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Traveled with it in Nicaragua for three months. Super light and easy to pack. Perfect for warmer weather! You can't beat the price.
Super light and very warm....and very cheap. Easy to tote on top of my bag and kept me much warmer than what I would have been sleeping on.
The ridge-rest is a solid sleeping pad. Super light-weight, durable, and provides great insulation. I'd say it works best as a bottom layer for when you're doubling up on sleeping pads for winter camping.
If you're looking for a sleeping pad for extended summer trips I would recommend the z-lite though. This will work but it won't be very comfortable (particularly if you're a side-sleeper) and it's not the best if you want to be able to pack everything inside of your backpack without having to strap anything to the outside.
Still, this is the best pad you'll get for the price.
Okay, first off I have this and a Z-rest and honestly, in the summer time I pretty much dislike, if not hate, them both. They are rather hard and don't offer that much reward for the weight and bulk. For summer camping; go with an inflatable. So why the 4 stars you ask? Because in the winter this thrown under an Inflatable gives you an incredibly warm sleep (as long as your sleeping bag does its job and keeps you toasty on top). I've camped on top of mountains here in Colorado in subzero conditions with steady 30+ mph winds (granted this is usually inside a tent or snow cave, but I have tarped it a couple of times when the temp hung right around 0) and the combo of these foam pads and an inflatable is incredible, not to mention VERY comfy! So, for winter camping I don't leave these behind, they have become a part of my "permanent" gear list (at least until something better comes along).
I tried using the Therm-a-rest Neo air X therm by itself on ice and snow. Nope, you could still feel the cold creeping up underneath you during the night. I had seen many climbers with these bulky roles on their packs and I didn't understand why they would have one of these things instead of a compact inflatable.
"Ah Grasshopper..." I finally put two and two together and figured out the ancient Chinese secret to it all. Well, maybe it isn't an ancient Chinese secret, but I am now one of the people with one of these strapped to my pack when I climb on snow.
Together the two pads make a pleasureable nights sleep. Plus, you can use this thing in the cook tent. Standing and sitting on it keeping yourself separate from the cold... Like snow.. Or your tent mate who had to endure your flatulence and snoring the night before.
I've had this for a year now and have had no problems with it. Extremely durable. At 5'11" the shorty is all I need for length. Can't beat its weight/price/durability combo and I find it quite comfortable (i do prefer very firm mattresses though). I've used the thermal-rest neo-air xlite inflatable and would never consider using it over my ridge-rest, not even if they cost the same
- Gender: Male
I've abused the heck out of mine and it's still held up well. The pad isn't that comfortable to be honest but for it's weight and price, you can't go wrong.
Every mountaineer I know owns one of these things and I see every climber with this pad (or the Z-lite). Use this pad in conjunction with a air-pad for winter, alpine climbing.
Another thing to note is the versatility of this pad. You can use it on family picnics/BBQs, and on Mt. Rainier. The breadth of it's application is phenomenal.
I highly recommend this pad.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is by far the Cadillac of closed cell foam pads. I've used ones from GG, even the zlite, and this one beats them all.
Reliable, and multi use... such as sit pad, windscreen, and there is virtually no set up time.
I swam across a freezing lake with this thing and was waiting on the other side trying to warm up (long story) and a dark storm was coming in fast. All I had was my swim suit on and I wrapped it around me to block the wind trying to get warm (it helped).
After about an hour I realized it was now or never, hypothermia or death :0... It started to hail and I jumped in the freezing water with the Ridgerest and swam back about 1/2 a mile. Then once I made it back I shook the water off and was able to warm up under my zpacks tarp.
:) true story!
Would the regular size be okay for winter use in a hammock or should I go with the Large?
look at the size and you on high
(regular) 20 x 72 in, (long) 25 x 77 in
I'm using this for my light backpacking rig with a size small (i'm 5'11"). Pretty stoked on the width and length of the small along with the comfort it offers.
This is your basic, no frills, lightweight camping pad. Its designed with a aluminized surface which claims to give back 10% more heat. All in all, it does its job well. One thing i have noticed is it will get ripped up when it gets tangled in thorny brush.....
Excellent cheap pad when backpacking. When weight and money are a factor, this are sufficient for sleeping pads when backpacking. The green ones are the old version and have held up well for a number of years. They have been used during well below freezing nights (20 - 25F) and have insulated my body from the ground well and kept me warm. They take a beating strapped to the outside of our packs but they are still going strong.
They arent the most comfortable pads but they work fine. If you are a car camper and weight isnt an issue, look somewhere else, but if you need something lightweight and provide insulation from the cold ground these work well.
Lets just say it gets the job done. Certainly isn't five star comfort, and three star might be pushing it. I've used it on numerous trips and my biggest complaint is its just to damn big and not comfortable enough. I have found the only way to carry it is on the bottom of my pack which can be a pain. It is possible to sleep on light gravel, somewhat comfortably, but if on ANY sort of uneven terrain, it will not mitigate the contours what so ever. I would only recommend this to ultralight hikers, but its just a bit big.
Simple, light, easy to pack up and is always ready to go. Doesn't pop obviously
Not the most comfortable thing in the world, but I don't mind at all. It doesn't pack as small as some of the inflatable pads. Only fits one comfortably so not ideal for snuggle buddies!
Good for the minimalist and simple-gear gurus. Lasts a long time and works well for wilderness medicine (and practice) too!
I'm planning on camping at the Grand Canyon in December. Would this pad be enough insulation along with a winter sleeping bag?
depends on the type of bag and how you sleep that will determine if you stay warm, but this pad should do it's job fine. The foam will keep you warm as the temps should be right around freezing which should not be too bad. Also, depends on where you are camping, as the temperature varies fairly significantly depending on where you are. If you are in the inner gorge, this will more than do the job.
for me, i would take a short inflatable to put on top just to increase the cushion and to put mor distance between you and the ground, but in all honesty, Ian is right, this should od you just fine...
If you are cold weather camping, I suggest you get a closed cell pad.
It doesn't seem like much but this pad is pretty cushy. I'm a side sleeper and I usually end up with a bruise on the side of my hip after a night of camping but this time out I was bruise free.
I've used ridge-rests for years now, and I can say that they are dependable, adequately comfortable and durable. It's just that they compress and lose what loft they have, decreasing the comfort significantly. You can feel a lot of the ground beneath you as well, which isn't so handy when your back isn't the greatest. They are light and durable, I have always stashed mine on the outside of my pack and it has yet to be torn up, but don't pack up to well. Rolling is the only method, and usually end up above knee height on end and about an 8" diameter.
I wonder how wide it this pad?
The short and regular sizes are 20" wide and the long size is 25".
Just like it says right there in the description