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Thermarest while motocamping

Is it really worth the space and packing hassle? I've never used one but everyone raves about them. What if temperature isn't an issue due to having a very nice 4 season (3 piece) sleeping bag?

Me thinks a larger bottle of motrin may be the answer.

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They issue them to us in the Army now, I think they are great. If you get the 3/4 model you can fold it in half lengthwise and roll it to the size of a.. of a.. well I don't know what the hell is that size but it's pretty small. Maybe a 1QT milk jug or something.

For me it's not the cold isolation from the ground but my 36yr old back telling me sleeping on the ground sucks.

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When I go backpacking I pack as light as I can, but I still take my Thermarest. Huge difference that little pad makes in comfort and warmth. But if you really dont mind the comfort factor I suppose you could do without. I find a lighter sleeping bag and the Thermarest combo is more comfy then just a heavier sleeping bag.

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Ahhh hell. I weigh more than enough to justify it.

I just pulled the trigger on one of these:

SynMat 7 Pump DLX
Size: 197 x 65 / 77.5 x 26"
Thickness: 7 cm / 2.8“
Weight: 1090 g / 38.4 oz, Packsack 18 g / 0.6 oz
Packed: 30 x 15 cm / 12 x 6“
Temperature: -17C / 1F
Filling: 150 g/qm Texpedloft Microfiber.


http://www.exped.com/exped/web/exped...E?openframeset

All of my "which thermarest to get" research ended up pointing me this way. It's not cheap but I think it will pay for itself soon enough if it helps to keep me out of the $70.00 per night hotels throughout my summer travels.

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I use the Big Agnes insulated air core. Packs down to 4" x 10" rolled and completely devoid of air. Takes a few lung fulls to get it back up to inflated, but combined with the B.A. Nugget and integrated sleeve for the pad, it makes for an excellent system.

I have the 20" x 72" x 2.5" insulated core:
Big Agnes : Air Chamber : Insulated Air Core

sleeping bag completes the system:
Big Agnes : Classic : Nugget

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You know what I like when camping?














A hotel room.

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You know what I like when camping?


A hotel room.
That's credit card camping....exactly what I'm trying to avoid - unless it's raining.

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I use the Big Agnes insulated air core. Packs down to 4" x 10" rolled and completely devoid of air. Takes a few lung fulls to get it back up to inflated, but combined with the B.A. Nugget and integrated sleeve for the pad, it makes for an excellent system.

I have the 20" x 72" x 2.5" insulated core:
Big Agnes : Air Chamber : Insulated Air Core

sleeping bag completes the system:
Big Agnes : Classic : Nugget
That does look like a hot setup.

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Something between your sleeping bag and the ground, even if in a tent, will make life on the road much easier. Fatigue is a factor if you're fighting your sleep setup.

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What hassle? I would never sleep on the ground without some sort of pad. The self inflating foam/air pads are awesome. They are also quick to inflate/deflate and light.

I'm guessing you have not camped very much? If you had, you would be asking which pad to get. Getting one is a no-brainer.

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What hassle? I would never sleep on the ground without some sort of pad. The self inflating foam/air pads are awesome. They are also quick to inflate/deflate and light.

I'm guessing you have not camped very much? If you had, you would be asking which pad to get. Getting one is a no-brainer.
Unfortunately none of my "camping" experience is appliable as it always involved forced sleep deprivation(training) or significant intoxication(partying).

The green foam pads we had in the service were useless as anything other than an improvised rifle rest at the range.

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The thermarest pads work very well, I used them back in my boy scout days, huge difference over a foam pad, you're much better off with some sort of barrier between you and the ground

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I spent big. I hope it pays off.

I'm actually planning a trip to DSP in Kentucky now. I should be in the Sommerset area for 3 days next weekend, the 30th.

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