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Klymit Static V Luxe and Thermarest NeoAir Camper Comparison

I needed a sleeping pad for car camping and backpacking so I’ve been researching them extensively.  It’s been well documented that I’m not a small human so I wanted something wider and longer without a total disregard for cost and packability.  I narrowed my choices down to the Thermarest NeoAir Camper and the Klymit Static V Luxe.  Based on my research, here are the pros and cons of each:

 

NeoAir Camper:

 

Thermarest NeoAir Camper

Thermarest NeoAir Camper

 

Pros
Comfort
Size (77″ L x 30″ W x 3″ D)
Weight (850 g)
Warmth (R-Value of 2.2)

Cons
Less Packable (4″ x 17.5″)
Cost ($122 USD on Amazon)
Durability??

 

Static V Luxe:

 

Klymit Static V Luxe

Klymit Static V Luxe

 

Pros
Size (76″ L x 30″ W x 3″ D)
More Packable (4.5″ x 8″)
Cost ($78 on Amazon)
Durability

Cons
Warmth (R-Value of 1.3)
Comfort???

 

I’ve read many comments about the comfort of the NeoAir Camper.  More people liked the horizontal ribs versus the v-design of the Klymit (especially back sleepers).  The NeoAir is also warmer for three season use and that makes sense because it does have a higher R-Value.  However, its expensive compared to the Klymit and larger when packed.  I also read some comments about NeoAir pads puncturing although both pads are made from the same beefy material (75D polyester) and not many people lay their pads directly on the ground these days.

In the end, I went with the Klymit because for me it represented the best combination of size, weight, durability, and cost.  My 6’4″ 250 lb frame requires a larger pad and I think this will serve me well.  I’ll trial it during a camping trip next month and I’ll report back whether the comfort is truly an issue. Stay tuned!     

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4 Responses so far.

  1. arthurvino says:

    Just get xtherm max – best out there.. High R value and very light..

    • Blaine B. says:

      At $230 Art? Yeah, I’d hope so. If was spending 100+ days per in year in the back country, I could cost justify that. But, I’m not so I choose to stay happily married, thanks. 😉

  2. arthurvino says:

    Contingency plan if/when you get kicked out.. And I seen them on sale.. 30% off..
    Or how about Xlite? 1LB for 25×78 large one and within your budget? :)
    http://www.cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-rest/mattresses/fast-and-light/neoair-xlite/product

    • Blaine B. says:

      Hey now, don’t give the misses any ideas. 😉 I looked at the Xlite. I might give that a run if the Klymit doesn’t work out. Or I might go with it for a winter option.

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