Side-Sleepers! Drop the Klymet Static V Junior?
I'm a Side-Sleeping, Long-Ass-Section Hiking, Gram-Weenie. I'd kill for a wide, short, high-loft, puncture-resistant, ultra-light sleeping pad! Wouldn't you?
Currently I use Exped's UL Synmat 7M. I love this pad. Its 2.8" loft keeps my bony hips off the ground, Its 20.5" width lets me go full fetal without hanging off the sides. Its side baffles are slightly larger, creating a cradle effect. At 72" long, I can stretch out fully on my back, but I rarely ever do that. An R-factor of 3.3 is good down to 25°. It's 16 ozs, which is certainly competitive for the specs, but a shorter version would help me pare a few ozs. They make a 64.2" short version, but for $104 dollars netting less than a 2oz weight reduction, I can't bring myself to push the button ...
I bought a short Thermarest NeoAir Xlight, and I hate it. It may be the classic UL solution for back-sleepers willing to improvise insulation under their feet and calves. But when sleeping on my side, it's so skinny I feel like I'm balancing on a rail with my knees and butt hanging off the sides all night.
As of this writing, the full-length Static V drop just ended. It's wider than my Exped, and pretty inexpensive, but at 16 ozs it offers me no weight reduction, and has a much lower r factor. Again, not enough benefit to get me to push the button.
On Klymet's site, I saw their Static V "Junior" version. Still 23" wide, but only 50.4" long, and 13 ozs! It's also still r 1.3 ... As a side sleeper, this could be perfect for fast and light trips, with temps above 35°. It lists for $45. For a 3 oz weight reduction, and a few more inches of width, it's almost a no-brainer!
Almost ... If we can get a good drop, it'd be even better ...
What do you think? Any other ideas for a high-loft, lightweight pad, that's wide enough to comfortably accommodate us side-sleepers?