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Vassily Z.

Vassily Z.

Vassily Z.

Vassily Z.wrote a review of on November 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It has been loyal to me through 2 years now - but only deteriorated because I failed to dry it out properly after camping in the monsoon. Mold got to it, and i think the spores degraded the material, so it doesn't stay inflated through the night anymore. I'm really bummed, because it has proved extremely practical in all 3 seasons I've put this through (would not recommend for wintr-y settings, as it kills my fingers to fold up when it's cold out, and it's only R1.3!). I don't sleep particularly hot or cold, and I'm comfortable sleeping on this and a 20F bag down to 30F on bare ground. Have used this in the high-Arctic with permafrost around ~0.5m below the ground and air temperatures around 35, and got chilly on my back. If I add a normal foam pad under it, I am warm AND comfortable - really important for me since an old collarbone injury will keep me up with unpadded pads.

It took me a while to figure out how to most efficiently repack this, but once I got it down, it was really easy. My tactic is to roll it up once to get most of the air out, then fold it in half and roll it up. I fold it again lengthwise, and stuff it into the stuff sack. Takes a little bit longer than others, but it's worth it for me considering the price!

When it comes down to it, this is a really phenomenal pad - would highly recommend it for all early fall, late spring, and all summer activities!