Gear Review: Klymit Inertia X-Frame Sleeping Pad

It's good to be back in my home "office", though when I opened the door I was met with an unfriendly smell and the mess of a domestic war zone. I had left in a hurry, leaving all the cardboard boxes and discarded equipment scattered around my room. It's starting to resemble something called order, but you know, these things can't happen over night.

I was sent down to Patagonia with several new pieces of equipment, so I'm going to review some of them here. I'm starting with the Klymit Inertia-X-Frame sleeping pad.

It's not very often that a simple thing such as a sleeping pad draws attention from onlookers, but when I pull out my Intertia-X-Frame from Klymit the common response is, "What is that?!". Not only do the "high vis chartreuse green/yellow" and the skeletal design attract attention, but the light weight (9.1oz) and compact size (about the size of a soda can when rolled up) ensure the interest of my fellow adventurers. What I call skeletal design Klymit calls body mapped design. There is plenty of padding where you need it and none where you don't. It's a pretty simple concept that creates visually interesting and extremely effective sleeping mat.

I took the Inertia-X-Frame with me to Southern Patagonia in Chile for the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race. I was photographing the race, so I didn't quite put it through the testing that a racer would, but I still needed to move quickly and lightly. I definitely appreciated the compact size and the lightweight, and I loved how comfortable it was to sleep on. Even on rough ground, on top of rocks and roots, I slept contentedly. I have always used simple foam pads in the past, so sleeping on this pad is tremendous improvement.

I hope to continue to use this mat for years to come. I think it promises to be durable, and with such a great design it will continue to win the attention of everyone who sees it.

Edit: The Intertia X-Frame can be purchased for $99 from Klymit

D. Scott Clark

I've worked all over her globe with a diverse set of clients that offer a diverse set of challenges; every one of them a learning opportunity. Whether I'm hanging off a frozen waterfall shooting ice climbing or in a studio working with a model I am adapting, learning, and improving. I've created a mobile studio in the middle of a wild adventure race in southern Patagonia and fought with monkeys to keep my grapes in southern India. Whatever the challenge I will get the shot.

With my photography background firmly formed in the commercial advertising arena, I bring that attention to detail and technical process to adventure photography. And I've spent my entire life adventuring, so I can get any angle you can imagine.

I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place as Boulder, CO. When I'm not shooting for clients I'm out climbing rocks or frozen waterfalls, or cruising down in the backcountry on my skis.

1 comment:

  1. WOW ... super cool and impressive! However, one thing you failed to mention in your review was cost. And then your satisfaction compared to the cost ... :)