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#71699 - 08/21/06 03:35 PM Sleep pad?
Dave_Rothschild Offline

Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 20
What do you guys recommend for a lightweight sleep pad?
I am thnking of using (not sure what it's called) this foil/plastic bubble insulation that comes from the home supply store in 4' rolls.
It's like plastic bubble wrap with silver foil on both sides. With the proper tape this stuff is amazingly versitle and is quite light.
I figured a piece 3' wide and 6' long. It doesn't fold well so I would cut it lengthwise and then use the tape like a hinge. Fold it over and roll it up.
Wadda ya think?

#71700 - 08/21/06 03:55 PM Re: Sleep pad?
massacre Offline
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Registered: 12/07/05
Posts: 781
Loc: Central Illinois
I haven't used the rolls in quite a few years, but If I remember correctly, a 6'x3' piece is fairly bulky. The advantage of the commercial models is their ability to evacuate most of the air in their cells and roll down tight, yet still remain very light and insulate a sleeping bag from the ground. Folding it over (length-wise) is going to make it really big.
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#71701 - 08/21/06 03:58 PM Re: Sleep pad?
KevinB Offline

Registered: 08/17/06
Posts: 91
I use ensolite foam sleeping pads. EZ Rest is one brand. That particular one is hinged so that it folds into a nice stack. The others roll into a bundle and you need a nylon strap to secure them.

You probably don't need a 6' long one if you're not sleeping in snow country. You really only need something that goes down past your hips. Using a shorter pad saves weight and space.

Kevin B.

#71702 - 08/21/06 06:00 PM Re: Sleep pad?
urbansurvivalist Offline

Registered: 11/27/05
Posts: 127
Loc: Asheville, NC
Therm-a-rest closed cell foam pads, the non-inflating kind, such as the z-rest and ridge rest(folds and rolls, respectively) weigh almost nothing, are very durable, are reasonbly compact(though much more bulky than top of the line self inflating pads), and are not expensive at all. As a bonus, you can circle either one around your stove in cold weather, to save fuel and decrease cooking time. Of the two, the ridge rest is cheaper and more durable, since the z-rest is very thin where it folds.

#71703 - 08/21/06 06:01 PM Re: Sleep pad?
frediver Offline

Registered: 05/17/04
Posts: 213
Loc: N.Cal.
Well it really depends on how well you want to sleep.
I've heard of others using the material you are talking about, it works.
I use 2 kinds of pads, both light weight.
An EZ-rest folding pad and now with it a Big Agnes Air Pad
(Red, air only). Together they are lighter weight than a self inflator and much more comfortable.
If I get a hole in the air pad that I can't patch I still have the EZ-rest. The EZ-rest aslo gives better insulation than the Air pad alone (air only so very little).
In the past I used the same type system but instead of the air pad I used a short self inflator to save weight. Now I have less bulk,less weight and more comfort.

#71704 - 08/22/06 07:55 AM Re: Sleep pad?
redflare Offline

Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 647
Loc: SF Bay Area, CA
Recently I got a very nice inflatable pad from REI (their house brand). It s a full sleeping pad that folds to a roll only 6 inches in diameter, only 12 inches long. I don't like the closed foam type since they are rather uncomfortable to sleep on (to me at least).
Air insulates soooo much better also. Once when my friends and I went camping in winter, some of us had the closed cell type while others had the inflatable kind. When we removed the tent in the morning we could see that ground was melted underneath those persons who had the closed cell type. Those who had the inflatable kind also weren't cranky since they got a full night sleep and weren't cold at all <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#71705 - 08/22/06 01:20 PM Re: Sleep pad?

Would you have the catalog # or link? I'd like to take a look. Like the idea of the small rolled size (currently have the foam pad).

#71706 - 08/22/06 03:43 PM Re: Sleep pad?
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 910
thr ridgerest and z rest are highly rated. Dont bother with packing bubbles; spend $12 on a real pad.

#71707 - 08/23/06 03:19 AM Re: Sleep pad?
jshannon Offline

Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 587
Loc: North Texas

check out sleeping gear for pads

#71708 - 08/23/06 04:28 AM Re: Sleep pad?
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
The Reflectix laminated insulation stuff may not be the greatest as a sleeping mat, but it's better than just a tarp. And it's great for sitting on, at a ball game or in front of a fire, where you usually roast on one side and freeze on the other.


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