• Items like camera, water-proof shell, repellant, small water bottle, pocket knife and map can be carried in your pockets or hip belt, to save on pack weight bearing down on your shoulders  and back.

  • Leave your pack open at night and away from your camp at least 50 feet, so a bear won't damage it searching for food. Foodbags, which should include packed items with ANY scent, should be stored at least 50 yards from camp. Making noise and yelling at bears is encouraged to help keep them at bay.

  • Items like your ultralight pack, spare socks, and garments can serve as a protectant and insulation between your sleeping bag and pad.

  • Equipment Links: www.
  *  gossamergear.com
  *  ursack.com
  *  westernmountaineering.com
  *  backcountry.com
  * zpacks.com
  * sixmoondesigns.com

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Klymit Static V2 and Therm-a-Rest Xlite HL MW Sleeping Pads

Klymit Static V2

Measured inflated: 22” x 71½” x 2”. The width maintains 22” down to 6” from the bottom. Its 70D nylon is very durable.

Nice surface friction…about 2x that of Xlite, though a bag will still turn

Outside baffles nudge you a bit if getting toward the edge, but not much because each pad chamber is independent of other. So if you put pressure on a pad V or outer rectangle, that’s all there is to push up against you, whereas with the Xlite, if a body part puts pressure anywhere, the air begins to transfer to adjacent chambers all around, which are being compressed more by the transferred air, and that pressure bounces back to the spot of origin where you’re applying body force downward.

With a partially deflated pad, you may bottom out a little at the hips due to the 2” height. Deflation also causes the outmost baffles to not nudge you much at all since they independently too have less pressure.

Good support for side sleeping and stomach sleeping: on the back, the same.  The air separation between the V chambers makes the pad less luxurious feeling against the body, but the gap seems to perhaps allow for better overall circulation since body surfaces are not totally being pressed against. It’s a trade off between perhaps a therapeutic feel verses a luxurious feel against the body as with Xlite.

There is low noise when moving around the pad.

The rectangular shape on its lower half makes one less likely to roll off since low legs sliding off of a tapered pad can be a contributor to the body following suit.

Cost: Only $65.


For a very low price, this measurements fudged in all three dimensions, very durable, comfortable, supportive pad won’t let you slip off easily, is a bit narrow in the shoulders compared to wide pads, though advantageously roomier along the leg area, and tests the low limit in its height, notably when partially deflated for increased comfort.

Therm a rest NeoAir Xlite RW

Measured inflated: 25” W x 74” L x 25/8 H”—about 24 ½” at shoulders, 23½” mid-pad,  17 ¼ “ at 8 inches from the bottom, and  16 ¾” at 6 inches from the bottom.

Minimum surface friction so a bag will readily roll when rotating inside of it, plus a tendency to slide off if conditions present themselves—bag sleeve is recommended.

Great, integrated, smooth support against the body for comfort

Not prone to falling off the pad’s edges due to its internally integrated air pressure, which keeps the edges (anywhere) less prone to collapsing. This is a nice feature as you can use the pad’s width in its entirety and not be prone to rolling off over ¾ of its length. The foot end being narrower requires the feet to corral themselves toward center.

Smooth support for side and prone sleeping.  When supine, the same, but I found it slightly arched my back.

Somewhat noisy when moving atop.

Cost: $205 


For a high price, you get a very lightweight, truly wide pad that is more durable than comparable offerings that use 15-20D nylon, is very comfortable and supportive just short of three inches high, narrower along the lower leg area though a bit wider than comps, begs for auxiliary attachment to a bag, and lulls (not sings) “Crackling Rosie” if moving.