Jul 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm #3602015JStankyBPL Member
@jstankyLocale: SF Bay Area
For any GG thinlite pad users out there, I’m curious as to the lowest temp you use that 1/8 inch pad in. I’ve been out on a couple trips this year trying the thinlite for the first time. Full disclosure, I’m currently folding the full 5 ft length in half, or doubling up the thickness, and I’ve found I’ve slept comfortably. But it hasn’t been lower than 40 degrees at night. Just wondering what the edge of the envelope is on temperature. I’m sure good site selection, ground cover, etc, all will help.Jul 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm #3602017Sam HaraldsonBPL Member
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
I used a Thinlite as my sole pad for a thruhike of the PNT about ten years ago. Base temperatures are highly subjective to the user so not sure how valuable the information will be to you, but I regularly experienced temps into the 40s. My sleep system consisted of the Thinlite, a Nunatak quilt, and an MLD bivy.Jul 15, 2019 at 4:39 pm #3602018JStankyBPL Member
@jstankyLocale: SF Bay Area
Thanks Sam. Yes, understood that this is pretty subjective. I’m really curious if anyone is comfortable pushing the pad into the mid 30’s. Realistically I know I’m just going to have to take it colder and colder until I freeze my tail off for a trip. I’m using a Borah cuben bivy along with a 40 degree EE enigma quilt. When paired with my down jacket and a torso length xlite inflatable pad I’d have no problem taking that setup down to freezing and even below if I added a little more foot and head insulation. But I’m guessing that once the temp gets close to freezing that the thinlite is going leave me wishing I brought the xlite.Jul 15, 2019 at 6:46 pm #3602030Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
EVAZOTE GREY FOAM (21″ x 72″ /0.95cm – 3/8in) – (R-Value 1.36) – (10.68oz)Jul 15, 2019 at 9:17 pm #3602043James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
It is highly subjective, so take this with a grain of salt. The overall sleeping system, which consists of the ground, pad, bag, and any tent floor, is often a matter of averaging different conditions. I can sleep with no pad down to 20F IFF, the ground is dry, I have a lot of forest duff u der me, and, I have some sort of overstuffed bag. I have needed an R4 pad at 50F if there is wet ground under me. Generally a 1/8″ pad doesn’t provide that much R value and little comfort. It does provide a good vapor barrier. The rest is up to you.Jul 15, 2019 at 11:38 pm #3602077Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
+ 1 for forest duff, pine needles, etc!Jul 16, 2019 at 12:22 am #3602084Tom KBPL Member
TheThinlite is good for protecting your real sleeping pad from puntures. The rest is up to you, as was posted above, IMO, at least for most folks, particularly the elderly among us. For comfort and insulation, I’ll take something that offers more insulation, be it from Cascade Designs, Exped, Big Agnes, or whoever.
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