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Review: Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad

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Klymit Static V sleeping pad - an economically priced air sleeping pad with a unique and comfortable  v-chamber design.

Klymit Static V sleeping pad – an economically priced air sleeping pad with a unique and comfortable v-chamber design.

Greetings Hikers,

The world of sleeping pads continues to grow and I have been no stranger from talking about sleeping pads from Klymit. Just over a year ago I published my thoughts over at RedwoodOutdoors.Com (my originally site for publishing hiking gear articles) on the Klymit Inertia XL sleeping pad. A month later I took the bold step and resized my Inerta XL (perhaps the first customer in the world to do so??) and I published how I resized it and compared it to my resized Original Therm-a-Rest NeoAir (which I had also resized.) Suffice to say I have really come to like what Klymit is doing. They are a company that is working very hard to get their products out there, do so in a respectable manner, and producing some very solid products.

Now I want to take the time to write up my thoughts on the Klymit Static V, their newest sleeping pad – and their first sleeping pad to not be filled with a bunch of holes (err, sorry: loft pockets).

I am one of the few SUL hikers in world who uses a “full size” sleeping pad. I am a side sleeper. I like to sleep. I like comfort. Enough said.

The way I figure it, given the low weight of my setups, I can get away with adding a few extra ounces of weight in order to make sure that my sleeping gear is of sufficient comfort that I can sleep well. In the summer time I might only go out with a simple CCF pad, but once it hits the shoulder season the full size air pad comes out – and sometimes in the summer, if I just want to be comfortable!

In the world of air pads I have owned an Exped Downmat 9 (size Large), an original NeoAir (full size, small, medium, and a second full size I cut down in length so I could have a ‘wide-short’), the NeoAir X-Lite (full size), the Klymit Inerta XL (full size, later cut down to a wide-short), and the Klimit Static V (only comes in one size: large).

Why I Bought The Static V:

Recently I have become tired of spending huge amounts of money on hiking gear. It scares me when I think about how much money is tied up in my hiking gear. Granted it is ‘my life’ for a good part of the year, but those who follow my articles know that I tend to buy the top of the line gear, and also have a large amount of my gear custom made – which is just over-the-top expensive. I have never made it any secrete that XUL hiking is not cheap, a hiker going from a heavy setup to a XUL setup can have $10,000+ invested in all of the gear that they have bought from their twenty-five pound setup down to their under three pound setup. You end up buying a whole lot of gear along the way trying to find multiple setups that work for you. I also know that some of my readers are not SUL/XUL hikers – folks who follow my articles to learn a bit (hopefully), and folks who might not want, or who cannot, spend big bucks on gear. So I have been trying to spend some time with some gear that is more reasonably priced yet still not overtly heavy. The Klymit Static V fits into that group perfectly!

Every year over on the pct-l (a mailing list for the pct – and what happens to be, in my opinion, the best resource on the internet for hikers) there are potential pct hikers who start asking questions about gear that does not cost a fortune. Just in the few years I have been apart of the pct-l I have seen dozens of folks asking about how to hike the pct without spending a fortune. I am sure that websites such as whiteblaze also gets a ton of these type of questions every year about the AT.

So I will be honest and say that the main reason I bought the Klymit Static V is because I wanted to see how an air pad that has a MSRP of $59.95 would compare to the almighty NeoAir XLite, which has a MSRP of $179.95. Could it be as comfortable? Could it hold up? Could it handle more than just an overnighter? What exactly are you going to get for a sixty dollar air pad? These are the questions I wanted answers too.

How It Compares:

Those who follow my articles know I really do not like to compare one product to another. Only twice in all of the years that I have been writing articles about hiking have I compared products (and those two times where short paragraphs just to help people have an understanding of something) so I am having to break my rule in order to write this review. Simply put, if I do not spend the time comparing the Klymit Static V within this article, I will probably spend three times as much post-article answering comments asking me to do so. So how this is going to work is that I will be comparing the Klymit Static V (the most recent air pad on the market I think) to the NeoAir XLite, pretty much the de facto best-of-the-best. I will be using the NeoAir XLite “Large” within this review, as it is the closest in size to the Klymit Static V.

