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sleeping pads

Post by guamsean » July 29th, 2020, 8:03 pm

so my next question is: sleeping pads.

my 20yr old therm-a-toss-and-turn finally bit it with an unpatchable ember hole.

fast forward to now, and they've changed! ultralight? $200? what the heck?

i'm trying to go semi-ultralight with my gear. like everyone else, i'm looking for the best affordable deal on something that doesn't weigh much but still is better than sleeping on the ground. i'm not tough on gear, but don't want anything flimsy.

i really can't see spending more than $50, and i'd like a pad that weighs less than 2lbs. i still have a crappy solid foam thing i can roll out if nothing else.

i've seen some interesting deals at Next Adventure, but i'm not sure about their house brand.

suggestions? thanks

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Re: sleeping pads

Post by AlpenGlowHiker » July 30th, 2020, 5:32 am

It sounds like you're not too fond of the foam pads, so you'll have to go with an inflatable.

I'm not sure there is any reasonably priced inflatable; unless you're willing to go with a short pad, or if you're lucky enough to find one used.

I know that my reply was completely unhelpful. But from what I've seen there isn't many options as far as pricing goes.

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Re: sleeping pads

Post by retired jerry » July 30th, 2020, 6:02 am

yeah, foam pads are too uncomfortable to me

Therma-rest Pro Lite is $95. 1 pound 2 ounces. I sleep okay on that. Maybe catch it on sale or something?

Neo-air is more comfortable, 1 pound, $225, a little out of my price range, thicker and more comfortable than pro-lite

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Re: sleeping pads

Post by mjirving » July 31st, 2020, 3:00 am

The Neo Air X-Lite has kind of been the UL gold standard for many years. I had a 3/4 length one that weighed 8oz. After several years of not-great sleeping (it’s slippery and not that comfortable for me) I switched to the REI Flash (the less warm one of the two styles...the red one). It’s slightly heavier, but cheaper and very comfortable and not slippery. It’s a waffle-style pattern. I love it. It’s still not super cheap but pretty reasonable...a good item to get with one of the 20% REI coupons. It also packs up very small...almost as small as the neo air.


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Re: sleeping pads

Post by greenjello85 » August 2nd, 2020, 5:47 pm

They're expensive but I also recommend the therma-rest. Super comfy, easy to inflate, small, light. I've floated around the lake on it. Multipurpose :)

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