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What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by supai » Mar 29 2011 5:27 pm

Wow the last post about sleeping pads took me back to 2002 and some people I have never seen before. I am just wondering besides all of you hammock campers what everyone likes to use I am debating betweeen an Anges air core or a therm a rest trail lite pad anybody have experience with either. I have been using a thermarest base camp size lg pad for years now and at 3 lbs 8 oz I could use a lighter pad. Backpacker Mag seems to like the Big Agnes more what are your thoughts?

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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by big_load » Mar 29 2011 5:37 pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core for me.

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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by cindyl » Mar 29 2011 5:46 pm

i'm with big_load. i just got my big agnes (which replaced an ancient thermarest) for christmas and i already don't know what i ever did without it.
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Post by skatchkins » Mar 29 2011 5:59 pm

I popped a friend's therm-a-rest trail lite pad that I stol... er borrowed. He's popped another since.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by sirena » Mar 29 2011 6:48 pm

I have an Exped Downmat 7 and sleep very comfortably. It's 2.8 inches thick, insulated with down, and the short weighs 23.5 oz. I use the pad of my backpack beneath my lower legs to make up for the length.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by te_wa » Mar 29 2011 6:50 pm

supai wrote:all of you hammock campers
haha! theres only about 6 of us.

im considering the purchase of a NeoAir. I may have to go to ground 1 or 2 times out of 30, but that pad is uber light and the only thing i'd sleep on besides the hamrock. I think its 13=14 oz for the regular size.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by joebartels » Mar 29 2011 7:17 pm

@skatchkins they must not make them as good anymore
My oldest piece of equipment is a Therm-a-rest, maybe 12-14 years old.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by allanalxndr » Mar 29 2011 7:26 pm

I have the REI Trekker 1.75 sleeping pad. I like it, but its too big. I have been looking around for a replacement but I haven't been able to decide which. Kooka Bay has a down filled sleeping pad that looks pretty nice.

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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by big_load » Mar 29 2011 7:38 pm

allanalxndr wrote:Kooka Bay has a down filled sleeping pad that looks pretty nice.
I've heard good things about those. If I did serious cold-weather (below 10F or so), I'd surely start with something like that or the Downmat 7, perhaps with a denser foam pad underneath.

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Post by kevinweitzel75 » Mar 29 2011 7:55 pm

I use a Trail Lite. Besides being only an inch thick, its not too bad. I have been looking at the Neos. A little spendy, but I look at it like... sleep is very inportant, so spend the money on comfort. Some day when I can save up enough from my allowance, I will get one. :D
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by te_wa » Mar 29 2011 8:01 pm

big_load wrote: perhaps with a denser foam pad underneath.
what gives you the idea that foam is less smart than goose down?
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by big_load » Mar 29 2011 8:04 pm

te-wa wrote:what gives you the idea that foam is less smart than goose down?
Because it's easier to catch.

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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by azbackpackr » Mar 29 2011 8:30 pm

I bought a Neo Air Thermarest recently. What I didn't buy was enough time to go backpacking this spring. Haven't tried it yet. Sure is smaller and lighter than the old thermarest. I got the smaller version, and it really packs down small.

My old thermarest has a very slow leak. I found out you can send them back for repairs. So, I'm going to do that so I can give it to my daughter.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by Dave1 » Mar 29 2011 9:08 pm

te-wa wrote:
supai wrote:all of you hammock campers
im considering the purchase of a NeoAir. I may have to go to ground 1 or 2 times out of 30, but that pad is uber light and the only thing i'd sleep on besides the hamrock. I think its 13=14 oz for the regular size.

You should have tried mine out Saturday...My NeoAir regular (20x72") weighs in at 13.5oz and the size small stuff sack is 0.3oz. I like the stuff sack 'cause it protects the pad from abrasion inside my pack, like a water bottle rubbing against it for 15 miles.


Anyway, my vote is for the Big Agnes Insulated Aircore (the brown one). Way more comfortable than the NeoAir. Better insulation too. The 72" mummy comes in at 21.0 oz. I'd say the Neo Air is only good to about 35 degrees.

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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by RedRoxx44 » Mar 30 2011 5:05 am

I've used my Neoair pretty exclusively for about a year now. Finally punctured it and did a self repair, will see how it holds up. Can't beat it for light and small packing. In summer I use a daypack for most of my 2-3 day backpacks now between it and the WM summerlite bag I have and a bivy. Older now I appreciate lighter weight especially if off trail. And it is quite comfortable for the side sleeping, no ground contact for hips and shoulders.

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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by azbackpackr » Mar 30 2011 5:37 am

I got the smaller Neo Air, 20 x 47 inches. It weighs 9 oz.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by Sredfield » Mar 30 2011 11:07 am

I switched from 3/4 Thermarest to TorsoLite. Didn't notice a big difference in comfort and the weight and bulk are much reduced.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by wallyfrack » Mar 30 2011 1:05 pm

Big Agnes

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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by rdavisiii » Mar 30 2011 2:24 pm

I just switched from a Thermarest guide light to a neo air last summer and I like it alot. Packs down small and is very light, plus it is the most comfortable pad I have slept on to date.
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Re: What is your Favorite sleeping pad

Post by supai » Mar 30 2011 7:11 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone I did some more research last night I think I am going with the Big agnes insulated air core. Can anybody say Rei dividend time :y: :y: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=6058#

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