I never sleep well the night before a race. Maybe it’s the thought of getting lost in the woods, or being chased by bears, or eaten by alligators. Maybe it’s the thought that we’ll run out of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms…who knows. All I know is that it’s not because of our air mattress. About a year ago, we got two Klymit Static V Recon air mattresses on a recommendation from our friend, and we couldn’t be happier.
These things are light, inexpensive, extremely comfortable and durable. Pair it with a Klymit Cush Seat and you have a portable sleep system you can take anywhere. Plus, the seat can be used for…well…a seat! As in providing a little padding on the posterior for those 6 hour canoe sections. On long races, we pack the Cush Seat and the Static V in our gear bins, since they pack down to nothing. For the 72-Hour Florida Sea to Sea, they were priceless. After 48+ hours of non-stop racing, you tell me how sweet this setup was #SleepAnywhere
Sometimes the race location is so remote that we end up primitive camping the night before. Add the Static V, a couple of 30A Beach Blonde Ales, and it’s nighty night time until race start the next morning.
We opted for the non-insulated version, because we live in Florida. However, for those unfortunate souls that live in colder areas, you can get an insulated one as well. The best thing is you’re not blowing up your bank account to afford one either. $55 bucks for a bomb-proof air mattress…
If you’re a savvy shopper you may even find it for less. Klymit makes a lot of other radical stuff too, like their award-winning KSB 20 degree down sleeping bag. We don’t have one yet (hint hint), but you don’t need me to review it, it was awarded the 2016 Outside Gear of the Year Award as best sleeping bag. I’m pretty sure they know what they’re talking about.
These guys & gals are innovators and their whole team consists of outdoor enthusiasts, so they know their shiznit. Seriously, it’s good stuff. We only recommend items we use consistently and trust.
One final thought for those on the fence. Sometimes we roll high class and even get a hotel the night before a race. But 3 dudes + 1 bed does not equal fun times. So, before you find yourself in an undesirable predicament…
you might want to think about a Static V air pad & sleeping bag in your gear bin. This is my typical setup and it makes any hotel floor a dream.
Did I mention I needed a new sleeping bag?
|Weight||18.1 oz / 514 g|
|Dimensions||72″ x 23″ x 2.5″ / 183 cm x 59 cm x 6.5 cm|
|Pack Size||3″ x 8″ / 7.62 cm x 20.3 cm|