Rating: 4 / 5
Thick. Warm. Cushiony. Comfortable. Packs small enough.
I can't make many claims to being great at anything in life. But, i could claim to be a GREAT sleeper after a day of trekkin' up and down hills and trails. However, even I do sleep a bit longer (meaning more comfortable in my case), particularly in colder weather on this pad.
A pain to blow up - glad mine is only the 3/4 length.
Best "fit" and feel is achieved by inflating the pad fully or nearly full, and then laying on it and opening the valve just a tad to try to let air out slowly. Then, when the pad feels more comfortable (b/c it's now conforming to the contours of one's body), close the valve.
Been robust enough thus far - no punctures. But I haven't had it long enough to comment on other aspects of robustness.
I try NOT to fold it as i believe that the cycles of FOLDING and UNFOLDING cause the plastic to fatigue at the creases and are, perhaps(???) the major reason for non-traumatic (i.e., non-punctures) failures of inflatable pads. That is, each time the plastic is folded and unfolded a damaging stress cycle is experienced by the plastic, eventually causing it to fatigue and fail (i.e. develop an air leak) at the point of creasing in the plastic. So, not too tightly rolling the pad is the best way to go. This also works in some cases if the pad pocket is 20" tall. Mine seems to be a tough fit, in most packs that i have, however. Others, seem to have no trouble. Perhaps, the mine is at the outer limits of reasonable Mfr-ing tolerances???
Best way to prepare it for packing, IMO, is to open the valve while laying on it and let one's body weight force the air out of the pad. Then, the rest of the air will come out as one folds and rolls the pad. I try to minimize tight folding and rolling for the above stated reason. Furthermore, if i'm using it in the pad pocket of a pack, may not need to fold it, and i don't absolutely need to fold it if i'm NOT using it for a V-frame (virtual frame) for my pack (in this case i would also have a torso-length closed cell pad with me due to the cold weather).
I think this situation is somewhat analgous to packing clothing. We learned in the Military to ROLL our clothing instead of folding it to minimize wrinkles. I think this principle applies to the stiffer plastic of the inflatable pad. Rolling may actually prove to be a superior method than folding and rolling when it comes to pad longevity. Something to consider, anyways.
This will probably be my choice, coupled, with a closed cell foam pad for colder weather. I do, however, have BA Insulated Air Core 60" pad on the way to me, so my choice of insulated air-core pad may change. Stay tuned.
It's weight (not that i would want it lighter - as this would make it shorter or constructed of thinner materials and therefore more fragile) is the sole reason i give it a 4 rating. It's just the same weight as two GG Nighlight 3/4 length pads (59" each - fine for me as a full length pad), but not as warm, though it will pack much smaller than the two GG 3/4 length closed cell pads.