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Philip Maynard
(Autoxfil) - F
Wide foam pad source? on 08/28/2010 07:10:33 MDT Print View

I am looking for a cheap foam pad in something wider than 20". 22-24 will work, and of course I can cut a wider one down.

The width is for my Virga - it carries best with a stiff foam pad like a blue Wal-Mart, but all the stiff foamies seem to come in 20" width. The load lifter straps are at 22" from the base of the pack on my medium, and getting more support up there would be great.

MEC has an extra-wide evazote pad, but it's ungodly heavy (27oz!!!), and pricey at $66. Gossamer Gear Thinlight pads look way too thin and soft to serve as much of a frame, although I could be wrong there.

The Ridgerest comes in a wide, but I'm not sure how the softer foam will carry.

Has anyone seen a 22"+ blue foamie anywhere?

I guess my next option is widening a Wal-Mart pad. Anyone know what they are made from? I wonder if a 2-part Plastic-Weld kit would bond it well enough...

Sergiy Sosnytskiy

Locale: Ukraine
Multimat Adventure XL Closed Cell Foam Mat on 08/28/2010 07:16:57 MDT Print View

Multimat Adventure XL Closed Cell Foam Mat seems to be about 22-23"

However, it can be too thick for using inside a pack.

Edited by ssv310 on 08/28/2010 07:21:24 MDT.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Wide foam pad source? on 08/28/2010 07:19:22 MDT Print View

Dammit, I have making links here. It's almost html, but I can't remember the little differences. ---> Alps Mountaineering Trail Foam Mat

Edited by leaftye on 08/28/2010 07:21:37 MDT.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Wide foam pad source? on 08/28/2010 07:24:33 MDT Print View

REI has them 24" wide in two sizes...

Regular Here


Long Here

LOL, it's not that hard, Eugene...

Edited by goosefeet on 08/28/2010 07:28:09 MDT.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Wide foam pad source? on 08/28/2010 07:43:52 MDT Print View

Steve has some options too...


Philip Maynard
(Autoxfil) - F
REI! on 08/28/2010 08:20:55 MDT Print View

Thanks, that REI pad looks like the same 3/8" foam Wal-Mart uses that I've come to love as a frame. Of course it's 3x the price at REI...

Interesting fact - it's super-grippy on snow. I tried to use it as a sled and it was no faster than glissading on my butt. Next time I'll glue a Wal-Mart pad to something slicker so I have two speeds to choose from.

Dan Montgomery
(theDanarchist) - F

Locale: Hampton Roads, VA
What if your Virga is a Long? on 08/28/2010 08:34:25 MDT Print View

Philip: I've gone through the same thing with my Virga, and it's two or three inches longer than the Regular. It was never a big issue, but it was enough to want to solve it.

I'm now using a Large NEoAir folded against the pack's panel, with maybe a puff of air inside. (I got the NeoAir for the luxe comfort, but the 25-inch width helped with rationalizing the purchase. It's working well, but you lose the advantage of a nice foam cylinder filling out and shaping the pack.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: Wide foam pad source? on 08/28/2010 08:34:43 MDT Print View


I PM'd you.

Try looking here for info on making an embedded link.

Sorry for the thread drift everyone. :-)

Party On,


john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
EVA Foam on 08/29/2010 16:47:09 MDT Print View

JRB has wide and short 26 x 40 inch 1/4 thick eva pads for under $10.


drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Re: Wide foam pad source? on 09/02/2010 21:59:32 MDT Print View

John, I didn't get your pm.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Re: Re: Wide foam pad source? on 09/02/2010 22:35:13 MDT Print View


Edited by ben2world on 09/02/2010 22:47:19 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
@ Eugene on 09/02/2010 22:40:29 MDT Print View


BPL has a very restrictive web address length -- and your Cabela's web address is way over the limit:

If you really want to embed, you have to do it in two steps:

1. Copy the above link.

2. Go to TinyURL and paste the link there to create a shorter equivalent. In this case, it's:

3. Now embed by typing it all out as below (do not copy and paste, but type it out):

<a href=">Cabelas</a>

Once you type the above, it will come out like this: Cabelas.

Hope this helps.

Edited by ben2world on 09/02/2010 22:53:32 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Wide foam pad source? on 09/02/2010 23:18:10 MDT Print View

Consult google or phone book for commercial supplier of PU and PE foams.


Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
foam padding on 09/03/2010 06:42:06 MDT Print View

Owareusa has some padding options and ideas.