As last winter was fading away, my conversation with Klymit was just starting to heat up. We wanted to create a sleeping pad that would be comfortable, light, and most importantly, designed with the ultralighter in mind.
True, there are plenty of ultralight pads on the market, but they were designed to appeal to the consumer at the point of purchase. Why do you think most pads come in a rainbow of bright colors? That's a marketing decision. No, we wanted something that would blend into the natural environment, so you can stealth camp a bit easier. We wanted darker colors that would dry faster in the sun, because you're more likely using a tarp, bivy or tarptent and you might have a little condensation in the morning. That's cool - we got you covered. We avoided noisy or shiny fabric or big logos (and truth be told, next time around we'll probably make the logos even smaller). We wanted to make the best pad for your wilderness adventure, not the display stand at REI.
To achieve the low weight, we searched high and low for a light but sufficiently durable fabric, with the caveat that it had to feel relatively nice and it could not be noisy (cough cough NeoAir, cough). We found a great 20d nylon that's more durable than any 30d we tested, and it was not at all plasticky. It has the softest hand of any pad I've ever used.
Going light doesn't need to mean being uncomfortable, at least not any more. Like many here, I've experimented with a silly number of sleeping pad configurations over the last 15 years, often using my pack and extra clothing to augment my pad, usually making adjustments throughout the night. However, in talking with a number of you, we all came to the same conclusion that a simpler setup is now more preferred to a slightly lighter, but more finicky, setup. We decided to make the pad full length (72") so you don't have to bother with uncomfortable legs, and sized to be comfortable at 20" wide and a luxurious 2.5" thick. The pad tapers to 17" at the bottom to save a bit of weight, which still provides plenty of surface area for your feet. We also made sure the air valve sticks out to the side, not up like it does on some Klymit pads, so you don't feel it under your right shoulder. Finally, utilizing Klymit's patented "V" pattern eliminated the drawbacks of vertical air chambers.
After months of development, we are thrilled to finally present the results of our combined community efforts:
Static V Ultra Light - 11.9 oz, 1.3 R-value, in stealth green top with dark charcoal bottom
Insulated Static V Ultra Light - 16.9 oz, 4.4 R-value, in dark charcoal top and bottom
Pillow X Ultra Light - 1.7 oz, in stealth green
These products are exclusively on Massdrop. The first drop was August 2016 and the next one will be in November. Be sure to visit the drop page to request the pad and read the Specs: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-klymit-static-v-ultralight
Be sure to check out the reviews of the Static V Ultra Light:
Will Rietveld: http://ultralightinsights.blogspot.com/2016/07/gear-review-klymitmassdrop-static-v.html
John Abela: https://hikelighter.com/2016/07/27/massdrop-klymit-static-v-ultra-light/