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Mike V.

The skinny on sleeping pads - posted 1 week ago

Forgot to add. Another consideration is whether or not you need to “blow it up”. If you blow your breath into any pad it will create condensation and reduce the warmth of the pad. Sometimes completely. It also creates mold on the inside which can degrade bag and cause failures. Wheh! I think that’s all for now. You can go to REI and lay on almost all the brands and see how they inflate and deflate. Anyone can contact me if they want more info. Thx

Mike V.

The skinny on sleeping pads - posted 1 week ago

This article is missing so much info! It’s basically a one minute overview of sleeping pads with a catchy title! The real “skinny” can be found on real backpacking sites. Unfortunately, many are runny anti’s. But I have been light/ultralight backpacking for many years. R value is the single most important thing to consider when choosing a pad! It must work with your sleeping bag to get you to the rated temps of ypur bag. Even more importantly if you use or want to use a quilt. That is why it’s always referred to as a sleeping system. Then weight. I have used every brand and some squeak, some sound like popcorn. You slide off of some and some are terribly difficult to inflate. All brands of inflatables have failed. There are many good brands on the market read reviews of experienced users. I use two/three separate pads depending on the trip. Trips where average night temps will be above 30 ( Exped HL r-value 2.9 11oz). Winter temps (Exped UL Down 7 r value 5.9 19oz) and a foam non inflatable Thermarest SOL for when I don’t want to risk a popped inflatable (desert or mid summer short trips less than 3 nights). Long trips I always carry one of the inflatables. I use a synthetic quilt 40 degrees for summer, a down quilt 15 degrees for spring and fall and a zero degree mummy in winter. Lastly, I chose the pads I have because the Exped brand is durable exterior and has wider outside tubes that keep me on the pad. I am a side sleeper and I toss and turn a lot. All that info makes a difference bbgoid luck! And find a better article about pads before you just go buy a light one.

Mike V.

APPLICATION STRATEGY 2015: Nevada mule deer, elk & antelope - posted 2 years ago

Thanks for the quick reply! Makes me even more glad I joined. You guys do a great job helping make the application process less daunting for us east coasters.

Mike V.

APPLICATION STRATEGY 2015: Nevada mule deer, elk & antelope - posted 2 years ago

Sorry that should say choices.

Mike V.

APPLICATION STRATEGY 2015: Nevada mule deer, elk & antelope - posted 2 years ago

If you draw a Nevada tag with your 2nd through 5th coices do you lose your bonus points? or do you gain one since you didn't get your first choice?

Thanks