Below is a chart based on the specs provided by both Static V and Therm-a-Rest:

Static V NeoAir XLite
Weight: 514 grams (18.13 ounces) 460 grams (16.22 ounces)
Length: 72 inches (183 cm) 77 inches (196 cm)
Width: 23 inches (59 cm) 25 inches (63 cm)
Height: 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) 2.5 inches (6.5 cm)
R-Value: 1.3 3.2
MSRP: $59.95 $179.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the differences work out between the two:

Weight: The Static V is 54 grams (1.90 ounces) heavier
Length: The XLite is 5 inches (13 cm) longer
Width: The XLite is 2 inches (4 cm) wider
Height: Both are the same height
R-value: The XLite provides an additional 1.9 of R-value
MSRP: The XLite is $120 more expensive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros:

When it comes to comfort, that is paramount for me. The Static X is very likely the most comfortable sleeping pad I have ever used. As a side sleeper who tosses and turns and rolls and most of the time ends up in a fetal position while sleeping, having a sleeping pad that can keep me on the sleeping pad is a surprising difficult thing to find. The NeoAir Original did a decent job, the NeoAir XLite for the most part totally fails me – I almost always roll off the sides of it. The Exped Downmat 9 did a pretty good job of keeping me on the pad as well.

Durability totally goes to the Static V. As far as I know this is the same crazy tough material that they make all of their other sleeping pads out of, and you can put these things right on the ground and jump all over there. Check out this video to see this!

At $60 bucks, it totally blows away any other “large” size sleeping pad out there  – at least the ones I would consider buying. I have seen them on sale at a few different places in the high 40 range. Compare even their MSRP to the NeoAir and, well, “wow”. It really makes you stop and wonder if the extra 1.9 ounces is worth $120 bucks. If you are an active SUL hiker, it might be worth dropping the extra $120 bucks, but if not, it just seems to me like the Static V wins in every regards when it comes to price.

Inflation very much goes to the Static V. I tend to average 12-15 full breaths to fill up the Static V. Compare that to an average of 29-33 for the NeoAir XLite. That is a huge difference.

Cons:

At 23 inches in width the Static V gives a bit more width than most of the other regular or small sized sleeping pads out there. For those that like/need a “wide” sleeping pad, because of the way that the sides are designed on the Static V, it feels as-wide-as, perhaps even a little wider than the XLite. However, on paper it is not as wide as the XLite so I have put this under the ‘cons’. As I said though, based on sleeping on them both, I prefer the Static V.

I will say that I have noticed the missing 5 inches from the overall length of the Static V. I am not really sure why Klymit decided to ditch the industry standard for a “large” and go with one that is 72 inches rather than the 77 that pretty much everybody else uses, but it is something that I have noticed when laying on it. Basically it has taken away the ability to place my pillow directly onto the sleeping pad. At 2.5 inches tall, that makes trying to put a pillow at the head-end rather difficult.. I simply do not have enough stuff left over to stuff into a stuff sack in order to raise my pillow up high enough. And for whatever reason I do not like my feet hanging off of a sleeping pad, so the missing 5 inches limits my ability to use this sleeping pad by putting my head off the top-end.

Being 72 inches in length also limits the ability of the Static V to use it with a “long” sleeping bag – my MBULSS#3 is a long and I end up having a few inches falling off the end of the sleeping pad. Inside of a shelter this is not all that big of a deal, but when cowboy camping, it pretty much mandates that I take along an extra ground cloth to protect the end of my sleeping bag.

At a R-value of 1.3 you are not going to want to be taking the Static V thing out in winter (unless you combine it with some other pads) so the XLite at 3.2 clearly wins in this regards.

The Static V is 54 grams (1.90 ounces) heavier than the XLite, and as a SUL/XUL hiker, that is a lot. However the comfort, the ability to stay on the pad, the knowledge I am supporting a smaller cottage company (Klymit is based out of Ogden, UT), and the price-factor makes those extra two ounces go away – even for a hiker as perfervid as I am about counting grams.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for an air inflated sleeping pad that is sub-100 dollars, provides some decent comfort and does not take up a lot of bulk space, the Klymit Static V should warrant some serious consideration!

