Gear Review: Pacific Outdoors Peak Elite AC
This pad delivers low weight and low cost, making no more grumpy mornings.
High warmth paired with low weight and low cost? This pad delivers, thanks to weight-saving measures like the mummy shape and “bio-mapped” synthetic insulation (placed in key areas under the torso). That means less material but not less warmth, says a tester who used the Peak Elite on subfreezing nights.
The pad also gets a no-weight warmth boost (about 10 percent, says the company), from an aluminum coating*—particles infused in the fabric that reflect body heat. What we felt: 2.5 inches of luxurious cushion, and plenty of insulation for three-season use. The 33-denier ripstop nylon doesn’t need ultralight TLC, so the only real tradeoff is the shape: Are you comfortable without a full-size bed? $80; 14 oz.; 20”x 72”x 2.5”; pacoutdoor.com
*Aluminum Coating Heat-reflective particles make the pad more efficient. Pacific Outdoor designers say they work best with dark-colored fabrics.