I bought the short pad (I'm just under 5'4") and it worked very well for a recent 4-night camping trip. The first two nights were very hot, the second two were rather chilly, but I slept well through all four. I do tend to sleep on my side, and was not achy or bruised at all in the mornings. I was amazed that such a thin pad was as comfortable as it was. As for inflation, I let it self inflate while I was setting up camp, then finished it off with only two quick puffs of air. It stayed inflated through the whole trip. I got this as a lightweight backpacking pad, and for car camping I might just have to get something a little more lush (the Trail Pro, for example), but that's just for luxury, not due to any shortcomings of this pad.
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