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SLEEPING PAD SUGGESTIONS
What do you like for balance between weight, cost, comfort, and durability ?
I have a few Thermarest pads, big one from the 90's, a more lighter and shaped newer one. I also have a Kryptec static V pad that I like. I tried a thicker pad, it was horrible but it was an off brand.
That's Klymit Static V pad
For serious back packing?
Therm-a-rest Neoair Xtherm if we're talking backpacking.
For what? Time of year, terrain, expected weather, base camp, bivouac, # of days, your tolerance? No one size fits all.
My klymit static v has taken ridiculous abuse for about 6 years now. Just came back from Alaska where it was 13° as a low. It never even needed to be blown up a second time on an 8 day hunt. I'm impressed. I'm not easy on my gear either
Thermarest Neo Air XTHERM is best of all worlds for me and fit all of your categories Grant.
When it comes to my pad I don’t care about price. I’m a side sleeper and I need my sleep. Exped Dura 8. Also the highest R value on the market.
NeoAir Xtherm for me as well, I have several, and any kind of serious backpack hunt that is the one I take!
Like Ambush asked backpacking or main camp where weight does not matter?
Backpacking thermarest neoair. Main camp cabelas camp pad, foam. Big and bulky but VERY warm and comfortable.
Recently got a Nemo inflating sleeping pad. I am now sold on inflatables. I toss and turn on a good day but this is way comfortable. Even sleeping on your side. It's a bit heavier than some foam pads but it takes up way less room. Comfort gained and real estate saved is worth the weight.
Check out outdoorgearlab .com. always a great place for gear re reviews imo
I’ve owned and seen a bunch.
First, get a rated pad….one with a high R value in the 4-5 range minimum. This is especially when paired with a down bag. If its not rated- pass.
Some manufacturers have had a high failure rate- like the BA inflatables.
The best I’ve seen- and own- are a high R value made by Thermarest or Xped
neo air xlite. although I recommend the wide, larger size, no matter how tall you are. Worth the few ounces more.
I took a page from the guys that do a long hunt in Alaska with days spent in the tent from bad weather. I started with a Helinox Cot and paired it with a Big Agnes Q-Core insulated pad. That cot can fit in a 2 man tent and is small and Light weight. Nice thing about the pad is that is design keeps you centered on the pad. I am a side sleeper and can make it all night without sore hips.