by Carol Crooker | 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07
The max-tropic sleeping pad takes a new direction - it is designed to allow circulating air to reach your back when lying on a sleeping pad in hot, humid weather. Molded filament domes boost you and allow air to circulate beneath your body. A fabric bottom keeps sand and grit from clogging the domes. Another sleeping pad can be slipped into the fabric sleeve for more cushion if desired.
The max-tropic weighs 14 ounces for the 72-inch version. It may also become available in a 3/4 length version at a projected weight of 10 ounces. I've slept (or tried to) in 80+ degrees during a June Grand Canyon hike. I couldn't fall asleep until late at night when the temperature dropped. A max-tropic sleeping pad may have given me a few more hours of cooler, less sweaty sleep by boosting me off the hot ground and keeping tiny segments of my back off from an artificial surface.
The top and bottom surfaces of the max-tropic sleeping pad.
Close-up of the molded mesh domes.
"Pacific Outdoor Equipment max-tropic Sleeping Pad (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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