Klymit Pillow X $20
The Good: Super lightweight and packable, you can bring a bit of comfort into the wild with this insulated pad.
The Bad: Because of the grooved design, side sleepers may be challenged to find the right position.
The Incredible: For the price, it’s hard to beat such a durable, light, 4-season package.
A good night’s sleep is one of the most elusive things in the backcountry. Sure there are people who swear they sleep better out there, but I think we can all agree they’re the exception. That’s why a good sleeping pad is such an important part of your outdoor gear. I’ve had plenty of good pads, but most are bulky and make packing light a challenge. Thanks to the grooved pattern of the Klymit Insulated Static V Lite it packs down to about the size of a water bottle, but still boasts an impressive 4.4 R-value.
We tested this pad car camping with a wet hammock night, and cold-weather sleeping when it dropped to the teens out there. The pad was durable, easy to blow up (10 breaths or so), and we slept comfortably through every night. The V-pattern of the pad and side rail shape kept us centered, and it cushioned well when sleeping on our backs. Side sleeping was a bit rough with some shoulder and hip movement necessary to find the soft spot, but after centering the shoulders and hips on a chamber, it was comfortable enough to fall right to sleep.
Out in the cold weather, it stayed as warm as my much bulkier cold weather go-to pad (z-pad foam and air mattress combo) without taking up my valuable pack space. The insulated pad’s R-value of 4.4 is well above comparably priced pads, and it really makes a difference in your pack and on the ground. As a bonus, the pad rolls up flat and fast without much fuss, so breaking down camp in the morning has one less hassle.
We also took out the Klymit Pillow X out for the trips, and it also performed great. The inflatable pillow rolls up small enough to lose in your bag, but blows up with a few breaths into a wide, comfortable pad for your noggin. The X quickly replaced a bulkier sweatshirt as my go-to wilderness pillow.
Overall, if you’re looking for a light, warm pad and simple pillow that can serve you for years to come this is it right here.
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