Jul 23, 2008 at 6:31 pm #1230317
I am a side sleeper and would like to use a closed cell instead of an inflatable like my Big Agnes Insulated Aircore. I have a Gossamer Gear Nightlight but need a little bit more padding than the 3/4". Is there anything light to add to it or another one out there than the Ridgerest because it weighs too much. Thanks.Jul 23, 2008 at 6:41 pm #1444221
@egadsLocale: South East
Scoop out a hollow in the ground for your hips. Helps and doesn't weigh anything.Jul 23, 2008 at 8:08 pm #1444239
@aroth87Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Tylenol PM or your alcohol of choice. Also, a GG Thinlight helps helps a surprising amount.
AdamJul 24, 2008 at 8:48 am #1444332
You might try laminating another piece of foam to your GG pad. Get some 3M spray adhesive and add another layer of padding to the bottom. Look at the GG thinlight pads.Jul 24, 2008 at 9:11 am #1444338
@ericnobleLocale: Colorado Rockies
Brett, I'm a hammock sleeper who is trying to get comfortable on the ground as well. I'm not there yet but this is my approach. I cut a sit pad from the 3/4" egg crate Nightlite. This mates with my pad of the same material when I go to bed. I position it so it's right at the small of my back. With the egg crates facing each other the sit pad does not move at all on my pad. I'm going to do what Russell suggests and laminate some additional foam to both pads. What can I say, I'm a big guy who needs a lot of padding. I also made a pot cozy that opens flat when not in use that will be part of my sleep pad system.Jul 24, 2008 at 10:25 am #1444352
Nowadays, I usually add a ThinLight to my NightLight. It adds a bit of comfort and warmth. Both pads grip very well, so it is easy to keep them together.Jul 24, 2008 at 10:41 am #1444356
I do something similar when I'm on a longer trip (4 nights+). I use a GG nightlight and I am generally ok with the pad. I can get a few aches after consecutive usage of just this pad, so I take along two sections from a Thermarest ZRest pad to supplement either my hips or shoulders, depending on which part is getting sore. I'll use forest duff to help, too…Jul 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm #1444386
Ditto to Ross' approach for me, works great for me (and I have to say, the combo is really, really warm for the weight). Dumb question: Have you experimented flipping the NightLight's eggcrate up vs. down? People seem to prefer it one way or the other and notice significant comfort differences.Jul 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm #1444410
I don't notice any difference…up or down. Usually lay the bumpy part face down, just out of habit I guess.Jul 24, 2008 at 9:03 pm #1444472
Which Thinlight are most people using or have found to be the most versatile?Jul 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm #1444475
I use the 1/8" with a torso-length NightLight, from shoulders to feet.Jul 25, 2008 at 8:25 am #1444545
If you're looking for additional padding, I'd probably suggest the 3/8". Cut to size to supplement the Nightlight, your probably only looking at a few ounces of additional weight.
You might also consider just chopping up a WalMart blue foam pad. It will be cushier than the Thinlight but might weigh a tad more. Fairly cheap to test this option as well.Jul 25, 2008 at 10:22 am #1444557
Nathan, no such thing as a 1/8" nightlight? I thought all 1/8" pads were thinlights.Jul 25, 2008 at 10:42 am #1444561
I meant I use the 1/8" (ThinLight) with the Nightlight…
"No time for full sentences, Dr. Jones!" :-)Jul 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm #1444582
I actually get some double density egg crate foam in at work so I will try some off that to boost it and see how it does. Thanks.Jul 25, 2008 at 8:26 pm #1444632
@owareLocale: Steptoe Butte
Egg crate down if in snow or rain. The cups catch the precip.
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