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Old 03-14-2008, 06:29 AM
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Default Re: Sleeping bags and dome tents?

I am an avid backpacker, so my concerns are more along the line of weight along with protection. Down is by far the best insulator still today. If you are willing to shell out the money, you can get several down bags that have a pertex or epic shell that are not only warm and light, they are also waterproof so you don't have to be concerned with getting the bag wet any more than you would with a synthetic. On tents during the summer I use a hammock. I have not been anywhere yet that I couldn't find suitable trees to hang from and it is much more comfortable than a tent. During the colder months, unless you are in the artic, I would recommend almost any tarptent with bug netting and a floor. Six moon designs, Tarptent.com, and anti gravity gear are a few that produce very high quality tents at a very low weight.
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Thought I would bring this thread up again.

We ended up getting a Dome Tent and new Mummy Bags this past Summer. Both are made by "ALPS", seem like good quality, and the prices were not too out of line. boy what a weight and size difference it made when transporting and packing.
We enjoyed using them, and actually stayed quite comfortable.

Now I need a good sleeping pad. The ones we had this year were ok, but I want something just a little better.

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?
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Therma-Rest makes a fairly thick pad, used to be called the Luxury model or something like that. I think it was 1.5-2" thick. I would suggest getting a foam "Ridge-Rest" pad to use under whatever inflatable you get both to protect the inflatable and so you're not on the hard ground in the case of a leak. I actually use two Ridge-Rest pads stacked cuz they never develop holes.

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Ya all come on out and try out your tents and sleeping bags in my back yard ... today.

Got a couple inches of wind whipped snow, wind chill about -10, actual temp about 15. But the sun is shinning!!!
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Default 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?


Hi Fysh,

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.


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Default Re: Sleeping bags and dome tents?

You folks can always be relied upon for good info.
I have been looking at the 'Therma-Rest' Pads, they seem very nice too. I've also been looking at some of the Cabellas sleeping Pads. I think Cabellas carries 'Therma-Rest also, so I will take a gander at them all on Friday morning.

Frank, Campmore is offering some good dels at the moment, if I do not get anything Friday, I will probably order thrue them. Thank you for the great link.

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Default Re: Sleeping bags and dome tents?

I work at Cabela's and they do carry Therma-rest. I also own a Therma-rest Base Camp XL. Great pad, use it for float trips and also overnight camping. It is built with strong materials so putting it on open ground is no problem if needed. Not to mention, but the ladies love it also if you know what I mean.
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I work at Cabela's and they do carry Therma-rest. I also own a Therma-rest Base Camp XL. Great pad, use it for float trips and also overnight camping. It is built with strong materials so putting it on open ground is no problem if needed. Not to mention, but the ladies love it also if you know what I mean.


Could you please elaborate on the last Sentenence.
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There is plenty of cushion for what some might call the pushin'. Even deflated it is comfortable pad to sleep on.

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Check out the self inflating Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite sleeping pad. It's the best thing out there.

Being called "Lite" I'm thinkin it does not have the padding that the "Base Camp" has, but I will certainly take a peek at them.
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