setting up and tearing down camp quickly is a priority.
While the ribs and ridges do keep the air relatively stable and warm underneath you, if you end up bivying or sleeping on wet ground, you might find the occasional cold spot. An extra groundsheet or foam mattress under you helps in this scenario. I found that if you sleep bunched up and have a lot of weight on one area of the pad, it is possible to have parts of your body squeeze through the ridges and touch the ground, so this pad seems to work better if you are a back or side sleeper.
Overall, Klymit’s Insulated Static V gave me pretty much everything I want out of a sleeping pad. At $84.95, it’s also a great value for the price. The ease of inflating and packing away is well worth any minor issues, and I will continue to use this on three-season backpacking and climbing trips.
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