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Ashleigh Day

Ashleigh Day wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

5 5

Very warm and easy to layer. As others have mentioned, you feel the heat retention almost instantly after layering this piece. Just took this on a 4-day backpacking trip of Lost Coast in Jan/Feb and wore the fleece everyday and couldn't be happier. It dries quickly if you get caught in the rain. The powerstretch panels take a bit longer to dry than the hi-loft areas.

The description mentions windpro material, however, there is nothing windproof or wind-resistant about this fleece. The wind cuts through at any angle, especially if your arms are not by their sides. I happen to like this as I found the piece quite breathable, but layering a shell for wind/rain is expected.

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Ashleigh Day

Ashleigh Day wrote a review of on August 4, 2010

5 5

Went from carrying a blue foamie and a therma ridge-rest to this pad. I'm a back and side sleeper and would wake up with bruises, not anymore, I can sleep however I want for as long as I need. I went back and forth between this and the new Neo Air, but this one is warmer, tougher, quieter, and happens to be substantially cheaper.

It does weigh a few ounces more, but the benefits outweigh the weight...bad pun. Also, I don't want to think about bringing a closed cell pad until it's in the low teens. The pad is also surprisingly durable and while I wouldn't abuse it, I've heard of people using it directly on the snow and as a raft.

The pad is excellent for couples too. My girlfriend bought one as well and got couplers, which is why we went with regulars instead of the mummy. Also, I don't have strong lungs, and both of us can blow up our pads in 45 seconds-2 minutes at a steady pace, even at 12,000ft. at the base of Whitney last week.

Bottom line:

These pads, plus a 2-pound JRB quilt + silk liner + Go-Lite Shangri 2=very very comfortable, warm 4-season system that works just as well in the summer at 60+ F as it does at 20 F...haven't tested lower or added clothing, all for a little over 4 pounds a person, can't be beat. Get one!

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