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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





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


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


Manufacturer's specification: 0.75" (2 cm)


Manufacturer's specification: 3.1



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.


"Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Deluxe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)," by Mike Martin. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2008-01-23 22:56:00-07.


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Richard Sullivan
(richard.s) - MLife

Locale: Supernatural BC
Marmot Helium vs. Montbell #1 on 01/28/2008 15:23:59 MST Print View

Wouldn't the Marmot Helium be a better choice at 7 oz less? Or the Helium EQ and save the weight of a bivy sack?

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Marmot Helium vs. Montbell #1 on 01/28/2008 18:25:16 MST Print View

Hi Richard-

The Marmot Helium or Helium EQ certainly would have made a fine choice for Bob's trip. As we plan for Bob to have a 4-season tent, the EQ version shouldn't be needed. As for the standard helium, Marmot apparently didn't have one on display at their booth for photos, so it didn't fit our only-gear-found-at-OR criteria.



Jeffrey Dunning
(boredomhero) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Cost revisited on 01/28/2008 21:00:30 MST Print View

OK, I'll bite. Even though I'm a summer camper I can manage to use my existing clothing and go for a winter camp trip with Bob. New sleeping bag, Pack, Probe,(I'll borrow a PIEPS from a friend!), plus that cool hat. The cost should be under $750..lets go!

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
(Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) OR Cascadia Gaiter on 01/29/2008 10:59:18 MST Print View

My wife and I have these and am very happy with them. They offer a lot of performance for their weight in full-on winter conditions with an abundance of snow!

bill keiser
(sharpstick) - F
Whiz Freedom = Whiz Easy on 02/01/2008 06:10:03 MST Print View

It looks like it is available now. They say they will ship from the UK, but it is pricy.
available from canada: $20 + $5

I'm going to show this to my wife. She's tried some similar products, but had a backup problem because of the small spout.

Bill Keiser

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Virtual Pack Complete on 02/03/2008 05:24:55 MST Print View

Hi All-

I just wanted to send out a quick note to let everyone know that the Virtual Pack is now complete.

Thank you for all of your comments and suggestions as we built Bob's kit.