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Thermarest X-Therm

in Sleeping Pads - Inflatable

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4.33 / 5 (3 reviews)


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mark wuethrich
( mwuethri )
Thermarest X-Therm on 08/12/2012 20:18:00 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Got the medium length today. Much less crinkeley that the X-lite and feels more durable. Will be using this in a hammock with two zlite wings to widen the torso area, and I believe it will work well.

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TAG in AZ
( tagiam )

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Not for me on 06/04/2013 12:45:48 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

Me: I'm not exactly a UL hiker - 5' 10" and 220 pounds. I move throughout the night sleeping on my back and both sides. I am a cold sleeper.

Use: Regular size (72 x 20), 2 nights in the 40's on a trip in northern Arizona. One night with my trusty Montbell #3 and one night with a EE quilt.

Results:
The first night, I used the pad on slightly uneven ground (not completely flat and downslope left to right) in a sleeping bag.
Good - Unbelievably small and robust. The fabric does not feel like it needs to be babied. The warmth was obvious. It wasn't particularly cold, but I'm still amazed that a pad with no insulation can provide such warmth. The thickness of the pad was sufficient to absorb the irregularities on the ground. The top of the pad has a sticky or tacky surface which did a great job holding my sleeping bag in place when I moved around during the night.
Not so good - with horizontal baffles, there is very little definition to the edges of the pad. Throughout the night, it felt like I really only had about 10 inches of usable pad when I rolled onto my side. I let some air out of the pad to see if I could stabilize more, but I still felt like I was essentially balancing in the middle of the pad when on my side. Noise wasn't a particular issue, but it the pad is loud compared to others I've used.

The second night, I slept on more even ground with an EE quilt on top rather than a sleeping back.
Good: as mentioned, the pad is warm. It almost radiates heat.
Not so good: I still felt like I couldn't use the entire width of the pad when on my side. If I got too close to the side, the pad felt like it would escape. Additionally, the slightly tacky top surface that worked well with my sleeping bag, was a real issue when using a quilt. The pad kept *me* in place and made it difficult to roll onto my side.

TL;DR - nice warm and light pad, best for those thinner hikers that don't move around much at night.

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Ian Clark
( chindits )

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x therm lg on 07/03/2013 01:52:56 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have the large. It takes about 18-20 breaths to inflate and then I let some air out for a little deflated conforming comfort. I am a side and belly sleeper. I sleep in a floorless tarp tent.

I have used this on a white rim trip, backpacking trips, and car camping trips. It has been on rock, gravel, uneven forest floor, and above tree line. It neutralizes uneven surfaces. It is warm. It isn't noisey. I don't mind taking the time to inflate it. It deflates to a small package. It fits in the support/pad sleeve of my pack by folding over the top few inches. It is very comfortable. Even when sleeping on my side, it forms around my hips and contours. It is the most comfortable and only sleeping pad I need now. I use it year round. I can't judge its durability yet, but when I am nervous about damage I put my waterproof map and the plastic bag I use as a pack liner under the pad to psychologically feel I am protecting it from punctures. No holes yet. I wish I had this years ago.

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