Oct 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm #1264499
I'm considering switching from a BA insulated air core pad to a foam pad to save weight. What's the most comfy foam pad of them all?Oct 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm #1655452
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Closed cell or open cell / self inflator?Oct 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm #1655460
Closed cellOct 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm #1655461
Probably the Thermarest stuff as the GG Nightlite is a bit hard comparably. But I live in the middle of gear hell without much around to compare to.Oct 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm #1655465
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
The Nightlight from Gossamer Gear gets high marks around here. My impression is the Z-rest comes in a close second for comfort.
I personally cannot get comfortable on them on most surfaces, though. Too bad for me!Oct 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm #1655473
I've tried from 2.5 inch inflatable BA insulated pads, to GG NigthLight egg crate pads, to 3/8" closed cell foam pads, to 1/4" GG ThinLight pads. What I have determined, at least for me (YMMV), is that site selection is what really matters. If I sleep on hard desert floor on a 2.5" inflatable pad, I won't sleep any better than on the 1/4" foam pad (which won't be very well). All the pad does for me is #1 insulate me from the cold ground and #2 make the sharp objects I'm sleeping on less uncomfortable.
So as the ultralight maniac I am, nothing is substantially better than the lightest option, so I go with the 1/4" foam pad for my 3 season gear. I simply chose to sleep on top of some type of natural padding/insulation, and I sleep great on my super thin pad.Oct 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm #1655502
"What's the most comfy foam pad of them all?"
The one you sleep on on your back.Oct 18, 2010 at 4:30 am #1655542
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Perhaps the Ridgerest Solar or RidgerestOct 18, 2010 at 5:29 am #1655547
@johng10Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
The Z-rest was about 33% more comfortable to me than the standard thickness ridgerest. The egg crate bumps went flat really fast though. So for comfort for more than a couple of weeks of use, I'd go with the Ridgerest Solar since it's 1/8" thicker than the non Solar.Oct 18, 2010 at 8:07 am #1655572
I <3 my TAR Z Lite. Best CCF pad around. TAR RidgeRest close second.Oct 18, 2010 at 8:20 am #1655575
@caramelmarxLocale: Southern California
I would have to suggest the Z-lite. If your pack can work with it's awkward shape and lack of "burrito"- ness then it's really the king (it's also yellow, which represents it's royalty, gold). I thought alternating your sleeping habits was kind of unreasonable but if you think about it I guess it's not. I guess just in general we shouldn't adapt to our gear.
Happy HikingOct 18, 2010 at 11:37 am #1655631
Will the z-lite really flatten out after only a couple weeks use? Im a lighter guy- around 150. Seems like a waste if it does.Oct 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm #1655665
@xpatrickxadLocale: Upper East TN
I don't see you having a problem. I used mine on my AT thru and it is noticeably flatter now, but I still find it comfortable. And it definitely took longer than a few weeks for me. It was a pretty slow process over a 5 month period. I started my hike around 165 lbs and ended it around 145 just to give you a frame of reference.
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