Using a Prolite to gain head room in Hexamid or Aeon
Jun 6, 2021 at 10:49 am #3717361
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.Jun 6, 2021 at 1:41 pm #3717405Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: 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.Jun 7, 2021 at 6:54 am #3717517
<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>Jun 7, 2021 at 1:21 pm #3717565Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: 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.Jun 7, 2021 at 1:26 pm #3717568
Thanks Dan. My thoughts exactly. You are spot on as usual. If you said heck yes I’d try it for sure.Jun 7, 2021 at 7:12 pm #3717616Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: 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.Jun 7, 2021 at 8:12 pm #3717629
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.Jun 7, 2021 at 8:15 pm #3717630
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.Jun 9, 2021 at 3:51 am #3717877John S.BPL Member
Agree with Jerry. Prolite for me. Comfortable enough.Jun 9, 2021 at 9:54 am #3717904
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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