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 *Quick tips about choosing an essential outdoor pad*

 Car Camping:  Choose our thickest, traditional, 2.5 pads that offer extra comfort.

 Backpacking:  Aim for one of our lighter pads, Ether, to satisfy your weight needs without sacrificing comfort.

 Cushioning is an important function to keeping you comfortable but more importantly it is used to help keep you asleep and energized for the next day.  Another great benefit of insulation is its ability to block conductive heat loss from your body. 

 Sleeping bags lose loft when weight is applied to the insulation.  Sleeping pads make up for this difference by providing a buffer zone between you and the cold floor.


*Types of sleeping pads*

 Closed cell foam pads:  Lightweight; inexpensive; durability that can handle abrasion; extra insulation as a combination with self-inflating systems.  Most foam pads require an exterior, outside the pack carry.       

 Self inflating pads:  A combination of air and foam giving the maximum amount of comfort and insulation.  Simply open the value to fill pad with air, a few breaths will top it off.  Desired firmness can be achieved by lying on the pad completely full and opening the valve to find that sweet spot.  If the pad develops a leak, field repairs can be done by using the supplied repair kit with instructions.

 Air Core pads:  Designed with the minimalist in mind, lightweight and comfortable.  We have two models, one with insulation and one without.    Insulted models are designed for colder climates and non-insulted are designed for warmer climates.  This pad has to be manually inflated.  If the pad develops a leak, field repairs can be done by using the supplied repair kit with instructions. 


*Categorize yourself to find a suitable pad*

 Minimalist and extended trips: Finding the lightest most compact sleeping pad is vital for saving space while minimizing weight.  If you weigh your pack before leaving for a trip, you belong in this group.

 Backpackers:  Most backpackers seek comfort without sacrificing too much weight due to being exhausted after a long-haul.  Durability is important to you because you abuse your gear constantly. 

 Car camping:  You are concerned about being comfortable.  If you could bring your refrigerator with you-you would probably be grabbing a cold beverage out of it as you read and relax.  Weight is not an issue, either is space.


*Choosing the pad for the right season*

 R-Value:  This is a common term used when referring to season of use.  Insulation is measured according to its capacity to resist (that’s the “R”) heat flow.  The higher a pad’s value, the better you can expect it to insulate you from cold surfaces.  Don’t forget to wear your hat, 80% of heat loss in our bodies’ leaks from our melon’s. 

  •  R-value (R > 3) = 1 season, Summer time with temperatures never dropping below          45°(F)degrees at night.
  •  R-Value (3 ≤ R ≥ 5) = 3 seasons, Spring/Summer/Fall.  The temperature at night will usually get down between 15 to 40 (F) degrees.
  •  R-Value (4 ≤ R ≥ 7) = 4 seasons, Fall/Spring/Winter.  The temperature at night will usually get down between 0 to 25 (F) degrees.
  •  R-Value (7 ≤ R) = 4+ seasons, Cold Winter.  The temperature at night will get down between 0 to -35 (F) degrees.


*What is the correct height and width*

Length:  pads come in 3 lengths; 78 in (long), 72 in (regular), and 48 in (short).  The short 48 in pad is designed to save weight for the minimalist group.

Width:  Nearly every pad offers the standard width of 20”.  If you tend to roll around a lot, you may want a width of 25” or 30”.  Tapered designs reduce volume and pack smaller (mummy shape).



*What is the difference between male and female pads*

For one, the women’s colors are usually more fashionable.  Women’s pads tend to have more insulation/comfort in the hip area, since women have more rounded hips and have a better chance of bottoming out.  Women’s pads also have more insulation throughout the hips and feet for reasons of heat loss, causing women to sleep colder.


*Try them out*

 Visit your local retailer to test for cushioning you require, necessary length, pads weight and packability.


*Sleep System Components*

Including your sleeping pad, there are 4 main components to increase performance.

  1. Sleeping bag:  Picking the correct temperature for you environment.  If you are going to be camping on snow, you are going to want sleeping bags ≥ 10 °. 
  2. Summer Season: + 35° and Higher (F)
  3. 3-Season Bag: +10° to +35° (F)
  4. Cold Weather -10° to +10° (F)
  5. Winter/Extreme -10° and below (F)
  6. Liner:  A necessity for changing environments.  The temperatures are going to fluctuate from evening to morning.  The liner can add up to 5° to 25°F.
  7. Pillow:  backpacking pillows are a necessity for a good night sleep.  Especially if you’re in colder climates because you don’t want to sacrifice your down coat to make a pillow if your core is cold.
  8. Compression sack:  a great tool for helping safe space in your backpack.  It allows your down or synthetic bag to take a more compressed form.  Also great tool for creating an extra pillow!