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Tyler Cockrell
(tylercockrell) - F
Sleeping Pad...Which Side UP?? on 08/30/2006 21:00:01 MDT Print View

I have a nightlight sleeping pad (this is a pad with egg crate pattern on one side and flat on one side) and I am wondering which is the best side to sleep on. It seems to me that the flat side is much more comfortable. But what about thermal qualities? What side do you use?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Sleeping Pad...Which Side UP?? on 08/30/2006 21:14:50 MDT Print View

The egg crate side should face up. Both the material and the air in between are supposed to help insulate you from the cold ground.

On the other hand, if it isn't cold, you can use whichever side is more comfortable to you.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Sleeping Pad...Which Side UP?? on 08/30/2006 21:36:57 MDT Print View

I've used a similar pad, the Mt. Washington pad, and was also more comfortable with the flat side facing up. Down to about 30F, either side facing up was warm enough for me.

Douglas Frick
(Otter) - MLife

Locale: Wyoming
Re: Sleeping Pad...Which Side UP?? on 08/30/2006 22:46:28 MDT Print View

I prefer the flat side up, too. I didn't notice a difference in insulation quality, but I did notice a difference in comfort.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Sleeping Pad...Which Side UP?? on 08/31/2006 04:24:40 MDT Print View

I prefer the flat side up, egg crate side down.

Edited by jshann on 08/31/2006 04:25:19 MDT.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
sleeping pad - which side up? on 08/31/2006 09:21:32 MDT Print View

Ditto. It's much more comfortable - and easier to move around on - with the flat side up.

For cold conditions, I would reverse that for reasons already listed.

WB

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
crate side down on 08/31/2006 09:23:56 MDT Print View

If you are in spindrift, fog, or rain crate side up
will fill with water or snow and you can't brush or
wipe it away.