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Gear Review

2 5

This is a pad for SLEEPING, isn't it

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

Had to return the first one due to leaks right out of the box. After some hesitation due to its seeming fragility, I got a replacement. One test in the living room was enough. This sleeping pad is astoundingly noisy. One small move - CRACKLE CRACKLE CRACKLE. Its like laying down on bags of potato chips. Even if the noise doesn't wake you, it will probably disturb any other people or small woodland creatures sleeping within 100 feet. Yes its very light weight, but this comes at a high price in terms of cost, questionable durability, and noise. I replaced it with a REI Stratus pad. Yes, my pad went from 16 to 25 ounces, but it's durable, quiet, and comfortable. I'm not an equipment weight weenie - lack of sleep would have a much more detrimental effect on me than an extra 9 ounces. As an added bonus, the Stratus is half the price of this pad.