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Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2019, 01:31:28 PM »
+1 on that.

One of my BA pads is one of those "air core" style lack pretty much lack padding entirely and when that thing is fully inflated it's terrible.

With all of this said about the deep and abiding frustration of camping pads, I still sleep better on the trail than I ever do in a hotel room at least 90% of the time.
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Re: Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2019, 08:13:21 AM »
We have had our REI Air-rail pads for over 4 years now and have never had one leak.  Not to a valve problem, or a puncture.  The puncture WILL happen some day.  I've been carrying a repair kit all this time just for the occasion.  Between the 3 of us, I would estimate we have slept on those pads well over 150 nights (one night of all three of us backpacking and sleeping would equal 3 nights).  4.1 R factor for the use of a quilt.  Zero noise when moving around on it.  Less than 2#.  REI one year no questions asked warranty.  Give it a try.

I don't know if everyone does this, so it may be "preaching to the choir", but to help your sleep, do you kick out your tent pad site, and throw your ground cover down?  Then lay on it for 30+ seconds to make sure your head is up and your feet are down BEFORE you build your tent ? 

I believe the real crux to backpacking sleeping is still the pillow.  We all currently use the Sea to Summit Aeros.  Backpacking pillows is one of those "We can put a man on the moon, and take a picture of a black hole, but try to make a light AND comfortable backpacking pillow...."
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Re: Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses
« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2019, 09:34:38 AM »
I agree on the pillow. I have two and neither of them are very good.


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Re: Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2019, 09:53:12 AM »
For what it worth, I like my Exped air pillow. It's fatter under the neck which is great for side sleepers...

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Re: Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2019, 01:01:09 PM »
I have 2 Sea to Summit Aeros Premium pillows. One regular and one large size. They are great. The fabric feel and the comfort of sleep. They are expensive to me for a backpacking pillow but when factoring the more comfortable I am when laying down are worth it.

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Re: Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2019, 01:39:05 PM »
I have 2 Sea to Summit Aeros Premium pillows. One regular and one large size. They are great. The fabric feel and the comfort of sleep. They are expensive to me for a backpacking pillow but when factoring the more comfortable I am when laying down are worth it.
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Re: Big Agnes line of inflatable air mattresses
« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2019, 02:54:26 PM »
I don't know if everyone does this, so it may be "preaching to the choir", but to help your sleep, do you kick out your tent pad site, and throw your ground cover down?  Then lay on it for 30+ seconds to make sure your head is up and your feet are down BEFORE you build your tent ?

Excellent suggestion!  I do not know how many arguments I have had with myself (I always lose) about which end is up when pitching my tent.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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