12-10-2008, 10:31 AM
Re: Sleeping bags and dome tents?
Anyone have some recommendations on good ones? I would like to get a pad about 3" thick and hopefully not weigh more than about 5lbs. Not like I'm hiking in, so I may as well get a nice comfy one. right?
Based on your requirements you might want to look at the Thermarest BaseCamp XL. The Thermarest self inflating mattress are great and a big time saver. I use a Thermarest all over Alaska hunting and fishing. The only problem is they are expensive and you have to keep them away from any wood burning fires. An ember will melt right through the cover.
You don't need a 3" Thermarest. The trick is how to adjust the air. If you put too much air into the mattress it will be hard, uncomfortable and you may slide off. When you start to make camp just open the valve and unroll the mattress. After the mattress has self inflated I usually blow in a little extra air to make it a little firm and close the valve. Lay on top of the mattress and try to push your hand to the ground. If you can't touch the ground, you need to let out a little air. You want the air balance to be such that when you lay on the mattress your hip or shoulder is not touching the ground laying on your side. But if you push your hand hard down on the mattress you can just touch the ground. The biggest mistake that is made with the Thermarest is to inflate it too hard. These mattresses have foam inside and provide insulation from the cold ground.
Campmor has the BaseCamp on sale right now. Take a look at this link
and check out all of the sleeping options.
Thermarest BaseCamp XL Self Inflating Mattress
Item Number: 99452
CAMP & COMFORT™ Series
Crafted for maximum comfort. The warmest, most comfortable mattresses ever.
Ideal for family campers, base campers and car campers who rarely carry their gear. These mattresses boast such luxurious features as stretch knit fabrics, extra-thick foam and cushy pillow tops for unmatched softness and warmth. BaseCamp™
All-purpose car-camping mattress, now warmther than ever.
- Cushioning: Added thickness for increased comfort.
- Extra-Warm: Solid foam core provides superior warmth.
- Color: Dark Blue.
- Size: 30 in. x 77 in. x 2 in.
- Rolled Size: 30 in. x 5.6 in.
- Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz.