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Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/14/2011 12:33:09 MST Print View

I'll probably lose my 'man card' on this one, but here goes...Is there any other guys out there that think the weight, size, and R-Rating for the womens Prolite sleeping pad are a good fit for them. The 66" inch length is right where I want it to be for a pad. The weight is only 16 ozs. and it is more comfortable, (IMO), than a Z-Rest or closed cell pad. I think Thermarest ought to re-think their marketing on this one and make it more gender neutral. I know they put more insulation where women need it in the pad, but I like warm feet too, I'm just saying...

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/14/2011 12:40:55 MST Print View

Wuss ;)

edit- I guess I'll answer instead of just comment... I agree- the womens trail pro and comfort series look nice too

Edited by WoodenWizard on 02/14/2011 12:41:55 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/14/2011 14:24:16 MST Print View

I had seriously considered the women's version at one point, but I went with a KookaBay instead.

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/14/2011 14:37:03 MST Print View

Travis, Thanks for the suggestion, but I have looked at that option once, and am no longer looking at that option. I don't want to open this up to a KookaBay discussion, I've said my piece on that in another thread. Thank you for the advice on that anyways though! At least there was one other guy at least looking at the ProLite option...that's mildy comforting!

Jeff - Wuss??? I haven't bought it yet, come on man! :)

Edited by rp3957 on 02/15/2011 09:09:49 MST.

Tyler Barcelli
(youngster) - M

Locale: Southeast
Sleeping Pad on 02/14/2011 17:21:52 MST Print View

I am a very cold sleeper so I need some extra insulation and I agree that the Women's Prolite does look appealing. If they didn't only come in purple I would probably own one by now and I'm probably going to buy one anyway. I mean who cares about the color right?

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/14/2011 17:43:10 MST Print View

Tyler - Yeah I'm to the point of not caring about the color myself. It get's covered up by a 'manly' sleeping bag anyways! Maybe I can tye dye it in some kind of crazy camo colors!

Mina Loomis
(elmvine) - MLife

Locale: Central Texas
It's OK, really on 02/14/2011 21:33:07 MST Print View

Um, really, don't worry about it. Get the pad you like. Even if it's purple. How's that going to hurt you?

I work part time at an REI in the camping department, and believe me, a bunch of guys get the women's prolite for just the reasons you mention--they like the size, the r-value, and, especially, that it has fewer holes and more foam, and is consequently more comfortable for them. I reassure them regularly. They laugh and buy it.

I myself am a Ridgerest person but I seem to be a minority.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
The Color of Purple on 02/14/2011 22:52:26 MST Print View

" I mean who cares about the color right?"

Absolutely right. Still, I just can't get over the bright red color of the Western Mountaineering Summerlite bag -- even though everything else about it is top notch... Just something about that red color...

But back to topic -- our very own Franco owns a lady's model Prolite in hot pink and loves it. So there. :)

Edited by ben2world on 02/14/2011 22:54:03 MST.

Ryan Slack
(RWSlack) - F - M

Locale: Minnesota
yup on 02/15/2011 08:10:06 MST Print View

Proud women's prolite 4 owner. Hot pink and all.

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/15/2011 09:08:16 MST Print View

All right! I won't be the only guy on the planet sporting a purple sleeping pad!! Thanks for all of the replies.....and I know I'm a grown man and shouldn't worry about what other people think, I just wanted some 'back-up' when my hiking buddies start bringing out the 'wearing of the skirt' jokes!

Ben - Yeah, my Summerlight colors will go swell with it!

Edited by rp3957 on 02/15/2011 09:10:49 MST.

Tyler Barcelli
(youngster) - M

Locale: Southeast
Matching Colors on 02/15/2011 09:37:49 MST Print View

Robert - Actually the purple color may compliment the color of the WM Highlite you sold me so it looks like I will be in all purple :)

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/15/2011 11:22:12 MST Print View

Tyler - I'm cracking up, I totally forgot about you buying the Highlight from me! Your right, they're a perfect match. Maybe I sold it too soon!!

To those of you that are using the womens Prolite...How do you like it overall? I have only checked it out in the store, and it seems to support much better than my Z-Rest and Ridgerest. How is it's 2.8 advertised r-rating, in your opinions?

Edited by rp3957 on 02/15/2011 11:44:49 MST.

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/15/2011 20:11:32 MST Print View

I am looking for some input on whether folks agree with the advertised r-value of this pad. If anyone has some experience with this pad, ie comfort, durability ect., it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/19/2011 08:54:06 MST Print View

Anyone else out there using a womens Prolite sleeping pad? I am looking at a few reviews on r-rating, comfort, durability ect. any info would help, Thanks.

Mina Loomis
(elmvine) - MLife

Locale: Central Texas
reviews on 02/19/2011 09:12:44 MST Print View

I am, as noted above, a Ridgerest person, so I don't have personal experience with the Prolite pads. But there are several reviews up at rei.com. Plug in Item #780990 to the search field on rei.com, and on the product page select the Reviews tab.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/19/2011 09:17:22 MST Print View

Roger just did an article about Prolite, check it out

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/19/2011 09:22:42 MST Print View

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/therm-a-rest_prolite_3_air_mat_product_review.html

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/19/2011 09:44:59 MST Print View

I have read the review here on the Prolite and it was well done. I am looking at a the womens version of the Prolite that has a higher r-value, a 66" length, ect. I have had really good luck with Thermarests durability in the past, so I suspect that shouldn't be an issue. I was more curious if anyone noticed a difference in the r-value rating as advertised.

Mina- Thanks again! I have read the REI ratings and they were useful. I'm really looking to get a guys perspective, particularly on r- rating and size. FYI, my earlier comments on color and the 'ribbing' I would get from my buddies was tounge-in-cheek, I'm really not THAT concerned about the plum color! ;)

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Odd Sleeping Pad Question on 02/19/2011 10:00:30 MST Print View

I don't think the difference in R value is noticeable

The only way to see difference is to measure it with lab equipment

But that's just my opinion - you'de have to set up a controlled experiment to verify : )