Small. Really Small
By 30-Something from the City January 25, 2012
I've not seen one of these half-size pads before but it is smaller than I was expecting. This is a good thing though, as my current Alps Lightweight series pad is bulky and heavy, though very comfortable.
I have been working on reducing size and weight in my pack and thought I would give this a try. It is almost as comfortable as my previously mentioned pad, but it is a little slimmer. I've not tried it on the trail yet, but it was comfortable enough on my tile floor - even laying on my side.
I am 5'11", fine, 5'10", and have short legs and a longer torso. When laying on the pad, my butt is at the end and my head still fits at the top. On my side, my hip hits about six inches up from the bottom. The idea of having such a small pad seemed strange to me, but not after laying on it. Why do your legs need padding during summer hiking?
It packs very small, just a little larger than a standard 32-oz Nalgene, and comes with a strap to keep it compressed, a stuff sack, and a repair kit. It seems like it could or should be self inflating, but the sticker seemed to say that it would need to be used a few times for that effect to take place. I had no issue just blowing it up.
This still needs to be trail-tested, but that's still a month or two away. If anything happens out there, I'll update you in here.
Nailed It? 0 Yes
- [top] recycled P.E.T (50 DRS), DWR coating; [bottom] recycled P.E.T (50 DRS), DWR coating; [insulation] foam (40% bio-based)
- (2/3) 20 x 48 x 1.5 in, (long) 20 x 78 x 1.5 in, (regular) 20 x 72 x 1.5 in, (uber) 18 x 37 x 1.5 in
- 3.5, 5
- Stuff Sack:
- (2/3) 18 oz, (long) 26.8 oz, (regular) 24.4 oz, (uber) 13 oz
- Recommended Use:
- four-season camping, backpacking
- Manufacturer Warranty: