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Share your thoughts
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Note: this reveiw is for an original "Ridgerest", but my comments are still relevant to this newer version.
10+ years of use on mine using it on a tonne of winter and summer trips in the mountains,now the padding is compressed/ compacted in the hip area meaning that it isn't very warm or comfortable anymore- but with 10 years of use I am satisfied- that's a reasonable lifespan for a sleeping mat in my opinion.
One issue I think is worth noting is that closed cell pads with lots of undulations, like this and the "Z lite", can be unsuitable in the snow in my experience. The ridges can collect small amounts of snow which then melt and leave your sleeping bag damp- with a smooth closed cell pad you can brush of the snow and keep things dry a bit easier.
I highly recommend it for summer though
Currently, the only times I've ever put this particular item into field use are when I'm going on a 1, 2, or 3 day backpacking trip and I can couple its use with my Therm-A-Rest Prolite inflatable sleeping pad, so when regarding comfort when used solely for a sleeping cushion, I cannot claim to know how that would feel.
However, using with my inflatable pad, it has served splendidly and I am glad I made the purchase.
One downside in particular that I have a qualm with concerns the size, and I can see by previous reviews that others have similar, or identical, sentiments - it is definitely larger than a folding sleeping pad, and it does make it a bit awkward to carry on one's pack. The straps on my Osprey Aether 70L will barely contain it, and that will occur only if I take the time to carefulllllyyy roll it as tightly as the total mass of the thing will allow it to be, without being vacuum sealed or something along those lines. Other than that though, I am happy with it, though the size is definitely a major issue if you are not wanting a sleeping pad that will bulk up the overall size of what you're humping on your back through some brush or thick wilderness. I intend to update once I have a few nights using it as a standalone sleeping apparatus.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
my backpacking days are over i,am 55 and bad back rift and car camp now.now i us JACK PLASTIC PACO PAD 10LB.AND $250 +SH,BUT THERM-A-R PADS ARE THE BEST PAD FOR YOU. MY GRAND KIDS US THEM NOW!
dale ashfield pa
Provides awesome insulation against cold snow. Can't feel the cold coming through it at all when camping on snow. Could save your life by insulating you from the ground. Got this to replace my lost z-rest. 2 problems though (almost dealbreakers) - 1. It's huge and hard to carry unless you are using a monster pack. I'd only use it with my 90 liter pack. 2nd problem is that it's like sleeping on concrete. After spending 2 nights on it on hard packed snow I've concluded that I can't sleep on this thing as I'm constantly tossing and turning every 10 min. Side sleepers forget about it. After laying on my side for a while my hip throbs in pain. Not good. From now on I will use this in combination with my inflatable pad. I can't ever spend another night on this torture device. I thought my z-rest was uncomfortable but this thing is a lot worse in that regard.
Pretty solid, as in, not terribly giving. Its the equivalent to a very stiff mattress. A z-rest will give much better. I use this under my Z-rest to help get rid of the bumps...kind of like a box spring. It's light, its easy. Took off some stars for the fact that I wouldn't ever use this on it's own.
This pad, let me first say, insulates from the cold ground VERY well. I cut mine down to about 2/3rd's of this original length and just prop my head on some clothes (my standard makeshift pillow)and throw my feet up on my pack. I was literally cooking in 40 degree weather at night. You can feel it radiate heat back up to you! Had to actually totally unzip my mummy bag a couple of nights. I went on a volunteer backpacking expedition to Isle Royale National Park, for the 52 year running Wolf and Moose Study. We did a lot of bushwacking and were hardly on the trails. The Island is very dense with thickets and spruce forests, and those very thickets SHREDDED the edges of the pad. I simply prefer foam pads for durability and life saving ability! If I was in an emergency I wouldn't trust an inflatable, one little rip and you're done for! If I had an inflatable straped to the outside of my pack for this expedition it would have been over before it started. Isle Royale chewed up my pad, but all things considered it withstood the damage well, but another 3 weeks of that and I'd be worried.
Let's compare some numbers:
1. This pad is 540g vs. 400g for the standard RidgeRest. So it is over 35% heavier.
2. I also don't understand why they claim it's 10% warmer, since the R value increases from 2.6 to 3.5 (also 35% more).
3. This pad is 2cm thick, the standard RidgeRest is 1.5cm. Guess what? Also about 35% more. This basically explains the increase in weight and warmth. The aluminized coating probably doesn't do anything.
4. The only thing which is not 35% more is the price, $25 vs $40, a 60% increase.
Hi! I haven't seen any reviews on this new product and wonder if 10% is that much of an improvement over a goose down sleeping bag? Have any of you gear guys tried this yet and what do you think?
May all your trails be crooked
First and foremost, it is a sleeping pad...the 10% is just a perk of the pad. A goose down sleeping bag will do little to offer comfort over a rough sleeping area. Also, while I have not invested in a top of the line sleeping bag, the purpose of the pad is to get you off the ground, so that it does not suck the warmth out of you. Any bag I have been in on bare cold ground does little to keep you comfortable. Hiking is not about comfort...but resting is!!!