We are going to take a closer look at the Kelty Recluse 2.5 insulated sleeping pad. It is an inflatable sleeping pad, but has its own integrated hand pump which saves you from hav-ing to blow it up by mouth and also extends the lifespan of the pad itself.
The Recluse does an interesting job of balancing weight, pack size and comfort. You can see that it has got a mummy shape to it which helps to save a little bit on weight. But re-ally the focus here is more on comfort than those weight savings. It is 23 inches wide. It is 78 inches long, two and a half inches thick. So that length and width exceeds the standard length and width on most what I would call regular length sleeping pads. You can see that the outside rails here are actually a little larger than the other vertical baffles. And that kind of helps to keeps you in place and on the pad during the night. And that two and a half inches of thickness really does get you up off the ground quite a bit. Gives you a lot of cushioning beneath you.
There is also a layer of synthetic insulation inside this pad, which makes it warmer than the average inflatable sleeping pad.
R value here is still such that you are really only looking at two to three seasons of use, certainly not a cold weather sleeping pad.
So the Recluse is an inflatable sleeping pad. I am going to turn the pad over. There is a inflation and deflation valve at the top of the pad. Close that obviously and then we are going to utilize the integrated hand pump on this pad to actually blow it up.
Unscrew the cap. There is a cap holder here. Get that out of your way. And the hand pump is pretty simple. Put both of your hands together, leaving that valve open so air can go into the valve. When you press it down, it pushes air into the body of the pack. And just continue that process until you have fully inflated the sleeping pad.
Not only does it save you from huffing and puffing at the end of a day on the trail, but it also keeps moisture from getting into the interior of the sleeping pad. Over time moisture inside those hollow tubes can start to erode and wear away at those fabrics and shorten the life of your sleeping pad.
So use the that hand pump to get the pad to its full two and a half inch thickness. When fully inflated it is also at its most firm. If you decide you would like it to be less firm, prefer to sink into that pad a little bit, just reach over your shoulder, open that valve and let a little bit of air out of the pad. So you have sunk into a spot that feels the way you want it to feel. Close that valve and you are all set.
Adding to the value of the pad, Kelty does include a stuff sack, draw string closure, also a repair patch in there should you need it.
As with any sleeping pads, it is advised that you store it in an open state, so valves open, non compressed if possible. Again, doing so will extend the life of the pad.
Kelty Recluse 2.5 insulated sleeping pad. Really nice option, both affordable, light weight, packable for three season backpacking.
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