When I go camping, it’s generally solo, occasionally with my littlest, and sometimes with the family. When I’m really lucky, I get to go with a friend, which happens maybe once a year.
I used to tent camp, and I still do on occasion, and I’ve tried hammock camping (which I enjoy but I’m not very good at yet). Truth be told, I’d rather be in a hotel or RV, but nowadays I split the difference and sleep in the back of my car.
I had a Nissan Xterra and spent many a fun weekend sleeping in the back, but it wasn’t ideal, too short for me and too narrow for when my son came along. I recently sold that car and purchased a Mercedes Benz station wagon (I’m a lifelong wagon fan), and it solves both the problems we had with the Xterra (and is way cooler and more comfortable to boot).
Car camping is not like tent camping, as it can be a lot closer to glamping than regular camping. As I get older, my desire to be comfortable has not abated, and I appreciate the ease of sleeping in the car. No rock hard ground to pound stakes in, no tent to put up or take down in the rain, just put the seats down and you’re practically ready.
Over the years I’ve refined my set-up and, with the wider car came an opportunity to get a wider sleeping pad. I went with the Klymit Double V Sleeping Pad, for the good reviews and the size that is perfect for my car.
At 47” wide it’s over double the width of their popular Static V and, at 40.5 oz, Klymit thinks it’s light enough to take backpacking. Since people who sleep together usually divide the weight while backpacking, I would agree, as it packs down pretty small for a double pad. For car camping it literally doesn’t matter.
The pad’s stuff sack doubles as an “air pump” – Klymit claims that it inflates the pad in only 8-10 pumps, but it was nowhere that efficient to me. Each time I’ve resorted to blowing it up with my breath, which hasn’t been too bad, but it would be nice if it worked. Maybe it just takes some practice.
The V-chamber design is meant to limit movement even if your partner tosses and turns. I’ve only slept on it solo, so I can’t yet report on that, but it is oh so very comfortable for one, so I’ll take their word on it for now.
It also seems really durable. I’ve lain on it in the car, on gravel, and on sundry surfaces, and it still seems good as new.Klymit camping pads purchased from an authorized dealer are guaranteed for the life of the product, so that’s a confidence booster.
Is this the best double sleeping pad? From the few I’ve tried, I’d have to say yes.
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