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Cheap CCF vs. RidgeRest/ZRest (in terms of comfort)?
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David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
Cheap CCF vs. RidgeRest/ZRest (in terms of comfort)? on 05/05/2012 16:38:49 MDT Print View

Last week was the first time in a long while I've slept on CCF, and I (or rather, my back and hips) remembered why. Warm enough, but my 1" Prolite is a big step up in comfort. Unfortunately, when I got home I found two small cactus spines in the Prolite (which my daughter had used on the same trip). Easy enough to fix (although I never would have found the holes in the field) but maybe not so easy to avoid. We never slept near cactus, and she was pretty careful with the pad (which was in her pack) throughout the hike. So I can definitely see the advantage of a non-inflatable pad in that area in the future. I also preferred the CCF to an inflatable as a virtual pack frame.

I've never used a Ridgerest or Z-rest. In the experience of those who have, are they a step up in comfort from the cheaper CCF pads? The one I have isn't completely bare bones--it has a bumpy pattern on one side (~0.5" at peaks, 0.3" at troughs).

Like this:

CCf bumps

Edited by DavidDrake on 05/06/2012 14:30:28 MDT.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Cheap CCF vs. RidgeRest/ZRest (in terms of comfort)? on 05/05/2012 16:58:39 MDT Print View

I'll answer this the way you asked it :)

The Ridgerest is more comfortable given it's design. The others kill me.

It's inflatable or hammock for me, although I'm VERY envious of those who can use CCF.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re:comfort of ccf pads on 05/05/2012 17:18:38 MDT Print View

I use a nightlite personally, but they all seem equally uncomfortable to me. To absolutely guarantee a poor night's sleep, I also cut it down really, really small. Still, the simplicity and weight savings make it worth it for me.

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
Thanks on 05/05/2012 17:50:22 MDT Print View

Thanks, Todd and Ike. For most trips, I'm pretty sure I'm going back to inflatable. But the cost of the Ridgerest is reasonable enough I think I'll experiment with it, those times I need something puncture proof.

Ryan Nakahara
(kife42) - F

Locale: Hawaii
ridges on 05/05/2012 18:26:34 MDT Print View

to me the advantage of the ridgerest (other than incredible warmth) is that the condensation pools in the ridges during the night. instead of making my shirt damp, in the morning the water is on the pad and i just shake it off.

Jared Hopkins
Re: Cheap CCF vs. RidgeRest/ZRest (in terms of comfort)? on 05/06/2012 13:46:43 MDT Print View

I use a Ridge Rest, and I don't notice too much difference in comfort compared to CCF. I like the RidgeRest because it's easy to roll up part of it to use as a pillow. I also sleep with something under my knees (pack or such), which alleviates much of the discomfort on my lower back and bony prominences.

If anything, I'd vote the difference in comfort is subtle.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
RR on 05/06/2012 13:55:16 MDT Print View

I use a ridgerest. I would agree that the difference in comfort is probably close to none, however the smoother surface of the RR makes it monumentally easier to pack as an "internal frame", and is also not so sticky on my face or arms.

Having to attempt patching an inflatable in the field, particularly at night (when you would notice) has kept me away. And that weird bouncy feeling when you move around.