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    REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad

    The lightest backcountry pad we've ever made, the REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad also takes up very little space in your pack. See details

    • $99.50 - $109.00

    Item # 845300

    The lightest backcountry pad we've ever made, the REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad also takes up very little space in your pack.

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    The lightest backcountry pad we've ever made, the REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad also takes up very little space in your pack.

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    The lightest backcountry pad we've ever made, the REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad also takes up very little space in your pack.

    • Pad baffles are insulated with ultralight and ultrawarm PrimaLoft® Infinity fill
    • Air-tube construction provides cushioning; larger tubes on the outside keep you from rolling off
    • Advanced inflation technology features 2 flat valves: 1 for inflation and 1 for deflation
    • Laminated 30-denier ripstop polyester provides a good compromise between low weight and durability
    • Tapered mummy shape reduces weight and packed size
    • R-Value equals 3.2; most sleeping pads REI sells range in R-value from 1.0 (minimally insulated) to 9.5 (highly insulated)
    • The REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad includes a stuff sack


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    REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad Specs
    Best use
    Air padAir pad
    4.25 x 10 inches4 x 10 inches
    78 inches72 inches
    20.5 inches20.5 inches
    2.5 inches2.5 inches
    78 x 20.5 x 2.5 inches72 x 20.5 x 2.5 inches
    198 x 52 x 6.3 centimeter182 x 52 x 6.3 centimeter
    1 lb. 1 oz.1 pound
    0.48 kilogram0.45 kilogram
    Sleeping pad type
    Sleeping pad shape
    Insulation type
    Repair kit included
    Stuff sack included
    Packed size
    Pad length (in.)
    Pad width (in.)
    Pad thickness (in.)
    Dimensions - metric
    Weight - metric

    REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad

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    REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad is rated 4.0192 out of 5 by 52.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Value For two years now I've been using one of the lightweight Thermarest foam pads. They're an excellent value for the warmth, weight, and comfort. However, on a recent trip we didn't have much of an option as to where we could sleep, and our campsite was solid dirt. Not rocky, not full of roots, just flat dirt. I discovered just how much of a side sleeper I really am when I woke up many times throughout the night to adjust my position due to hip pain. Despite the lack of comprehensive online reviews (none so far) I bought the Flash inflatable pad based on my love for all of the other Flash products released by REI thus far. My observations: The material isn't quite as confidence inspiring as the Big Agnes material of a comparable weight, but far more so than some of the materials used on the Exped and Thermarest inflatable pads. But at the same time you get a full sized pad for the same weight as the Big Agnes pads, for a much lower price. I bought a repair kit for six bucks and I'll be careful with it - it's not a sit pad and probably shouldn't be used in direct contact with the ground. The measurements that I took while it was deflated & (mostly) flat are L: 73.5", W: 24". This means that it will be closer to its advertised measurements while inflated than some brands, which don't seem to measure up to their specs. It took me 10-12 breaths to inflate it to my liking (very firm). The time I got it done in 10 breaths I was pretty light headed. The one way inflate valve was great. It will allow you to take your time inflating it if you get winded easily, or are at high altitudes. I tried it out on my hardwood floor to duplicate hard surface camping. I immediately noticed warmth radiating back at me. I first laid on my side and felt around my leg/hip joint (the problem area with the foam pad) while laying in a natural, comfortable position. I noted a little less than an inch between my hip joint and the floor. This shouldn't be a problem for three season camping. It might not even be an issue for four season camping, but I can't speak to that yet. While lying on my back, the larger air tubes on the outside cradled me, and made me feel like there was no way I was going to roll off without some effort. I couldn't say the same for all of the other pads I tried out at the store. This is an excellent feature. For reference, I'm 5'11" 175lbs male with an average build. Bony hips and shoulders. The material feels pretty non-slip, but I haven't had an opportunity yet to try it out on an incline. (I try to avoid that in the backcountry anyway, but sometimes you don't have a choice.) Rolling it back up was a cinch. The deflate valve let almost all of the air out instantly. I folded it along the existing creases and rolled it up from the inflate end to the deflate end, and had no issues fitting it into the included stuff sack. The packed dimensions were: diamter 3.5", length 8.5". It's two ounces heavier than my foam pad, but will easily fit inside my pack. I can now strap tent parts to the bottom of my pack, freeing up a ton of room inside. The savings in volume, as well as the addition of comfort, more than make up for the addition of two ounces. I have already recommended this pad to freinds (one of whom has already purchased one). I think it provides great comfort and excellent design for the price. I can't wait to use this thing in the Yellowstone backcountry this summer!
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome pad This pad is amazing. it packs really small and inflates really easily. It's very comfortable. The only con is that an inner valve that's supposed to block the air while one inflates the pad. However, that does not work well and prevents one from inflating the pad fully. I might bring it back to REI so they can have a look, but beside that it's awesome. Ahh, the REI person told me EXPED makes these pads for them. Indeed, the exped pump (a friend of mine had) fits this pad perfectly.
    Date published: 2014-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performance I got this pad to replace another that unfortunately was chewed by my dog and unrepairable. This pad is warmer, less slippery and lighter weight. I liked that it came with a velcro strap so you don't need to carry the bag. It didn't come with a repair kit, though, so I bought one separately. It was very comfortable in 30 degree weather with a 15 degree sleeping bag. Since this is the first trip I brought it on, I can't really comment on durability yet.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great Was looking for something lighter than my CampBed 2.5 to use for backpacking. I got this pad after comparing all that REI had to offer online and at the store, price wasn't really a concern (they're all pretty similar) comfort, warmth, and portability were. This pad is a bit wider in the torso areas than the others and has a decent r rating. Which is why I chose it. The sub-$100 price was a nice bonus and made it a no-brainer. I've spent 3 nights on this pad so far and am very happy with it, inflates in ~10 breaths and is very warm/comfortable. It's a little slippery if you inflate it to max firmness, but keeping it a little on the soft side prevents that nicely.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy This sleeping pad was very comfortable. I'm 6-2 , 190 and the large suited me well. I am a side sleeper at times and never bottomed out. It seemed to provide great ground insulation, but I have not used it in very cold temps yet. As mentioned in other reviews, it can be a bit noisy when changing positions on it; as will most air pads. But that is an okay trade-off for the comfort. As a tip, I experimented at home by placing it into a very lightweight sleeping bag liner and the noise nearly disappeared. As to criticisms about it being difficult to inflate, I completely disagree. It took me exactly 11 big breaths into the pad and it was done. I guess I may just have good lung capacity. :)
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Comfortable and Light I am just beginning to aquire camping gear and have been trying to strike a balance between finding affordable gear and finding gear that I can take backpacking once I start doing that. The Flash sleeping pad was a perfect choice. For reference I am a 6' 1" 210 lb male that sleeps on my stomach. I purchased the long version since I sleep with my arms above my head sometimes. I recently took this pad car camping out for 3 nights and it was everything I wanted it to be. Temps fell below freezing both nights and the pad performed perfectly keeping the cold ground out and keeping me comfortable. Inflation was easy, just remember to take it slow I got a little light headed when I was doing full breaths. I had to let a little air out once it was inflated all the way because it felt much more comfortable that way. One thing I was concerned about was the noise level of the pad when I was on it since I tend to shift around a lot and the material felt noisy. Once I put a sleeping bag on it the noise all but went away and was masked by the bag sounds so it ended up not being an issue at all. The width felt a little tight at first but I barely noticed once I put a bag over top since the bag was basically the same size. Overall since it only weighs 17oz and packs down super small this pad was amazing.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pad I've Had I just took this on a 4-day backpacking trip and it worked great. My old pad was the old 3/4 length 90's Thermarest. It was a great pad, but I was really tempted by the fact that the Flash was about 1/3 of the size when packed and much lighter. This new pad was great! It's actually more comfortable than my old Thermarest and far thicker when inflated. One of the nights went below freezing and my pad was still warm (I can't say the same for my aging sleeping bag, though). My only concern is that the fabric feels thin and I worry it could leak. I'd suggest buying the separate patch kit and always bringing it with you.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it, light and comfortable! Took this backpacking through Glacier this summer, and it was fantastic. Even though we were on cleared backcountry tent areas, there were still rocks and branches in places, and I couldn't feel them at all. It kept me warm, though it wasn't really tested much; the weather was mild. We had some rain and hail (peasize) one night, and even though some water splashed in the sides of my tent, this kept my sleeping bag clear of the puddles and warm. The sleeping pad also dried quickly the next morning. Only downsides are 1) it's very noisy to move on. My parents in the next tent said they heard each time I shifted around (and I'm a restless sleeper). This is only worth mentioning if you're camping with someone paranoid about night noises. And 2) packing it up to the same size it comes in can take a while. It's very compact(and light) to begin with, so that's not the end of the world if you're in a rush, but if you need each square inch of space it'll take a minute or two extra to fold and roll it up well and squeeze out all the air. It isn't difficult, just requires precision. Inflating it doesn't take very long, just pace yourself so you don't get lightheaded. It takes several big breaths before it looks like you're making any progress, but after that it goes quickly.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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