Great sleeping pad (just not for me)I read several reviews about this pad and decided to purchase it because it seemed as one of the most popular choices among backpackers.
Straight out of box I was confused, it seemed too long and narrow as compared to my previous pad by Klymit. It ended up being 5 inches narrower, which I didn’t pay attention to when buying. (I’m 5’7” and about 180lbs)
It takes quite a few breaths to inflate this sleeping pad but after one night sleeping on it I realized it’s not necessary to inflate it all the way. Too full means the pad will be too hard and uncomfortable. The next night, I would inflate maybe only a half way and it was much better.
I have one of the recent updates of this pad so I don’t think it’s noisy at night as some previous versions might be. Material feels sturdy enough to last a while if taken care of.
However, I decided that this pad is not for me because of how narrow it is. At only 20inches wide and with rounded edges, I would constantly slide off the pad at night.
I tried sleeping with the pad inside of my sleeping bag or sleeping with my sleeping bag fully open as a quilt (to prevent pad and bag material friction, but still it wasn’t comfortable for me. I’m a side sleeper with one of my legs slightly elevated so I would sleep with half of my knee/leg off the mat because it wasn’t wide enough. This wasn’t much of a problem in summer but I wouldn’t want to be touching the ground on cooler nights. I also don’t use pillow but sleep with arm under my head and maybe a puffy or shirt crunched under my head. I’m not sure how this would pair with a pillow.
Overall, i think this pad is great, if you are a sound back sleeper. If you toss and turn at night like me, you might as well sleep on a ground.