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Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
best sleeping pad for: on 03/09/2008 08:05:43 MDT Print View

suggestions please?

what is the best sleeping pad for:
- use as a frameless pack (smd essence)
- comfort in cooler temps (not past freezing)
-weight (don't need full length - just 3/4 is ok)
-price

the gear reviews on this site do not provide enough info on this issue. Comments are appreciated. Currently, I use a therarest but want to go lighter and also need the pack support.

Joshua Knapp
(Joshjknapp) - F

Locale: Northern Mn, Superior Hiking Trail
Best sleeping Pad on 03/09/2008 08:32:12 MDT Print View

I use a combo of the Gossamer gear 1/8" thin light and the G.G. Nightlight torso pad. This combo is warm, offers full insulation from the ground, is relatively comfortable, and offers good pack support. The total weight of this combo is about 5.5 - 6 oz. The total cost is about $30 dollars. I know this is a popular setup for quit a few people.

Ernie Elkins
(EarthDweller)

Locale: North Carolina
Re: best sleeping pad for: on 03/09/2008 10:32:32 MDT Print View

I don't sleep well on closed cell pads alone, so here are some lightweight options that have worked for me:

1. If you like your Therm-a-Rest, take a look at MontBell's line of self-inflating pads. You can add a closed cell pad for a little extra softness, or, like me, add a dual foam mat for pure luxury. My UL 90 and judiciously trimmed foam mat add up to a total of about 18 ounces.

2. Combine a thin closed cell foam pad (like the Gossamer Gear ThinLight) with a lightweight air mattress like BA's new Clearview. The combination offers insulation, pack structure, and a very comfortable night's sleep at a minimal weight penalty (16-18 ounces).

Of course, both of these options are quite a bit heavier and more expensive than Joshua's Gossamer Gear pad combo.

Edited by EarthDweller on 03/09/2008 10:40:36 MDT.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F - M

Locale: British Columbia
Sleeping Pad Options... on 03/09/2008 11:35:09 MDT Print View

I carry a Zotefoams Blue Foam Bum Pad (2.5 oz) that can be used in a frameless pack and goes under my legs when sleeping on my torso length pad. If you use this for pack structure you can still buy a torso length inflatable for comfort. Obviously, it's also a nice insulated seat pad that can be trimmed to fit your purpose.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Sleeping Pad Options... on 03/09/2008 19:59:13 MDT Print View

Rob, I use the SMD Essence with a GG Nightlite Torso length - plenty of frame up to about 20 lbs. I throw a 1/8 GG thinlite underneath for summer temps. If you need more cushion, try the montbell infatable and then throw the torso Nightlite under your legs when you sleep.

Edited by Steve_Evans on 03/09/2008 20:00:24 MDT.

Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
sleepping pad suggestions on 03/10/2008 06:51:14 MDT Print View

thanks all - I know where to look now.