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“We did blind tests with the air frame….. climbing 5.7 sport climbs with a 30-pound load at Big Rock near Riverside, California. Sometimes they climbed with the Cilo’s rigid frame and sometimes with the Air Beam frame.
No one noticed any difference in load transfer to the hips, but each climber said that the air frame allowed more freedom of movement. I also loaned the air frame and pack to ski mountaineers (40-pound packs) and they also said that the air frame allowed more twisting and bending, while still giving support.”
Rock and Ice said it: Equivalent load transfer to rigid framed packs with a better range of motion, lighter weight, and more comfort.
The Klymit Air Beam is built for Motion. Check it out in our packs: http://www.klymit.com/index.php/products-1/backpacks/motion-35.html
Everyone that rides bikes…this is for you. Our buddy Sam right here in Ogden has created a more simple and elegant solution for clipless pedals. Check it out, and if you choose to support the project on Kickstarter good for you. We vouch for Sam and Mobius cycles!
Ultra running is a tough sport, giving the athletes massive amounts of time to beat themselves mentally, and that is assuming the body holds up. I love reading about that inner dialogue. Here is another delightful gonzo description of 48 hours of determination:
Our huge in the water, tiny in your pack packraft, the LWD, received a GEAR OF THE YEAR AWARD from Gear Junkie!!!! We are stoked!!!! Thanks to the wise folks over at Gear Junkie, and for the support of all adventurers who are looking at a map a little different with the LWD in hand. Literally, it is the size of your favorite Tolstoy novel when carefully folded!!!
We are enthused by the pick and the thought that something that we playfully named the Light Water Dinghy has the potential to make real packrafting accessible to everyone that can find it in a retail location or online. The 2 pound tax is nothing when compared to the copius amounts of fun you will have at your own lake in the backcountry, or on your own creek, or getting to where no one else can by easily crossing just about anything. We had a ball testing and developing the LWD, using a little geometry and not a small amount of “Kentucky Wind”. I remember one time when Matt, Cory, and I took a 50D nylon version over a 3 foot drop in the Ogden Kayak park….all on it at the same time. We did it 3 times and were just amazed at the bouyancy. The fourth time we got cocky and chose a bad line. The bouyancy of the LWD is unmatched in all light packrafts. That was about 450 pounds on the boat, and it rocks. Hunters can float their game out like the trappers of old, 2 careful hikers can cross in one pack raft. The possibilities are endless, and the LWD just screams potential.
It has been said that the peaks and the trails of the world have all been tread upon and carved, but there is so much more to discover. The LWD is among our most unique contributions to the pursuit of exploring the rest. Thank you for giving it a try Gear Junkie, and seeing the vision while having a blast. We are hopeful that the LWD continues to have an impact; and that impact is generating toothy smiles and finding new places to be inspired by and connected to.
Here is one of our favorite stories from Rock and Ice. Enjoy! http://www.rockandice.com/lates-news/the-epic-of-all-epics
Here is a great read from the man with the golden legs as he plunders his first 100 mile victory in the bayou of Ville Platte…it has us singing every swamp song we can think of!!!
Watch closely, as we observe the Motion 35 pack, the Inertia X Frame Recon, and the Cush In its natural environment. Note how poised for action the pack is, ever ready to pioneer new territory without a hint of fear. While looking incredibly docile, the cush and x frame weigh 12 ounces together, and can move at incredible speeds. The entire kit weighs just over two pounds, and is dangerously fun for the outdoor adventurer, so we have to make sure not to get to close, or this kit could carry you away to awesome places like this.
Happy Trails, from El Playa De Coco, Nicaragua. Cheers! :)
The Mad Science behind the Klymit Static V…This Aint your Momma’s Air Bed!
Like the Award Winning Inertia X Frame, the Klymit Static V represents a landmark in sleeping pad technology. It delivers incredible comfort, enhanced durability, and a better night’s sleep….all at an alarmingly light weight, small pack size, and industry leading ease of use.
The goal for the creation of the Static V was lofty. We set out to solve the 3 major problems of air filled sleeping surfaces, from your old school queen airbed to our competitors’ pads. We achieved this, and offer this pad at an amazing price point. Perhaps we err in our romance, but we believe landmarks such as these should not be limited only to those who can afford them, and the Static V is tearing down mental barriers for outdoor adventure as I write this. I’ll let the advancements that we achieved through challenging these problems elucidate why everyone sleeps like a baby on the Static V:
Problem 1: Air Movement…aka the ‘waterbed effect’
We observed that on both horizontally and vertically baffled camping pads that when you move on the pad to adjust your sleeping position, the pad keeps moving, bouncing around, and wallowing long after, in a way that we call the “waterbed effect”. The reason for this is the large air spaces in the baffles hold air at less pressure than the small spaces the air passes through on the weld terminations at the head, foot, or sides of the camping pad under movement. Therefore, when you move it takes a considerable amount of time for these pressure spikes through the terminations to equalize across the entire pad.
Solution 1: The Static V disperses air in 6 directions from every chamber, and pressure is focused towards the side rails to keep you on the pad, even under movement. By spreading the air out in multiple directions and through multiple channels, we can make an air filled surface feel and react more like thick foam. We take the rebound and bounce out, allowing you to sink into the pad and feel stable and supported. The increase in comfort is remarkable, and more noticeable the more nights you are on the trail.
Problem 2: Warmth
The classic configurations (horizontal and vertically baffled) of inflatable sleeping surfaces are often chilly, and all have an r-value of 1. The air movement of the pads, and the lack of significant deep welds that can retain warmth limit their use to warm nights and provide convective and conductive limitations.
Solution 2: The Static V utilizes the anatomically patterned V shape body map that is not only more supportive and comfortable, its deep welds allow for the preservation of the body’s warmth in air pockets, limit air movement, and disperse cold air below. The increase in warmth is massive, 30%, elevating the Static V as the warmest pad in its class at an r-value of 1.3.
This brings up a contentious issue in camping pads, and honestly is a topic that is so full of misdirection it saddens us. Thermodynamics is a quantifiable science. Most of our competitors lie to you. Even since launching this pad one of our competitors has “magically’ increased the r value of their un-insulated pads to 1.5 with the same fabrics and configuration that it has been in for more than 4 years. Please know that we will never lie to our customers for a good marketing story or sales. Trading your dignity and integrity for money and confusing expectations for passionate adventurers will yield you nothing but a pocket full of lies and an empty soul.
Problem 3: Ease of Inflation
Many camping pads in a similar configuration require 30 to 50 breaths. Has anyone been on a climb at altitude and watched someone pass out from blowing up their camping pad? We have! There is just no reason to toil with that many breaths.
Solution 3: 7-15 breaths for the Static V. BAM!!!! I did it at 6 at Sea Level this fall after a solid high altitude summer of training. If you beat me you get a discount. Not only do our deep, shaped welds increase durability, they allow us to adjust the volume and thermodynamics of the pad. This means quicker set up, take down, and more fun in between.
These solutions combine to dramatically increase comfort over any other air bed on the market. At Klymit, through the development of all of our pads leading up to the Static V, we have developed a body of knowledge on how to articulate inflatables and make the air go where we want, do what we want it to do, and support the sleeper or paddler so much better. We can control volume and insure a quick and easy take down, and make our pads lighter, warmer, and more durable.
The Static V has become the pad of choice for even the casual adventurer who wants to truly sleep well anywhere on the planet. It’s comfort and support is unmatched, and ease of use is truly a joy. We are proud of its design and glad that it sells, but we are elated at it’s value and impact. Please try one if you haven’t yet, and Happy Trails!