Dave

Dave

backwoods of Missouri

Dave's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Running
Paddling
Biking

Dave

Davewrote a review of on December 7, 2015

4 5

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

I have always been of the mindset that I can carry a bit more weight for comfort. That being said, I don't want to carry my super sweet REI self inflating campbed with me for week long backpacking trips, as it is close to 5 pounds and so big that I have to strap it outside my pack. So I ordered this (long) and immediately took it on the trail for the weekend. The size is compact, it fits in a water bottle pocket on the side of my pack. I found the listed weight to be true at just over a pound. Inflation was easy with the Big Agnes pumphouse bag, which is a great product in itself! I highly recommend it for any pad you have to blow up. Now back to the pad. When I had it on the trail, the temps were in the mid 30's and raining, but the pad kept the chill away like a champ! I was warm in my tent just laying on top of it with no sleeping bag while relaxing. The length was great, but the width... oh how I struggled to stay on it at night! It was difficult to stay in the middle and not off one side or the other. I like to move around in my sleep, and this pad is just too narrow for moving from back to side in the night. I think the fact that I was fighting to stay on top of it was the reason it wrecked my back so bad over the weekend, and for that reason, I have to return it. I'm sure it is great for some people, but I like getting a good nights sleep on the trail, so I'll try the Q Core in wide/long next. Still rating it a 4 since it does what it says it will do, it is super light and compact,well insulated, and when side sleeping, my hips never touched the ground.

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Dave

Davewrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a zero degree bag that was too bulky for my backpacking needs, and it had cold spots in the synthetic filling. No more! This bag is incredibly light (I got the long and it's just a couple ounces over two pounds in stuff sack), very small and very warm. I'm perfectly comfortable in 20 degree weather, and although I don't have much occasion to be out in temps colder than that, I'm sure that it would be sufficient with some thermals on in the bag. Expensive, yes, but worth all the money!

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