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Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

I am looking to do a winter camping trip soon and started going through my gear. I haven't used my sleeping pad in abfew years and whe I took it out of storage iI found that it had split along three sides.


It makes me reluctant to pay another $100+ on a self-inflating pad. Mine was made (labeled anyway) by Cabelas - made in China. I'm wondering if Therm-A-Rest would end up doing the same thing? Does anyone recommend a good sleeping pad for sub-freezing backpacking?
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

I use a military close cell foam pad. They last and require zero maintenance.
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

BTW they are cheap and if needed you could use wire ties to lace two together.
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

Backpacker Magazine gave great rating on the Big Agnes pad.
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

If space is not an issue, I'd recomend the Cabelas Deluxe camp bed. I don't trust anything that requires holding air.
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

Thanks guys. I actually have 2 of those army foam mats. They are good for the money and have kept me warm on fairly cold ground. I am looking for something fir single digits though.

I also have trouble trusting the air cushions because I tend to be rough on gear and my dog sleeps in the tent too (toe nails). I see Thermarest has a really well-rated inflatable (http://m.rei.com/product/881575/ther...m-sleeping-pad). I would consider it but a hole would cost me $200.

I am leaning toward a self inflating since it has foam inside and even if punctured it will provide insulation. They are heavier but I'm pretty strong. Maybe when I get older I'll worry more about weight.
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

I have 2 thermarest sleeping pads as well as a thermarest sitting pad (20"x20"). Love em!!!

My mats (all of them) get used a lot. I've used in single digit backpacking trips, and it functioned well. My mats are also used in the house regularly for kids sleepovers, and even on the floor for game night. Dogs walk all over them, no problems with mine.

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I use a military close cell foam pad. They last and require zero maintenance.
x2. But I also spent 12 days in Alaska in a nylon tent in the Yukon-Charley Wilderness area on a thermarest in subfreezing temps and it was quite good.
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

Hey Brine: Are your thermarests the foam, air or self-inflating?
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Re: Sleeping Pad for Winter Camping

My thermarests are self inflating with a layer of foam on the inside...i store rolled up tightly.
when the valve is opened the foam expands and draws in air and inflates. If you want it firmer, you simply blow till you achieve desired firmness and then close the valve.
To deflate, open the valve and roll tightly,then close valve.

I ditched the army surplus style foam bed rolls long ago, I can roll my thermarest up tighter, and it provides more comfort for me.

So to answer your question, they are self-inflating foam air mattresses! Lol.

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