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

August 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

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  1. I agree that the 72 inch length is strange. I’m wondering why that isn’t a deal breaker for you. Would seem uncomfortable for pillow to be off the pad.

    Tracy

    August 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    • Hey Tracy,

      Yeah I have no idea if it was a weight issue or what. Realistically it probably would have taken the Static V up into the 20-ounce range if they had gone full length, and I suspect most hikers would balk at that weight, given its R-value.

      John B. Abela

      August 23, 2012 at 4:05 am

  2. Sold it! Haha, now that’s funny!

    Jesse

    August 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    • Yep, and I put the money I got from selling it towards a pair of the lightest weight hiking poles that exist (AFAIK) so that I can give them a try and put them up against the GG LT4’s in a future review!!

      John B. Abela

      August 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

      • Hi John!

        I got the Yana poles a few months ago for me and my friend and we love them! They’re so freaking light and so far they’re durable. I’m 250 lbs and haven’t broken them yet. I probably have 200 miles on them so far. Man I’m bummed out, was training for a few long disntance hikes for September and broke my foot 3 weeks ago, what a bummer.

        fabian sandoval

        August 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

        • Hey Fabian!

          Sweet to hear about your love for the Yana poles!! I *almost* bought the three-piece ones (and probably will after I test/review the two piece ones).

          Bummer on the broken foot!!! I injured my knee as you might know and it resulted in most of the rest of the 2012 hiking season to be done and over with. Had 630 miles planned to be hiked and now I am just sitting around waiting for the doctor to clear me to get back out.

          John B. Abela

          August 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

          • Yeah, it totally sucks to be injured when it affects to do what we love the most (at least after family for me). I invested in over 2 thousand dollars this year to get to a 6 lb base weight to do the High Sierra Trail in 3 days (72 miles) and looks like I have to wait for next year. The funny thing is how I broke my foot, I was trail running in the San Gabriels and on a flat section I just started walking and I wobbled for no reason and fractured my foot, so frustrating when I’ve done boulder hoping and have never injured myself. Anyways, thanks to you I founf the black Rock Gear vest and helped me get to 6 lbs! I’. Doing it super comfortably with a 20 oz extra long and wide sleeping bag from zpacks, a large original neo air, the new platinum fly creek ul2 tent (I got special carbon fiber poles (3 hub) made from ruta locura, a zpacks zero pack with no pockets so its SUPER COOL to be at 6 lbs with FULL comfort! I have a real tent and a matress! I can easily get to under 4 lbs but I aint gonna sacrifice comfort! Anyways, thanks for your enthusiasm and I will continue looking forward to reading your articles!

            fabian sandoval

            August 25, 2012 at 1:47 am

  3. John, great review and I am interested, however, I am also intrigued, where did you get the R value for the static v from? It seems to me that it is not available publicly.

    nielsenbrownoutdoors

    August 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    • Hello,

      I almost never release an article about a product without contacting the company. MontBell is one of the few exceptions – and only because I use to try and they never responded.

      When verify the specs of the Static V in my preliminary contact with Klymit I included a request to know what the R-Value was and the data that I listed above is what was provided to me directly from Klymit.

      John B. Abela

      August 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      • Okay thanks, it appears strange that they do not mention the R value in their marketing, given that they have it.

        nielsenbrownoutdoors

        August 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  4. Great review, and as you already know…you talked me into buying yet another piece of gear… :) Other than the fact that you are such a fan of this pad, i think what sold me was, #1 the price (at $53, why not check it out…) and #2, the width. I do pretty good on my 20″ NeoAir, but at times have thought about what a wider pad would feel like, so the 23″ wide Klymit will be a good, inexpensive way for me to finally see what my thoughts are on a wider pad…

    And as you probably also know, I love my NeoAir. It is probably my #1 favorite piece of gear. And needless to sasy, I am a bit upset (put nicely) with TAR that they have stopped production on the original NeoAirs… I am actually a bit pissed that they actually cut corners to cut weight… anyway… not going there…

    So, I am waiting on mine to come in now… looking forward to it!

