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kurtisk2055763 wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

4 5

This little item is a fabulous accessory to take for all kinds of activities. I first bought it when I had to resort to sitting on my backpack because the ground was too wet on a back country adventure. This pad not only makes it MUCH more comfortable to sit on the ground or any of the other hard and uneven surfaces available when camping, but also make canoes, bleachers and gym floors and hardwood floors more comfortable, too. The waterproof and dirtproof feature is also a big plus--who wants a wet, dirty backside to have to deal with? If you go on a trip, fully expect that your z-seat will always be in use anytime someone is sitting down and will be the most borrowed item in you pack. It's that good and that much of an improvement.

Issues: 1) People borrow it all the time, 2) It is a little bulky, but very light and flexible. 3) I find myself wanting more coverage. It is a perfect size for making anywhere you sit instantly more comfortable. It is a minimalist size so it's very portable and can even fit in a purse. But if you are sitting on the ground it provides no coverage for your legs or feet. I am going to order a small z-lite pad and cut it in half for two larger seats and see if I like it better.

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kurtisk2055763 wrote a review of on November 14, 2011

5 5

I have used these insulated pads for years without problem or incident. They are comfy, warm, tough, light and easy to use. If you have a Big Agnes bag, they are also designed to be the insulation on the bottom of the sleeping bag. Note: the Air Core pad is designed for +35F and above, the INSULATED Air Core is designed for +15F and above. If you need a bag to go below +35F you need to get this insulated pad. I use an INSULATED pad with a +40F BA Yampa down bag and weather low 30s nights (frost and ice on the tent, low 30s predicted for the town in the valley below) with no problems using a merino base layer shirt, hiking pants, wool socks, and a Dome Perignon hat (the Yampa doesn't have a hood). I do tend to be a warm sleeper, but camp mates have fared as well with the BA system. If you have a bag rated for anything below 40 or are a cold sleeper, get an insulated pad.

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kurtisk2055763 wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

3 5

I have used this pad, it works well, holds air without problems, comfy, adequate for the job. However, BEWARE: this pad is only RATED to 35 deg so a bag that is rated lower than 35 or even a 40 bag will not sleep as warm with the only the Air Core as and insulated pad that is rated to 15 deg. Also, the Air Core pad can be squeaky when you move around on in while the Insulated Air Core NEVER squeaks, a sufficient reason to go with the Insulated pad in my experience.

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kurtisk2055763 wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

5 5

I do not own this bag, but have a BA Yampa 40 deg down bag. I have repeatedly used it in low 30s temps (ice on the tent, frost on the ground, expected temps in the town 2000' below is 33 deg) and been warm with at merino wool LS top and hiking pants (I am a warm sleeper). I DO have the INSULATED Air Core pad from BA that is rated down to 15 deg. The NON insulated pad is only rated to 35 deg. Because the BA system does not insulate the bottom of the bag, it depends on the pad to do that. Basically you can get a 0 deg bag and it wont work well below 35 if the bottom of the system is not insulated. I am not sure this is the other reviewers problem (insufficient pad with the bag for the temps) but if you want this to go to 15 deg, MAKE sure you get the INSULATED Air Core pad.

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kurtisk2055763 wrote a review of on October 10, 2011

2 5

'BLAACH' as in "Blaach! that taste terrible." We even have a spot on the trail named after them, on just one try. If you are used to Clif products then you know they don't really taste good. These are par for the 'Clif' course, still WAY better than their Shots (which I think are revolting). I think the worst part of these is the consistency, like a blob of jam left out on the table over night--or a week--like a very thick goo that has dried up to a pasty goo. I want to say blaach again. Admittedly I tried these after being a dedicated Honey Stinger Fruit Chews fan. When you try the stingers you will NEVER go back. I have to stop myself from eating Stingers, they are that good.

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kurtisk2055763 wrote a review of on October 22, 2008

5 5

I may not be the roomiest or warmest--it's not--but it is so small and light that a 8-10 pound pack is possible for kids. Don't spend even $20 on a kids bag that they will grow out of and is too bulky and heavy to pack for backpacking. If you can get it on sale (steepandcheap.com) and see that it weighs half of other bags and compresses down to the size of a large grapefruit, then it will be a favorite piece of gear. For an adult, it is a tight mummy fit. I can't say it has not been warm enough, but I am in FL and warm is less of an issue.

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