Jan 22, 2009 at 8:49 am #1233434
I was wondering if there was an inflatable pad out there that is both wide and short. Being about 6'5", 230#s and a side sleeper I usually tend to roll off the 19-20" ones if I turn in my sleep and it seems the ones that are 25" in width only come in the 72" or longer category. I know Exped used to make some Downmats that were like this but it seems no longer. Thanks.Jan 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm #1472149
– -K.T.- –Participant
I gave up looking. I contacted exped and thermarest, no plans for producing any either. Sucks for us.Jan 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm #1472152
If you do find one, I bet Chad Miller, a member here, would probably like to know about it.Jan 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm #1472376
Why is most of this stuff made for midgets?Jan 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm #1472389
@tobitLocale: Shadows of the White Mountains
"Why is mos of this stuff made for midgets?"
Because, although there may appear to be a lot of us big folks, the market for big folks is actually quite small. :(Jan 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm #1472394
Yet the market for really small people, XS, seems to be pretty big or they can slip into kids items. Dang.Jan 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm #1472414
– -K.T.- –Participant
Less than 3% of the worldwide population is over 6' tall. Something like 2% wear a size 12 shoe or larger. We are freaks, just remember we are big freaks. So be nice.Jan 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm #1472490
@beepLocale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Darn! I thought it was just that the world was short!!!
(walks away humming "Short People"…)Jan 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm #1472513
@kneebyterLocale: the depths of Hiking Hell (Iowa)
Sorry Brett, don't think it exists. I've been looking for over a year. Looks like a niche market opportunity for someone! ;-)Jan 24, 2009 at 8:00 am #1472562
The thread wasn't meant to be rude against short people but it would be nice if some of the outdoor companies would acknowledge that people about 6' do exist, especially in this country.
Oh well, back to the GG 3/4 Nightlight and some extra pads for the hip and shoulder.Jan 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm #1472613
@oiboyroiLocale: South West US
Don't know if this make a difference for you or not but Exped Downmats are actually 22 inches wide.Jan 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm #1472617
Jolly Green GiantParticipant
Maybe this will help from a 6'6" guy.
Rumor has it Gossamer Gear is switching the foam they use for their pads which will allow them to cut it in nearly any size. They are also going to offer tall packs. Having used their foam in winter, it is "good enough" for even fairly cold temperatures and you can double-up on it for more warmth. The down mats, inflatables, etc., are all heavier, more expensive, and are not the right size. Consider GG's closed foam as an option.
Talk with Grant to get the specifics. I'm not saying it's gospel and I don't have an exact date, but these things were mentioned to me personally by GG.Jan 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm #1473192
L J MoloneyMember
Oware (http://www.owareusa.com/) has a Foam Sleeping pad 40x60x3/16" its not inflatable and its thin at 3/16 but it is 40 wide and an r value of .689 and its only 6oz.Jan 27, 2009 at 12:35 pm #1473321
SANDRA GILLESPIE KRAMERMember
@sandykayakLocale: South Florida
Not inflatable, but perhaps you could add a similar mod to an inflatable: Speer Hammocks 2 x 2 Segmented Pad Extender with Four Wings $35
sandy in miamiJan 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm #1473633
Yeah, on the inflatable pads I just usually roll off when I switch from one hip to the other. I will try to give GG a call tomorrow.Jan 30, 2009 at 6:53 am #1474007
I did talk to Gossamer Gear and they said they are just making the Nightlight longer to a full size, not wider So closed cell pads that are 3/4" thick stop at 25" wide.Jan 30, 2009 at 7:24 am #1474014
te – waParticipant
the nightlite is
listed as 19.5"Jan 30, 2009 at 7:35 am #1474015
Have you contacted Stephenson/Warmlite?
They customize their pads, and perhaps would do the extra width for you.Jan 30, 2009 at 7:42 am #1474017
Less than 3% of the worldwide population is over 6' tall
Is that true? wow, we are freaks.
I bought one of these for winter camping. Nice and big, no need for ground sheet.
1/8" X 36" X 80"
They will make it any length you want for a few extra bucks. Ask for the large (@ 28" wide) and specify length you want…36"..48"..they do it. I had a small @ 22" wide x 48" long DAM made for me a while back.
HTHJan 30, 2009 at 8:44 am #1474037
@nklineLocale: Northeast U.S.
I, too, am a side sleeper and, unless I twist inside of my sleeping bag (which wakes me up), I would roll off my sleeping pad when turning over.
I have been considering making my own sleeping pad, hence this thread:
Please list your MYOG sleeping pad project in the thread. Eventually, we could compile the information into the BPL Wiki.
NickJan 30, 2009 at 9:13 am #1474041
What you can do is get a large thermarest and cut it short.
Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/make_your_own_gear_shortening_a_therm_a_rest_pad.htmlJan 30, 2009 at 11:38 am #1474075
@jwfclarkLocale: Southern California
May I recommend that you not overlook Stepenson/Warmlite.
I have utilized their down filled inflatable pad for a number of years. The bonding and material they use are first rate. And they said they would make just about any size. The down filled versions require the use of a stuff sack to inflate the pad to keep vapor from wetting the down. While these bags are not UL but are very comfortable and provide all the insulation needed. You can have additional down added if that might better address your winter needs.Jan 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm #1474107
I don't know if I can afford a Stephenson's though. Not the cheapest.
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