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Using a Prolite to gain head room in Hexamid or Aeon


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    Keith Johnson
    BPL Member

    @crossingzion

    Does anyone use a thermarest prolite to gain head room in an SUL shelter or tent. I have one. Weighed it at 19 oz. My Xlite large with stuff sack weighs the same. Way more comfy but puts me closer to the walls.

    #3717405
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I use a prolite

    Comfortable enough.  Closed cell foam pads are not.

    You’re only a couple inches lower than thick pads though.  Wouldn’t make that much difference.  Still, a little bit can be helpful.

    Don’t put your hand on the pad with all your weight on it.  I think that’s caused a couple of my pads to delaminate.  My last pad I’ve been careful not to do that and it’s lasted better.  Also, I think they changed the construction to reduce delamination so maybe that’s why my last pad has lasted longer.

    #3717517
    Keith Johnson
    BPL Member

    @crossingzion

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks Jerry. I’ve got the red/orange old valve. Used it one time and slept great. Comfy campsite tho. No rocks or snags.</p>

    #3717565
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    The general concept sounds weight inefficient, in the sense that you’re switching to a substantially heavier pad to only partially resolve a con that could be resolved more completely and with less weight addition by going to a shelter that offers the headroom you’re missing. My guess is that an extra ~1″ of headroom is not a win compared to the loss in comfort and 7oz gain in weight versus using your ~12oz X-Lite.

    #3717568
    Keith Johnson
    BPL Member

    @crossingzion

    Thanks Dan. My thoughts exactly. You are spot on as usual. If you said heck yes I’d try it for sure.

    #3717616
    Diane “Piper” Soini
    BPL Member

    @sbhikes

    Locale: Santa Barbara

    I use a prolite in my Pocket Tarp. I’m 5’3″ and feel that there isn’t a lot of room in there. I can’t really sit up without hitting my head against the wall. There’s plenty of room for me lying down though. It’s good to be short.

    #3717629
    Keith Johnson
    BPL Member

    @crossingzion

    Hey Diane, thanks for that bit. I’m 5’9 ish and bought the Prolite to use in my Ti Goat bug bivy which is too tight for a 2.5 inch Xlite and me, combined with my Pocket Tarp which was really tight with me and an Xlite and decent bag. In a fit of guilt and stupidity, I dumped the Pocket Tarp. I still have the Ti Goat bug bivy (never used) and the Prelate. One of these days I need to go out and try it. I actually sleep great on a Prolite if the ground is smooth. I grew up mountain climbing with 1/4 blue foam pads as deluxe comfort on snow. I was tough back then. I’m not tough anymore.

    #3717630
    Keith Johnson
    BPL Member

    @crossingzion

    O..and I forgot to mention, Dan, that the Xlite Large (new valve) I’m using combined with the blow up stuff sack weighs exactly the same as the Prolite. I checked before writing this. So I’m not saving a gram using the Xlite versus the Prolite. The kicker is if the ground is rocky or rooted I’m screwed on the Prolite. But you know that.

    #3717877
    John S.
    BPL Member

    @jshann

    Agree with Jerry. Prolite for me. Comfortable enough.

    #3717904
    Keith Johnson
    BPL Member

    @crossingzion

    Thanks John, I may give it another shot this weekend with a grandkid outing. Love the bombproof simplicity and don’t have to pack an air bag.

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