At the Outdoor Retailer show, Klymit unveiled its new air mat – the Inertia X Frame Sleeping Pad.

The company claims this new future-device weighs just 9.1 ounces and packs down to the size of a soda can. It also looks CRAZY.

I’m jealous of the backcountry types who can sleep on stuff like this. I am a notoriously light-sleeper, leaping to action at the slightest sound, jabbed shoulder, or sliver of sunlight. I have to use heavier air pads like the ExPed Synmats, which usually weigh in at least double the weight of this thing. But cutting weight isn’t worth it if you don’t sleep at night, right?

No pricing info on this little guy yet This will retail at $99.95 in November.

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Casey Schreiner

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Modern Hiker
Since founding Modern Hiker in 2006, Casey's writing has appeared in Backpacker, Adventure Journal, the REI Blog, and Sierra Trading Post's Social Hub.

He has also been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press, as well as in documentaries for Columbia Sportswear and the OTIS College of Art and Design.

Casey was one of eight people chosen by the National Parks Foundation to participate in the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition. His first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles," will be published by Mountaineers Books in 2016.

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on August 19, 2010


  • NonHippieHiker says:

    Wow, that is light. I think my Big Agnes Hinman weighs about 2 1/2 pounds. But… too odd. I think I would be better off getting a 3/4 length pad at the same weight (or less) than gamble on that.

  • Raphael says:

    So, did you test it out?
    For something that kooky looking, I thought the price would be higher.
    My thermarest plus is “self-inflating” (though I always inflate it myself), and it was fantastic on my coldest nights out there….

    • Modern Hiker says:

      I haven’t tested this thing, but I definitely will if I can get my hands on one. I have a very good feeling that I won’t even begin to nod off on it, though. I just had to return my Thermarest after a few consecutive sleepless backpacking trips. Hoping my new ExPed does me better.

  • David says:

    That is crazy looking. I’ve never had any luck with air mattress or self inflating. Finally happy with foam pads.

  • GeekHiker says:

    Wow. Holes right in the sleeping pad, just perfect for that rock you missed when clearing the campsite to poke right into your ribcage!

    I think I’ll stick with my NeoAir, even though it ONLY goes down to the size of a Nalgene bottle. LOL

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