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Klymit Static V2 Review

One of the best values in sleeping pads in a light and compact package.
Best Buy Award
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Price:  $65 List | $48.71 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great value, wide
Cons:  Low R value, dated inflation valve
Manufacturer:   Klymit
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Nov 6, 2018
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RANKED
#16 of 28
  • Comfort - 30% 7
  • Weight and Packed Size - 30% 7
  • Warmth - 20% 2
  • Ease of Inflation - 10% 9
  • Durability - 10% 7

The Skinny

This pad is a tremendous value and shares the Best Buy Award with the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture. The Venture is a little heavier, bulkier and more expensive, but it's also a little more comfortable. The only cheaper options are foam pads like the Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol or less plush and less durable pads like the Outdoorsman Lab Ultralight. To shave more weight, you need to spend $100 or more. Compared to the REI Co-op Flash Insulated, the Static V 2.0 is a little heftier and has a lower R-Value. However, the Static V is much broader. If you are frustrated by narrow pads, the Static V2 will be a welcome change. We also tested the original Static V which is about 4 ounces heavier. We much prefer the V2 which is much lighter and only $10 more expensive.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison



Testing the Static V2 in the Sierra Nevada.
Testing the Static V2 in the Sierra Nevada.

Comfort


The Static V2 scores above average for comfort. It's one of the widest pads in our tests, especially in the legs. It's 3 inches wider than most of the pads that scored higher. At first, we were unsure of the pad because you push through the pad to the ground. We didn't think it was fully inflated. But over time, you realize that once you fully lay down, the pad adjusts and you no longer push through. This is a side effect of the V design. The upside to the design is is keeps you on the pad and most of our testers found it much comfortable than other cheap pads.



The "rails" on the Static V2 make it harder to roll off in the middle of the night. This, combined with the width, makes it ideal for anyone that tosses and turns. Most ultralight pads are narrow enough that many people may roll off. This is one of the "dirty secrets" of many ultralight pads. Yes, they are crazy light, but they are also narrow. The Static V2 bucks this trend. That said, the model we tested is not that long. If you're six feet or taller, it might not be the best option.

The Klymit Static V2 (green) is much wider the REI Flash Insulated (red)  especially in the feet.
The Klymit Static V2 (green) is much wider the REI Flash Insulated (red), especially in the feet.

Weight and Packed Size


This is one of the lightest pads for the money. Most pads that scored higher are double the price. At 17.5 ounces, it's only a few ounces heavier than the competition. However, keep in mind that the Static V2 is wider than most pads that are lighter. Therefore, it has more material and might be the lightest wider pad in the review. Not only is the V2 lighter than the V, but it is also much smaller. Not many pads pack down smaller as shown below.

The Static V2 (second from the right) packs down smaller than both the original Static V (left) and the REI Flash Insulated (far right).
The Static V2 (second from the right) packs down smaller than both the original Static V (left) and the REI Flash Insulated (far right).


Warmth


This pad has one of the lowest R values at 1.3. If you're sleeping in sub-zero conditions, this is the wrong pad. However, if you're like most people who camp in night time temps ranging from 30-50 degrees, we found the pad to be plenty warm. It's the warmth score that knocks down this pad in the standings. You might wonder why you would want a pad that scored 16 in a field of 28. The reason is that warmth may not be a key factor where you camp. Many people don't want to backpack when temps get frigid. If you are one of those people, and you ignore the warmth score, this pad would have scored probably in the top 5.



Ease of Inflation


While the old-school nozzle is not our favorite, it works. Most pads have evolved to much better ways to inflate pads. The nozzle is a little finicky and the first few times you use it you may struggle a little to keep air from leaking while you inflate it. Once you have it figured out; it's about as fast to inflate as any other pad. We were surprised to see that many cheaper "Amazon-Only" brands now feature more advanced inflation technology. Hopefully, Klymit will catch up soon.



Comparing the Static V2's dated nozzle (down right) with the more modern inflation valves of the REI Flash (left) and even a "cheap only-on-Amazon" brand (blue).
Comparing the Static V2's dated nozzle (down right) with the more modern inflation valves of the REI Flash (left) and even a "cheap only-on-Amazon" brand (blue).

Durability


This is a relatively durable pad. Well, the shell material is durable, the twist valve we are not sure of. The attachment looks a little flimsy to the body of the pad. We will see how it holds up over time and report back. The material is relatively burly on the bottom of the pad, and lighter material is used on the top to save weight. This lighter top material is the main way it saves weight over the original Static V. Keep in mind; no inflatable pad is immune from popping. If durability is your main concern, and you can sacrifice a little-packed size and comfort, a foam pad is the best choice. This is why we also give a Best Buy award to the Z Lite which is not that comfortable or compact but is also only $45 and nearly indestructible.


Best Applications


This is an ideal pad for anyone traveling light on a budget. We recommend it for warmer weather camping where the temperatures do not drop below freezing.

Value


This is one of the best values in sleeping pads. The only cheaper options we found to be less durable and comfortable (and not THAT much cheaper). The NeoAir venture is a little more comfortable and durable, but it's also heavier and more expensive. The Amazon-Only brands are only $10-20 cheaper and have not had the best durability track record. Worse, if you ever run into an issue and are outside the Amazon return window (usually 30 days), we feel it's doubtful the pad will be promptly replaced. For an item as delicate as a sleeping pad, we recommend buying from a brand with a proven track record.

Conclusion


If you want to travel light and save money, this is your pad.


Chris McNamara