    Stick

    August 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  5. How does your review of the Static V compare to the Inertia XL? I have a XL NeoAir Lite and like the size – but having a “bumper” on the sides, and the pillow rest on the Inertia XL looks like nice features to have.

    Mike Douglass

    September 17, 2012 at 6:33 am

    • Hello Mike,

      The Inertia XL was a fun pad but not something I would now considered taking with me on a long distance hike. The holes just do not cater to my style of hiking.

      I am not aware of the “XL NeoAir Lite” so unable to share any comparison comments regarding it.

      John B. Abela

      September 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  6. Just wanted to thank you (albeit a bit tardily) for this thorough and excellent review. I’m slowly fine-tuning my bike-camping kit, and I’m also a side-sleeper who apparently does gymnastics while dreaming. I encountered the Static V on sale and your review convinced me to make the jump. I have a decent, basic self-inflating pad thing, but I tend to roll off of it; relative roll-proof-ness sounds like a real selling point. I’m guessing this pad will be perfect for me (especially since A] I’m short and B] I inevitably shove my pillow off the end of my sleeping pad anyway).

    Thanks again!

    tanoshinde

    March 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

  7. Hi John,

    They have a 4 season Klymit Static V.

    We’ll be doing all season Grand Canyon hiking.

    Any thoughts on the insulated…worth the extra $20.00 more?

    Patty

    April 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    • Well this is a sector of products that has a few very amazing products from different companies.

      The Exped DownMat 7 pretty much sets the standard in my opinion. I know of a lot of hikers that feel that the Nemo Astro Insulated Sleeping pad is what should be the standard. Than you of course have the one from Big Agnes. This was a logical market for Klymit to migrate into, however they also migrated into a market with some very solid and very well respected insulated pads.

      It is all about the r-value with these pads, and at 4.4, the Klymit Insulated Static V just seems to fall behind when you compare them to the others in this same product market line.

      It would be very very hard for me to pass up the 5.7 r-value of the NeoAir XTherm. While it is not a down insulated pad, it is lighter, wider, and has a higher r-value than the Klymit Insulated Static V. The downside, is the $130 that it costs.

      Not really sure I have given you a solid answer here Patty, but it is my thoughts on it, based on nothing more than specs, as I have never used the product in question.

      John B. Abela

      April 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  8. John,

    I am interested in the Static V pad but have a couple of questions.

    1) At what height do you think the 72 inch length would become an issue? I am 6′,2″ but tend to bend my knees (side sleeper).

    2) What’s the coldest temps you’ve used the Static V at? I am mostly a two 2.5 season camper (cyclist) but may occasionally encounter colder temps at higher altitudes–maybe as low as 30 degrees. What do you think?

    Thanks very much for the great review and any help you may be able to give me with these questions,

    Mike Miller

    Mike

    August 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    • Hello Mike,

      1) Kind of hard to answer this question. If you are a hiker that uses their backpack at their feet, than 72 inches (shorter than you are) is not going to be a problem, and could even be considered too long by some out there that use 3/4 length pads.

      2) I cannot remember the lowest I have used this pad… I would say it was somewhere in the mid to high 30(f)’s. I had another pad under it to add a little bit of extra r-value and protection to it. Obviously that is pushing the r-value of this bag way beyond into an almost irrelevant level… an r-value of 1.3 is not all that helpful in thirty degree weather. But, the Static V was not marketed as a shoulder/winter pad, so suppose this would be expecting something from it for which it is not designed.

      I would say, if money is not a problem, and you are looking for the ultimate 4-season pad, the Therm-a-Rest XTherm is the top pad right now. At just 60 more grams, the XTherm gives a whopping 5.7 r-value, more width, more height, more comfort, and same tough 70d+ material on the bottom. But, if dropping 150 bucks is out of the price range for a winter sleeping pad, go with the Static V and a Therm-A-Rest Z-Lite Sol and it can perhaps get you through on semi-cold ground.

