The Klymit Static V Insulated earned accolades for its performance on winter backcountry trips. Though not the lightest or most compact, it proved to be comfortable and well insulated, making it a winner for cold camps.
The Static V is Klymit’s flagship model sleeping pad, and it is available in a wide array of styles and options. There are insulated and non-insulated versions (we tested the insulated version here). The V2 and the Ultralite versions, which are both lighter weight than the standard version by featuring lighter materials. The Ultralite also has a slightly slimmer shape. In the other direction, there is the Stativ V Luxe and Armored, which are both heavier but more comfortable. The Luxe is wider and provides thicker cushion, while the Armored features a more durable underside. And finally, there is the Hammock V, designed to work with a hammock, and the Double V, which is a 2 person pad perfect for combination with a 2 person sleeping bag. The Double comes in both insulated and non-insulated versions.
With an R-value of 4.4 is right in the middle of the pack in terms of warmth when compared to our other test models. The pad with the highest R-value in our review was the Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map at 6.8. The others were rated between 4 and 5. In comparison, lightweight summer pads usually have R-values around 2. One tester used the Static V Insulated on a two-week trip to the Pika Glacier in Alaska. During that trip, our group was stuck in their tents for the majority of the time as we waited through snowstorms. Our tester spent a lot of cold and wet time on this sleeping pad, and he stayed warm and comfortable.
True to its name, the Static V has V-shaped baffles that run down the center of the pad, with rails along the side to keep you centered on the pad. Klymit’s website claims that this keeps you centered on the pad and supported no matter what sleeping position you prefer. At first, we were skeptical of this, but we did find that the side rails make a difference in terms of comfort. One tester reported that sleeping on it felt snuggly because she was cradled by the pad.
With a weight of 1 pound 6.6 ounces on our scale, the Static V is one of the lighter options in our insulated sleeping pad test. This makes it one of the more desirable choices for overnight ski tours, multi-day mountaineering trips, or cold weather backpacking. The lightest model in our test was the Big Agnes AXL, which weighed 12.4 ounces, but the Static V is significantly warmer than that pad.
When it is rolled and packed into its stuff sack, the Static V is a little larger than a Nalgene water bottle. We think it is an acceptable size for carrying in a backpack and is one of the most packable options in our review.
The Static V features a 75-denier face fabric, which feels quite tough and durable. We used this pad a lot throughout our test period, and we weren’t particularly delicate with it. Through a 2-week glacier trip in Alaska, numerous desert nights, and multiple car camping trips, we never experienced any punctures, holes, or tears. We anticipate that this pad would withstand several seasons of hard use.
Ease of Use
The Static V has a twist-pull valve. It always takes us a second to get it open, but it is not complicated. To blow up this pad takes less time than the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir (which takes seemingly forever) but more time than the Sea to Summit pads that include handy pump sacks.