One of the biggest innovations in lightweight backpacking gear at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004 comes from Pacific Outdoor Equipment, manufacturer of the Bozeman Mountain Works 10-ounce TorsoLite self-inflating pad and the Insul-Mat line of sleep comfort products. POE continues to innovate with the introduction of the market’s first hybrid self-inflating foam technologies and radical new pad shapes to decrease the weight of both self-inflating and closed cell foam pads for hardcore ultralight enthusiasts.
The lightest self inflating pad on the market, the Insul-Mat Uber-Lite pad weighs 8 oz. It puts the cushion where you need it most: shoulders and hips, and carves insulation out of the waist area. The found was surprisingly comfortable and supportive when we lay down on it, but managing movement will be a trick for some: you have to pay attention to where you’re rolling and leg-tucking. In addition, the pad may not be the best choice for those also in need of more secure virtual packframe support in a frameless pack. But for the ultralight backpacker that’s not into the marriage of hip and collarbones with Mother Earth, this may be your ticket.
And for the hardcore, the Uber-Micro: The same shaped pad is available in EVA and PE dual density foam version for only 3 oz.
The Insul-Mat Uber-lite self inflating pad (8 oz).
Hybridizing the Uber-Lite self-inflating hourglass pad with closed cell foam results in the Insul-mat Hyper-Lite 1.0, a 15 oz three-quarter length sleeping pad with an inch of thick, self inflating comfort and support just where you need it – under the shoulders and hips. Also available in a dual-density closed cell foam combination, the Insul-Mat SL-Lite offers softer closed foam in the hourglass shaped area in lieu of a self-inflating section. The SL-Lite three-quarter length pad weighs 8 oz. Both of these mat designs also come in women’s specific models with slight variations in specifications.
Insul-Mat SL-Lite Hybrid Pad