How to attach sleeping pad sections
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Eric Carlsen
(cooleric1234) - F
How to attach sleeping pad sections on 08/03/2006 15:27:48 MDT Print View

I'm looking at getting the Gossamer Gear NightLight Torso length pad. I like that one because it can be used as a frame in the Mariposa pack. The only problem is that I'm 6'5" and the torso length just isn't quite long enough for me. Then I noticed that they also sell a sit pad that is basically one more section. They also sell a 3/4 length pad but that doesn't work as a frame in the Mariposa pack.

So, I was wondering if there's someway to make a temporary attachment between the pads while I sleep. I was thinking of some sort of velcro at the end of a strap. I'm just not sure what to look for though. Is it called webbing? Also, how do I attach it to the pad, would superglue work, or would that damage the pad? Any thoughts?

Peter McDonough
(crazypete) - F

Locale: Above the Divided Line
Re: How to attach sleeping pad sections on 08/03/2006 15:33:11 MDT Print View

Punch 2 holes in the pad and the addendum about a foot and a half apart, thread AirCore or some lightweight cord through the holes and tie them together. If you leave the cord long enough you can also use it to tie up the pad.

Jason Smith
(JasonS) - MLife

Locale: Northeast
Converting Nightlight to Fold on 08/03/2006 17:30:29 MDT Print View

First. How I wish GG made a good foldable pad. Currently I am using the standard weight pad cut into 4 10.75 inch sections that line up when it folds. It makes a very nice backpanel for my ULA Conduit. I use nylon fabric store ribbon and 3m 90 spray adhesive. This has ripped off the pad in about 10 days of backpacking ripping off a thin layer of the foam. I think next time I may just try kite tape to attach the sections. I cut the sections a little too wide for the pack at 10.75 inches which makes the fit very tight. This probably has contributed to the seperation of the foam and ribbon.

If anyone has any better solutions I'd love to hear them.

PS. The Nightlight is made of a Eva-zote which can be thermoformed. I think you could make a template to thermoform the sections where you want them to bend. Just an idea.

J W
(jhaura) - F

Locale: www.Trailability.com
MYOG Folding Pad on 08/03/2006 17:33:26 MDT Print View

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/xdpy/forum_thread/3216/index.html?skip_to_post=23604#23604

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Converting Nightlight to Fold on 08/03/2006 18:09:01 MDT Print View

Jason,

Cut through the 'bumps', leaving the base 1/4" intact, as much as possible.

Sandra Warner
(Sam) - F

Locale: Near Portland, Oregon
Re: How to attach sleeping pad sections on 08/03/2006 21:09:18 MDT Print View

I have been using the torso pad but a little too short. I order the 3/4 length and thought I would experiment. I cut each section 1 1/2 inches longer than my torso pad making sure I didn't cut all the way through. It works! Folds very nicely and it's a little wider.