It has been a long time since I have shopped for a new sleeping pad, and now I find my self in the market.
Technology has changed a LOT in 15 years (when I last look for a pad). The biggest change seems to be the increase in "air-pads" of all kinds. After being left with a self-incflating thermorest that would not hold air I have not been to keen on air/self inflating pads, but the closed foam pads are just so bulky.
last time I shopped air pads where heavy, fragile and prone to leaks. They were pretty much for RV and car campers. That seems to have changed entirely while I wasn't looking.
Are the "air-core" pads really ready for prime time? Are they dependable enough to really trust in the back country? Or am I really still consigned to a pad the size of my backpack?