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REI Lite-Core Short

in Sleeping Pads - Inflatable

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4.00 / 5 (1 reviews)

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Ryan Gardner
( splproductions - M )

Salt Lake City, UT
REI Lite-Core Short on 02/14/2008 14:44:45 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I've gone back to using this pad after trying closed-cell foam pads only.

Things I like:

- It is fairly comfortable with 1.5" of foam. The comfort level for me rises dramatically between 1" and 1.5".
- Due to the increased thickness, I can leave it partially deflated for more comfort but still be warm.
- The head of the pad doesn't taper as much as some pads (like the POE Thermo 6), so you don't feel like you have to play a balancing act to keep your head on.
- The valve seems to be made of higher quality construction than some brands (like the ProLite series). It just seems more robust.
- The seams and fabric seem to be of a higher quality as well. I don't bring a repair kit when using this pad because it seems to be able to take a fair amount of abuse.
- It's reasonable priced, often lower than competing brands.
- It works well as a sturdy pack frame.

What I don't like so much:

- It's not that light. Without the stuff sack (don't need) it weighs 17.8 oz. This is my luxury item, so I justify bringing it.
- There are more comfortable alternatives (in my opinion) if you want to go with the blow-up-yourself tube-type pads (POE or BA).

I don't think I'd buy this pad again with options like the POE Thermo 6 which weighs two ounces less, but gives me more comfort. But as a pad by itself, it works great, it is plenty warm, and it is very durable.

Edited by splproductions on 02/14/2008 14:46:16 MST.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Rei Stuff Sack priced at: $5.23 - $11.50

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