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John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Something that seems new and just different enough to be worth a look see ;-) on 06/03/2013 04:52:46 MDT Print View

My son saw this and passed it on to his dear old hiker Dad.

I have no involvement with this project other than being an interested onlooker and possible customer if and when this product makes it to market.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1484284472/windcatcher-inflates-in-seconds-with-no-power-or-p

Questions that the video brings to mind are...

...how much will the product cost, how much does it weigh and the durability of the pad material.

The placement of the "scat" next to the regular style of inflation valve was a cute idea. LOL

I can see where it would be an advantage for some but in my case the sleeping pad that I use goes inside of my "floored" Lightheart Gear Solo tent and my hiking shoes stay outside.

Has anyone seen this video before? Maybe some of us have backed this project.

I like the physics angle of the air "entrainment" used to inflate the pad. ;-)

Party On,

Newton

scree ride
(scree)
Cool link on 06/03/2013 05:33:57 MDT Print View

Cool innovation.
A little high priced for unproven technology when brands like Exped sell a similar sized pump that's even more "sanitary". It may well have it's virtues, they're just not bringing up the ones that I'm interested in such as weight, R-value, or durability of the valve. Besides, if I'm gonna lay on the porch, I'll use a chair. Not strong selling points.
It may just be a case of finding their place. Easier to do if the product is out there where other innovators get a shot at it. Kickstarter is great for that.
Good find.

J R
(JRinGeorgia) - F
instaflator on 06/03/2013 05:34:22 MDT Print View

99ยข instaflator will inflate the same way. Without knowing more about the pad, I would prefer to select a pad for its features and a method of inflation separately. My guess is that this pad would not compare well to a NeoAir or Exped in terms of weight, R-value, comfort, etc.

Greg Pehrson
(GregPehrson) - MLife

Locale: playa del caballo blanco
Re: Something that seems new and just different enough to be worth a look see ;-) on 06/03/2013 05:50:07 MDT Print View

If you scroll down below the video, they have some specs listed:
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Material: 75D Ripstop Polyester internally laminated with Polyurethane
Inflated Size: 20 x 72 x 3.25 inches
Pack-up Size: 9 x 3.5 inches
Weight: 24 oz/ 1.5 lbs (Final pad may be a few ounces lighter or heavier-- see manufacturing section below)
R-Value: 1

Additional Features

Quick Pack: Air Pad can be rolled up and secured with Velcro straps
Conventional Valve: For releasing air to adjust comfort (fullness)
Extras Included: Stuff sack and repair kit
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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Something that seems new and just different enough to be worth a look see ;-) on 06/03/2013 06:12:40 MDT Print View

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