Gear Review: Klymit Inertia O Zone
Disclaimer: The following product was donated by Klymit for review purposes. All reviews on AppalachianTrials.com, however, reflect the absolute objective opinion of the reviewer.
Sleeping on the ground is no fun. A sleeping bag makes it better, but a sleeping pad takes comfort to a whole new level.
Last week, I had the opportunity to use a Klymit Inertia O Zone sleeping pad on my camping trip to the Grayson Highlands in southwest Virginia. My opinion of this product is below.
- Inflatable – This was my first time using an inflatable sleeping pad. The Inertia O Zone was easy to setup and roll back into the stuff sack.
- Body Mapping – Klymit uses body mapping in their designs, allowing the pad to be similar to the human anatomy. Certain parts of the fabric are removed, which I thought gave it a mattress-like feel when I was sleeping on my back.
- Dimensions – I’m tall, so I appreciated the dimensions of the Inertia O Zone, 72 x 21.5 x 1.75 inches. There is almost nothing worse than being too long for a sleeping pad.
- Pillow – Part of the makeup of the Inertia O Zone is an inflatable pillow. Never having camped with a pillow before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m happy to say I thought this felt similar to an actual pillow and was large enough for my head.
- Weight – At 13.2 oz, this sleeping pad is lightweight, an added benefit for backpacking trips.
- Movement – When I woke in the morning, half my body was off the sleeping pad, which seemed to move easily from under me during the night.
- Side-sleeping – I sleep on my side a lot and when doing so, I could feel the ground directly on my hips due to the lack of fabric, which was uncomfortable.
Overall, the specific design of the Inertia O Zone was not conducive to the way I sleep. While I would probably not use it for a long-distance backpacking trip, I would consider using it again for shorter trips due to its lightweight, how easy it is to setup and put away, and the comfortability of the pillow.
Although I wouldn’t recommend this pad to people who sleep on their sides, the Klymit Inertia O Zone is a good option for those who sleep on their backs.
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