Klymit Insulated Static V Lite Sleeping Pad:

This pad is available on Massdrop (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/klymit-insulated-static-v-lite?referer=EJ89BQ) for US$59.99 (so about A$100 delivered) just now. It has a very good 4.4 R rating and is 23” wide! Just what you need to keep those elbows warm! I do not need it to be so long as this but can probably cut approx 6” (15 cm) off it and reseal it with a hot iron (so bringing its weight down to 509 grams (less). Della would only need 5’ (150 cm) of it, so hers would weigh 463 grams!) This is heavier than my  beloved Thermarest Neoair Women’s but it is wider, has a slightly higher R rating (.7) and looks to be made of a tougher material, so worth a try. ‘Lite has an R-value of 4.4 and weighs just 19.6 ounces (556 grams) . The body-mapped V shape and dynamic side rails reduce air movement and hug your body as you sleep, while the Klymalite synthetic insulation offers reliable thermal performance for all seasons—from summer backpacking to winter ski tours. Made from tear- and abrasion-resistant 30d polyester, this pad inflates easily in 10 to 15 breaths through the twist-pull valve, and when you’re done, packs down to 5 by 8 inches in the included stuff sack.’

PS: I recently received a Klymit X Ultra Light Pillow (Weight 53 grams http://www.theultralighthiker.com/klymit-ultralight-pillow/). I am most impressed with it. Though a few grams heavier than my Exped pillow, it appears to be tougher. You can sit on it (it has a screw down valve instead of a plug). The configuration allows for a number of sleeping strategies but the ‘X’ in the middle will be ideal for back sleepers. I slept on it last night and found it superbly comfortable.

Specs

Sleeping Pad

  • Fabric: 30d polyester with antimicrobial laminate
  • Color: Orange
  • Insulation: Klymalite synthetic fibers
  • R-value: 4.4
  • Inflation: 10 – 15 breaths
  • Dimensions, inflated: 72 x 23 x 2.5 in (183 x 59 x 7 cm)
  • Dimensions, packed: 5 x 8 in (13 x 20 cm)
  • Weight, pad: 19.6 oz (556 g)
  • Weight, stuff sack: 0.5 oz (13 g)

Included

  • Stuff sack
  • Patch kit
  • Klymit’s lifetime warranty
  • You could afford to play around with it and shorten it to just the length you need. Here is a 20 second video from the great John Abela from https://hikelighter.com/ showing just how easy that is to do (this was with an uninsulated one – it would take a little longer to get the surplus insulation out of the way of the iron). Well done John:

    If you need that in more detail and step by step, Danny Milks from Massdrop has them here: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/2026/how-to-shorten-your-massdrop-x-klymit-sleeping-pad

    Danny manages to cut down the Klymit version of the pad to 398 grams at 5′ 8″ for example. It would be more like 375 at 5’4″ which would be big enough for either if us. This compares quite favorably to the Neoair (at approx half the price – and a little more insulation). I need to try one out for comfort, and to see how the ridged design allows the down in one’s sleeping bag to loft out and keep oneself warm.

See also:

http://www.theultralighthiker.com/ul-pillows/

http://www.theultralighthiker.com/exped-ultralight-pillow/

http://www.theultralighthiker.com/more-about-diy-pfds/

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