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Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
favorite UL closed cell pad? on 08/27/2013 12:07:24 MDT Print View

Sooo.what is it? Where can it be purchased?

James Couch

Locale: Cascade Mountains
Evazote on 08/27/2013 12:53:56 MDT Print View

I have used the Zotefoams Evazote yellow pads for years. Referred to by climbers as hardman; pads, they are much more durable than the regular blue foam pads and have a slightly better r value. I get mine from MEC in Canada.

Edited by JBC on 08/27/2013 12:54:48 MDT.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: favorite UL closed cell pad? on 08/27/2013 13:01:54 MDT Print View


Kevin Schneringer
(Slammer) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
LAwson Outdoor Equipment on 08/27/2013 13:06:35 MDT Print View

Lawson has 4 different choices of thickness all priced right

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
UL?? on 08/27/2013 14:29:29 MDT Print View

I like my Thermarest Ridgerest full length for supplementing my TR Trail Pro in deep winter.

But what DOES constitute a "UL" closed cell mattress??

Stephen Murphy
(sjtm) - F
Lawson Kline on 08/27/2013 14:46:39 MDT Print View

I bought a 1/8" 20" x 60" Thinlite pad from Gossamer Gear and a 1/8" x 24"x 74" eva Insulite pad from Lawson Kline. The GG pad was listed as 2.4-2.8 oz but actually weighed 4.3 oz. The LK pad was listed at 4.0 oz and weighed that on the nose. I then cut the LK pad down to the same size as the GG pad and it weighed 2.7oz.

I emailed GG about the weight discrepancy but never got a reply. I use the folded pad as back support in my GG Gorilla and under my Neoair X-lite to protect it from punctures. Very happy with the Lawson Kline. GG pad is in the closet.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
foam pad on 08/27/2013 14:47:45 MDT Print View

I started out using flat foam pads...
then thin air mattress...
then back to foam pads...
then ridge rest.. which was MUCH more comfortable than flat foam...
then Thermarest egg-crate which seemed MUCH more comfortable than the ridge rest..
currently I use the egg-crate sold by Gossamer Gear... it's the most comfortable foam pad I have ever used... but the 3 panel one they sell is a bit short so I ordered and added an extra panel... duct tape sticks REALLY good to this foam pad.

Bill D

Richard May
(richardmay) - M

Locale: Swamplands.
Re: UL?? on 08/27/2013 14:53:16 MDT Print View

"But what DOES constitute a "UL" closed cell mattress??"

By the numbers it's part of the sleep system, which should be under 2lb.

I like my ridge-rest too. BUT I've never used anything else. I'm kinda lanky so it's fine, I've considered a 1/8 pad just to see what the noise is about (and to see what SUL is like).

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 08/27/2013 15:18:29 MDT Print View

The Ridgerest has the best technology especially with the reflective solar coating.

And E
(LunchANDYnner) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Lawson on 08/28/2013 08:01:20 MDT Print View

Lawson has some great pads at a great price. Also, DIY Gear Supply now has pads as well sold by the inch. 30" width and $0.36 per linear inch for 1/8" & $0.48 for 1/4" so you can buy exactly what you need but can get pricey.

Edited by LunchANDYnner on 08/28/2013 08:55:33 MDT.

Sean Nordeen
(Miner) - F

Locale: SoCAL
GG on 08/28/2013 08:31:40 MDT Print View

Since 2007, I've been using a GG Nightlite Torso pad and their 1/8" Thinpad (never had one weight 4oz though). I've found it comfortable as long as I'm not sleeping on small rocks and other stuff that is thicker then this pad can compress. The Torso pad I replace twice a year, the thinpad I keep until its lost too many chunks from brush and downtrees while strapped to my backpack.

I know a guy who likes to make a torso pad out of his Ridgerest by cutting a nice brand new one up.

Richard Fischel
nunatak luna pad on 08/28/2013 11:43:23 MDT Print View

i like the nunatak luna pad. great by itself if it isn't too cold or layered under a torso length pad. i'm guessing my cut down version weighs somewhere south of 10 oz. just be sure you include nunatak when you search for luna pad on goggle.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
numbers on 08/28/2013 12:04:34 MDT Print View

i posted this up a few years ago ... as you can see at the time the RR solar was the most "efficient" insulator in terms of weight

its a myth that the mec yellow pads are "warmer" than the blue ones for the weight ... they just come in more options

you can update the figures with the latest SOL zlite yourselves


the mec blue standard 9.25 oz / yd if my math is correct ... for an R value of 1.36 .. R per oz/yd of 0.146

the mec yellow standard 13.75 oz / yd if my math is correct ... for an R value of 1.6 .. R per oz/yd of 0.116

the yellow thermalest zlite is 12.93 oz / yd 2 ... for an R value of 2.2 ... giving and R per oz/yd of 0.17

the RR Solar is 17 oz / yd 2 ... for an R value of 3.6 ... giving and R per oz/yd of 0.21

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
The gram-weenie crowd considers Saranwrap a "pad" on 08/28/2013 12:22:10 MDT Print View

There's no magic I'm aware of that will make the R-value of a 1/4" evazote pad equal the R-value of 1/2" thick Walmart Blue foam pad. So it helps to bear in mind that sleep comfort degrades quickly when you are lying on some wimpy "ultra-light" pad.

Therma-rest Z-Lite is the minimum I use.

David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
density of foam- warmth vs durability on 08/28/2013 12:30:48 MDT Print View

The denser the pad, the more durable but heavier. A denser pad also may be warmer under compression. Different foams have slightly different R values and tear strengths for the same density. It isn't much tho between quality foam sleeping pads. Thinner pads need to be denser to be tear resistant enough to avoid damage just by rolling over and packing etc.

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
gossamear gear egg crate foam on 08/28/2013 13:13:10 MDT Print View

The 3 panel egg crate foam does this fold up? Would this pad work with my ULA CDT pack? Is it bulky? I currently use a small thermarest neoair..weighs 9 ounces. If I could shave a few ounces using the GG foam pad I would Deffinatly try it out. But if its too bulky then I wouldn't bother. I also like to keep everything in my pack, so Strapping it to the top, bottom or back of my pack(outside) is a no no.

James Couch

Locale: Cascade Mountains
Re: numbers on 08/28/2013 13:40:55 MDT Print View

You are correct Eric. The Evazote pads are slightly heavier, slightly higher R value, but MUCH more durable in my experience. I know a lot of folks here aer into the lightest possible, but for me, sustainability and durability are important as well. I have found the yellow pads much more tear resistant and durable. Mine (I have the thin 'bivy' pad and the standard thickness pad)are both well used and well over 20 years old.

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: favorite UL closed cell pad? on 08/28/2013 20:19:27 MDT Print View

GG torso lite & my BP under my legs.

I have also cut down a TR Z-Lite as well. It makes a better support inside a frameless pack, but it also weighs more than the GG pad at equal lengths.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: favorite UL closed cell pad? on 08/28/2013 20:22:17 MDT Print View

Z Lite.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
fav UL CCF pad on 08/28/2013 20:41:56 MDT Print View

Ridgerest. Best sleeping mat available.