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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Gear Guide 2012: Sleeping Pads

Sleep comfortably on your next adventure with one of these great sleeping pads.

by: Will Rochfort

Photo by gg12_Big Agnes_Insulated Q-Core_445x260

Sleeping Pads
Most Comfortable: Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad

Best for Big Guys: NEMO Cosmo Air XL Sleeping Pad

Double Bargain: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad

Editors' Choice Update: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

Warmest: Exped Downmat UL7 Sleeping Pad

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Steve C
May 29, 2012

Yesterday in breaking camp with the family, I deflated & rolled four pads (three different types). While on the last one a thought came to mind: What is the quickest and easiest pad to deflate & pack? My son quit using a self-inflating pad because of the sqeezing and rolling and exersion needed to get every bit of air out. A person becomes a human steam roller just to roll up a sleeping pad. So, BP here is a challenge. How about including the average repacking/deflation time when reviewing airmats. Repacking time is something worth reporting, would be a selling point for buyers and could motivate new improvements in the way mats are made. By the way, even though it takes some effort to repack, I am a big fan of the great night's sleep I get when using a self-inflating mat and will continue to use them, but an improvement in this would be an improvement in the overall camping / backpacking experience. Thanks


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