The story of the Static V…how we solved the problems of air beds…with a little Mad Science!

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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!

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