      John B. Abela

      August 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  9. John,

    Thanks for your thoughtful reply. The more I think about it I don’t really think the length would be that much of an issue since I go to sleep with my legs bent and when I flop on my back my legs don’t remain straight out. I am a cyclist so no pack but I could very easily put my panniers at the foot of my pad and set them up at that height. I guess the next step will be to try to find at Static V locally and get a closer look. Thanks so much for the XTherm tip. Looks like an awesome pad. I wish pads were made in 25×72. Those are really my desired dimensions–a little more luxury and comfort in the width without the weight penalty of those 5 inches of extra length. Thanks again!

    -Mike

    Mike

    August 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

  10. PS – I recently bought a Neoair Trekker Large Torso. Haven’t had a chance to camp with it yet. Like these others, it is wide, yet lightweight and affordable. Again, shorter in length, but I think I will be OK with that. I’m concerned about it being durable, easy to inflate, comfortable and affordable. Each of these balances these features a bit differently. I’m less concerned about warmth as this will be mostly for summer/spring camping (nothing too cold). I use a 3/8″ ccf torso pad for my legs. If that doesn’t work, I will try a longer version.

    todd carlson

    March 31, 2014 at 8:10 am

  11. Just got a great deal on the Klymit insulated pad. Gone to try it next week in the Whites. any issues with leaking? they pushed the fact that it comes with a repair kit , which I thought was a bit unusual as a marketing tool.

    Richard Ruch

    July 24, 2014 at 6:12 am

  12. Does anybody know how to shorten a static V? I’m only 5′ tall! I don’t need to extra length and weight of a 72″ pad. I also have a extra light klymbit that works well for me in summer (6oz), but would love to use the static V in colder temps if if weren’t so damn long….

    Judy

    August 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

  13. Thanks to everyone for the valuable exchanges. The static V choice was particularly critical for me. I had to get it right the first time. Well, I guess living and learning has it’s value too. My back was broke during the Gulf War and was reassembled with 2 titanium rods. Several years later I was hit by a drunk driver and my hip was destroyed….more titanium. When you consider the residual damage to my neck and nervous system I would have probably done better to take up knitting …or at least make a life-long commitment to carrying a rabbits foot…I’m a toss and turn-side sleeper. When something goes numb, I flip. Cant sleep on my back cuz the natural arch is gone. Inevitably, I end up having to sleep on titanium sooner or later. Sleeping on a mattress that bottoms out was not an option for me. I’m now a Harley rider with a backpacker philosophy…compact and light. The experience that you share is priceless to me. Haven’t received the static V yet but I am confident that I made the best choice for me and my girl. Keep talking everyone… there’s lots of us who are listening… Peace !!!

    Sonny Schell

    December 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    • Hey Sonny,

      If you are needing something one step up from the Static V, in regards to size, height, and comfort, check out the Klymit Static V Luxe.

      It is one beast of a sleeping pad, but oh my is it nice. It is an extra 1cm / 0.5 inch in height, so that helps out on bottoming out, it is also a crazy 30 inches wide, so no rolling off the pad when you turn over.

      Weight becomes inconsequential when a piece of gear means the difference of sleeping or not sleeping.

      John B. Abela

      December 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

      • I have been a ground sleeper all my life,( just the ground and nothing more beneath me). A real purist or just a nut, you decide. My friend had just bought this pad and I was sitting on it one day having diner on the trail with him. Before long I lied back on the pad and the next thing I knew it was morning. I must admit that I had the most wonderful nights rest in the wild and it got me thinking. Thinking about the stiffness in the morning, shivering some and then it hit me that I may not need that heavier nag on most trips to the wild.

        So I bought the pad and could not believe what i have been missing all these years from being just plain stuborn. Amazingly this pad packs down to almost nothing and I can use a 30 degree bag on most nights, so less weight on my knees. Now the real exciting part!

        I took the pad and my zero bag to the white Mountains last week and camped most nights in sub freezing temps. with nothing but the tent floor and the insulated pad beneath me, I was very toasty and gto a great nights sleep.

        Price is great, packs to nothing,comfort and protection from the cold… its a HOME RUN in my book!

        only wish I had got it earlier……

        richard ruch

        December 22, 2014 at 5:51 am

        • I know this is an older post – but I had a quick question – I see you took the pad and your zero bag to the mountains – did you also use a closed cell foam pad???

          CaterpillarCathy

          December 3, 2015 at 4:58 pm


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