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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:36 am

the most interesting part of breaking camp is when you're laying there and you deflate your pad while laying on it (Neo-air in my case).

Ground is rather hard and cold when she's deflated. I carry a lot of duct tape just in case. She's been good for 3 seasons so far. I too only use the tent floor as protection.



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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby oldranger » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:32 am

I use some really light 1/8" thick closed cell foam between the tent floor and my downmat to reduce odds of puncture from below. To date puncture from below have not been an issue. My last night in the Eaglecap I noted a small loss in pressure over night. When I got home I found that my duct tape patch [over the leak I caused by dropping my open pocket knife on the pad] had developed a small leak (one tiny air bubble every couple of seconds). I removed the tape, cleaned off the residue, and applied two coats of Shoe Goo to the hole.

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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby fishmonger » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:47 am

tested my Exped UL7 on cold Isle Royale last week (last hikers on the island this season). Worked very well, warm, comfy, and easy to inflate with that "schnozzle bag." The only issue worth some criticism is the size of the stuff bag - it forces you to roll the pad multiple times to get the last bit of air out of it, or it will simply not fit back into the stuff bag it ships with. Not a huge deal, but if you're in a hurry on a cold morning, one may want to get a slightly larger stuff bag for it.

I spent most nights with my 25F bag unzipped on the pad, no additional unsulation below, and it was usually around 28-34F at night, very humid and gusty/windy. Always warm below me. At about 2.5" thick, this is the most comfortable pad I've ever used. I always used a Tyvek sheet below the pad to protect it, given the material is rather thin. I've used foam pads for years after inflatables always let me down, so I am still not sold on the reliability of it, but the comfort is just off the scale compared to foam.
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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby maverick » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:36 am

Broke in my new Exped 7UL a couple of weeks ago and like it much better than
the big orange Warmlite.
It is much more comfortable, and the "schnozzle bag" works like a charm.
Now have too find a backpack again, and get rid of my Osprey, which was
never a comfortable pack.
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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby oldranger » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:34 pm

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I chucked the stuff sack and just roll it up in the snozzle!

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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby sparky » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:39 pm

maverick wrote:Broke in my new Exped 7UL a couple of weeks ago and like it much better than
the big orange Warmlite.
It is much more comfortable, and the "schnozzle bag" works like a charm.
Now have too find a backpack again, and get rid of my Osprey, which was
never a comfortable pack.


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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:51 pm

oldranger wrote:I use some really light 1/8" thick closed cell foam between the tent floor and my downmat to reduce odds of puncture from below. To date puncture from below have not been an issue. My last night in the Eaglecap I noted a small loss in pressure over night. When I got home I found that my duct tape patch [over the leak I caused by dropping my open pocket knife on the pad] had developed a small leak (one tiny air bubble every couple of seconds). I removed the tape, cleaned off the residue, and applied two coats of Shoe Goo to the hole.

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It's not even a real pocket knife. i'ts 1.3" at best. You scare me when you use it in the "kitchen." The better question is why is it in your tent? It's not likely a bear deterrent.

At the same time, i love duct tape.. I carry lots.
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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby oldranger » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:10 pm

Russ

It was a long, cold, snowy day and I decided to trim my fingernails. :( So it really wasn't the knife point but the scissors that did the damage.

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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby TRAUMAhead » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:02 am

Thinking of picking up a BA Q-Core SL. 3.5" thick, R Value of 5, 18 oz, 72x20, non tapered. http://www.rei.com/product/846673/big-a ... eeping-pad

ProLite pad is slightly lacking and I'm not fond of the taper.
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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby oldranger » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:33 am

T....h....

If you get it from REI and it is not satisfactory you can return it. However, given the 31/2" of thickness, I suspect you will find the 20" width unstable when you roll over.

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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby fishmonger » Fri May 03, 2013 7:45 pm

followup on the Exped UL 7 - I spent a few nights below 15 degrees on it, no other pads below or on top, on snow and on rock. No problems, nice and warm. Only complaint is the useless stuffbag that is too small for field use. I just roll it up and use a larger stuff bag I had laying around. Most nights I used my bag as a blanket, so the only insulation I had under me was the pad. Never felt cold.

No punctures yet, and I had some pretty rough granite grit between pad and tent floor a few times, expecting the worst, but so far things are good.
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Re: New sleeping pad

Postby Eiprahs » Fri May 02, 2014 7:14 am

Hello Oldranger and others:

Now that a couple season have gone by, would you buy the Exped UL7 again, or is there something better on your horizon?

My wife is tired of sleeping on a Thermarest pad, so I need advice on an alternative.

Thanks all for contributing to this thread.

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