Alas, pain in my shoulders and hips is destroying my ability to camp. I can no longer sleep on the ground, even with a thin mattress underneath. What is the best, most cushioned, and lightweight pad that might help solve this problem?Submitted by - Erin, Alameda, CA
Now, if it’s a backpacking pad you seek, it becomes a bit more of a challenge. But by far, the most comfortable pad we’ve found is the brand new NeoAir, also by Cascade Designs. When inflated, It’s thick enough (2.5 inches) that even our 6’8” Editor-in-Chief didn’t bottom out. It weighs just 13 ounces and packs up the size of a can of Fosters. Check out this video review of the Neo Air.
I’m guessing because of your hip and shoulder pain that you’re a side-sleeper. But if you can train yourself to get comfortable sleeping on either your back or stomach, you’ll eliminate these pressure spots. Even if you can make it only part way through the night before you automatically roll onto your side, you should lessen your shoulder and hip discomfort.
Best of luck…whatever you do, don’t give up on camping!