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HOW FAST DOES IT INFLATE AND DEFLATE?
A built-in pump at the head allows fast inflation—one minute if you use both hands, 30 seconds if you use a foot (impractical in a tent). The pad is about three inches thick when inflated so it smooths out everything below. A locking oral inflation valve allows you to let out excess air if you over-inflate. You can also inflate the pad by mouth if you don't want to use the hand pump. A huge dump valve completely deflates the pad in about three seconds. No kidding!
HOW WELL DOES IT INSULATE??
The Insulated Cosmo has a thin layer of polyurethane foam welded to the inner surface. The foam stops convective air currents and creates consistent and even insulation. The thin foam doesn't look like it will stop much cold air. But it does. For example, in June of this year, I used an Insulated Cosmo with Pillowtop cover (but no memory foam layer) on a two week wilderness canoe trip in Norway and Finland. We were 200 miles above the Arctic Circle and it was never T-shirt weather. The Cosmo was never cold. Later, I used it on a week long canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota. Again, it was plenty warm. I can't comment on its performance on snow or permafrost, but for three seasons, it's fine. The insulation adds just five ounces to the weight of the basic (non-insulated) pad.
Note: the pad goes completely flat when the air is exhausted and the insulation value drops to near zero. So don't use this pad on snow or ice unless you can repair a puncture in the field.
Size: 25" x 76"
Packed size: 9" x 6.5"
Weight (pad alone): 34 ounces
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