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Gear Review: Eureka Dualis Sleeping Pad

Do you toss and turn endlessly in your tent at night? Keep reading.

by: Allison Woods

Eureka Dualis (Allison Woods)
Eureka Dualis (Allison Woods)

The Specs for Dualis/Dualis ST Large:
$99/$129
72 x 20”/78 x 25”
2 lbs. 15 oz./5 lbs.
eurekatent.com
Maybe you’re one of those people who just can’t get comfortable at bedtime: squirmy, shifty, and generally a less-than-stellar tentmate. Did you know that there is an excellent chance that your sleeping pad is partially to blame?

Think about it: you rely on this slip of air and some kind of insulation to keep you both warm and adequately padded from whatever happens to be under your tent, be it snow, mud, or partially frozen earth. The Eureka Dualis addresses this matter with ingenuity: The four-season pad is essentially an inflatable foam pad with an air mattress welded right on top of it, bringing the best of both worlds—and nearly 4” of cushion-- to your somnolent underside.

I tested it in Washington’s Cascades and Columbia River Basin and this one didn’t disappoint in the comfort department. At 72 x 20”, the pad’s large enough that my feet never fell off the end of the pad, even while rolling onto my side. Even camping on snow, and on cooler nights (the coolest testing night, the mercury dropped below 20°F), I never felt the chill of the ground through the pad. The separate air chambers for the “self-inflating” foam section and air mattress section require little effort (it takes about 2 minutes to fully inflate both chambers), and in four months of testing, I didn’t experience any problems with leakage from either valve, nor did I puncture the pad.

The tough 150-denier ripstop polyester exterior made it ideal for stargazing on the granite slabs at an unnamed lake deep in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. All of this comfort comes at a cost though. While this pad is a bargain at $99 (comparable pads can cost twice that), the weight penalty is significant. The Dualis comes in right at three pounds, but if you’re one of those people who just can’t get comfortable in the high country, this pad will comfort the restless hound dog in you.

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Linda
Sep 16, 2011

I LOVE my Big Agnes and have not had a bad night's sleep since I started carrying it. Three pounds is wayyy to heavy for me.

Anonymous
Sep 08, 2011

Waaaaay to heavy. Try Expat inflatable at 16 oz with a little insulation, or the next model up with more insulation and still a lot lighter than that piece of er... heavy gear.

doug
Sep 07, 2011

That is too heavy even for an overnighter! Perhaps for a base camp or "car camping" but not backpacking. I will stick with my neo air.

Fremy
Sep 01, 2011

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core is the way to go. Light, small when rolled up AND can be slipped into a stadium chair sleeve for the ultimate air seat in the woods! I got one and will never look back!

Anonymous
Sep 01, 2011

If I had to carry a 3 lb pad,I'd rather not sleep and if I was carring that pad I'd be so tired I'd sleep any place / The only place this Pad has home is at Base camp on a Peak Bag trip

Michael Defenbaugh
Aug 30, 2011

Meh... when they come out with a pad that aligns your back, cures your aches and pains, puts you to sleep in seconds, and wakes you up with the fresh smell of coffee I'll be excited :) until then, go light or go home.

Paul
Aug 25, 2011

Perfect for the base camp.

Justin Thyme
Aug 24, 2011

3 pounds? Yikes,

Peggy
Aug 24, 2011

ahhh..this is why I have a hammock!!! Always comfy. Good underquilt, top quilt and tarp and you have a 4 season paradise.

tom kennedy
Aug 24, 2011

too heavy

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