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Get some zzz's.

Ounce-counting backpackers know what they're getting from a sleeping pad like the ALPS Mountaineering Ultra-Light Air Pad. The name says it all. Well, it says the ultra-light part.
  • Lightweight ripstop fabrics cut weight without sacrificing integrity
  • Tapered shape for easier packing and more weight shaving
  • Open-cell foam provides support and cushioning in a durable and packable form

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4 5

Comfy and Convenient

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This pad is very comfortable and easy to pack in a backpack. Doesn't take up a lot of space and doesn't sacrifice any of that convenience with comfort.

5 5

Super Comfy and durable!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pad features a foam interior that is highly compressible and can be inflated quickly with your mouth. Its super comfy and will provide the much needed padding for a good nights rest in the backcountry.

It does come with a large stuff sack, but this pad can fit into much smaller compressible sack - but you'll have to get that on your own.

5 5

all you need, nothing you don't

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

For a really light, self inflating pad (you'll have to top it off manually for the first use) this thing is surprisingly comfortable. If you're looking for a reasonably priced backpacking pad, with more than enough comfort, this is an awesome option - definitely prefer this over a foam roll up and there is not much difference in weight.

5 5

Awesome Pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very lightweight and great for camping, Fits nicely in a standard backpack!

5 5

comfortable.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It kept me up off the ground and I was comfortable. It fit inside my sleeping bag which made it all the better. Campsite was cold so it didn't want to inflate itself so I did have to help it, which is not recommended, but that took minimal effort.

5 5

Love it so far!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used this on a recent back packing trip and i have to say, it was worth every penny. I am 6ft3 and i purchased the extra long version, but i probably would have been comfortable on the regular one too. The pad is super light and surprizingly compact when rolled up. It's self-inflating, but i found it needed to be topped off manually for best results. Would definitely recommend this pad.

5 5

so far so great!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've only gotten to use it on one backpacking trip so far, but I'm already loving in. It was lightweight on the trail. Even with it on the outside of my pack, I couldn't tell it was there. I did not experience the same issues with inflating the air pad that some of the other reviewers. I opened the valve, threw it on the tent floor and let it do it's thing. After a few minutes I had to give it one puff of air to inflate it to it's max and it was ready to use. A few minutes of laying on this and the next thing I knew, it was morning and I was extremely well rested! After our Labor Day trip in a couple weeks I'll give an update!

4 5

Pretty good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this over 30 days of camping total. Works great. CON: Slow to 'inflate', takes >15 minutes for it to get it's full inflation.

4 5

great pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

light weight and durable.

5 5

ALPS Mountaineering Ultra-light Air Pad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It was a bit bulky, However my son said that it was great to sleep on and heldup really well. He is very happy with the comfort it gave him..

4 5

Thumbs Up Overall

I might be a bit bias as this is my first sleeping pad I've bought, but so far after two trips I'm still glad I bought it. My second experience out with the pad, was at a camp site with a bunch of smaller rocks all over the place, and was expected to not get a good nights sleep being poked and prodded all night, but with my pad setup I had one of the best sleeps I ever had camping before!
So far no leaks or any troubles, and a nice touch up kit is included. I do wish it was a bit smaller width wise when decompressed, but that's the only thing I could really say.

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Rob, one thing I like to do when rolling up my pad is first folding it in half long ways. Then, when you roll it up, it is only a bit thicker but half the width. This really goes a long when when you are stuffing it in your pack.

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Eben, just wondering what size the ultra-light rolls up to when you fold it in half lenghtwise? Right now in in-between this pad or the thermarest trail scout, both for the same price. Thanks.

4 5

Good pad

I got mine on SAC and so far took it on three weekend trips. It's very comfortable to lay on, my body never touched the ground. Sleeping bag doesn't slide-nice change after using closed foam pad. I don't mind few extra ounces and my only wish is that it would be smaller size when rolled. That's why i'm taking away one star.

All in all, it's a very decent pad for the money that does the job.

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2 5

Had to return :(

Mine had a slow leak right out of the box. Found this out the hard way; with the pad deflating within an hour or two of me laying on it. Had to return... but caused two very uncomfortable nights in the backcountry in the interim. Anyway-- was comfortable enough while it was inflated but in hindsight the competition makes lighter, way more compressible pads for not much more money. Even at half-price, doesn't seem like a bargain.

What is this pads r-value?

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What is this pads r-value?

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According to their customer service department the R value is 3.6. Not bad!

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According to the sales rep I talked to, it's 3.75. Asked in Nov 2013.