The holy grail of camping
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 5:18 AM Last Post By: Sandala_Slave
Nov 7, 2012 2:18 PM
15If there is still any doubt about a dependable inflatable sleeping pad, check out this link:
I have used various models of Thermarest pads over the past twenty years on canoe, cycle and mountain trips and have never had a puncture. These days I use the NeoAir which cost a bit more than I wanted to pay but becomes worth it when you figure you'll use it over four or five or more years.
I do, however, make sure it is not put in a situation where it may get punctured. For example, it is nestled inside my pack instead of being strapped on the outside. I also do not use it as a seat at the campsite or down on the beach; it is only used in the tent. Take care of it and it should do what it was meant to do.
Nov 7, 2012 11:25 PM
16Awesome feedback people. Thanks again. That exactly what I was looking for.
Just for clarify to say that all pervious inflatable mattresses I know did not fail due to puncture but due to defective valves. Valve leaking is the Achilles heel of inflatables.
Will check out thermarest for sure though...
Nov 10, 2012 5:18 PM
Nov 18, 2012 9:13 AM
18I can actually remember back to when Thermarest first came on the market and I think I bought my first one around 1975. I'm surprised Planar that you would think this question was 'a holy grail', given the answer has been around for almost 40 years now. You must live in the back of beyond. LOL
The holy grail is a Thermarest that weights the same or less than a closed cell pad. Now that would really be something.
Nov 18, 2012 9:27 AM
19Yes we are a bit of a third world country here with our ancient temples and stuff...
The Therma-rest remains to be tested (I bought mine 2 days ago and taking it with me to my next 10 days trek in Patagonia)
Nov 18, 2012 3:27 PM
20Actually Planar, I lived in Greece for 7 years starting back in 1993 and Thermarest were available then in the little hiking/camping/sports store in Rodos. You will have no regrets with your Thermarest, it's an old tried and tested answer that has stood the test of time, just like your old ruins.
Dec 2, 2012 5:18 AM
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