In this Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad review you can read about a unique hybrid air-foam pad, lightweight, comfortable, and packable. Keep reading.
Key features & benefits
- Unique construction.
- Hybrid type.
- Nicely packable.
- Durable fabric.
What this KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad is about
Klymit is best known for its inflatable sleeping pads and there are many of them described here in the site. But they have recently started building self-inflatable pads and the first example known to me is this Klymit Self-Inflate V Sleeping Pad.
But this KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad belongs to none of the two groups, this is a hybrid with one part being a self-inflatable foam and one part air inflatable pad. The picture below shows what you have here:
So what you see here is a foam part under the upper part of the body. The air chambers are under the legs and on the bottom of the pad. This they describe as a ‘revolutionary air + foam design’.
It is definitely unique, I do not remember any pad on the market built in this style. They claim that this pad provides comfort where it is needed. So the weight is saved and comfort is there. Great idea.
Insulation & materials
This pad comes with the declared R-value 2.1, and they use the new ASTM F3340-18 rating system introduced in 2020, so follow the link to read more about this in my separate text.
The foam part is plush and pleasant and it conforms to the body shape and eliminates pressure points. The shell is a durable 75D polyester and this is reflected in its weight. The side view below shows its unusual profile:
The bottom air chambers create loft and stabilize the pad. They think this is the perfect balance between comfort, pack size, and weight. I am not sure if this is completely so, you will see some comments and comparisons with other pads below.
Who is it for
Seasons-wise, in view of the mentioned R-value, this is a pad for two seasons maximum, say late spring, summer, and early autumn. If you need more, better check their mentioned Klymit Self-Inflate V Sleeping Pad which is suitable for all seasons.
Size-wise, the pad is built in one size only and it measures 72 x 23 inches (183 x 58 cm). So it is not particularly impressive but these are quite typical dimensions for a regular size pad. It is a pity they did not build it in several sizes.
The thickness is also reasonable, you have 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) and this is a combined foam/air structure as mentioned above.
Weight-wise, in view of its R-value, dimensions, and the structure, the weight 38.5 oz (1089 g) is not very impressive. You can compare it with the pads from my list of best backpacking self-inflating sleeping pads where the heaviest weighs 24 oz (680 g).
So this is not the best option to carry in the pack. This is why I have not included it in that list; instead, it is in my list of best self-inflating camping pads.
The packed size (L x D) is 11.5 x 8 inches (29 x 20 cm). So you can compare this with NEMO Flyer Sleeping Pad which packs to 10 x 6.5 inches (25 x 17 cm), or with Therm-a-Rest EvoLite Sleeping Pad where you have 9 x 5.3 inches (23 x 13 cm). As you see it is bulkier than these backpacking pads.
All in all, although this pad is unique and great, this is not the best option for a backpack. You can transport it on a bicycle and a motorbike and use as a camping pad.
Please see a bit more about this pad in this short video:
- Weight: 38.5 oz (1089 g).
- Dimensions: 72 x 23 in (183 x 58 cm).
- Thickness: 2.5 in (6.4 cm).
- R-value: 2.1.
- Packed size (L x D): 11.5 x 8 in (29 x 20 cm).
- Warranty: lifetime.
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
It is lightweight and nicely packable, but its durable fabric makes it a bit heavier than you would want to have on the trail, so this is why I see it best used as a camping pad.
Please see how I rate this pad against my standard set of criteria so you can easily compare with the other pads here in the site:
If you need something different, please check under the category Sleeping Pads, you will find them many and from the top brands only.
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