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Oct 24, 2017
Love. love, love this pad! I brought this Klymit Insulated Short pad on my recent thru hike of the John Muir Trail (25 days, 222+ miles), and I could not have been a happier camper. I had intended to bring my full-length Klymit Insulated Static V Lite pad, but at the last minute this drop popped up and I jumped on it for the sake of saving a couple ounces. Any of my initial concerns about bringing a torso length pad weren't warranted; this pad kept me completely comfortable and warm on my journey. I'm a side sleeper, and Klymit pads are the absolute best I've tried in terms of comfort, and this torso length pad is no exception. I'm 5'7", (not super tall or anything, but not short) and with my head on a pillow (off the Klymit) the sleeping pad came to about knee to upper-calf length. This was not an issue, I simply put my pack under my feet, and when I curled up or bent my knees (as I often do when I sleep) my entire body fit on the pad.
Like my other Klymit pads the insulation rating is great, and paired with my Enlightened Equipment quilt it makes an efficient and light sleep system. Klymit pads are quieter than other brands, and I haven't had any issues with slipping/sliding, either of the pad on the tent floor or my body on the pad. One thing I have learned to do with all my Klymit pads (even as just a preemptive measure), is run a small bead of superglue around the valve stem where it is inserted (there are videos of how to do this on youtube). This would make replacing a broken valve a little more difficult, but not impossible, eliminates leaks, and makes it easier to open and close the valve. I dodn't mind that this pad is the heavier fabric, however I would absolutely buy a 20d version, as long as it was the same width as this one. In the past, I've avoided the Massdrop x Klymit pads because they are always the narrower-than-normal width. I realize this is for added weight savings, but based on my sleeping positions I'd rather save the weight in the length.
Oct 24, 2017
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