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sleeping pad as frame?
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Stephen Nelson
(stephenn6289) - F

Locale: Sunshine State
sleeping pad as frame? on 01/26/2007 19:52:33 MST Print View

I am wondering how to use a sleeping pad to make a frame. I have a torso sized Gossamer Gear highlight Evzote pad that fits perfectly into my Jam2. Some of the gear reviews for this pad ,notably Dr.J's, state that it is not durable enough for this task. I recently ordered a 3/8" evazote thinlight pad by Gossamer Gear, but have not received it yet. I had planned on doing a cylinder type frame effect with it. What is the best type of pad to use for this purpose?

Thomas Knighton
(Tomcat1066) - F

Locale: Southwest GA
Re: sleeping pad as frame? on 01/26/2007 20:24:43 MST Print View

I can't tell you what will work best, but I CAN tell you that a full-length Ridge Rest won't work worth a snot. It eats up so much pack space that you don't have any room left over for little things. You know, the luxuries like food and water.

Nothing important though ;)


Matthew LaPatka
(gungadin) - M

Locale: Pittsburgh, PA
Re: sleeping pad as frame? on 01/26/2007 20:30:16 MST Print View

I have used the Nightlite torso for a frame in my FF Thompson Peak, and it has worked well. It provides a solid frame and while it wouldn't stand up for hundred and hundreds of miles, it would do the job for plenty of miles and for the majority of users. Mine is getting pretty worn, but it has seen a lot of use. Plus it is pretty cheap so replacing it is not a huge deal. I wouldn't abandon it as an idea unless you plan on taking a very big mile trip.

Stephen Nelson
(stephenn6289) - F

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Re: sleeping pad as frame? on 01/26/2007 20:59:27 MST Print View

thanks, both of you, that's what I was hoping to hear Mattew. I'm glad to hear taht it wasn't shreded and torn after only a few uses.

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: Re: Re: sleeping pad as frame? on 01/26/2007 21:58:58 MST Print View

I also use a GG NightLight as a frame for my MLD Prophet 30 pack (and also often rested on the "shelf" of my LuxuryLite external frame pack).

It has held up quite well. The MLD pack holds it in place with a bungee cord, and the cord has ripped into the pad a bit, but the wounds haven't progressed much it all in a year of use. I expect at least another year out of it.

(dealtoyo) - F

Locale: Mt Hood
Re: sleeping pad as frame? on 01/27/2007 03:34:17 MST Print View

I agree with Matthew, the GG pad should hold up just fine. One of my older systems was a combination Golite Jam and Thermarest Ridgerest cut in half (20"x36" after it was cut in half). The pad weighed 7 oz and was large enough to insulate my torso (shoulders to rear end), the pack was placed under my legs for inslulation. The pad could be further trimmed down to 6 oz by cutting off areas that your body does not cover.

With the half length pad placed into the pack in a cylinder type manner, there is plenty of room for gear and food. The pad when placed in the pack will make a very nice and study tube with almost no overlap (maybe 1/2" overlap at only the top 6" of the pack).