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Michael H.

Michael H.wrote a review of on May 29, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Pad was the best I've ever owned. I have been using it with a quilt system. I had 2-3 weeks of use in the backcountry with no problems. I've slept better than I have in years. It feels very delicate, so I have used kid gloves taking care of it. And of course, nothing worse than a failed pad while in the mountains and I didn't want that. Then, last week I went out on a several day backpacking trip. Unfortunately, I discovered on the first night, it no longer held air. I was unable to identify any location where it was leaking. I got to spend several nights on the ground, not fun. I really need a 4 season pad as I backpack/camp year round. Given that, I know the that I am going to be carrying some extra weight since I need the insulation. Since this pad feels more narrow than it actually is, due to drop off at edges, I went with the large at 23 oz. After this experience I decided I didn't want to deal with this kind of disaster again, so I went with the 29 0z Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated. Other than the heavier weight (I'm light enough everywhere else, so not a big deal) it is better in every way. It doesn't make a crinkling noise, it's more comfortable, it has dual air chamber system in case one fails (I WISH I HAD THIS LAST TRIP), much easier to inflate/deflate, and is significantly cheaper. I'd say I should have bought it first. If you just can't handle the weight, the thermarest is still tops, but SeatoSummit pad beats it in all other categories to me. The process for refund/credit through Backcountry was stellar. I get nearly all my gear from these guys now. They are the best. I give them 5 stars, and my 2 star rating of this product has no bearing on the service I received.

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Michael H.

Michael H.wrote a review of on May 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have really enjoyed using this tent over the past 2 weeks. It is lightweight, yet has done great through rainstorm, very cold weather, and best of all packs very light. So far I have only used it for my wife and I, even though it is a 3 man tent. I have liked having the extra room. However, I would caution anyone wanting to use this as a true 3 man tent. It has a tapered floor design so that it would be impossible for three adults to sleep all the same direction, especially if one has a large pad as I do. The instructions provided show alt head/foot pattern, but as someone who spends a lot of time in wildnerness, Ican never find that perfect flat spot, which means 2 people will be sleeping reasonably comfortably with slight downhill, and the odd person going the opposite direction is probably going to be head down hill all night. I cannot sleep like that, and I don't think most people like that. This past weekend was a perfect example. We spent 3 nights in Stoddard Creek Wilderness area and the flattest spot we could find was still on a slope. I think that is the only downside I could find. The material seems tough, yet lightweight. It is easy to set up. It packs very nicely in included pack bags without struggle. It has many convenient pockets inside. They put doors on both sides so it is easy to get out without disturbing a partner. The bottom is made out of a very thin waterproof material, and I was worried it wouldn't last so I bought the footprint while they were on a great sale. I don't regret that and think it might be a mistake to buy without it. I considered getting the included lights, but they were sold it. It is a cool idea. I would definitely buy this again.

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