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.
+1 on th Exped|
Posted by: mike on Aug-18-14 6:15 PM (EST)
I second, third, and fourth the recommendation for the Exped. My wife bought me an exped 9 down mattress. I would have never spent $200 on an air mattress for myself, but now that she bought it for me, I don't know how or why I lived without it.
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: ezwater 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.
I second the Exped|
Posted by: cycle003 on Jan-06-14 4:46 PM (EST)
I second the Exped. It's fairly light, has high R value and is comfortable. Although it's not easy to fork over the cash, buying quality gear can make a huge difference in your experience.
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.
Wrong about the Shield|
Posted by: portager on Mar-29-14 12:20 PM (EST)
I've used a Thermarest Trail Pro up there many times, including on bare rock. They work just fine.
Only good for sandy beaches or....|
Posted by: Stickman on Mar-29-14 6:57 PM (EST)
Luxury at a Bargain Price|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jun-12-13 10:53 AM (EST)
Posted by: Marko_Solo on Dec-29-13 6:46 PM (EST)
I can't help but wonder...|
Posted by: tjalmy on Dec-30-13 11:06 PM (EST)
Try to borrow from friends and find out|
Posted by: alpalmer on Dec-31-13 8:32 PM (EST)
before buying or shop the thrift stores or second hand outdoor gear to reduce the price risk. With Christmas over with, people will be unloading "old" gear. maybe check Craigslist.
therm a rest pro lite |
Posted by: rpg51 on Jan-05-14 10:53 AM (EST)
I use Thermarest & Big Agnes|
Posted by: nc-lefty on Jan-05-14 8:05 PM (EST)
I bought two thermarest "Trail Comfort" off eBay for around $40 each. They work great for what I do here in the southeastern US; never been camping in Canada so I can't speak to that. I also have a Big Agnes mat, I think it advertises R5 insulation. It's not self-inflating, but it's smaller than the Thermarest -- about the size of a 1-liter Nalgene bottle.
Another thing I like about therm a rest |
Posted by: rpg51 on Jan-06-14 6:51 AM (EST)
pads is the ability to quickly and easily convert them into a chair for camp when the chores are done. Perhaps other pads do this as well - I don't know.
Posted by: ppine on Jan-06-14 2:30 PM (EST)
ThermaRest gets my vote !|
Posted by: voyageur47 on Jan-08-14 11:53 AM (EST)
I have had the same ThermaRest mattress for 25+ years, still works great ! Light weight, easy to clean, and rolling them up is good exercise to keep you from getting carpal tunnel syndrome...really !!
Get a thick 'un|
Posted by: beaverjack on Jan-19-14 5:59 PM (EST)
After a long day of portaging and paddling, a crappy night's sleep is the last thing you need to enjoy yourself. I've had thermorests for a long time, but I now use the thicker variety. It is worlds better on rocky, uneven ground. My bones used to be more rubbery, and I slept like a hound on rocks. These days, I like the exta cushion, and the weight is minimal. I'd spend more on a pad and a little less on other things if it was a choice.
No need to spend alot|
Posted by: CoreyR on Mar-04-14 4:32 PM (EST)
I see a lot of suggestions on here for some rather pricey items.
LIke many I used |
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-09-14 10:04 AM (EST)
closed cell foam pads for years and years. The reasons I switched to a therm a rest pad are these - I'm old and my hips hurt when I sleep on a foam pad, I'm old and I like having a chair on trips and a therm a rest doubles as a chair, I'm old and I'm lucky enough to have few spare dollars now and then to spend on comfort. But I agree, a closed cell foam pad works just fine. We do tend to get sucked in by the marketing folks don't we? Keeps the unsustainable western economy cooking along.
Posted by: markk on Mar-16-14 6:53 PM (EST)
Just go and enjoy. Mat is not important.
Sleep IS important|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Mar-24-14 8:14 PM (EST)
I used a closed cell foam pad. It insulated me from the ground chill/ But then I turned 30 and my hips got sore from the hard ground below.
SynMat UL 9 - they got one for you !|
Posted by: alpalmer on Mar-24-14 9:07 PM (EST)
More insulated than the popular SynMat UL 7, the Exped SynMat UL 9 Sleeping Pad provides greater warmth for year-round adventures, yet it still packs down small to fit in your backpack.
Wow.. Tommy is some ten years |
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-29-14 7:20 PM (EST)
behind or ahead of me in sleeping age.
Go with a BA IAC|
Posted by: QCHiker on Apr-20-14 7:09 PM (EST)
Go with the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pad. Like sleeping on a a bed at home. Around $90.00
Your final step|
Posted by: WaterBird on Jun-16-14 9:55 PM (EST)
Exped MegaMat 10 on a cot.
Posted by: ppine on Jul-21-14 10:14 PM (EST)
I just finished a trip with all the camping on gravel bars. I am going to try a light weight cot from Piragus next.
+1. on the progression|
Posted by: Mike on Sep-14-14 10:48 PM (EST)
Ha ha ha. Ya I followed the same pattern. In my teens, bare ground. In my twenties, closed cell foam. In my thirties, Thermarest. in my forties, air mattress. In my fifties, Expo down mattress. According to my friends, most of them switch to Motels in their sixties.
Posted by: datakoll on Sep-18-14 10:38 PM (EST)
why you meet a better class of people on gravel bars
Posted by: datakoll on Sep-15-14 8:43 PM (EST)
blue pad...try a double thickness under torso.
I'm another Exped believer......|
Posted by: chodups on Sep-19-14 10:13 PM (EST)
....I used closed cell, several models of Thermarests, Big Agnes Air Core and stumbled on the Synmat 7. It came with the little foam donut pump. The mattress was comfy but the pump was unimpressive. Bought the Schnozzel bag to blow it up a year ago and my life is sublime. Mattress is full in under 60 seconds. The Schnozzel takes up zero space in my boat and the Synmat packs small.
and free delivery !|
Posted by: datakoll on Sep-20-14 7:49 PM (EST)
synmat, comes with a puncture repair kit ?