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Michael S.

Michael S.

Michael S.

Michael S.wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ordered this pad off of Steep and Cheap for about $40 as my current Therm-a-Rest is approaching 15 years old. Was surprised by the packed size being so small, and the pad being so light.

Have used the pad for about five nights now, and find it very comfortable. Inflates incredibly thick (3.5"!), but I find it a little narrow at only 20". I tend to be a stomach sleeper so it's not too bad, but your arms do hang off of the side.

Inflation is simple, and only takes a minute or two. You essentially give the pad CPR on a foam block. Very few moving parts to fail.

I'm not certain two brass valves were necessary, removing one would have saved (very slightly) on weight.




Michael S.

Michael S.wrote a review of on July 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My girlfriend and I purchased this tent in April 2013 with the intent to use it back country camping.

Just last weekend we were caught in a severe thunderstorm in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, and hid in the tent until it passed us over. The tent stayed almost entirely leak free, a couple small leaks where the fly has velcro to add some strength by attaching to the poles (they're not necessary for set-up). These leaks could and will easily be solved with some seam sealant from MEC when I head to Calgary this weekend.

Other than that, the tent is light and incredibly roomy. Easily enough room for two people comfortable with each other and a dog. If the two man is this size, I'd even consider going to a one man for less weight next time.

After the thunderstorm passed last weekend we were able to lay in the tent with the fly off and watch the lightening in the distance and the stars above us, which is the best part about the tent being almost entirely mesh!

For a footprint, I had a hard time finding an ALPS one, so I got the foortprint for MEC's Twin Peaks tent, and it fits perfectly.