Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Deluxe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Deluxe Sleeping Pad

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by Mike Martin | 2008-01-23 22:56:00-07

This product feature was published in conjunction with the Virtual Pack Project from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008. Click here for more information about the ORWM 2008 Virtual Pack Project.

Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Deluxe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) - 1

Specifications

  Manufacturer

Therm-a-Rest

  Weight

Manufacturer's specification: 1 lb 3 oz (540 g)

  Dimensions

Manufacturer's specification: 20" x 72" (51 x 183 cm)

  Thickness

Manufacturer's specification: 0.75" (2 cm)

  R-value

Manufacturer's specification: 3.1

  MSRP

US$29.95

I chose the venerable Ridge Rest Deluxe for several reasons:

  • It is rigid enough to also serve as Bob's pack frame when rolled up inside the pack.
  • It is a single-component, fuss-free piece that doesn't require complex manipulation with cold hands.
  • It doesn't need any special care against puncture from sharp objects - a big consideration in Bob's case.
  • At 72" (183 cm) long it will keep all of Bob's legs off the snow - a significant benefit in the snow.
  • Its claimed R-3.1 insulation value will provide adequate warmth for sleeping on snow down to zero degrees when combined with an appropriate sleeping bag and insulated clothing.
  • The combination of length, thickness, R-value, weight and cost is very good compared to most of the competiton.


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Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/22/2008 23:57:43 MST Print View

Companion forum thread to:

A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/23/2008 02:36:54 MST Print View

Hey Mike

Looks to me as though Bob P Lightfoot already has a whole lot of gear. Shouldn't he be standing there in the buff, shivering, with no pack?

Cheers!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Mr.Lightfoot on 01/23/2008 06:42:43 MST Print View

Sure make it easy on yourselves. Why can't Bob be 6'4" 220lbs. and wear a size 15 shoe. Welcome to my world. Most is too small. For my clothing weights I'll double the weight of those tiny medium clothes. Most tents are too short. Shoe and boot manufacturers, only a handful make anything larger than a thirteen. Have fun shopping! Come on challenge yourselves.

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
B. P. Lightfoot on 01/23/2008 07:14:44 MST Print View

Ya know, I think I met Bob in Montana one time. I'm not positive though - he was so average in appearance he didn't make a strong impression on me. The only thing I remember is that he seemed a mite scatter brained, often walking off without his pack. I'm not surprised the marmots got it.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Re: A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/23/2008 07:39:07 MST Print View

>> Looks to me as though Bob P Lightfoot already has a whole lot of gear. Shouldn't he be standing there in the buff, shivering, with no pack?

Andrew Skurka wouldn't let us use his notorious sub-zero photo in the buff again. So we had to use a pre-marmot photo of Bob. ;-)

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Mr.Lightfoot on 01/23/2008 07:41:30 MST Print View

>> Sure make it easy on yourselves. Why can't Bob be 6'4" 220lbs. and wear a size 15 shoe. Welcome to my world. Most is too small. For my clothing weights I'll double the weight of those tiny medium clothes. Most tents are too short. Shoe and boot manufacturers, only a handful make anything larger than a thirteen. Have fun shopping! Come on challenge yourselves.

Ken,

I feel your pain -- especially when comparing pack weights with Ryan who is self-described as "compact". :)

I'd be careful about commenting about Bob's size, though. He's a bit, how shall we say, sensitive about certain issues...

-Mike

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/23/2008 07:44:05 MST Print View

Those whistle pigs can be mean son's a b's!

Ryan Luke
(rluke) - F

Locale: Atlanta (missing CA)
Re: Mr.Lightfoot on 01/23/2008 08:24:52 MST Print View

I feel your pain Ken! I am 6'4", 215 lbs., and wear a size 13 shoe. I would be interested to hear what gear you (or other individuals with the same dimensions) have found that works for tall guys.

Edited by rluke on 01/23/2008 08:26:04 MST.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/23/2008 10:59:44 MST Print View

Hmmm, Bobina here (Bob's wife) is glad he's finally been caught messing with the marmots. He's been up to animla mischief for years, and personally I think 30 days is just a slap on the wrist. 30 years is what I would have given him.

