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ultra light small packing sleeping pad
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larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
ultra light small packing sleeping pad on 03/22/2006 19:40:38 MST Print View

A nod to the UK magazine Climb's march issue with an article on lightening a climber's load [with a link back here]
In a brief thought on ultra racers sleeping on bubble wrap they suggested this...the balloonbed, 100 grams and packs small. 19 pounds british.

Coin Page
(Page0018) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern USA
balloon bed on 03/23/2006 15:35:03 MST Print View


What a great web site. Great vidios! I'm tempted to order one today. Has anyone out there tried one?

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
I might order one on 03/23/2006 16:32:41 MST Print View

but I don't know how to pay - 18 pounds of what?

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
re: I might order one on 03/23/2006 16:34:48 MST Print View

...of Sterling, obviously! :)

Grant Sible
(grantsible) - F
balloon bed on 03/23/2006 16:42:47 MST Print View

I tried one, used it on very hard ground - air temp was about 30. It was reasonably comfortable actually. The upside obviously is the weight and the amount of "cushion". The downside is the need to use new balloons every night, having to carry enough of them for the entire trip plus extras, and some of them lost quite a bit of air over the course of the night. It took about 5 minutes to set up.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
sounds ideal for weekend/short trips on 03/23/2006 16:48:35 MST Print View

or basecamps maybe

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: balloon bed on 03/23/2006 21:36:46 MST Print View

I think Bill Fornshell talked about this in the past and even made his own.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Balloon Bed on 03/23/2006 21:52:09 MST Print View

Yes, I played with the Balloon Bed idea and made one back sometime back around the summer of 2004.
My Balloon Bed

The Balloon Bed grew into my HyperLight Poly Tube Air Mattress and then the Poly Tube Down Air Mattress.

Mark Verber did a good review on the
Balloon Bed

Edited by bfornshell on 03/23/2006 21:54:50 MST.

Scott Ashdown
(waterloggedwellies) - F

Locale: United Kingdom
Re: Balloon Bed on 04/13/2006 12:25:11 MDT Print View

Well, i've just ordered the BalloonBed over the internet from although after having placed my order, I found the same product marginally cheaper from - For the price, I couldn't be hassled with having to make my own etc. So, it will be interesting to see just how effective it really is. I'll post once i've been able to give it a go.