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Inflating pads for big guys
I am 6'4" and am looking for a torso pad. My problem is that all the ones I see are at the most 20" wide. This is still a couple of inches too narrow for me and most are too short as well. Thought about modifying a thermarest, but am concerned about the cost involved if it fails. I am hoping that there is a solution that another has found. Help!
Keep looking! There are 25" T-Rests out there :-) My husband has two of them-he is also 6'4" and very broad shouldered.
Thermarest doesn't make a 25 inch torso length pad currently IIRC. You could make one by cutting down a Large Ridgerest.
Or cut down a 25" trest and reseal it.
You just have to look closely....the Prolite 4 comes in a 25" width in size L. So does the Basecamp as well. As does the Large Trail Lite.So yes, you do have to get a full length pad, but you can get a 25" width.
Edited by sarbar on 09/11/2007 14:03:09 MDT.
I wouldn't want to risk resealing a T-Rest. Having seen the factory and how they make them.....no way would I do a mod on one!
You might not but it could be an option for a torso length 25" pad. A couple different people on BPL have done it.
Edited by jcarter1 on 09/11/2007 16:32:29 MDT.
Yeah, I have thought about doing the mod to my 25" wide full length Thermarest, but am worried that I will wind up with an $80 piece of trash. I have a wide Ridgerest also but am looking for something with less packed volume. So I guess I will be waiting for some manufacturer to step up to the plate. So it's back to plan B, carrying a wide full size pad strapped to the outside of my pack. Thanks for all the input so far.
So Thermarest doesn't make a torso length 25 incher. Montbell only makes 20 inchers and I think Big Agnes as well. Thermarest will factory repair holes if you want. I would email someone at Cascade Designs/Thermarest to see if they will factory seal a 25 inch pad that you cut to a shorter length. Try an REI garage sale or ebay for your pad. It is worth asking. Good luck.
Edited by Genetic on 09/12/2007 13:14:20 MDT.
Just get the full length. It's 2lbs, BUT, it is sure comfy :-). If you have broad shoulders like I do, you will need it. I hike lite, but I don't skimp on my back.If your gonna go for comfort, go all the way I say
Edited by heelrod on 09/17/2007 10:11:19 MDT.
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