In early 2015 I wrote of my appreciation for Klymit mats, which has been the most visited gear post on this blog.
At that time of writing the features of the Klymit mat which appealed to me were
- The mat is rectangular in shape so I am not forever trying to keep my legs on the mat.
- The body mapped baffles make it one of the most comfortable mats I have slept on
- There is no tendency to “roll off” as there is with the Xlite range from Therm-a-Rest
The main disadvantage of the Klymit mats is they tend to be heavier than the equivalent offerings from Therm-a-Rest but weight is not everything, especially when a good nights sleep is required.
I felt it was time to update my views and usage of Klymit mats.
Nowadays, I use the Insulated Static V lite all year round, which has the same dimensions as the Regular Insulated Mat, but weighs 560 grams on my scales, a saving of 144 grams, whilst retaining the same US R value of 4.4.
The weight saving is achieved through the use of 30 denier Polyester fabric as opposed to 75 denier Polyester on the regular mattress.
In use, as I always carry a short CCF sit mat and place it under the hip area of the mattress to provide a little extra insulation and cushioning when I am side sleeping. The CCF pad also helps to limit the sliding of the mattress on the tent floor.