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Hideaki Terasawa
(trsw3) - M

Locale: Tokyo
Connected Pillow on 05/29/2007 16:51:19 MDT Print View

Using Montbell U.L. ComfortSystem Pillow.

RidgeRest, it's easy to punch using heated aluminium pipe.

Pillow wouldn't go away during sleeping.
Mat would be extended.
Of course FlexAir pillow will work well , too!

Edited by trsw3 on 05/29/2007 17:01:33 MDT.

David Stenberg
(dstenberg1) - F

Locale: South
Re: Connected Pillow on 05/29/2007 17:26:33 MDT Print View

Thank you for the idea and pictures.

I also have to say I have enjoyed your U.L. blog a lot!

Great work!

Edited by dstenberg1 on 05/29/2007 17:27:17 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Connected Pillow on 05/29/2007 19:55:19 MDT Print View

Very nice!

I too have a MontBell pillow, but I am too afraid to punch similar holes into the corners of my REI Lite Core self-inflating pad:

So for now, I've just taped some velcro...

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Ben, nice pad, but.. on 05/29/2007 20:09:36 MDT Print View

You could return that pad to REI and get the 120cm Montbell pad designed for your pillow; it is 5.3 ounces lighter, and $1 cheaper. mhuuu haaa haaa..(best evil laughter)
montbell ul 120

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Ben, nice pad, but.. on 05/29/2007 20:35:38 MDT Print View

Yeah, I know, I've looked into it before and it is tempting, but I also know that the 1-inch ProLite 3 is too uncomfortable for me -- and YOU were the one who confirmed that the MB pad felt similar to the ProLite 3 in the comfort department. So, no MB pad. Sigh.

Now, if anyone has punched holes in his or her REI Lite Core pad without mishap... please let me know. :)

Edited by ben2world on 05/29/2007 20:44:06 MDT.

Hideaki Terasawa
(trsw3) - M

Locale: Tokyo
Re: Re: Ben, nice pad, but.. on 05/29/2007 21:34:19 MDT Print View

Hi Ben-san,
You need only small hole for your pad. Tie clip's thread to your pad side, if width of punched hole fit it.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Connecting Pillow and Pad on 05/29/2007 22:13:06 MDT Print View

Thank you, Terasawa-san. I will look into this some more.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Ben.... uh... aren't you complicating things? on 05/30/2007 13:42:18 MDT Print View

Why not just use a tiny dab of epoxy... or gorilla glue... or... shoot, it doesn't have to be strong, us a bit of the glue they recommend for patching those self inflators... to stick a couple 1-2 inch loops of some Air Core (or some other similarly UL cord) to the the pad?

Better yet, I bet you you could use some... i don't know... 300 lb/test fishing line stuck through (using a sewing needle) the excess fabric on the edges...

Yes, adding loops technically adds weight, but I'd prefer that to risking wrecking my nice new pad... ;)

edit - just notice that you had mentioned using vecro :D

Edited by jdmitch on 05/30/2007 13:43:46 MDT.

Dondo .

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Ben, nice pad, but.. on 05/30/2007 18:07:59 MDT Print View

>>Now, if anyone has punched holes in his or her REI Lite Core pad without mishap... please let me know. :)

Ben, I haven't punched holes in the REI Lite Core but I have done it with my Thermarest Ultralight using an ordinary paper punch. It does a good job of holding the Montbell pillow and caused no damage. The paper punch I had on hand made smaller holes than I wanted, so I just carefully enlarged them a bit at a time. An easier way to do it is to just find a punch with the same diameter as the the holes in the Montbell pillow.

edit: just noticed that the Lite Core tapers at both ends. Better measure before punching.

Edited by Dondo on 05/30/2007 18:18:21 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Ben, nice pad, but.. on 05/30/2007 19:47:40 MDT Print View

Hi Ben, long time no talk!

Why not just stick on some strong adhesive tape, perhaps even duct tape, to the sleeping pad and put holes or grommets into the tape through which you could attach the pillow toggles?

Edited by butuki on 05/30/2007 19:48:10 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Werry werry interesting on 01/31/2008 12:23:15 MST Print View


Good idea for many pillow types, even pile-clad "pillow" stuff sacks. Sew strings & toggles to them and melt holes in the closed cell pad or sew loops on the Thermarest corners.


Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: Connected Pillow on 01/31/2008 17:49:49 MST Print View

Great Idea! I use flex aire pillows so I might try this with one of my foam winter pads. But, is there anything that could be used that's lighter than the plastic toggle, yet still removeable? Maybe a small plastic clip?