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Klymit Insulated Double V Review

If you want a mat that you can take on short backpacking trips and you prioritize snuggling over weight savings, this is the pad for you.
Klymit Insulated Double V
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Price:  $160 List | $128.46 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Lightweight, packable, great value
Cons:  Not as comfortable as foam core camping mattresses
Manufacturer:   Klymit
By Laurel Hunter & Matt Bento  ⋅  Nov 6, 2019
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  • Ease of Use - 20% 9
  • Warmth - 20% 7
  • Versatility - 10% 8
  • Packed Size - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Lightweight for two! This double pad barely sneaks into the camping mattress category; it's light enough for short backpacking trips if snuggling is a bigger priority than covering lots of miles in a day. As we expected, this pad's low weight and packability sacrifice comfort, but this is one of the more versatile mats we tested. It is light enough to be carried far from the car, fit in a suitcase, or come out of storage for an overnight guest (though they may not have the best night's sleep).


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Pros Lightweight, packable, great valueBed-like comfort, easy inflation, great valueVery comfortable, R-value of 9.5 is super warm, good valuePacks to half the size of similar mattresses, easy to use, warm, comfortableWarm, comfortable, fits in a smaller tent
Cons Not as comfortable as foam core camping mattressesToo big for some single person tentsLarge packed sizeSlight bounciness, heavyHeavy
Bottom Line If you want a mat that you can take on short backpacking trips and you prioritize snuggling over weight savings, this is the pad for you.All our favorite features we love from a camping mat at a great price.This is the one we would lend to a friend.Four inches of foam camping mattress comfort that packs into a relatively small package.Our favorite option if you need a narrower comfy pad.
Rating Categories Klymit Insulated Double V REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL Exped MegaMat 10 NEMO Roamer Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D
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Specs Klymit Insulated... REI Co-op Camp... Exped MegaMat 10 NEMO Roamer Therm-a-Rest...
Test Model 2 person XL Green LXWide XL Wide Blue Depths Long
Dimensions 74 x 47 x 3 in 78" x 32" x 4" 77.6" x 30.3" x 4" 80 x 30 x 4 in 77" x 25" x 4"
Length 74 in 78 in 77.6 in 80 in 77 in
Width 47 in 32 in 30.3 in 30 in 25 in
Thickness 3 in 4 in 4 in 4 in 4 in
Weight 3.6 lbs 6.38 lbs 6.37 lbs 5.25 lbs 5.5 lbs
R Value 4.4 5.5 9.5 Unavailable 11.4
Type Pump inflation Self-Inflating Self-Inflating Self inflating Self-Inflating
Packed Size (inches) 7 x 12 in 11 in x 30 in 9.8 in x 31.1 in 10.5 x 15 in 7 in x 26 in
Storage Stuff sack Stuff Sack Stuff Sack Stuff sack Stuff Sack
Bed Material 75D Polyester Stretch Polyester 50D Polyester with TPU Polyether film laminate 50D stretch 75D reverse diamond polyester
Valves Flush Flat 1 valve 2 valves Zero profile 2 Valves
Accessories Inflation bag/stuff sack Air Pump/Pillow Mini Pump, Stuff Sack, Repair Kit and Manual Stuff sack Stuff sack
Breaths to Inflate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

This Klymit Double mat is less expensive and lighter than most of the single mattresses in this review; however, it is also one of the least comfortable. Other, more plush, double mats that we tested can pack away huge, limiting their use to car camping situations with a huge tent. The Double V is a much more versatile mat that will fit in your backpack or your luggage.

Performance Comparison



Comfort


Compared to the average backpacking sleeping pad, the Insulated Double V is a very comfortable mat. While the V pattern is excellent for keeping the pad light and warm, it's ridges and rails aren't as comfortable as flat, baffle-less foam pads. The Double V fits in a backpack and can go many places the Megamat duo is just too big to go.

With plenty of room for two  this Mattress features V shape chambers that increase thermal efficiency as well as making sure you don't feel it when your partner rolls around.
With plenty of room for two, this Mattress features V shape chambers that increase thermal efficiency as well as making sure you don't feel it when your partner rolls around.

Ease of Use


This pad inflates by connecting its stuff sack to the inflation valve, opening the roll-top closure, blowing air in, rolling the bag shut, and pushing air into the pad. It sounds like a pain, but it's not bad at all, and our testers found they could actually move air into the pad without blowing at all, merely opening the top of the stuff sack seemed to fill it with an adequate amount of air.

This mat has a one-way valve for inflation and another for quick deflation.
This mat has a one-way valve for inflation and another for quick deflation.

The stuff sack pump allows you to inflate this pad to maximum firmness. We just pushed on the bag until the pressure blew it off the valve, and then the one-way valve kept any air from escaping. Deflation is as easy as opening the deflate valve and opening the inflation valve a keeping it open with the pull tap. Roll it up tight and stick back in the pack, or if you're feeling lazy or in a hurry, the stuff sack is generously sized, and it's easy to get the mat in if it's not rolled super tightly.

The V shape chambers are a great strategy for keeping this mat warm and lightweight but aren't nearly as comfy as the baffle-less foam mats in our review.
The V shape chambers are a great strategy for keeping this mat warm and lightweight but aren't nearly as comfy as the baffle-less foam mats in our review.

Warmth


An R-value of 4.4 makes the Double V appropriate for year-round use in the lower 48, and plenty of warmth to help the reluctant camper get outside, and sprawl out beside their sweetie underneath the stars. Though thin, this mat is insulated with Klymit's proprietary synthetic insulation and the chambers created by the V weld patterning limit air circulation, so the Double V doesn't suffer from circulating cold air. Additional warmth comes from the snuggle factor you can only get on a double pad. Foam pads that we tested are warmer (and more comfortable), but not as packable.

This mat uses its own stuff sack as an inflation pump. Klymit recommends blowing into the bag to inflate  then rolling the top up and pushing air into the mat. Our testers found that they could get plenty of air in the bag without using a single breath.
This mat uses its own stuff sack as an inflation pump. Klymit recommends blowing into the bag to inflate, then rolling the top up and pushing air into the mat. Our testers found that they could get plenty of air in the bag without using a single breath.

Versatility


At 3.6 pounds, the Insulated Double V is about the same weight as two (kinda heavy) backpacking sleeping pads, and it's the lightest pad in this review. The Double V is warmer than the most air mattresses that we tested, and more packable than any other mats in the review, despite being sized for two.

The generously sized stuff sack makes for easy packing  but with a little extra effort  the pad will pack down even smaller.
The generously sized stuff sack makes for easy packing, but with a little extra effort, the pad will pack down even smaller.

Packed Size


The Double V packs down to a svelte 7X12". It's small enough for a carry-on and easily fits in larger luggage, not something we can say about the foam core pads that we tested. If packability is your top priority, then this is a great option.

A double-wide camping mattress can make for a more fun  cuddlier camping experience.
A double-wide camping mattress can make for a more fun, cuddlier camping experience.

Value


The price for this lightweight cuddle space is in the middle of the pack, and we think it is an awesome deal considering its versatility and the fact that it's for two.

Conclusion


This Klymit Double V is way more usable than we expected. A bicycle built for two isn't the most practical way to bike around, but it sure can be fun. The same can be said for the double pad. Sure it's a little heavy, but it's worth the smiles, and while a little novel, this pad is lightweight and warm enough that it's likely to get used more than you'd think.


Laurel Hunter & Matt Bento