If you haven’t approached the Tetons from the Idaho side and dropped into the Teton Basin off trail…..you really should. My favorite is rapid creek. It is no longer on the maps, but is marked with Cairns, and can be found in some of the old climbing approach guide books.
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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!
Here are some great shots of an ecosystem that is well on its way to recovering from a 2003 forest fire. I sincerely hope that some of the sterilizing fires that we have seen in the Sawtooths of Idaho and Colorado Rockies will recover as quickly. We love this guys photography, and are happy to have the images tell the story…
Originally posted on joebeckerphoto:
Sitting on a stump, hot cup of coffee in my hand, warm sunshine on my back in the still crisp morning air, looking out on nearby mountain tops and a forest of bare trees, silver from a 2003 wildfire, Tanya and Carson nearby at our campsite, I felt truly at peace. I reflected on how lucky I am to live in place where such a spot is a short drive from home (well, kind of short, about 5 1/2 hours). Later that day we would drive back to the city, encountering miles of stop-and-go traffic on the way, and life would return to “normal.” But for those five minutes on that stump with that cup of coffee, life was very good.
We were talking a little Type 2 and a little Product Dev one day, and Josh from Ruta Locura gave us a challenge. Can we re-create and ultralight raft similar to that of the venerated Curtis design model, something that weighs and packs little, but adds a very large slice of adventure for a paddler or fisherman? Needless to say, we were intrigued. The gauntlet had been thrown down, and after a little geometry (Yes, Mrs. Damron we really did use math in our professional life, you were right!) we had an oval boat shape that mimicked traditional designs but could be manufactured in 2D. It was an adequate shape, that gave you good flotation, but the ergonomics, paddling position, and water trackability were not optimal. Now that we knew we could accomplish the classic template, it became time to do what we do, articulate it, use shapes to focus air pressure where we want it to go, and see if we could make it better.
The shape of the LWD is the resultant composite of the careful targeting of problems with classic lightweight raft designs: We try to observe problems as challenges, and these are the way we came to the solutions:
- Round designs evenly distribute pressure, yet pressure is focused on the center of the paddler. This leads to a sag point by the user, and buoyancy point away from the user, resulting in backflips in hydraulics.
- Paddling position is low and awkward.
- It is difficult to use your favorite Kayak paddle.
- In most rafts you can’t sit upright, you lay back and it leads to increased back fatigue.
- The inner shapes are not ergonomic, and can be uncomfortable.
- Water tracking is non-existent in oval rafts.
- A huge, shaped section moves the center of buoyancy directly under the paddler.
- The shape pushes directly into your lower lumbar, elevating your paddling position and supporting your lower back for comfortable paddling over long periods of time. The angles of the sides are specific to allowing you a strong paddle stroke with your favorite kayak paddle. There are even notches shaped specific for your J strokes and control strokes, to easily rudder, surf, and stay where you want in the water.
- The angles of the LWD are specific to allow you to use your favorite kayak paddle that you know and love, webbed gloves, or stay tuned as we are working on a trekking pole solution.
- The paddling position is surprisingly supportive and stable, and very upright. It is perfect for a good, strong stroke….or a nice, long cast.
- The last several iterations of this product were built entirely focused on interior ergonomics. We revised the position over and over so that you feel “locked in”.
- The pointed shape and centered weight help this boat track water surprisingly well. In no way does this track like a kayak, but it does track better than classic oval rafts.
First name Game, last name Changer, the LWD is an advanced pack raft that will beckon adventurers toward new horizons. Designed with input from pro kayakers and pack rafters, Klymit’s first entry into the paddle sports market has been made, and made with vigor. Featuring an advanced boat shape that tracks water and an ergonomic seating position that allows comfortable, upright, and well supported paddling position, the LWD paddles well and feels good on the water. Weighing in at 32 oz and packing down to 4×9 inches, you will forget you had it in your pack. Alpine lakes and rivers are now part of your backcountry playground, stay dry canyoneering, go camp on an untouched island….with the LWD…why not?
The New Horizon:
Taking up only a liter in space and weighing 2 pounds, the adventurer sacrifices nothing. What they gain, however, is the opportunity to legitimately look at a map differently, and add more adventure to the average backpacking trip.
