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diyhntr
04-30-2012, 10:57 PM
What recommendations can you give me on a new sleeping pad? I hear Big Agnes is the way to go. Inflatable or foam? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Brocka
05-01-2012, 09:16 AM
I just picked up the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core. I did quite a bit of research before hand as well. I got the long mummy style. So far its awesome. There are tons of options out there though. Good luck!

http://www.rei.com/product/763914/big-agnes-insulated-air-core-mummy-pad

Jon Boy
05-01-2012, 09:55 AM
My big agnes has had a slow leak ever since I got it and cant find it for the life of me. Any tips on finding it? I have to fill it up ever 3 hours or so during the night.

Brocka
05-01-2012, 10:43 AM
My big agnes has had a slow leak ever since I got it and cant find it for the life of me. Any tips on finding it? I have to fill it up ever 3 hours or so during the night.

Have you tried putting it in a bathtub full of water and putting pressure on it to force the leak?

If you cant find it, Id fill out this form( https://forms.netsuite.com/app/site/crm/externalcasepage.nl?compid=1101831&formid=1&h=2f96bd5a40b1fbc5752e&redirect_count=1&did_javascript_redirect=T ) and get it fixed or replaced by them!

JNDEER
05-01-2012, 11:40 AM
Jon - my cousin had the same issue. It ended up being a super slow leak at the valve.

diy - I really love my neo air pad. If you don't mind the loud crunchy noise from the material, it is super nice!

Kevin Root
05-01-2012, 12:00 PM
I'm going to try the NeoAir XLite this year. Hopefully I'll be able to avoid the leak. I've kind of had bad experiences in the past on inflatables leaking over time but I'm going to give it another go. The ultra packable, lightweight and R-value enticed me to give it another try. Time will tell if I revert back to a foam pad.

Brocka
05-01-2012, 01:47 PM
Ahh crap, this is my first inflatable pad...now I am worried! I am sleeping on that sucker in my room tonight to check for leaks!

BKC
05-01-2012, 02:34 PM
I have a thermarest inflatable. My son bought it for me for christmas a few years back. He bought himself one also. He has had a couple of leaks easily repaired with a patch kit. I have never had a problem. It is heavier than most but the horses are usually carrying it (they are also carrying my cot, I use to really rough it but not any more). When you put them in the panniers just make sure you dont put it where the horse is going to scrape it against trees

NorthT
07-24-2012, 04:27 PM
Anyone used the thermarest x-therm?

Whisky
07-24-2012, 08:41 PM
I'm going to try the NeoAir XLite this year. Hopefully I'll be able to avoid the leak. I've kind of had bad experiences in the past on inflatables leaking over time but I'm going to give it another go. The ultra packable, lightweight and R-value enticed me to give it another try. Time will tell if I revert back to a foam pad.

Although not cheap, this looks like a promising pad, very light.....Have you or anybody else here have any experience with this pad yet?

dhershberger
07-25-2012, 12:59 AM
To be honest, i don't think you can go wrong with just a simple therma rest z lite. It's dirt cheap ($25) and very light. I got one used and in perfectly good condition for $10. It's definately not as compact as today's inflatable pads but it doesn't have the problem with leakage because it's foam. I trimmed my z lite so that it goes from just my shoulder to my knee because those are the major pressure points against the ground that need to be padded. I just strap it to the outside of my pack. Works good for me.

labman
07-25-2012, 09:12 AM
I have several big anges and they work fine, but I switched to Exped UL 7 and it is awesome!! A little pricey, but a unique blow up system to avoid getting down it the pad wet.

http://www.rei.com/product/828720/exped-downmat-ul-7-air-pad

pcc2b
07-27-2012, 10:49 AM
i used the neoair xlite reg size on a 6 night trip to the tetons about 3 weeks ago. i am very happy with the pad. pros-leightweight, small, rvalue, 2.5 inches thick and you can store it rolled up. durability isn't an issue, yet. i do try to be careful where i place any pad. i always use a tyvex footprint with my tarptent moment tent to help protect any pad i have from punctures. also, when i read the reviews before purchasing the xlite, some people complained about the noise. it didn't bother me when i used the pad, it is fairly muffled when you have your bag on top. hope this helps.

In God We Trust
07-28-2012, 05:26 PM
I use the Big Agnes because it fits in my bag. I agree a therma rest is a good product that is cheap.