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Winter pad setup... will it work in 0F?
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Doug Smith
(Jedi5150) - F

Locale: Central CA
20*? on 03/02/2012 21:17:57 MST Print View

Sorry for the slight thread hijack, but it's along the exact same lines...all this talk of sleeping pads in cold weather has me worried. I tend to sleep very cold. I've got an upcoming trip and I'll be sleeping on snow (in a tent), and the nightime temps are expected to be in the 19-22* F range. I was planning on stacking my two current pads, both Thermarests. A Ridgerest (closed cell foam), and a standard Thermarest inflatable.

Will these two do the trick?

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: 20*? on 03/02/2012 22:10:34 MST Print View

That is a classic combination that has worked well for many, including myself.

Doug Smith
(Jedi5150) - F

Locale: Central CA
Re: Re: 20*? on 03/03/2012 02:49:14 MST Print View

Excellent! Thanks Paul.

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 03/03/2012 07:17:40 MST Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 05/28/2012 17:36:39 MDT.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
X-lite on 09/22/2012 15:31:37 MDT Print View

I think the x lite short or regular + a 1/8 inch foam pad is a very veritable and fairly compact setup.

You can use the 1/8th in pad for structure in your pack then have a 6.1 oz inflatable.

For a better r value add in a ridgerest solite they are very very warm. But really really bulky.

wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Why undercalculate in the winter? on 11/17/2014 18:01:44 MST Print View

I was overnight Saturday in 18F weather with a Thermarest Solite and an Exped Synmat 9. They were quite sufficient as I expected they would be. The Solite is a little bulky but ties easily to any pack.

Call me crazy but I don't get why anyone would flirt with being cold all night long to save a few ounces or bucks. That notion is absolutely foreign to me.

If you miscalculate, you're going to have a miserable best.

Dan Goggins
(hjuan99) - MLife

Locale: Mountain West
Mixing of pads.... on 11/22/2014 22:36:37 MST Print View

Ok, I have several pads that I can make a combo out of ...not sure which combinations are overkill or not.

New to winter camping, but have plenty of 3 season gear to make some combos happen.

Lets trip with a low of 0f, and another with a low of 20, both sleeping on snow, with a bivy.

Foam Pads
1/8" Lawson foam pad
Ridgerest solite (full regular length and also a 3/4 length)

Inflatable pads
Exped synmat UL 7
Thermarest Xtherm

So...any suggestions for combos that are appropriate or just mix whatever I want here? Also, I've seen it go both ways....with foam pad on bottom of the inflatable, or on top? Both inside the bivy, or one out or ?

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: Mixing of pads.... on 11/23/2014 10:03:58 MST Print View

The Solite with either inflatable would do fine.
I use a full length Solite with an Exped Downmathe UL 7 normally, but
do remember a trip where I used a Solite
with a synmat ul7 and I was fine at -10f.

Bob Moulder
(bobmny10562) - M

Locale: Westchester County, NY
Re: Re: Mixing of pads.... on 11/23/2014 18:47:03 MST Print View

Stephen, was your Solite on top of or beneath the air mattress?

Dan Goggins
(hjuan99) - MLife

Locale: Mountain West
ditto on 11/23/2014 18:49:11 MST Print View

Ditto on the top/bottom question, but also, I would assume the 1/8" paired with the xtherm would be about the same rvalue as the solite/synmat combo, correct? The xtherm combo would be lighter overall but as a longtime synmat fan I bet the synmat would be more comfortable...(and quieter)

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: ditto on 11/23/2014 19:56:44 MST Print View


The Solite was on the bottom, I find it more
comfortable that way.


I have not used the Xtherm, but used an original
Neoair for a long while and always ended up coming off it at some stage,
Since using the synmat and downmat it's no issue.