Yup, she’s yar
Before we started Klymit, we found most camping pads very uncomfortable. They do not contour with the human body, and allow air to be the least stable under the heaviest parts of the sleeper, or where they need it the most. They allow air to negatively affect the orientation of the sleeper’s body, and encourage the movement of air by pressure bottlenecks and releases. There are things about camping pad design that simply make us scratch our head, and make odd faces.
Even still, the “side rails” of our competitors are larger air chambers that collapse easier when weighted, and counterproductive. The weights of our pads are being chased by companies willing to sacrifice durability for a marketing story, and some just flat out lie about the performance of their pads.
Where others mislead is where we have legitimacy. Everything we do, every shape, loft pocket, weld termination, taper, or contour, is to support your body while you sleep, and the truth is emerging quickly due to this advanced step forward in camping pad thought. Straight up, our anatomically body mapped pads, the Inertia XL, Static V, Insulated V, and upcoming V Luxe are the most comfortable and supportive camping pads ever designed. If you haven’t given them a try, here is why you should:
The Mad Science behind the Inertia XL: Introducing the Anatomical Body Map, and true backcountry comfort.
We have all been told that there are no straight lines in nature (which isn’t necessarily true. Once you get to the intra-cellular level most structures are triangular and geodesic, which essentially are comprised of many small straight lines…but I digress. Here is where our minds were at:
Premise 1: Support of the body is optimal when matching the contours of the body.
Premise 2: The human body does not have any straight lines.
Premise 3: The human body does not weight a surface in a linear fashion.
Conclusion 1: To optimally support the body, then, a straight line, like those on longitudinally and horizontally baffled camping pads would not be optimal.
Conclusion 2: A camping pad that is designed to contour around and assist the body optimally where it applies the most pressure would be more supportive and enhance comfort.
Solution: The patented Anatomical Body Map only from Klymit.
Our approach here was to take a look at how the human body is structured and reproduce the angles of support as close as possible to the body. We match the angles of the muscular structure of the human back, and adjoin the angles with a weld shape that better contours and supports the human spine. The resulting shape resembles a ‘V’ pattern, and it is a more comfortable shape that supports the body better.
The advantages of the Patented Klymit V Shaped Anatomical Body Map:
- 1. Air Dispersion: This body map naturally disperses and deters the movement air, making an inflatable pad more comfortable, more stable, and more supportive.
- 2. Deep, Shaped Welds: One glance at any of our camping pads and it is easy to see the difference in our welds vs. any of our competitors. Our welds are deep, and shaped in this body map, with varying widths and tapers. This allows us to do so many things, and combined with our superior welding technology equals a more comfortable and durable pad with lightweight fabrics.
- 3. Thermodynamic Efficiency: We distribute heat across the channels and use both loft pockets and the weld channels to more efficiently capture and retain warmth.
- 4. Volume Control: We customize the volume of air in the pad and make it take only a few breaths to inflate, drastically increasing functionality and decreasing setup and take down time.
- 5. Dynamic Flow Control: We disperse the air to desirable places to add comfort while you sleep and move on the pad. In this body map we focus the air towards the side rails, making them work effectively to have higher pressure as you approach the edge. This naturally pushes you back to the center of the pad, and keeps you locked in all night long.
- 6. Dynamic Movement: “The Fish Tail Effect” This is the only pad that is designed to flex with you while you sleep in the fetal position. It hinges at the point of the knee, and really does curl up with you.
- 7. Anatomical Neutrality: Like the Inertia X Frame the design of the anatomical body map inhibits the movement of air into your lower back causing it to arch, and disallows the weight of your torso to cause your legs to elevate. This keeps you more comfortable and gives your body the relief it needs to recover and truly rest.
- 8. Ergonomic Head Cradle: The built in pillow cradles your head comfortably, and supports your spine completely. Your body stays supported, and neutral.
- 9. 78 inches by 26 inches and one pound: Huge real estate with itty bitty weight…awesome!
Klymit’s anatomical body map, when combined with the well thought out creature comforts of the Inertia XL, yields a massive sleeping surface that, upon waking in the morning, will make you realize how far camping pads have come.