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Softer than traditional foam pads and far lighter than an inflatable mattress.
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sweet pad for the car camp
light weight but does not fold down very small would fit on the outside of the pack but not great for the overnight-er
Any chance of getting more short sizes in...
Any chance of getting more short sizes in stock?
We do not currently have any more Short on order.
Nice pad, but not for backpacking
I bought the long because I'm a tall guy, but I didn't realize it was also 5 inches wider. Maybe a smaller size would have worked, but there was no way this thing was fitting in my pack. This pad was really comfortable, but I ended up going with a self-inflating model to save space.
catastrophic failure proof
i've sworn off inflatables after my third ruined trip with those things. finaly i bought the heavy duty version. then going into week 3 at yosemite in jan. the thing developed a huge foot high 2ft. dia. blister near my legs so i couldn't sleep and went home. when i brought it back to the store [not backcountry] the guy asked what was wrong so i blew it up and he bout freaked and stuffed it behind the counter before too many customers would see. ha haaa!
I use this pad as a base for my thermarest when camping next to the car (to shield the thermarest from sharp rocks or whatever) or on snow. It does the job.
Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Sleeping Pad
Bought this right before a camping trip. It worked great. This is the first sleeping pad I have ever used camping and I wonder why I never invested in one before. I highly recomend one. This one is easy to attach to your pack which is a huge plus.
Good for the price.
We use these for work and while they're nothing special they're good for the money that you pay. Not much cushioning but good insulation from the ground. Tends to be bulky, especially if you have to store and move 15 of them.
Therm-a-rest Ridgerest shorty
I got my ridgerest shorty just before a 10 day trip to Alaska for winter survival school. I was impressed at how well this pad insulated against the frigid snow. Not only did I use the shorty as a ground pad at night, I also used it as an insulated seat during the day. The foam it is constructed from is extremely comfortable and the ridge/valley design makes it extremely warm. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably priced 3-season pad, or as part of a multi-pad winter sleep system.
I bought this pad to use under my dogs sleeping bag to take the chill off him. It is simple, closed cell so there is no inflating and it only weighs about a pound. In really cold conditions when the dogs aren't with me I slide it under my Big Agnes pad for extra insulation.
This says it's made in China, but I was...
This says it's made in China, but I was pretty certain Therm-a-rest pads were made in the USA.
Can someone who owns this clarify the country of origin?
The BC info is wrong, this pad is made in the US.
Just looked at the pad, it has "Cascade Designs Seattle WA", and although it doesn't say "made in USA" like the inflatable pads, the C.D. website does say that it is. Cascade Designs does make all of their pads in the US, although they do manufacture some products in china (I.E. Haven top bag).
According to the Therm-a-Rest website they're "Made in USA."
I have one this sleeping pad as well as a self inflating Therm-a-Rest, the Base Camp model. I find myself using this one much more often. The R Value on this is not as high, but I have used it in temperatures below freezing and have never had any problems. Plus it is much lighter weight.
Bulky but worth the price
For someone on a budget it was worth the price. But it is kinda bulky, wouldn't taken too far. It keeps you warm and comfortable so I recommend it.
Price is representitive of what you get
It's light, slightly bulky, but creates an adequate thermal barrier. I have used this to about 10 Degrees F without any issue. I strap this on the back of my pack and so far it shows no signs of wear and tear.
The price is right for what you get.
Bueno, but a bit bulky
This really is an excellent pad to take with you on most camping/backpacking trips; it's very lightweight, pretty durable, and insulates you and your bag well. The only downside is the bulkiness of it when it's rolled up. Total, mine is about 8 inches thick when rolled. Think of strapping an extremely light log somewhere on your pack.
Other than the thickness, this thing is great, and the value can't be beat.
I've had this pad for several years. It is great, but there are things you should know. It is more comfortable than the ground, but I see this pad a must for warmth more than I do for comfort. This will help you reach the temperature rating of your sleeping bag without adding much weight to your pack.
My pad has been used on numerous backpacking trips. I've used it to do work beneath my car on pavement and gravel. I have taken it to outdoor movies ect.. After years of use it has help up extremely well and is just as effective now as it was the day I obtained it.
I have upgraded since, but it is nice to have an extra pad for friends or to double up with an inflatable pad during the winter.
I like the little bit extra width of the...
I like the little bit extra width of the large, but plan on cutting length. Any special treating of the cut edge necessary?
Mike, the short answer is no, I would just use a knife and be done with it.
The reason is Polyethelene, as used here is a foamed thermoplastic, with a melting point around 220-260˚F, so if you try and take a lighter to the edge you will just make it hard and crunchy. You could try to use a lower temp heat device, like a curling iron or a heat gun, but I don't see much point in trying. I don't think the pad will absorb any extra moisture through the cut edge.
I just use a scissor.
real nice I don't know how I ever did without it. Found one latter in a local store for about 10 dollars cheaper though.
This is what the Small pad looks like rolled up.
I ordered the Short version which is very light, weighing only 9oz. When I got it, it was way shorter than I expected. I'm 5'9" and it doesn't even reach my knees when laying on it. I found that this doesn't really matter though since you really only need to insulate your upper half when sleeping. If your legs get cold, you can just throw some extra clothes under your legs. I like how tight you can roll up the pad. Fits very well between your main pack and the top pack portion of your bag. I role up my tent poles inside this pad and it works very well.