by Alan Dixon | 2004-08-12 03:00:00-06
One of the biggest innovations in lightweight backpacking gear at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004 comes from Pacific Outdoor Equipment, manufacturer of the Bozeman Mountain Works 10-ounce TorsoLite self-inflating pad and the Insul-Mat line of sleep comfort products. POE continues to innovate with the introduction of the market’s first hybrid self-inflating foam technologies and radical new pad shapes to decrease the weight of both self-inflating and closed cell foam pads for hardcore ultralight enthusiasts.
The lightest self inflating pad on the market, the Insul-Mat Uber-Lite pad weighs 8 oz. It puts the cushion where you need it most: shoulders and hips, and carves insulation out of the waist area. The found was surprisingly comfortable and supportive when we lay down on it, but managing movement will be a trick for some: you have to pay attention to where you’re rolling and leg-tucking. In addition, the pad may not be the best choice for those also in need of more secure virtual packframe support in a frameless pack. But for the ultralight backpacker that’s not into the marriage of hip and collarbones with Mother Earth, this may be your ticket.
And for the hardcore, the Uber-Micro: The same shaped pad is available in EVA and PE dual density foam version for only 3 oz.
The Insul-Mat Uber-lite self inflating pad (8 oz).
Insul-Mat SL-Lite Hybrid Pad
"Pacific Outdoor Equipment Announces 8 Ounce Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad and Blends Hybrid Self-Inflating and Closed Cell Foam Technology for 2005 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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