Nemo Switchback Sleeping Pad Review (First Looks)
Mar 7, 2019 at 7:00 am #3582214
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A first looks review of NEMO Equipment’s Switchback Sleeping pad based on initial impressions at from at home and in the field.Mar 7, 2019 at 12:22 pm #3582226James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Thanks, Andrew. It sort’a looks like Nemo has hit the limit with making dimples in CCF pads. As you say, they look like they are crushing and perhaps staying that way over the time you spent out with yours (note the winkles/creases in your picture) and the metalic coating does seem to be wearing. I also have concerns about long-term durability. Unfortunatly, you did not say how long you had it out. From the looks of the pad I would make a guess of only about a week.
The “dual-density” is likely a manufacturing requirement. You were correct in ignoring it. It supplies a bit of negatives by introducing harder outside layering with less rebound, but takes a shape a bit better. Unlike the sliced evazote foams, this probably introduces a little less Rvalue and less resiliency for the entire package.
A good evaluation between the two major types: Zrest style and Nemo Style. As you say you noticed no practical difference between the two in use. My “druthers” would be to buy the US product over a foreign product if there is no difference. It is a few dollars cheaper, anyway. But, if I didn’t have a choice, there is not enough dollars involved to make one highly desirable over the other.Mar 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm #3582227Brad PSpectator
I got one for my son and he says he likes it. Only used twice.Mar 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm #3582243J-LBPL Member
I think the biggest benefit of the Switchback is that it folds more compactly than a Z-Lite of the same length. I have both, and don’t know how their packed dimensions are listed as the same. Section Hiker shows a comparative picture:
Other than that, hard to tell much difference. Maybe the Switchback is a little more comfortable.Mar 7, 2019 at 3:44 pm #3582250
I had it in the field for about a week and also slept on it on my living room floor quite a few times. Maybe 15-20 nights overall?Mar 7, 2019 at 3:47 pm #3582252
“I think the biggest benefit of the Switchback is that it folds more compactly than a Z-Lite of the same length. I have both and don’t know how their packed dimensions are listed as the same”
It’s a good question, John. I don’t currently own a Z-Lite so I wasn’t able to make measurements of both of them. I will say that my measurements of the Switchback were slightly different than what Nemo provided. Perhaps there is a degree of variation from pad to pad. It would be interesting to compare, say, ten different Switchbacks to see.Mar 7, 2019 at 8:02 pm #3582291James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Thanks, Andrew! That was more use than I dared to hope.Mar 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm #3582752Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
Just bought a Zlite. Easy choice between these two. Made in USA and backed by Thermarest’s legendary warrantyMar 10, 2019 at 10:41 pm #3582787rmeurantBPL Member
SectionHiker’s photo comparison of the two pads folded up shows the Switchback to be about 6/7 the folded thickness of the Zlite, and another minor observation: when folded, the Zlite has the Alu sides (end panels) outermost; the Switchback does not.Mar 11, 2019 at 1:00 am #3582814Gerry B.BPL Member
@taedawoodLocale: Louisiana, USA
According to Nemo, the orange side is to be the top side upon which you sleep, not the foil side. When I first got mine I saw the instructions on REI had the opposite so I emailed Nemo and they contacted REI to correct their instructions.
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