GG 1/8 "Thinlight "pillow"
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Patricia Combee
(Trailfrog) - F

Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call
GG 1/8 "Thinlight "pillow" on 04/20/2008 16:13:07 MDT Print View

Came up with this as a way to recycle a 1/8", well-used Thinlight pad.  I cut a strip about 8 to 10 inches wide and around 16 to 20 inches long (you make the pillow custom for you).  Fold it in half & mostly close the 2 long sides (I used strips of Gorilla Tape). I cut slits about mid-way through the open end and reinforced with Gorilla Tape.  I used one of the toggle type pad connectors that came with my Montbell UL90 pad inserted through the slits as a closure for the open end. Stuff with extra clothes. My custom pillow, about 8 x 10, weighs 1 ounce. It adds insulation, is non-skid, rolls up small, feels way better than nylon and recycles something I might have thrown away.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

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Re: GG 1/8 "Thinlight "pillow" on 04/20/2008 19:26:12 MDT Print View

Sounds really cool, can you post a picture of it? I'm serious, I have a pad that I could do the same to. I have a Montbell pad and would like to do what you've done but enable it to connect to the pad like the Montbell pillow does (which weighs 2.5 ounces -- your method saves 1.5 ounces)

Patricia Combee
(Trailfrog) - F

Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call
Pictures of Pillow soon on 05/03/2008 17:30:50 MDT Print View

Sorry for the delay. Aah spring is in the air.
My Montbell pad has a compression type strap for rolling it up (which I never use for that purpose), but it also works for holding the pillow in place. I actually take the GG sit pad from my Mariposa and attach it to the compression strap and put my pillow on top, along with a cut down GG torso pad for lower legs and feet, this make a full length sleep system for under 14 ounces, although I am kinda short, which is sometimes a good thing!. I will try to get a picture this weekend. My home-job is pretty rough, but functional. I think using lighter tape would work okay. I just happened to have a small roll of Gorilla tape on hand. The cool part of home made gear is total personal customization, so you should be able to make your pad to work with the Montbell.

Edited by Trailfrog on 05/03/2008 17:32:54 MDT.

Patricia Combee
(Trailfrog) - F

Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call
Pictures of Thinlight pillow on 05/04/2008 18:16:02 MDT Print View

These are a few of the picture of my pillow. I wrap and clip the compression strap of the Montbell UL90 pad around the pillow to hold it in place. I have used the little Montbell pad connector toggle as a closure for the pillow (I reinforced the holes I cut with Gorilla Tape) and taped up the sides, My pillow measures 10" x 12", but can be customize for anyones needs. I used a down jacket for the "stuffing", but I usually use my extra clothes, since I usually have my jacket on at night.This one give scale to the pillowThis pic shows the pillow and the compression strapThis picture shows the toggle closureThis picture shows how I taped up the sides, also taped one end the same way

I hope these images are decent. This is a pretty easy project, and used a pretty distorted Thinlight pad. I can't say how long the pillow will last, but so far, so good.