You are not logged in. Would you like to login or register?

6/19/2020 4:18 pm  #1


Sleeping pad

Hi all,

My thermarest has seen better days and I’m going to replace it. What do people use/recommend? I’m happy going back to thermarest, but is there something out there that you’ve liked better?

 

6/19/2020 4:48 pm  #2


Re: Sleeping pad

Dude. I posted a crazy great deal on the thermarest neoair just a few weeks ago. They were 50% off.

The 2 best on the market (in my opinion anyway) are the neoair x-therm and neoair x-lite. Both made by thermarest.

If you have an old self inflating thermarest you’ll find the neoair to be incredible. It’s a huge comfort leap forward.

The x-therm is a little heavier but is more durable and has a higher insulation value. I have 4 x-therms for me and the family. Expensive but totally worth it.

 

6/19/2020 7:37 pm  #3


Re: Sleeping pad

I use x-therm not so much for temp rating as for being extra cushy. Only issue it has a tendency to develop tiny punctures, though I'm careful not to bring any broken glass in the tent. Nothing that Tear aid can't take carу of.


"Experience breeds competence only if you do things right." - Cliff Jacobson
 

6/19/2020 8:34 pm  #4


Re: Sleeping pad

Thanks Eddy and JDB - How compact do they get when you pack them up?

     Thread Starter
 

6/19/2020 8:38 pm  #5


Re: Sleeping pad

Very small. You’ll be surprised at how small if you haven’t seen one. Order the wide version. Totally worth it.

 

6/19/2020 8:42 pm  #6


Re: Sleeping pad

From what I hear, Thermarest is the way to go. I own a couple Klymit Static V and I'm perfectly happy with them. Much more budget friendly, extremely compact and lightweight, and I personally find it really comfy. It doesn't have the best R value compared to more expensive options, but I've used it as low as -1 degree celcius with a good winter sleeping bag and had no issues. If you're looking for budget, I'd highly recommend it; if you're looking for the best, probably worth sticking with Thermarest.


Trip Reports & Campsite Pictures
www.algonquinbeyond.com
 

6/19/2020 10:12 pm  #7


Re: Sleeping pad

One vote for Exped downmat here. It's my cushy go-to if im tenting. I just use the thermarest as an underpad when hammocking.

 

6/20/2020 11:17 am  #8


Re: Sleeping pad

I’ve just bought a sea to summit insulated thermolite, 6.3 cm when inflated, R value 4.2  at half price ( thanks for the link jdbonney) we camp only in shoulder season, but I’m a warm sleeper, so Rvalue wasn’t much of a concern for me. Our  thermarests are 20+ years old, and still in great shape, self inflatable which I love. I’m a died in the wool thermarest user, but find the oldies bulky, weight wasn’t much of an issue. Nowadays Though I need shoulder and hip support, the thermarest mondo king is fantastic for that but not for long canoe trips and moving lots, far to bulky.
I don’t care for the thermarest neoair mattress, it makes crinkly noises when you move around on it, which bother me.
So far the sea to summit inflates easily with a few breaths, and my hips and shoulders stay off the ground, giving me a comfortable sleep. And no bothersome crinkley noises. I’ve no experience with sea to summit at all, so we’ll see how this lasts. Having a large frame and being 6’tall, this mattress (L] is wide enough so I don’t roll off and so far suits me to a T. And the very small packing size is a very big plus!

 

6/20/2020 12:09 pm  #9


Re: Sleeping pad

Jdbonney wrote:

Very small. You’ll be surprised at how small if you haven’t seen one. Order the wide version. Totally worth it.

 
100%! Made in the USA too. Parent company is Cascade Designs, certainly one of the best in the industry for making high quality products, domestically when possible, backed up by a great warranty/customer service. Companies like this should be rewarded.

 

6/20/2020 12:40 pm  #10


Re: Sleeping pad

https://www.cleverhiker.com/best-sleeping-pads

https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/camping-and-hiking/best-sleeping-pad

https://www.switchbacktravel.com/best-backpacking-sleeping-pads

The neoair is very highly recommended. The only downside generally sited is cost. It’s pricey. I’ve managed to get all of
Mine on sale at least 25% off.

 

6/20/2020 3:13 pm  #11


Re: Sleeping pad

I’ve read a few reviews of the xlite that complain about the crinkly sound similar to what tentersforever mentioned. Is this a universal thing then or does it depend on how much you move? Like, does it crinkle at every slight movement or it is more of a rolling over thing?

     Thread Starter
 

6/20/2020 5:27 pm  #12


Re: Sleeping pad

With 4 of them in our tent we still sleep soundly. Yes they make noise, but no it won’t ruin your sleep. I guess that would depend on how soundly you sleep. I noticed it the first time I got it and thought I would have to take it back. First night sleeping on it and I never thought about it again.

 

6/20/2020 8:50 pm  #13


Re: Sleeping pad

Tried the neoair  inside a  MEC store, in a setup floor model tent. It made this crinkley noise with every movement I made, and it instantly irritated me. As I’ve normally  got all kinds of trouble falling asleep I knew this would not be it.
But for others it may not be an issue at all, as some of the responses clearly show.

 

6/20/2020 10:24 pm  #14


Re: Sleeping pad

They crinkle like crazy but it does settle/quiet down over time (Plus you get used to it). I cut my Thermarest X-Therm Max down a bit. Took 6" off the length. It is a multi layered material with the inside being sort of like a mylar space blanket. That is what makes the crinkly noise. Doesn't bother me at all any more. 

 

6/20/2020 11:08 pm  #15


Re: Sleeping pad

How on earth did you do that and get an airtight seal after? Amazing!

 

6/21/2020 8:40 am  #16


Re: Sleeping pad

Scissors and a household iron. It just melts the nylon back together. Mine has held fine for a couple of years. 



 

 

6/21/2020 5:38 pm  #17


Re: Sleeping pad

Wow, crazy, I can’t believe that works. That’s inspiring me to try the same with my folding camp sink- I didn’t think an iron would get hot enough.

 

Board footera

LNT Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.