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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Suggest a foam pad! on 07/21/2014 14:34:07 MDT Print View

Hi all,

I like my Thermarest Z-Lite, but I need a different kind of foam pad that's flexible and rollable for bikepacking. Here's my specs:

-Durable, completely waterproof (VERY durable, COMPLETELY waterproof! Does it exist?)
-Torso length or trimmable
-About 1/4-inch thickness
-Less than 7-10oz

Any ideas?

Edited by mdilthey on 07/21/2014 14:48:22 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Suggest a foam pad! on 07/21/2014 14:49:09 MDT Print View

You might take a look at the Gossamer Gear sleep pads that have the convoluted eggcrate texture.

The only weakness I've found is that if you leave the pad compressed for a long time, it will slowly lose its convolutions.


James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: Re: Suggest a foam pad! on 07/21/2014 15:24:58 MDT Print View

Yeas the Gossamer Gear pads are pretty good. The old ones did compress more than the new ones. I take a full size pad and cut it into fan-fold sections that fit into my pad keepers. It is roughly 51" long. it is nominally 3/4" thick but by nesting the bumps you can get two in 1" of thickness. They weigh about 7oz.

The Nunatak Luna is more like the older NightLites. Nice pad.

Edited by jamesdmarco on 07/21/2014 15:26:03 MDT.

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
GG night light torso on 07/21/2014 15:56:43 MDT Print View

Best pad I ever used.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
More foam pads on 07/22/2014 00:11:18 MDT Print View

If you like your Z-Lite, but want a pad that rolls up, try the Therm-A-Rest RidgeRest Solite. Small size is 9 ounces at 48 inches, you could drop a couple ounces with some trimming.

Gossamer Gear Thinlight pads are made to roll up. The 3/8" pad is thicker than you asked for, about 8 ounces at 59 inches, you could drop several ounces with some trimming. Many people love these pads.

Lawson carries similar pads, the cosmetic seconds are really cheap, but only available in 1/8" thickness. Buy one at 24x74 inches and 4.25 ounces, fold it over or cut it up to get 1/4" thickness where you want it. Or buy two and get creative, they are cheap.

Alps Mountaineering makes a lightweight, closed cell pad. But the textured surface probably holds moisture, so maybe not for you.
Currently very cheap at REI Outlet.

Stay away from cheap blue foam under many names. It might be "closed cell", but the manufacturing process creates lots of tiny holes on the surface that hold water. And they are not very cushy.


-- Rex

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: More foam pads on 07/22/2014 01:44:41 MDT Print View

Yup, RidgeRest or Gossamer Gear. If you find a deal on a long one, trim to suit and use the leftover for a sit pad. Closed cell is great for something like napping on a rocky river bank that would devastate an air pad.

I use a ProLite short pad plus a z-seat when I want less volume. That little Prolite rolls up the size of a soda can and the z-seat usually rides in a front pocket folded invhalf and ready to deploy on a rest stop. I've used it for a quick and dirty dehydrated dinner cozy too. Good to stand on when hanging clothes at a muddy camp.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Suggest a foam pad! on 07/22/2014 07:56:30 MDT Print View

Ridge rest.

Richard Fischel
luna pad from nunatak on 07/22/2014 16:27:43 MDT Print View

i've been very happy with mine. if you google lunapad be sure to include nunatak otherwise i take no responsibility for your search results.

b willi jones
(mrjones) - F

Locale: NZ,,, best place in the world !?
Re: Suggest a foam pad! on 07/22/2014 18:41:11 MDT Print View

i wouldnt have thought you needed to ask. i thought you were the man when it comes to sleeping pads and would have it nailed by now with the amount of bikepacking you have done,,, you voted 8 different pads @ 10/10 on another thread,,, seems like you can sleep good on anything,,, just get something cheap and replace it more often

James Couch

Locale: Cascade Mountains
Re: Suggest a foam pad! on 07/22/2014 20:50:55 MDT Print View

"-Durable, completely waterproof (VERY durable, COMPLETELY waterproof! Does it exist?)"

Yes it does, Evazote - truly waterproof, light, super durable a little over 1/3" thick.

I got my last one from MEC:

These are full length but easy to trim. Weight for full length pad is 350 grams so a torso length should come within at your 7-10oz range.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Re: Re: Suggest a foam pad! on 07/23/2014 07:26:22 MDT Print View

"you voted 8 different pads @ 10/10 on another thread,,, seems like you can sleep good on anything,,, just get something cheap and replace it more often"

Every pad is a 10, but getting something cheap and replacing it sucks when you're trying to save money. Rather buy something durable once.

This post educated me more on sleeping pads; I didn't know about the Lunapad!

Chad B
(CenAZwalker) - F

Locale: Southwest
Ridgerest on 07/23/2014 10:38:01 MDT Print View

I've slept on a lot of foam over the years and feel the Ridgerest is the most comfortable.

b willi jones
(mrjones) - F

Locale: NZ,,, best place in the world !?
Re: Re: Re: Suggest a foam pad! on 07/23/2014 18:45:40 MDT Print View

if you are trying to save money,,, then just use what you got

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

No Judging! on 07/24/2014 12:25:47 MDT Print View

I didn't expect an inquisition... I'm outfitting a friend, I think I'm giving her my Z-Lite and I'll roll a ridgerest.

Thanks for the recommendations! I went with the Thermarest Ridgerest Classic, as it seemed you get a little bit more durability over the Gossamer Gear pads for some bulk penalty, but low weight penalty.

The Thermarest Ridgerest Classic in a Small is new for 2014, and is 9oz and $14.00

Edited by mdilthey on 07/24/2014 12:26:24 MDT.

Outdoor Vlogger

Locale: Center of the Universe
thermarest vs gossamer pad on 07/24/2014 13:30:42 MDT Print View

I've found that the ridgerests are more durable to abrasion, but they loose their thickness and "loft" very quickly compared to other foam pads.

I have one or two ridgerests that now make great kayak outfitting!!