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    Question Sleeping Pad?

    Hey everyone. This is sort of a take off of the Static V thread. I am still on the search for a new sleeping pad. I do like the insulated inflatable pads but cant decide on which one. I am concerned about the weight and looking for a lighter pad. Of course experience is the best teacher and you really cant try them out before you purchase them. The pad will be used from 10 degrees and up at higher elevations. Right now I have a older dated therm-a-rest that has seen better days. So what pads are you using and what are the pros and cons? Thanks ahead of time. Mark

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    I really like Thermarests NeoAir inflatables. They are super light, pack down to the size of a nalgene bottle and have good r values. They can be noisy if you move around a lot but the 3" thickness keeps you from feeling any rocks or pressure points. I also have the high end foam pads thermarests makes but usually the dogs sleep on those lol.

    I haven't had any problems with durability. I am careful but typically don't use a full tent, just a ground cloth and have my dogs crawling all over them and me when it gets cold yet I haven't popped one.
    Here's a pic with me on the NeoAir and one of the pups passed out on the Solite after a long day of ptarmigan hunting.

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    Forgot to mention another con...after a hard pack in at high altitude it can be tough to inflate the pad without getting pretty lightheaded. It takes about 20 good deep breaths to inflate. I've had mine since 2010.

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    I like the pic with the dog. Looks right at home!!

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    I use a thermarest that is not an inflatable. It's tough and ready to go when I want to just crash and go to sleep after an exhausting day. It has a silver side that reflects heat. I like it and if I make a pillow out of my pack, I sleep like a baby.

    There are usually sharp pine needles and all kinds of gravel and sharp pebbles that I could never clean them all up. So I have peace of mind with a mat that won't get a leak. But I'm sure the inflatables are at least slightly more comfortable. Probably depends how much you value maximum comfort. Hope this helps a little.

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    I often use a combination of a closed cell pad and torso length prolite inflatable. The ccf pad you never worry about, and the torso provides more comfort with about 2 breaths.

    For comfort the exped mats are hard to beat and you don't need to breath into them. For durability a CCF is hard to beat.

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    I have several pads. I like the Neoair as a general pad, and mine has held up fine. I also have a prolite, and really like it as well, plus it offers a little insulation and padding even if it springs a leak.

    This year I am going to get an underquilt and spend more time in the hammock. Now that is comfy.

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    I have beat the tar out of my Neo Air pad, will probably upgrade soon though.

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    +1 fo Neo Air too. I was concerned about me putting a hole in it but so far almost a couple seasons now on it and it is going strong.

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