Car camping luxury at a killer price.
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Love it but not for backpacking
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
We have two of the BaseCamp pads and love them for remote canoe camping. I think it's too large and bulky for backpacking, though. It does come with a stuff sack, although I had to go to the Thermarest website to figure that out. The sack is NOT very durable though and I'm worried the pad will get caught on a canoe seat screw or something and get torn even though the pad itself seems very durable. I have found that it does trap moisture inside if you inflate it by mouth and then it gets cold at night, so I keep a wicking layer between my sleeping bag and the mat. That's one more thing to pack, though. It's VERY comfortable, even for my 210#, 6'3" husband.
I'll never use a stupid foam pad again
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I replaced a cheap foam pad with one of these, and boy, did it make a difference! Woke up several times during the night on the foam, could feel every rock. With this I felt almost like I was on my bed at home, slept like a baby. I will never downgrade my sleep system again.
Warm and comfortable at Camp
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The name "Base Camp"and recommended uses listed on Backcountry are very accurate. I used this pad while tent camping at Pineview Campground, Ft McCoy, WI. Overnight lows were upper 30's low 40's. I used my GI issue intermediate bag with bivy sack on top of the Base Camp pad and slept like a log. I bought the Large size since I'm 5'10"with muscular build. No complaints. I followed Therm a rest's instructions prior to going camping and for inflating. Last year I camped at the same time and was cold without the pad. If you're counting grams or sleeping on rock faces this is not the pad for you. I look forward to using this pad again.
Although not listed in the specs, this pad...
Although not listed in the specs, this pad does come with a stuff sack.
Comfortable but heavier than others
This did the job but it was a tad heavier than other brands. I would give it 3 stars, but since it's a Thermarest and those seem to last forever, I figure you break about even. Very comfortable.
Nice but big.
Very comfortable pad. I've had it for 2 years now and have spent months on it during that time. Self inflating works well as long as you're in the right temps and altitude. Great for car camping!
basecamp is the key word
Exactly what i wanted. I have the XL and it's huge & perfect for tenting not backpacking. I'm 6'0" & 250lbs, and I've got room on each side.
works well, but bulky
My previous thermarest got a leak in it, and since I was heading back out on the trail in a day, I didn't have time to get it repaired and had to buy a new one. The first thing I'll say about this is that it's big. You don't realize quite how big until you roll it out next to someone else's bedroll and realize that yours is about half again as wide. This thing is super comfortable, and I don't ever roll off it in the night like I did with other sleep pads. It's always a great night's sleep. The trade off is that this pad is SUPER bulky. I always end up wondering how I could have packed so much when I compare my pack to other people's, until I realize that the extra bulk is all coming from my thermarest. There is really no way to roll this thing up small. I have a 90 liter pack, so this isn't a major issue, but it definitely would be with a slightly smaller pack. With a thermarest, there's always the danger that it could pop while bush whacking if it isn't inside the pack or covered by something, which means that it always ends up inside my pack, taking up a ton of room. So while I like this bedroll, I think I'd buy a Z-rest next time - cheaper, less bulky, and don't have to worry about popping it constantly, which is an issue if like me you don't particularly like using tents
Sometimes thicker is better.
I have a 3/4 length lightweight backpacking Thermarest, but wanted something of same quality for my wife. This pad out did my pad. It was twice as thick, which equals more comfort. It was a bit bigger and might be harder to strap to the pack, but very doable. If you are thinking of getting rid of your eggshell mattress and actually sleeping on your camping trip--upgrade to this! Do it!
This was my first pad, so I didn't quite know what to expect. When I first unrolled it wouldn't inflate despite having the valves open. Only after a few times of opening and inflating it did it begin to fill up on its own. I wasn't sure how much it was supposed to inflate at that point either, whether it was supposed to be quite thick or just a barrier between you and the ground. Overall, once it was up and running, it did its job.
I have two thermarest "trail comfort" pads...
I have two thermarest "trail comfort" pads that have worked great for me. I'm trying to get two more, but they don't seem to make them anymore or they go by a different name; does anyone know whether the "base camp" model is the same as the old "trail comfort"?
You should try to contact therm a rest directly. cascade designs is the parent company.
Very comfortable sleeping pad
Easy to inflate. Perfect for car camping. Wouldn't want to take too far from trailhead.
easy to inflate, comfortable
I own the BaseCamp, have not used it...
I own the BaseCamp, have not used it recently and have misplaced directions. How do I self-inflate. Then deflate in order to roll up?
Inflate: open the valve, let it inflate naturally, add a few puffs to get the right stiffness. Close valve
Deflate: Open valve & roll the air out. Kneeling on it while you do this can help. Close valve.
Storage: It is best to store it semi-inflated with the valve open.
Sandy: Thank you for the helpful & speedy reply.
I've never really used the whole self-inflate thing, I always just unroll it and inflate it manually by blowing into it, it's pretty quick. To deflate, just kneel on the pad while folding or rolling it.
May not have used properly. Didn't full up the way i thought it would with self inflate option. Slept well on this and kept warm. Temps only in the 50's so I will edit this after I use in colder weather. Gets 3 stars because of price. Found a lighter weight option at half the price that is highly rated so may try that. Keep you posted.
10 years and going strong
Sleep on one of these before you buy another air mattress. Im really hard on my gear and these things keep going. Since weight isn't an issue when you car camp, spend the money and have a good night's rest.
I've been using the lush 2"-pad for 10 years, even while backpacking on 70+ mile trips since this is the one I was given long ago and never wanted to spend another $100 on a pad to save 3/4-pound. I can confidently say that the pad has held up over easily 200+ nights with only 1 small leak after about 6 years of use. I was about to buy a patch kit for $$$ but the guy at the store said to just use some seam-seal as one would use on a tent and I've had at least another 2 years of leak-free use out of the pad.
Since I have a job now (not a poor college student anymore, just a poor teacher), I will be upgrading to a Prolite Plus (regular length weight 1lb,8 oz) to save the weight and size, but will keep this one around for the short overnighters in the snow and for scout camps, etc.
Even after a decade of use, the self-inflating feature still holds up fine. I attribute this to the fact that I am religious about taking it out of its stuff sack and storing it with the valve open when it's not in use (which should be standard procedure for pads and bags). If you're not worried about the weight, this is the pad!
Best Pad Out there
I have 2 of these ( the older version) and they are awesome. Son and I camp with the boy scouts regularly and we never leave home with out them.
Not worth the extra $
I have both this pad and the Ridge Rest. Personally I prefer the Ridge Rest, I find it more comfortable, and I don't have to worry about it getting damaged, plus it is much cheaper.
That said, there is nothing wrong with this pad. It is comfortable and keeps me warm in temps much below freezing.
Many good nights on this..
I bought this for car camping and float trips, when weight and size are not an issue. It has performed fine for over 2 years! No leaks for being laid on gravel bars and pine boughs. Lomg enough for me, at 6 foot tall. Easy choice for those in the market for a reliable mid-weight 3 season pad. Not a choice for backpacking, I go with my POE Hyper High MTN Pad.