M Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
by Jay Ham
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My personal objective with this project was to reduce the weight of my Therm-a-Rest UltraLite 3/4 by shortening it while keeping the original width and rectangular shape so it would work well as a "frame" in several of my frameless packs. The result: I reduced the length to 34 inches and the weight from 15.3 ounces to 10.9 ounces.
Disclaimer: proceed at your own risk. Cutting a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite voids the warranty and resealing it is no easy task. Depending on your skill and luck, I estimate the success rate to be slightly greater than 50%.
- Cost: Free + pad cost
- Weight: 10.9 oz
- Time to Construct: 2.5 hours
- Skill (scale 1-10): 7
- Tools (scale 1-10): 1
# WORDS: 1500
# PHOTOS: 13
# TABLES: 1
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