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Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
How do you pack your Xtherm? on 01/05/2013 06:16:06 MST Print View

I bought one because I'm a cold sleeper but have only used it so far for car camping, since I use a hammock for backpacking trips. But this summer I will have a couple of trips where I'll use the Solomid hence the pad. One thing I've noticed (and admittedly I haven't experimented much yet) is that it's a bit hard to pack down. It can be rolled as it came(basically folded lengthwise in thirds and rolled) which takes a bit of time and seems rather bulky....anyone found a better way?

Thanks in advance!

Andrew DiMicelli
In on 01/05/2013 07:12:55 MST Print View

Would like to know as well

Mark Andrews
(buldogge) - F

Locale: Midwest
Slight Variation... on 01/05/2013 07:28:54 MST Print View

Folded in 1/2 only and then rolled (size L)...use a longer/narrower stuff sack (13")...stick it in the front pocket next to my tent (TT Notch, 16" stuff sack).

This is on a NeoAir All Season, but same principle...FWIW.

-Mark in St. Louis

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Slight Variation... on 01/05/2013 07:45:12 MST Print View

I used an XLite all summer, but recently switched to the XTherm during the Eddie Bauer Black Friday sale. In both cases, I have simply folded it in thirds and rolled it up, similar to how it came from the factory. I had no problems with that in the field.

I have started using my Instaflator as a stuff sack, so I might try rolling it without the folds, but it is more difficult when doing so to get all the air out of the pad, leaving it a little bulkier than when folded in thirds. Not that I couldn't get the hang of that either, just one reason I haven't done that regularly.

Robert Burke
(coastiebob) - MLife

Locale: Wishing I was Backpacking
XTherm on 01/05/2013 10:18:41 MST Print View

As it is waterproof, I see no need for a stuff sack. I simply roll it up in thirds like Clayton and then put a rubber band around it. As it has no stuff sack for protection, I am careful where/how I put it in my pack. Of course, I try to be gentle on all of my gear within reason....

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
re: stuff sacks for the NeoAirs on 01/05/2013 10:36:27 MST Print View

When I used the XLite, I did keep it in a stuff sack for the sake of protecting the lighter 30D fabric from abrasion. The XTherm has a 70D bottom, so as long as you roll it up with the bottom on the outside, there should be little worry about that.

I still store it in the Instaflator partly through habit and partly because if it's there, why not add an extra layer of protection. It also makes the Instaflator easier to find when setting up camp.

Benjamin Moryson
(hrXXL) - MLife

Locale: Germany
both works on 01/05/2013 14:41:05 MST Print View

He I also have a XTherm in regular and I tried both. I folded the mat in the 1/2 and in 1/3 and rolled it. Both solutions are excellent.

Robert Burke
(coastiebob) - MLife

Locale: Wishing I was Backpacking
InstaFlator on 01/05/2013 20:31:20 MST Print View

I am full of hot air so I use my lungs as an instaflator. Inflation time is the only peace and quiet some folks get ;)