looking for something lightweight but comfortable and insulating for a few nights sleep.
Any recommendations? Maybe one of those self inflatable mats?
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Posted by: glendorado on Jun-06-13 3:53 PM (EST)
you using a sleeping bag & tent, or just sleeping under the stars with a bag? I just use a camping pad-can get em at wal-mart or any sporting goods store for $10-$15. Light weight, but won't do anything for you as far as insulation. Guess it depends on where / what time of year you want to camp, & what's most important- comfort, warmth, weight, price.
yep, sleeping bag in tent.|
Posted by: Dr1Gonzo on Jun-06-13 4:29 PM (EST)
yep, sleeping bag in tent.
Posted by: jackl on Jun-06-13 7:43 PM (EST)
Sleeping pad from Exped|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-06-13 8:58 PM (EST)
We have been using Synmat 7's for three years and retired the Thermarests.
Top two mattresses:|
Posted by: Waterbird on Jun-06-13 9:29 PM (EST)
1) Exped Synmat 7, highest rated by backpackers for comfort. Will fit in any kayak or canoe. I don't know of a Thermarest that equals the Synmat in comfort. Insulated for winter (rated to one degree F).
Posted by: Dr1Gonzo on Jun-08-13 3:34 AM (EST)
those mats look great but they're both over $100 and then some.
Comfort is in the eyes of the beholder..|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-08-13 7:14 PM (EST)
and his wallet
ever stayed at a $100 hotel|
Posted by: sapien on Jun-09-13 10:57 PM (EST)
and had to sleep on a crappy uncomfortable mattress?
We're using REI 2.5s. I tried the 3.5 |
Posted by: g2d on Jun-09-13 10:49 PM (EST)
but even at my weight and with my protruding hip sockets, the 3.5 wasn't better than the 2.5.
Posted by: davbart on Jun-09-13 5:49 PM (EST)
It is out of your price range, but I bought one despite it being expensive and I'll never use another sleep mat.
Big fan |
Posted by: mgc on Jun-10-13 9:41 AM (EST)
of the Thermorest pads. They are quite comfortable, not heavy relative to the comfort and they last forever if you take reasonable care of them. Alternative brands (lie EMS) are poorly made and will not hold up. You get what you pay for.
The correct answer to your question|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-10-13 4:02 PM (EST)
may also depend on the underlying ground. Thermarests of a canoe camping and portaging size that roll up into a small bundle are inadequate in the Canadian Shield. And god save you if you try to sleep on the tundra on one!
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jun-11-13 12:27 AM (EST)
The Foam pads like the Ridge-Rest are not as comfortable as the self-inflating ones, but much cheaper. You can double up the Ridge-rest or the Walmart equivalent and still be around $50. The foam pads eliminate the worry about sticks or sharp rocks deflating your bed under load.
Actually on that queen size mattress|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-11-13 3:33 PM (EST)
in my travel trailer beats them all.
Luxury at a Bargain Price|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jun-12-13 10:53 AM (EST)