I need some help with this, I'm a side sleeper and both my hips are sore (again) for the last time. I bought an EXPed UL 7 WL last spring and it did very well for about 300 miles, after that, I mostly sleep on a flat EXPED than an inflated one. My hips are sore again (oh, already said that) and on my last trip, I was just plan cold with no insulation underneath me at 20F, for two nights. I have 7 patches on the matterss already and after the last patch, on my last trip, it will hold air for about 3 hours at best, before I'm sleeping on the cold ground and waking up to re inflate the damn thing. For the most part, I'm hiking with worthless dead weight and I'm getting rather tired of it.
What do I need to do to extend the life of this mattress, if possible, and/or if I buy a new mattress, how do you care for your mattress to extend it's life. I'm scheduled to start a PCT thru starting around May 1, I need to get my sleep system squared away soon.