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    Laurence Daniels
    BPL Member

    @gnr

    Locale: Boston

    RE: Gossamer Gear ThinLight Insulation Pad: If I’m in a shelter, I might think about this option simply for pack support and ground sheet in the shelter.

    Does anybody use this as their only pad and is it strong enough, if rolled up, to support a pack like a Virga with 18 or so pounds?

    Thanks.

    #1350966
    Marion Watts
    BPL Member

    @mdwattsjr

    It ain’t much of a pad. No real rigidity to it at all for pack frame support. I would use it as a back “pad” for SUL overnight loads when rigidity of the pack is not as important. You would have to be a very easy sleeper to be able to be comfortable on this pad, especially on shelter floors. I could see it better suited to forest floors with heavy duff. I have the NiteLite too. Great pad. Best closed-cell out there, bar none.

    #1350972
    Michael Freyman
    BPL Member

    @mfreyman

    Is this based on the 1/8″ pad or the 3/8″ version? Thanks for your insight.

    #1350973
    Marion Watts
    BPL Member

    @mdwattsjr

    1/8″. I’d say the 3/8″ would be quite a bit better. Hold on, I’ll fold mine triple and let you know.

    #1350976
    Marion Watts
    BPL Member

    @mdwattsjr

    Not bad. Probably would work. You wouldn’t have the “dimples” of the Nitelite, which add significant comfort to me, but if your a half-way decent sleeper, you could pull it off.

    #1351057
    Michael Freyman
    BPL Member

    @mfreyman

    Thanks!

    Hmmm …

    Nightlight 3/4 length is 7.5 oz, but 3/4″ thick

    Whereas …

    ThinLight 3/8″ thick (same length as nightlight) is ~5.5 oz.

    Have to think about the comfort balance here a bit.

    #1351066
    Serge Giachetti
    BPL Member

    @giachett

    Locale: boulder, co

    I have the 1/8″ and 3/8″ ThinLight pad. As has been mentioned the 1/8″ pad won’t do much as a frame, but the 3/8″ should work just fine. I find the 3/8″ pad to be just comfortable enough to get a good nights sleep on. When using the 1/8″ ThinLight I also bring my torso length NightLight (the one that folds into three sections) and this setup has worked great for me.

    Take care!

    #1351082
    Marion Watts
    BPL Member

    @mdwattsjr

    Remember Mike, the NiteLite is a long 3/4’s length. Fifty some inches. Cut down the the industry standard 47″, it comes in at 5.5 oz. Just a thought.

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