BPL would be much better fitting ME out with new gear, as I am always miserable on winter trips because Bob has always chosen my gear for me. I'm middle aged, female, 5'5 and a bit wide in girth. I feel the cold like a bald marmot....I'm a side sleeper who tosses and turns. I HATE carrying any weight on my shoulders, but my hips are prone to abrasion from ill-fitting hip belts. My gear and shoes are always too long, but never wide enough. I have a morbid fear of insects (and marmots) getting at me in un-meshed tarps. That's just for starters. Bob says I just complain too much, unlike the marmots who he reckons never talk back or complain. Then again they probably never cook for him or clean up after him, or make excuses when he makes a drunken fool of himself in public.

Steve Balster
(SteveBalster) - F

Locale: Central Montana
Virtual Pack on 01/23/2008 15:09:54 MST Print View

Ken:
I know how you feel .... I am 6'3", 210 lbs and wear size 13. It is a challenge. Just a question for the group - why would Bob need bear spray in the middle of the winter in the Beartooths?

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
virtual pack on 01/23/2008 18:58:41 MST Print View

Nice concept to put a face on the gear show. Looking forward to the results.



Unfortunately for Bob, I've heard that a gang of Marmots are incarcerated at Gallatin County Jail. It might get ugly.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
A Virtual Pack on 01/23/2008 20:05:10 MST Print View

Yes, that MIGHT get ugly considering they can slip right through the bars on all the cells!

Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
For Bobina on 01/23/2008 23:10:15 MST Print View

Look what we found! The ladies in our crew are all excited, while the fellas are non-plussed, but they've never been bitten in the rear by mosquitoes while trying to wee.

The Whiz is a HUG: Hygienic Urine Guide. The cool parts are the fact that it's hydrophobic (give it a firm shake, and it's dry), it's soft (more comfortable than comparable products), and it enables us gals to wee anywhere a man could.
The Whiz Easy

You don't have to squat (though you can), you don't have to drop trou (nice when it's frosty out or you're where it's culturally taboo), and you don't have to worry about touching (or falling into) a dirty toilet or squatty potty. The downside: we don't think we are nimble enough to write our names.

MSRP: $19.95
Weight: 0.5 oz (14.2 g)
Leak free and made from medical grade thermo plastic elastomer.
Impregnated with antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial agents.
Will not overflow, leak or cause splash back.
Reusable and discreet.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Grizzly Bears on 01/23/2008 23:59:49 MST Print View

Interesting comment about the bears and bear spray in the winter.

Grizzly bears do hibernate in the sense that they hang out in their den for a few months.

However, they are not true hibernators in the sense that, say, a squirrel is, and so, they are easily aroused. In Yellowstone, they've been seen out of their den in the middle of winter. I've seen winter tracks on high slopes (> 8000 feet) in the winter.

If the weather does warm during mid-winter, grizzly bears have been known to exit their den. In mild years, a griz might be found doing its normal routine as late as December, or as early as February.

Edited by ryan on 01/24/2008 00:00:31 MST.

Mike Winegard
(MikeWinegard) - F
Squirrels on 01/24/2008 07:08:39 MST Print View

They don't hibernate even as much as bears. Any sunny day will find them out running around.

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
For Bobina on 01/24/2008 07:46:28 MST Print View

The Whiz Freedom looks interesting. I tried two other "pee funnels" and gave them up. The most compact one required more hands on and practice than I liked and the larger one was hard plastic and the shape allowed some back overflow at least once. I like the shape of the Freedom and the softer plastic.

Edited by cmcrooker on 01/24/2008 07:47:28 MST.

donald buckner
(toomanyarrows)

Locale: Southeast U.S.
wiz freedom on 01/24/2008 08:02:56 MST Print View

When and where can I get one of these for my wife? Her bathroom issues are putting a damper on our camping enjoyment!Hugs (and kisses)lol.

Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
Whiz Freedom on 01/24/2008 08:12:05 MST Print View



http://www.whizproducts.co.uk/en/whiz_freedom_features.aspx

Edited by cmcrooker on 01/24/2008 08:13:49 MST.

Jessen Jacobsen
(SmokiesHanger) - F

Locale: Boulder
About the hat... on 01/24/2008 09:04:31 MST Print View

As much as I love talking about hygienic products ;), is their a relative time for when this hat will be released? I couldn't find it on their website.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
A Virtual Pack on 01/24/2008 09:52:56 MST Print View

all that little wizzer needs now is a US distributor and the orders will roll in.