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Winter Camping essentials: Sleeping pad

Posted by admin | Adventure | Friday 29 October 2010 11:07 pm
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A sleeping pad is the foundation of your sleeping system. A pad cushions you against the hard ground, and keeps you warm by forming a thermal barrier between the ground and your sleeping bag. Without a sleeping pad, conduction draws heat out of your sleeping bag into the cold ground. The result? Your sleeping bag’s performance is compromised, and you experience a colder night’s sleep. The warmth of a sleeping pad is indicated by its R-value. R-value measures a material’s resistance (R) to heat loss. Higher numbers indicate greater warmth. If you’re snow camping, consider combining an inflatable pad with a closed-cell pad. Two pads provide better cushioning, insulation, and protection from accidental punctures. The combination will also help keep moisture away from your sleeping bag.


  1. Comment by melodicspeed — October 30, 2010 @ 12:03 am

    I would cross Syberian tundra by foot, just to kiss the hand of that beautiful lady.

  2. Comment by oodamnagain — October 30, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    I love my thermorest, noticed that alot of people don’t unroll theres untill they are ready to go to sleep. I think it is best to get this out and ready as soon as you set up camp. this gives it plenty of time to fill with air, without tring to force air in it.

  3. Comment by arbit3r — October 30, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    She can use my balls as a thermorest. Big and warm.

  4. Comment by tarsus4x4 — October 30, 2010 @ 1:26 am

    Obviously you’ve never inflated pump-Exped. If you do the presentation - do it right please.

  5. Comment by chitown1966 — October 30, 2010 @ 1:58 am

    love your videos, you do a wonderful job, Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  6. Comment by Mag4live — October 30, 2010 @ 2:27 am

    Oh hell with it! I’ll hit on her!

  7. Comment by nitewolf3369 — October 30, 2010 @ 3:16 am

    can i use any of these in a hammock????

  8. Comment by painsey — October 30, 2010 @ 3:38 am

    im not hitting on you or anything, but your lovely

  9. Comment by MsSpy — October 30, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    Interesting video. I’ll have to give some of those sleeping pads a try. I’ve been on a never-ending quest to find the perfect warm/comfortable sleeping pad for winter backpacking. I haven’t been able to find one yet.

  10. Comment by girlinvisible12 — October 30, 2010 @ 5:11 am

    I got the Neo Air.

    I froze using it in the winter and in the summer it easily punctured.

    Not recommended for either winter or summer.
    And Thermarest takes forever to repair and pad.

  11. Comment by FixedByDoc — October 30, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    My wife has the pink one in your hand. I think its great but she says it does not fit her sleeping bag that it isn’t shaped right. I don’t I think it is nicer than mine which has the tapered cut. Both are great in the snow.

  12. Comment by alexgoyettemobile — October 30, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    therma rest prolite plus 4 season i have the same one

  13. Comment by mynameistooey — October 30, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    i have had a good nights sleep on my therma-rest ridgerest deluxe closed cell foam pad at 17 degrees with a 20-30 mile per hour winds….she is correct about therma-rest very high quality products,i think my wife paid 28.00 for it on sale..if you need more thickness for sleeping on rocky ground,just stack 2 of them together…good video thanks for posting

  14. Comment by icychap — October 30, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    The EMS Crash Pad is the best I’ve used. It’s versatile, packs down well, and is light compared to similar insulative pads.

  15. Comment by PeakClimbing — October 30, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    You are right its worth buying a good sleeping pad especially in winter

  16. Comment by greatoutdoorstony — October 30, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    Thermarests are so reliable had mine for 10 years

  17. Comment by skilegappartyplanner — October 30, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    I Reccomend the NEO for Summer use really lightweight

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