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Camping pad help!

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Offline Robert

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Re: Camping pad help!
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2017, 09:10:11 AM »
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Not always the same side so I do toss and turn a lot.  That means I end up moving around a bit and slide off the pad.  To remedy that I was thinking about going with one of those "blankets" that attach to the pad but I just purchased my sleeping bag a year or so ago.  So I might try putting the pad inside the bag.  I just need to make sure it's not too tight.

Like nuggetf5 I have a Thermarest Prolite but I think mine is older (Prolite 4) and it has lasted for over 10 years with no issues/punctures (cross my fingers). My sleeping kit also includes a Mountain Laurel Designs bivy sack as we usually don't take a tent and the bivy sheds wind like a tent. But another benefit I found was that when I put the pad/sleeping bag inside the bivy it keeps the pad in place when I move around.

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Re: Camping pad help!
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2017, 03:29:31 PM »
I am with Flash on this, some kind of closed cell foam pad under your choice of inflatable pad.  Here is my piece on exactly that subject.

Have you seen or heard anything about the REI Co-op 3.5 camp bed? http://www.rei.com/product/870757/rei-co-op-camp-bed-35-self-inflating-sleeping-pad



It's what we are looking at now. I liked your article also nice to see someone doing gear reviews on desert gear all I can find are reviews for cold weather gear! Like try looking for good non waterproof hiking boots it's just about impossible to find any.

I bought two REI 3.5's a year ago that I use for car camping.  They are bulky, heavy and awesomely comfortable.  I use two pieces of webbing to hold them side by side.  Whole Earth made the webbing for me.  I gave them the measurements, they cut the webbing and then put on some buckles.  Since the pads are so high you do not want part of your body hanging over the edge.  Choose a size accordingly. 

Regarding folks puncturing their backpacking pads... I prefer mummy shaped inflatables.  I am paranoid about punctures so I put the pads inside my sleeping bag.  Also, when the pad is in my bag I never roll off it and it never gets out of position.  However,  It can make for a tighter fit.  I take my sleeping bag with me when selecting pads to make sure they fit inside.  I was using an Exped SnyMat (14.7 ounces) that I was in love with.  Very comfortable on hard surfaces and enough cushion for side sleeping.  Then one of the baffles delaminated and I got a bulge in the pad.  REI exchanged it.  Year later and only about 3-4 trips the same thing happened with the replacement pad.  I have since learned that the moisture in your breath can cause problems and that you should try to inflate it with some type of pump.


Putting the pad inside the bag! I might try that.  I think I'm a side sleeper.  Not always the same side so I do toss and turn a lot.  That means I end up moving around a bit and slide off the pad.  To remedy that I was thinking about going with one of those "blankets" that attach to the pad but I just purchased my sleeping bag a year or so ago.  So I might try putting the pad inside the bag.  I just need to make sure it's not too tight.

+1 In the past I have unzipped my bag and used it like a blanket because I usually get hot at night. But camping this past weekend when night temps were down near freezing I put my Thermarest NeoAir Xlite inside my mummy bag and zipped it all the way up. It was a tight fit but I was able to roll over from side to side without any issues. Never rolled off the pad once.

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Re: Camping pad help!
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2017, 03:46:56 PM »

+1 In the past I have unzipped my bag and used it like a blanket because I usually get hot at night. But camping this past weekend when night temps were down near freezing I put my Thermarest NeoAir Xlite inside my mummy bag and zipped it all the way up. It was a tight fit but I was able to roll over from side to side without any issues. Never rolled off the pad once.

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Re: Camping pad help!
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2017, 07:35:05 PM »
That should help with your sleeping bag turning on you as well.  Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night and the zipper is no longer on the side where it last was! 

 


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