Some sleeping mats use foam to soften up the cold hard ground of the outdoors. Others rely on air to give you cushion for comfortable sleep. The Klymit Klymaloft Sleeping Pad innovates on the traditional outdoor bedding by combining both, allowing it to strike a better balance between portability and comfort.
That’s right, this sleeping pad uses a hybrid of foam and inflatable air chambers for cushion, allowing it to support your body with a comfortable foam layer while still allowing it to collapse in a very portable size. According the Klymit, in fact, it’s their most comfortable sleeping pad yet, making this a very attractive alternative to campers looking to keep their packs light.
The Klymit Klymaloft Sleeping Pad puts a plush foam on top at the upper body section, which, the outfit claims, will provide the necessary support for your body, all while eliminating the pressure points you normally get when sleeping on inflatable pads. Why keep the foam on the upper body? Mostly because you only really need that support for your neck and back, since those are the body parts that getsthe most punished any time you spend time sleeping in the outdoors. Plus, extending the foam down to the legs will only make the pack size bigger without much improvement in actual sleeping comfort.
Underneath the foam topper sit a series of I-shaped air chambers that raises the sleeping surface higher up from the ground, apart from stabilizing the sleeping pad, so it doesn’t go moving around when you’re having one of those restless nights. According to the outfit, it should inflate as easy as any air mattress, so you shouldn’t have any problem getting this thing ready when you’re ready to hit the hay, especially since it’s compatible with most types of manual and electric air pumps. It releases air just as quickly, so you don’t have to waste any time messing with the sleeping pad when packing up to leave.
The Klymit Klymaloft Sleeping Pad is made for three-season use, making it suitable for taking out to camp for most but the coldest days of the year (during those days, take this heated pad instead). It has a stretch 75D polyester fabric covering the foam section, which, the outfit claims, is both soft and quiet, so it’s both comfortable and silent, no matter how much you toss and turn in your sleep. When fully laid out, the sleeping pad measures 72 x 23 x 2.5 inches (length x width x thickness), which should be enough cushion to sleep most any adult, all while rolling up into a bundle that measures 11.5 x 8 inches (length x diameter).
Each sleeping pad comes with a patch kit, so you’ve got your necessary repair gear in case the darn thing gets punctured. A stuff sack is also included, so you can have a place to keep it properly rolled up the whole time, whether you’re driving to the camp site or hiking up a mountain.
The Klymit Klymaloft Sleeping Pad is available now, priced at $149.95.