Pacific Outdoor Equipment max-tropic Sleeping Pad (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)

Sleeping pad for hot, humid weather that helps keep you cool.

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by Carol Crooker | 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07

Pacific Outdoor Equipment max-tropic Sleeping Pad (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)

Overview

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.

Features and Specifications

  • Weight: 14 oz (397 g) regular, 10 oz (283 g) three-quarter length
  • Dimensions: regular - 20x72x0.75", three-quarter - 20x48x0.75

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The top and bottom surfaces of the max-tropic sleeping pad.

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Close-up of the molded mesh domes.


Citation

"Pacific Outdoor Equipment max-tropic Sleeping Pad (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/pacific_outdoor_equipment_max_tropic_mat_orwm06.html, 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07.

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