The Klymit Static V2 weighs in at ~460 grams including carry case and field repair kit. That’s 130g lighter than the equivalent Therm-a-rest Neoair Venture VW pad (590g). The Klymit static v2 packs away very well at about the size of a water bottle.
The Klymit Static v2 has an insulation R-Value of 1.3, compared to the NeoAir’s 1.8 this seems would at first appear around 30% lower. However, Klymit claim that due to the large ridges in their mat it allows your sleeping pad to loft (fill the space) creating a much warmed sleeping platform. Personally I couldn’t tell the difference, I’ve used both the Klymit and the Therm-a-rest in conjunction with a 3 season sleeping bag and silk liner in around 8 Celsius (46 Fahrenheit) with no problems. Unless you are camping in winter where frost / ice is likely then you’re unlikely to require the insulated versions which cost and weigh more.
The thing I really like about the Klymit Static V2 is that it’s a bit wider than most the other pads on the market. This is great if you’ve got broad shoulders or if you prefer sleeping on your back with your arms down to your side. Personally I’m a side sleeper, in the past I’ve had problems with pads bottoming out around my hips due to the pressure, not so with the Klymit, hard as I might I couldn’t bottom it out.
Another great design is the way the Vs channel your body with the side walls keeping you centre. This prevents you rolling off your pad in the middle of the night and waking up on the cold tent floor.
Overall I couldn’t recommend this pad enough, it might be around £10 more expensive than the equivalent Therm-a-lite as it’s lighter, wider and much more comfortable at least for me.
Getting a good night’s sleep, waking up without aches and pains is something worth paying extra for. A bad night’s sleep can ruin the next day, and you certainly don’t want that on your expedition.
The Klymit Static V2 is available from Amazon