One of the many things I learned to appreciate as a Marine was my foam sleeping pad. About 3/8 of an inch thick, and made of rubberized foam, it’s no big secret that it’s pretty useless, unless your main objective is to use all of its 24×72 dimensions to just keep your sleeping bag off the dirt. Rolled up, it looks like some sort of giant green cowboy cigarette. In fact, rolling it up is no fun, either. It’s quite the pain in the ass if you want it rolled tight, and it hangs off the bottom of your pack like an odd shaped Christmas ornament. It extends beyond both sides of the pack, making it the perfect thing to snag onto bushes, tree branches or teammates. Deployed, it really just keeps you off the damp dirt or hot sand. It provides no cushion, no insulation worth noting, and causes the user to wake up feeling like they’ve just been mugged by a gang of thugs wearing steel toe boots. It sucks. Let me repeat that: it SUCKS.
But we love them. We Marines LOVE that stupid pad. We look for them in surplus stores when we EAS, and we WILL take them camping, toting them around like a badge of honor hanging off our packs that lets everyone know two things: we are veterans, and we are hard as nails. Why are we hard as nails? Because this sleeping pad SUCKS, and we’re using one. I hate them. They’re stupid. I love them.
Enter the Insulated Static V sleeping pad by Klymit®, a truly excellent product, if I cut to the chase. I’ve owned one now for about 8 months, and I am extremely impressed with it in every aspect.
To begin with, when rolled up, it’s not much bigger than a standard Gatorade bottle, and you don’t need to hang if off the bottom or side of your pack like the military sleeping pad. At roughly 8″x5″, you just shove it in your pack. Which leads me to a second point: it weighs just 1 lb 9.5 oz, so while it’s quite a bit heavier than the military issue foam pad (which weighs about 14oz), it’s nowhere near outrageous or unbearable. It comes with a very handy bag with a draw string to store it in (pictured), which also has a little pocket sewn into it that contains a repair & patch kit. A thoughtful gesture by Klymit, if you ask me. I have not had to use the patch kit, yet, but it’s nice to know it’s there if I have a need for it.
Deploying the sleeping pad is ridiculously easy. Which, if you’ve read any of my other product reviews, you know is one of my 5 major points of interests (top 3 in fact, ease of use). Once you remove it from the “stuff sack”, as Klymit calls it, you roll it out, open the valve and give it 10-15 good breaths. Every time I inflate it, I count 12, and my average time to inflate is 56 seconds. Not too shabby.
Sleeping on the Static V is phenomenal. I almost expected it to not keep my 205 lb frame off the ground. What I found when I first laid on it shocked me. Not only did it keep me off the ground, the air circulated in the chambers to support my hips and and shoulders while filling the dead space of my waist and neck. Even in the side sleeping position, my hips never hit the ground. Very impressive. I have always gotten a great nights sleep on the Static V, which is a LOT more than I can say for the old military foam pad. (side note: I believe the Army has since adopted a Therma-Rest inflatable sleeping pad, which measures 1.5″ thick when inflated, and 12″x6″ when rolled up, quite a bit larger than the Static V. The Marine Corps will probably get these handed down to them from the Army…sigh)
As for it’s insulating properties, I have no complaints. It measures 2.5″ thick when fully inflated which provides great comfort, and has an R-value of 4.4, which puts its insulation rating above some Big Agnes and Therma-Rest models (though, not all). Considering its $99 suggested retail price ($85 at REI as I type this), it’s a pretty solid deal when you consider some other brands offer less insulation but price out $20-$30 more. So there, it has great value, number 3 on my top 5 things to look for.
Let me address one downside: the bottom side needs a more textured fabric, or rubberized treatment, something to keep it from sliding around in tents or the ground. When inside my tent, I did “chase” it around a little. Not a lot, but on a couple of occasions, I’ve had to “scootch” the pad around under me to keep me on it. Not a deal breaker by ANY means, but something Klymit should consider doing to all their pads, in my opinion.
All in all, that minor flaw only detracts a half point in my book. So I give the Insulated Static V sleeping pad from Klymit a rating of: 4.5 out of 5
Here are the specs at listed on the Klymit website:
Weight/Mass: 25 oz / 709 g
Insulation:: Synthetic Fibers
Dimensions:: 72″ x 23″ x 2.5″ / 183 cm x 58.4 cm x 6.5 cm
Type:: Inflatable Insulated Sleeping Pad
Inflation: 10-12 Breaths
Packed Size:: 5″ x 8″ / 12.7 cm x 20.3 cm
Includes:: Stuff Sack, Patch Kit
Fabric:: 75D Polyester
Warranty:: Limited Lifetime