Last month I published an article entitled ‘Massdrop x Klymit ‘Static V Ultra Light‘ in which I took at look at the collaboration work between Massdrop and Klymit with the introduction of their new 20d fabric sleeping pad.
Towards the end of the article I made this statement:
I know some of you are going to be wondering about modifying the Massdrop x Klymit ‘Static V Ultra Light’. As some of us have – myself included – with other Klymit (and even TaR) sleeping pads, the Massdrop x Klymit ‘Static V Ultra Light’ is manufactured like all of the other Klymit sleeping pads, that is, with a heat pressure machine. This means that you will easily be able to cut down the Massdrop x Klymit ‘Static V Ultra Light’ from the standard 72″ length to something in the shorter range
I was asked if I would be willing to make a video showing how this is done.
It took me a bit of work, as the video shoot unfortunately turned into about 3.5 hours of total video, as I talked my way through every little step as I was recording. The total shoot time spanned three days of modifying the pad (and thus shooting video) with a one day delay due to my archaic iron not working and having to purchase a new one.
For the sake of everybody, I got the main video shortened down to about 40 minutes.
I realize that is still a very long video and I will not feel bad if anybody skips ahead to the good part, towards the end, but hopefully there will be something in the first 30 or so minutes that will interest some folks.
So a bit of background here… I have cut/resized and resealed over a dozen Klymit sleeping pads over the years. Klymit brought to market the “Inertia X Wave” after I bought and resized an “Inertia XL” and posted about it years ago. I have also cut and resized a few dozen different TaR NeoAir Xlite and XTherm pads. At one point I was buying XTherm’s and cutting them into pads+pillows for people on expeditions. I could get five or so pillows from each pad, or one shortened pad and two pillows. They were a bit tricky because of the extra layers and trying to get the air valve sealed, but it was fun while I did it.
Suffice to say, the entire process is a very simple task, that requires very little time or effort. The biggest thing it involves is getting over the fear of damaging your sleeping pad – and for some of them, a very expensive sleeping pad.
Based on looking at the video that I shoot and tracking the time, you can cut and reseal your sleeping pad in under 30 seconds – when it came down to it, it took me 24 seconds.
Really, it is a simple and fast process.
With the very low price tag Massdrop x Klymit Static V Ultra Light and the fact it is a 20d fabric, it provides those looking for a fairly light and short sleeping a pretty smart purchase.
I have two videos that I have uploaded.
The first is a 40 minute video and the second is a 40 second video (yeah, I couldn’t help it lol.)
Watch the second/short one if you just want specs and to quickly see the process.
Watch the first one all the way through if you really want to know some of the thought process and gibberish talking as I go through all the different steps/process.
Within the first/longer video, I actually discover what I think is a really sweet cut pattern and length, at least for me. I do end up cutting it down to the 48″ mark, because that is the length everybody seems to want, but I really did like the first length/design pattern I came up with. It might be worth watching that if you do not want a straight-cut pad.
If you are interested in a 48″ only pad, watch the first/longer video and fast forward to the 32:00 mark.
Sadly some of the longer video is rather dark. Apologies for this. Was not exactly something I could go back and reshoot… once the pad was cut, it was kind of a done deal.
The full length pad: 352 grams / 12.42
The 48″ length pad: 208 grams / 7.3 ounces
So that makes a savings of 144 grams (5.08 ounces) by cutting the length from 72 inches down to 48 inches, a reduction of 24 inches, which works out to 6 grams per inch of cut fabric.
Here is the full length, 40 minute, video (1080p available):
Here is the very short, 40 second, video (1080p available):
I hope some of you find these videos to be useful.
Sleeping Pad Review:
You can read my full review of this sleeping pad at:
This article was originally published at: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/343/resizing-the-massdrop-x-klymit-static-v-ultralight/