Mad Science: A glimpse into the ontogeny of thought behind every Klymit product


Our gear is derived of romance and struggle: purpose built and incentivized by the solutions to our own personal challenges that we encounter in our adventures.  Here at the confluence of imagination, physics, problem solving, and inspiration is an effort to perpetuate the inspired to new heights.  Less marketing and more introspection…this is our pledge:  We will remain unfettered by the convolution and smoke and mirrors marketing that seeks to rob the adventurer of both their reason and discernment.  We will continue to focus on empowering the adventurous, decreasing the inhibitions of those that dabble in the outdoors, and creating gear that lets us all challenge what we perceived to be our personal limits.  This is a glimpse into our minds, and perhaps describes the real Klymit difference.  Mad Science is the playful term we lend to this process of ideation and evolution.

Here, then, are our thoughts:

The Question…

I remember the year, 1984.  I was 6, and I remember my first PVC pool toy.  It was a simple, horizontally baffled inflatable.  It was unstable, and barely kept my tiny frame out of the water.  As I sit and think about it, I am still….baffled…In 30 years why have inflatable designs, from air beds, camping pads, to pool toys, remained so homogenous?

The answer is approach.  Prior to Klymit arriving on the scene the paradigm of camping pads was strictly focused on one thing, trying to figure out how to make smaller versions of beds.  Upon examination, however, the defining features of beds make this quite difficult, and the execution by camping pad manufacturers has been stymied by the wrong approach, the wrong optic.  But as Descartes so aptly responded to Aristotle’s approach to physics, the question is not, “why does the arrow fly?”  Gravity, and therefore physics, was found by answering the question, “why does the arrow stop?”

A novel approach…

Klymit’s approach to camping pads bears a similar departure from the classical operant paradigm of creating camping pads.  We do not try to mimic beds.  We take a careful look at the human body and create sleeping surfaces that are built to both support and contour around the human anatomy.  This approach allows us to achieve shapes that specifically target problems like instability, rolling off of the pad, and warmth.  This allows us to supply more comfort and a better nights’ sleep with the lowest weight and pack size in the industry, while using more durable fabrics.

A novel method…

We then commissioned the custom design and construction of a prototyping machine that allows us to develop products in a fraction of the time of our competitors.  It allows us to articulate the designs completely.  Ideas can be tested within minutes, and move from concept into reality within an hour.  Pad shapes, sizes, weld shapes, fabrics, laminates, and every part of the construction process that takes months of back and forth with others’ factories; takes minutes for us at Klymit.

We invite you to experience what this new approach yields on your next adventure.

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