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Leticia D
(windwaker) - F
Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 16:19:35 MST Print View

I used to camp growing up but gear was pretty different then. I am recently getting into backpacking and am trying to get setup with a light/comfortable balance of gear.

I looked for an answer for this question online but I guess it's either obvious or no one has been wild enough to comment on it.

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Edited by rcaffin on 11/09/2013 17:09:47 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 16:34:40 MST Print View

"If it is not a good choice in this situation, what alternatives would folks suggest?"

The nearest grassy stream bank, preferably along side a waterfall.

Edited by rcaffin on 11/09/2013 19:34:43 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 16:50:49 MST Print View

NeoAir "All Seasons" 78 x 25 x 2.5 Tried & True and get your GROOVE on!

Edited by rcaffin on 11/09/2013 19:34:55 MST.

Leticia D
(windwaker) - F
Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 17:19:55 MST Print View

Tom, that's awesome, provided it's not too cold! :)

Thank you Jay! Will look into those.

Edited by rcaffin on 11/09/2013 19:35:06 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
@Roger on 11/09/2013 17:28:23 MST Print View

Sorry, Roger, I forgot and just couldn't resist. At least it proves the post deletion function is operational and available to the Forum Moderator. ;0)

Cheers

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: @Roger on 11/09/2013 17:56:41 MST Print View

So why not delete them all? The remaining posts still contain the original title and innuendo--- and that's all any of the posts were, just innuendo.

If you're going to play censor, at least be thorough.

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Hi Dale
Ooops! Thank you.
Cheers

Edited by rcaffin on 11/09/2013 19:35:48 MST.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Re: @Roger on 11/09/2013 17:59:38 MST Print View

what a bunch a prudes...

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 18:37:13 MST Print View

It seems that Cascade Designs has missed a whole market segment .....

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Re: We've seen worse. on 11/09/2013 18:48:10 MST Print View

Cabin Fever is setting in early this year.

Either that or most of us don't have a life outside BPL.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 19:23:36 MST Print View

I can’t believe nobody is actually assisting the OP with a valid question. So allow me.

Your site name seems to indicate you’re a woman, so I assume size matters. So you want an inflatable that’s long, wide, and firm - one that will stay up all night. Some of the Thermarests are known for getting soft before morning unless you want to be blowing during the night, so I’d stay away from those. I’d also stay away from BPL’s swap - you want one that hasn’t been passed around too much. Also, unless you’re one of those who just lay there without moving, you want one that will accommodate a variety of positions. You’ll probably find a good pillow indispensable in this regard. Lastly, shop for the newer models, regardless of what Eric B or Dale W might say. While the older models might be easier to maintain and even be a bit more comfortable, they probably won’t be as firm, or stay as firm for as long. That might be important to you.

Hope these tips help.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 19:39:38 MST Print View

Doug,
Bravo!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 19:41:01 MST Print View

Hi Doug

OK, I'll pass that one! Skillful use of the English language - and of the reader's mind.

Cheers

Leticia D
(windwaker) - F
Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 19:50:00 MST Print View

Thank you Doug, your reply was really helpful.

I am sorry if the post offended anyone. It was a serious question that I could not find an answer to anywhere, and I assumed that as a healthy activity most adults engage in and enjoy, people in the forum might have something helpful to say to prevent someone new to backpacking from wasting time and money on unsuitable gear.

I am glad the post was able to provide a source of amusement, even if not intended. I am certainly not a prude and don't mind jokes but of course it is always nice to have some serious replies that address the question asked.

Edited by windwaker on 11/09/2013 19:51:24 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 20:09:04 MST Print View

The little bit of innuendo posted here was far less destructive to the community than some of the vitriolic spitting matches of late that raged on unabated. As with many media, you can represent murder and mayhem, but God help you if you involve sex or nudity.

Sigh..... Much ado about nothing!

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 20:13:08 MST Print View

"As with many media, you can represent murder and mayhem, but God help you if you involve sex or nudity. "

Yup. So true and sad.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 21:00:42 MST Print View

You could try a sling made from trekking poles and paracord. Like francos chair.

.... Maybe he could even mock one up

Small weight penalty, assuming you use trekking poles


Climbing harness? Hang it pct style



Thinking "outside the box"

Edited by WoodenWizard on 11/09/2013 21:01:46 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 21:20:16 MST Print View

"WoodenWizard"

Are you allowed to use that name here...in this thread...where minors might be lurking...?

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/09/2013 21:31:23 MST Print View

Doug quipped, "Lastly, shop for the newer models, regardless of what Eric B or Dale W might say"

Ouch! When have I ever said that someone shouldn't use the newest gear? I may have opined that a new model didn't measure up, but not exclusively because it was the latest item. I have taken a shot at a market trend.

And who is Eric B? If you mean to include me with Eric C, I might feel libeled ;)

To the OP, please don't mind Roger. Australians have an innate fear of sexual relations and considering the results, it is well founded. {{{{{SNORT}}}}}

Leticia D
(windwaker) - F
Re: Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/10/2013 09:17:48 MST Print View

To the OP, please don't mind Roger. Australians have an innate fear of sexual relations and considering the results, it is well founded. {{{{{SNORT}}}}}


Hahaha! Dale, you made me laugh.

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear) - M
Re: Re: Re: Re: Do inflatable pads work ok on 11/10/2013 09:35:21 MST Print View

@ Doug,

Well played Sir, well played.