Are you looking for a lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking?
The problem with most sleeping pads I’ve used is they’re just too bulky to carry when travelling. Foam sleeping pad can be picked up ridiculously cheap at any discount shop, but they just take up too much space when rolled up.
It may not be an issue when trekking across the backend of rural Tasmania, but when you’re lugging an oversized backpack on the London underground at rush hour, then you start to question every extra item packed.
I don’t want to be stuck carrying something around that I might not use for the next couple of days or even weeks.
Lightweight Sleeping Pad for Backpacking
Enter the Klymit Inertia X Frame – possibly the lightest compressible full sized sleeping pad available to buy.
I first came across the Klymit Inertia X Frame Ultralight Backpacking Pad a few years back while looking around an outdoor store in Australia. My first thoughts were something like “what’s this?” which pretty much is still the reaction I get from others when its whipped it out today….
The Inertia X Frame ultralight pad is extremely light, compact, and has to be the funkiest lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking that I’ve come across.
It’s claimed to be the world’s lightest travel pad and only weighs a tiny 255g. Fully inflated it takes about the same space as a can of fizzy drink. It can easy fit in your travel pack or jacket pocket when rolled up.
Designed with body mapping research, the pad offers support and comfort in all the key pressure zones, while eliminating unnecessary material to reduce weight and size.
Advertised for three season use, the Inertia X Frame only takes a few breaths to inflate.
The firmness of the mat is adjustable by the hand air pump. This will allow you to inflate it to a high pressure compared to ordinary mouth inflatable pads.
Klymit Inertia X Frame Specifications
- Weight/Mass: 9.0 oz / 255 g
- Dimensions: 72″ x 18″ x 1.5″ / 182.8 cm x 45.7.cm x 3.81 cm
- Type: Inflatable Sleeping Pad • R-Value: Loft Pockets
- Inflation: 3-5 Breaths • Packed Size: 3″ x 6″ / 7.62 cm x 15.2 cm
- Includes: Dry Air Pump, Stuff Sack, Patch Kit
- Fabric: 30D Polyester Top / 75D Polyester Bottom
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime
After months of consideration and a series of camping trips, in July 2014 I finally bought the Recon version of the Inertia X-Frame from Amazon.
For something with so little material, I wasn’t expecting much in return from the comfort department.
Yet I was pleasantly surprised by just how comfortable the pad was to sleep on.
The sleeping pad can become extremely firm if you prefer it that way. After some experimenting, I found its best to inflate the mat all the way by mouth and then use the hand pump to top it up as needed through the night .
The X-Frame is designed for back sleepers, but even with the space saving gaps, I found it can still be possible to sleep in the side position. Ok, it’s not the most comfortable position – but still possible.
Comfortable or not, using a lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking does have some some negatives.
As an active night sleeper, i.e., someone who turns a lot, I found myself walking up half on the pad and half off. Just imagine trying to stay on one of those blow-up beds while foating in the swimming pool.
Eventually I found the best solution is to zip my sleeping bag up all the way with the X frame inside. That way the X Frame stays close to you at all times.
2016 Update –
Two years have passed and wow, yes I’m still using the Klymit X-Frame.
Those looking for a lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking will struggle to find something that can beat the size of the Klymit X Frame.
I love my travel gear and haven’t seen anything come close to this size.
There’s no doubt the Klymit X Frame is extremely lightweight and compact, but there’s certainly bigger and comfier travel pad available to buy.
On a good day I’m around 5′ 11″ in height, and although the Klymit X Frame is a great fit for me, I’m sure that someone who is taller would find the pad restrictive.
As previously mentioned it’s perfect suited for people who sleep on their backs and don’t move around much at night. The downside for a sleeping pad that’s only 18″ wide is those who are a larger build would have issues staying on the pad for a long period for time.
Also warm and hot climates suits the pad fine, but for cooler weather or sleeping on tiled floors, an additional insulator is a must.
For someone who travels regularly but only needs a lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking occasionally, the Inertia X Frame offers the perfect solution. Light, compact, and doesn’t take up much space – but is always there if you need it.
10/10 for the innovative and the minimalistic design but at some sacrifice to comfort.
Klymit X Frame Pricing
Check the links below for pricing:
Klymit Website: Inertia X Frame ultralight travel pad
Amazon UK: Inertia X Frame ultralight travel pad
Amazon US: Inertia X Frame ultralight travel pad
The next smallest and lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking that I found is the Sea to Summit Ultralight, which is roughly about twice the size of the X Frame.