May 29, 2007 at 3:51 pm #1223444
Using Montbell U.L. ComfortSystem Pillow.
RidgeRest, it's easy to punch using heated aluminium pipe.
Pillow wouldn't go away during sleeping.
Mat would be extended.
Of course FlexAir pillow will work well , too!May 29, 2007 at 4:26 pm #1390605
David StenbergBPL Member
Thank you for the idea and pictures.
I also have to say I have enjoyed your U.L. blog a lot!
Great work!May 29, 2007 at 6:55 pm #1390619
I too have a MontBell pillow, but I am too afraid to punch similar holes into the corners of my REI Lite Core self-inflating pad:
So for now, I've just taped some velcro…May 29, 2007 at 7:09 pm #1390622
You could return that pad to REI and get the 120cm Montbell pad designed for your pillow; it is 5.3 ounces lighter, and $1 cheaper. mhuuu haaa haaa..(best evil laughter)
May 29, 2007 at 7:35 pm #1390623
Yeah, I know, I've looked into it before and it is tempting, but I also know that the 1-inch ProLite 3 is too uncomfortable for me — and YOU were the one who confirmed that the MB pad felt similar to the ProLite 3 in the comfort department. So, no MB pad. Sigh.
Now, if anyone has punched holes in his or her REI Lite Core pad without mishap… please let me know. :)May 29, 2007 at 8:34 pm #1390630
You need only small hole for your pad. Tie clip's thread to your pad side, if width of punched hole fit it.May 29, 2007 at 9:13 pm #1390631
Thank you, Terasawa-san. I will look into this some more.May 30, 2007 at 12:42 pm #1390706
Why not just use a tiny dab of epoxy… or gorilla glue… or… shoot, it doesn't have to be strong, us a bit of the glue they recommend for patching those self inflators… to stick a couple 1-2 inch loops of some Air Core (or some other similarly UL cord) to the the pad?
Better yet, I bet you you could use some… i don't know… 300 lb/test fishing line stuck through (using a sewing needle) the excess fabric on the edges…
Yes, adding loops technically adds weight, but I'd prefer that to risking wrecking my nice new pad… ;)
edit – just notice that you had mentioned using vecro :DMay 30, 2007 at 5:07 pm #1390737
Dondo .BPL Member
@dondoLocale: Colorado Rockies
>>Now, if anyone has punched holes in his or her REI Lite Core pad without mishap… please let me know. :)
Ben, I haven't punched holes in the REI Lite Core but I have done it with my Thermarest Ultralight using an ordinary paper punch. It does a good job of holding the Montbell pillow and caused no damage. The paper punch I had on hand made smaller holes than I wanted, so I just carefully enlarged them a bit at a time. An easier way to do it is to just find a punch with the same diameter as the the holes in the Montbell pillow.
edit: just noticed that the Lite Core tapers at both ends. Better measure before punching.May 30, 2007 at 6:47 pm #1390743
Miguel ArboledaBPL Member
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Hi Ben, long time no talk!
Why not just stick on some strong adhesive tape, perhaps even duct tape, to the sleeping pad and put holes or grommets into the tape through which you could attach the pillow toggles?Jan 31, 2008 at 11:23 am #1418559
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Good idea for many pillow types, even pile-clad "pillow" stuff sacks. Sew strings & toggles to them and melt holes in the closed cell pad or sew loops on the Thermarest corners.
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EricJan 31, 2008 at 4:49 pm #1418620
@jasonklassLocale: Parker, CO
Great Idea! I use flex aire pillows so I might try this with one of my foam winter pads. But, is there anything that could be used that's lighter than the plastic toggle, yet still removeable? Maybe a small plastic clip?
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