Jan 29, 2013 at 8:29 pm #1298607
Edward JursekBPL Member
@nedjursekgmail-comLocale: Pacific Northwest
My oldest daughter, age 11, will be going on some of my backpacking trips this summer. I am looking to keep her gear as light as possible. She is 4'11" and growing fast and is 70lbs. I have some good CCF pad options, but I was wondering what kind of inflatable options might work. I am trying to balance cost (in case she doesn't take to the longer trips) with light weight. For example, I don't see shelling out for the latest NeoAir, but I want her comfortable. Suggestions for a kid? Thanks!Jan 29, 2013 at 9:51 pm #1948694
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Look at the Thermarest Women's ProLite. Light and will last as she grows. Plenty of comfort.
Bargain method: Cut down a RidgeRest or Z-Lite. Use the left-over pad for two sit pads.Jan 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm #1948707
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
I use the Montbell U.L.COMFORT SYSTEM PAD 90 with my 8 year old http://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?p_id=1124407.Jan 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm #1948709
My 7 year old sleeps on a cut down ridgerest. He seems pretty happy, once he's out, he's out.Jan 30, 2013 at 3:50 am #1948726
Sumi WadaBPL Member
@detroittigerfanLocale: Ann Arbor
My son's been using a Thermarest ZLite for 5 years and says he's perfectly comfortable, even on really hard/rocky ground. Our trips are typically 4-6 days. He's now 14, weighs 100lb, and I recently bought him a NeoAir XLite.
Imo, I wouldn't get her a heavy inflatable over a light CCF pad. The woman's prolite suggestion is a good one — I used one just until last year myself. They're easy to inflate (MUCH easier, imo, than the air mattresses), warm and comfortable. For lighter people, I think it's more comfortable than the NeoAir types.Jan 30, 2013 at 5:15 am #1948733
Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
I have been backpacking now for over 6 years with four of my granddaughters on extended trips of over 9 – 11 days. The younger ladies (presently 10 & 11 yr of age) use Original Z Lite™, AND the older (presently both 13 years of age) Original RidgeRest. Never had any comments about the sleeping variable we have set up EXCEPT….. "Grandpa can't we sleep in more on these trips?" I've never had an issue with sleeping pads even with my boys (they started bp at ages 4, 6, &8…now in their 40's) when we were out hiking the trails in the USA and Alaska.Jan 30, 2013 at 5:53 am #1948745
I just ended up getting a NeoAir All Season for the kid (7yo, 52") because it comes in "medium" (66") and was cheaper than the WR Xlite. Not bad at 1#-2#, Xlite would save 4 oz. though.
-Mark in St. LouisJan 30, 2013 at 6:26 am #1948755
Erik BasilBPL Member
Our son, just under 80lb, has been using either an inflatable REI "thermarest knock off" or a Ridgerest for several years. He much prefers the Ridgerest: it's lighter, takes zero time to inflate or roll up and is very comfortable at his weight (as folks under 175lb all seem to say).
However, if he could replace it, he'd get a Z-lite: it's nearly as light, works great folded as a seat and folds much faster and to smaller than the Ridgerest. I agree with him and suggest you look at that pad for your daughter.
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