KLYMIT STATIC V2 REVIEW: BEST SLEEPING PADS
The Klymit Static V2 challenges the notion that a lightweight sleeping pad must come with a hefty price tag. At just over one pound, it's one of the most comfortable camping sleeping pads on the market thanks to unique V-shaped baffles and dynamic side rails.
With practical features such as antimicrobial laminate, durable noise limiting fabric, and a quick inflation valve which requires as few as ten breaths to inflate the pad, it's easy to see why the Static v2 is one of the most popular sleeping pads around.
Weight & Packed Size
Ease of Use
|Sleeping Pad Type||Air Pad|
|Sleeping Pad Shape||Rectangular|
|Repair Kit Included||Yes|
|Stuff Sack Included||Yes|
|Packed Size||3 x 8 inches|
|Dimensions||72 x 23 x 2.5 inches|
One of the decisions outdoor enthusiasts have to face when choosing a sleeping pad is how much weight they are willing to carry. The lighter your gear, the easier it is to freely hike and explore. However, that can mean tossing out a comfortable, yet bulky sleeping pad for something that will be lighter, yet will be thinner and less cushioned. Not so with the Static v2.
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Klymit has made a name for itself in the outdoor world by producing sleeping pads that deliver maximum comfort without the weight and hassle of bulkier foam mattresses. The company's unique V-shaped baffles and deep weld patterning prevent air from circulating freely within the pad once it is inflated. This helps keep the pad from forming low points where your hip or shoulder can come into contact with the ground, and also keeps cold air away from your body. Most people find that the unique shape of the baffles produces a sleeping surface that is more comfortable than other sleeping pads which use straight horizontal or vertical baffles.
The Static v2 is a redesign of Klymit's highly popular Static V sleeping pad. By slightly changing the design and using a lighter fabric, they shaved several ounces of weight off of the original Static V to create a pad that is just over one pound. Most agree that the Static v2 is equally as comfortable as the original Static V despite the lower pack weight thanks to the V-shaped baffles which make all Klymit's pads distinct from other sleeping pads.
For a relatively inexpensive sleeping pad, one pound of weight is a worthy accomplishment, and users seem to agree that the Static v2 doesn't sacrifice cushion or comfort like other low-cost, lightweight pads.
One common complaint about the pad is that, like many other ultralight pads, the company does not include the weight of the stuff sack with the weight of the pad. Once this accessory is included, the weight comes closer to 1.7 pounds. Some also point out that lightweight pads like the Static v2 are more likely to slip around on the bottom of the tent at night.
With an R-value of only 1.3, the Static v2 is not as insulated as other sleeping pads. Even during the spring and fall, you may notice a chill creeping through the pad, and as a result, the Static v2 is best for warm weather camping. However, some of the features of the Static v2 help keep warmth against your body, so it should not be discounted based on its insulation value alone.
The deep welded seams and V-shaped baffles prevent air from circulating freely throughout the pad. This helps keep your own body's warmth from dissipating through the pad. The cushioning also helps keep your body from creating low points in the pad. Side sleepers may particularly find that this pad's unique design prevents their shoulder or hip from touching the ground and helps keep them warmer than pads with a higher R-value but flatter baffles.
Klymit's Twist-Pull inflation valve is simple to use and makes the Static v2 sleeping pad one of the easiest pads to inflate. The company says you can fill this pad in as few as ten breaths, and most users find that this statement is fairly accurate. It usually takes between 10 and 15 breaths total to fully inflate the pad. If you find other pads difficult to inflate, or if you find you need to carry additional gear such as a pump to inflate other mattresses and pads, you'll understand how important this feature is.
On the other hand, some users find that it can take some time and effort to fully deflate the Klymit Static v2 despite the company's assertion that the Twist-Pull valve allows for quick deflation.
The main difference between the Static v2 sleeping pad and Klymit's other pads is fabric choice. By using a 75D polyester material for the bottom part of the pad and 30D fabric on the top, Klymit has struck a balance between durability and weight. The thicker material on the underside of the pad makes sense as it will come into contact with more puncture risks like sticks and rocks that might be lurking beneath the tent. Though the 30D fabric on top is more vulnerable to damage, as long as basic caution is used, the Klymit Static v2 should see you through many years of outdoor fun.
While there are other pads on the market use thinner materials and weigh less, these pads tend to be more prone to punctures, rips, and tears along the seams. Their fabric also tends to be noisier. You'll need to decide for yourself if durability or weight are your top priority.
The Static v2 would be best suited to spring or summer camping and for hikers who want to prioritize weight but don't find typical ultralight sleeping pads comfortable. Although it lacks the insulation of four season pads, the Static v2 stands out as an exceptional inexpensive sleeping pad.
For the typical camper who doesn't need to worry about every ounce of weight, the Static v2 offers more comfort than many of its competitors. While there are sleeping pads that are warmer or lighter or more durable, the Klymit Static v2 hits a sweet spot between all of these considerations and is less expensive than most pads currently on the market. For anyone new to camping or for individuals who don't want to spend a large sum of money on equipment, the Static v2 is ideal.
Its biggest downside is the lack of insulation it provides, making the Static v2 impractical during cold weather camping. There are also some users who find the extreme shape of the baffles uncomfortable, noting that while they do stay cushioned from the ground, they find that the texture of the pad's surface is distracting. For most campers, however, the V-shaped baffles are more comfortable than the usual straight vertical or horizontal baffles of other pads. This has been particularly true for people who prefer sleeping on their side.
The Klymit Static v2 comes from a diverse line of sleeping pads that meet the needs of various outdoor niches. The Klymit Static V was the original model upon which the Static v2 was based, and it offers slightly more durability but weighs a few ounces more. Klymit also sells an insulated version of this design called the Insulated Static V, which is a four season sleeping pad with an R-value of 4.4.
One of the company's lightest sleeping pads is the Inertia X Lite, which uses a unique cut-away X-shaped baffle to keep you cushioned from the ground. It weighs in at only 6.1 ounces and packs down to the size of a banana.
Klymit also produces sleeping pads specifically designed to be used in camping hammocks. These pads come in a variety of weights and insulation levels but have a unique curved shape which conforms to the dimensions of a camping hammock. They also sell double wide versions of their popular Static V pad and insulated four season pads called the Double V and Insulated Double V respectively. These pads are perfect for couples or for individuals who appreciate a large sleeping area.
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