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Sleeping Pad Durability — The goHUNT Stress Test

 

Sleeping Pad Stress Test

As you might have seen in our last stress test, we are constantly throwing ideas around the office on how we can test the durability of products in our Gear Shop. These stress tests are going to be a little different from the norm... 

This week's test, we are comparing four different sleeping pads (Big Agnes Q Core SLX, Klymit Static V2, Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xtherm, Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Mat) and what it will take to pop them. It's time to see how these sleeping pads will hold up and if they can withstand a goHUNT beating.

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11 Comments

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Eric F. - posted 7 months ago on 03-27-2018 11:02:31 pm

I'm with Doug T. Cool tests: they all demonstrate holding up to a lot of extreme abuse factors, maybe even more than what might happen in typical use. However, what if I have a day 1 pinhole from an errant cactus spine or a buried-in-the-sand fishhook, or an 1/2" tear on top and bottom from incidental rock surfing or campfire boulder toss games. Now what pad and patch system can I trust to keep the rock points out of my hip.

David B. - posted 9 months ago on 02-12-2018 07:59:57 pm
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My only complaint about the Klymit pad is that it's fairly slippery. When sleeping on a slope, my bag and myself kept sliding off. I good a hot glue gun and put a bunch of dots on it to add friction and it did the trick.

Chris G. - posted 9 months ago on 02-11-2018 09:10:06 pm
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Neil R., I also use a NeoAir. I cover mine with a sleeping bag liner to quiet me moving on the pad. That is also my only complaint about that pad.

Douglas T. - posted 9 months ago on 02-06-2018 04:00:00 am
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Sleeping pads are exposed to lots of tough conditions, and tiny pin holes can happen. I would favor the brand that provides a usable, durable patch kit and adhesive with its pad. If a new pad is going to run over $150, then a slightly used pad with a pin hole shouldn't have to be thrown away. (recent advice given to me by manufacturer of one of the brands tested) All things equal, I will purchase a pad that has a good patch kit. My advice for your next comparison test: throw out the boulder test , create a small pin hole in each of the pads, and see if the provided patch works and stays attached. Doug T.

Josh B. - posted 9 months ago on 02-05-2018 07:51:17 am
Harrisburg, MO
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As a hunter, Klymit was the only brand that I saw their people at all consumer and trade shows from ATA to DallasSafari, to Sheep Show to SCI...not a lot of manufacturers in their space support our community! They have my business for sure! Great people and product!

Dylan W. - posted 9 months ago on 02-05-2018 06:46:42 am
Wheat Ridge, CO
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I would say the most telling they in the test, given that they all were more than durable enough, is that he couldn't feel the ground while walking on the Big Agnes Q core. I would argue that comfort is the most important thing in sleeping pad. Keep up the equipment testing and maybe add full reviews. You could rate comfort, cost, pack weight, size, and durability for example.

ryanmounce
Ryan M. - posted 9 months ago on 02-05-2018 06:11:01 am
Shallowater TX
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I'll gladly take one of those busted pads. I'm sure they can be patched and reused.

Neil R. - posted 9 months ago on 02-05-2018 05:28:40 am

Good test gentlemen. Thanks. Which one is the quietest while rolling over etc. that’s my only complaint about my NeoAir

JOSEPH S. - posted 9 months ago on 02-03-2018 08:32:31 am
CHICAGO, IL
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Wow, I can’t believe how well all four held up. Very neat and rather entertaining test. Thanks fellas!

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Stephan R. - posted 9 months ago on 02-02-2018 07:05:23 pm
Laramie,Wyoming
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Cool test. Those big agnes pads are so nice. We use them ALL SUMMER long during fire season and they are super nice after a long day. Especially with the big agnes sleeping bags too. Cool test for sure though.

Dan L. - posted 9 months ago on 02-02-2018 04:12:05 pm
Corona de Tucson, AZ
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I can probably be convinced to stop throwing 30 pound jagged rocks at my gear. Looks like I'm good to go!