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James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Double wide sleeping pad? on 06/29/2013 00:48:11 MDT Print View

My wife and I are spending more time this summer camping ( yay!) , but we are struggling to find a solution to our sleeping pad dilemma. We've been using a zpacks double wide bag, which we both love, but our TAR pro light pads tend to slip apart in the night. We used to use big Agnes full length pads with pad straps but there was too much fiddle factor for us.

What are some light weight option for double wide sleeping pads? We would rather avoid CCF too.
Thanks,
James

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Double wide sleeping pad? on 06/29/2013 02:04:23 MDT Print View

I've got some heavy, self-inflating pads (for camping and boating) with Velcro on the edges. About three strips 4 inches long each. It works well. Maybe you could add that to your pads with fabric cement.

I used the straps for a pair of thermarests 25 years ago and the Velcro works better.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Double wide sleeping pad? on 06/29/2013 08:15:54 MDT Print View

Z Packs recommends these:

http://zpacks.com/materials.shtml#velcro

I would love to hear more about your quilt? What temp rating and have you pushed it near its limit?

James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Re: Re: Double wide sleeping pad? on 06/29/2013 10:24:56 MDT Print View

Thanks for the insight, I'll give those Velcro strips a try I think.

As for the zpacks double quilt: my wife and I haven't pushed it to its lower limits yet. It's a 20 degree 6' model. My wife is 5'6" and I'm 6'1" and it works well for us. We have had it down to near freezing and we were comfortable then. I tend to sleep warm and the misses likes that when its cold ;)
Thanks,
James

Ben Smith
(bsmith_90) - F - M

Locale: Epping Forest
double wide sleeping pad on 06/29/2013 16:07:08 MDT Print View

Lots of UK family camping brands have brought out some double wide SI pads in the last few years. They're often on the heavy side but if you're looking at "car camping" with it then that's not a problem.
Examples come from
Vango: https://www.vango.co.uk/sleep-mats/adventure-double-/-3cm.html
and Gelert: http://www.gelert.com/products/xpedition_double_mattress

I was looking for an alternative to attaching mats and I struggled to find anything light without going for CCF. I believe multimat do some sort of CCF designed to be a sort of footprint of a 2 man tent as overall insulation which could work but as you said, CCF isn't preferable to most.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
double wide sleeping pad on 06/29/2013 17:15:37 MDT Print View

At least 4 manufacturers offer double wide inflatable pads:

KELTY double wide Basecamp pad

ALPS MOUNTAINEERING lightweight series Double

OUTBOUND EQUIPMENT doublewide Rest

BIG AGNES Hinman double Wide
------50 x 78 x 2.5 inches
------R = 7.2
------weight 9 lbs 1 oz.
------$200 USD

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Double wide sleeping pad? on 06/29/2013 17:19:27 MDT Print View

Exped has a "strap" solution but with a way to keep the mats closer together :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqisAhf4rP8
(easy to replicate)

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: Double wide sleeping pad? on 07/01/2013 17:09:28 MDT Print View

“What are some light weight option for double wide sleeping pads? “

I used the Thermarest Universal Couple Kit. However, I see today it has buckles. Mine does not. Mine is like a ribbon sewn in the center to form a figure 8. I have two of these. Then the each pad would go in its corresponding figure-8 loop; one at the foot end; the other at the head end. And it works great.

But anyway, lately I’ve gotten lazy. I use a 1oz 14”x14” cupboard lining material. It is very grabby. We center our mats on that square and it holds pretty good on level ground.

-Barry